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Looking for some Community Service opportunities?

October 5, 2011

Recently, I have been approached by various organizations looking for volunteer help. Here are a couple of the projects or events that might make a great community service opportunity for your group.

October 15th

Rebuilding Together Baltimore  is looking for approximately 10 students to help with a community service project on the 15th of October. They would be doing minor repairs, yard work, and sprucing at a program called INNterim which is a transitional housing facility for homeless women and children. It is in Pikesville. It is a Rebuilding Together Baltimore project sponsored by Honeywell. Contact me if your group would like to help out.

This semester 

Did you know that approximately 10% of the students at Margaret Brent Elementary and Middle school are homeless? The “Peace with Justice” group at St. Johns United Methodist Church of Baltimore have been working to provide weekend backpacks filled with non perishable foods. Each backpack contains enough nourishment to support a family of three for two days. Because these backpacks contain only non perishable items, they can be made in advance. I’m looking for a couple of groups that have a philanthropy budget who would be willing to spend a day shopping for items (suggested list of items will be provided) and then fill these backpacks to be distributed by the school. I will provide the backpacks! Contact me!

On going

The Peabody Heights Coat Drive, run by members of the Peabody Heights Resident Homeowners Alliance, Inc, is collecting winter coats to be distributed to numerous organizations in Baltimore. In the past, these coats have been distributed to Mercy Hospital (to clothe the homeless population that seek medical help), local Baltimore City schools, and to the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore. Any group interested in holding a winter coat collection drive, please contact me.

Join me

One of my personal volunteer experiences for the last few years has been “Story Pals” at Barclay Elementary School. Do you have 1 hour per week that you can spare? “Story Pal” volunteers read to individual elementary school students once a week throughout the school year. Books and quiet reading areas are provided. I have been reading to the same student for two years now and seeing his progress has been fantastic (he prefers to read to me, now!). If you are interested, you MUST attend one of the volunteer orientation meetings on October 5th at 5 pm, October 20th at 6 pm, or October 21st at 10 am. The meetings are held at Barclay Elementary School (probably in the library) at 2900 Barclay Ave. This is at the corner of 29th and Barclay and is 5 blocks east of N. Charles St – easy walking distance or quick shuttle ride. If interested, please email the “Volunteer Maryland” coordinator Michelle Barrow –  .

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2011 12:41 pm

    Carrie, are these volunteer orientation sessions just open, or do you have to RSVP?

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