The Center for Social Concern recognizes that not everyone is able to or interested in joining a service group. For those of you who prefer to volunteer independently, we have compiled a short list of agencies which are easily accessible from Homewood Campus. These agencies have identified themselves as having needs with varying levels of committment and/or expertise needed. Be sure to contact the agencies directly for more information.
NOTE: The CSC does not administer or endorse any of the programs listed and students should seek these opportunities at their own risk.
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Established in 1969, Greater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) helps neighborhoods in north central Baltimore City to become safer, better places to live. Along with strengthening Neighborhood Programs and Community Economic Development, they offer free programs for Adult Literacy and ESOL. Their Experience Corps program trains nearly 400 older adult as mentors who serve over 7,000 students in 20 elementary schools citywide. One of the largest of its kind, the program has been named by the Experience Corps National CEO as a flagship for programs across the nation.
All volunteers have a 2-hour orientation prior to starting. Tutors need an additional 7-8 hours of training. Some opportunities include Job Coaching, 1 to 1 tutoring and computer training.
Project PLASE serves approximately 450 individuals in their Transitional and Permanent Housing programs each year and thousands over the past 36 years. They bring hope, restore dignity and end the cycle of homelessness for clients and their families. They also provide essential housing and support services to homeless citizens. Student volunteer opportunities might entail simply spending time with their clients. Project PLASE tries to match skills and interests with the available work. Paying visits, playing games, and bringing food would also all be special treats for the individuals served by Project PLASE.
2800 Kirk Avenue Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Marlene Sorra 410.467.7146
The Shepherd's Clinic provides quality, low-cost primary health care to those who are medically uninsured, helping people who are unable to afford commercial health insurance and who do not qualify for government assistance in Central Baltimore. The Clinic relies on the generosity and dedication of hundreds of volunteer doctors, nurses, professionals, retirees, students and others to make these services possible.
Tuesday through Friday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays (nights) - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturday mornings
- Non-clinical Options, including: Sort and categorize donated medicines and medical supplies, clerical/administrative tasks (type, mail, organize, photocopy, enter data, telephones, etc.)
725 Fallsway Baltimore, MD
Contact: Volunteer Line 443.986.9031
Our Daily Bread is Maryland’s hot meal program, serving more than a quarter million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year. They serve nutritious lunches every day of the year and breakfasts to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday.
They need volunteers, especially for weekdays. The shifts are from 9am-1pm. Call ahead to get on the schedule-no walk-ins.
17 W Franklin St Baltimore, MD
Contact: Faith Savill 410.659. 3746 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The women and children who come to My Sister's Place frequently reside in night shelters or on the streets of Baltimore. All of the women and children who come are poor and homeless. Many feel helpless and do not believe there is hope for a better future. Staff work to restore hope to these women and their children and provide the resources they need to start rebuilding their lives
For meal preparation, hours or times of day volunteers are needed: Breakfast Meal: 7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Lunch Meal: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dinner Meal: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Helping to plan and/or staff events are other options.
Hours or times of day volunteers are needed: Flexible: 7:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week.
2108 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 410.889.2300
Contact: Stephanie Jacobs
The Family Tree is Maryland's leading 501 (c)(3) dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. Every family has the tools to raise children to become healthy, productive and competent adults. Ways to volunteer include: Child Nurturer, Family Stressline, Office Assistant, Bi-lingual Volunteer. A very helpful and fun volunteer option would be to play with children a the center once a week for 2 hours while their parents participate in parent education classes.
1104-1108 West 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Contact: 410.467.8710 Ali Danois
The mission of the Hampden Family Center is to enrich the lives of Hampden residents through education and professional support, and to encourage individual growth and community fellowship.
The Hampden Family Center is particularly concerned about children without sufficient after-school programs and activities, the high school dropout rate, rising drug problems and prostitution, and the high rate of infants born to teenage mothers. Volunteer opportunities include general program support, after-school enrichment (meets Monday-Friday, 2:30-5:30 p.m.) and Study Buddy (meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7 p.m.) There are also one-day commitment opportunities such as: center facility repairs and painting and event set-up/clean-up.
2505 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.889.5072 Contact: Jessica Turral JHU ’09 (Founder)
Hand in Hand’s mission is to reduce juvenile recidivism among youth under 18 charged as adults, while providing youth with partnerships to create new opportunities for themselves and their families. Work at the male juvenile facility includes literacy and writing training, life planning and goal setting with young men. Also needed are volunteers to assist with finding non-profits to refer the young men to once they return home. Office volunteer help is also needed at their office on Charles and 25th and grant writing which could be done at home.
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