Mentor Students with US Dream Academy
The US Dream Academy program aims for every student to experience some type of mentoring. Volunteers build developmental relationships with students who are primed to work in smaller groups and receive devoted attention from a caring adult. From assisting with classroom projects, playing games, and working on social/emotional learning, volunteers have flexibility in how they connect with students. Volunteers should spend time with their mentee at least once a week or once a month.
Tutor Students with US Dream Academy
The US Dream Academy needs tutors to help students work through lessons in the US Dream Academy online literacy platform, Achieve3000, which involves reading and answering related questions. Tutors may also assist students with reading texts for fun outside of Achieve3000. The commitment to tutor is once a week.
Prep & Package Nutritious Meals with Moveable Feast
Moveable Feast prepares and packages more than 740,000 meals to 6,000 plus clients each year. Make this a possibility by assisting in the kitchen, preparing and packaging meals; including bagging produce and supplements, and making sandwiches for shelters. Volunteers can volunteer as an individual or with a group, and come regularly or just once. Packing sessions are weekdays and Sundays, 9am-12pm or 12-3pm.
Beautify Baltimore’s Vacant Lots with The 6th Branch
The 6th Branch beautifies Baltimore’s vacant lots and parks and transforms them into useful green space. Volunteers are needed to help remove overgrowth in these lots, pick up trash, plant new trees and flowers, and more. The 6th Branch is at a different site each day:
Johnston Square – Tuesdays and every 2nd Saturday, 10am-1pm.
Darley Park - Wednesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm.
Broadway East - Thursdays, 10am-1pm.
Semper Friday at Oliver Community Farm - Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Serve a Meal at Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread feels between 400-800 guests each day, offering a hot meal to those experiencing poverty or homelessness. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the meal each day. Lunch service is 9am-1pm. Volunteers must commit to an entire shift.
Packing Kits with Bedtime in a Box
Bedtime in a Box works to create a world where children are happy, healthy, and constantly learning. They create “Bedtime Boxes” - kits that include pajamas, books, hygiene products, and more. These Bedtime Boxes are distributed to underserved children and their families to make parenting easier and materials for bedtime more accessible. Volunteers can be individuals or groups, and scheduling is flexible.*
*Individual volunteers are preferred for weekdays, as there are limited weekend opportunities available.
Creating Green Space with the Community Lot Team (Civic Works)
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore's communities through education, skills development and community service. Civic Works’ Community Lot Team transforms vacant lots into gardens, parks, green spaces for the whole community to enjoy. Volunteers can be individuals or groups, and scheduling is flexible.
Plant and Prune at Real Food Farm (Civic Works)
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore's communities through education, skills development and community service. Civic Works’ Real Food Farm works toward a just & sustainable food system by improving neighborhood access to healthy food & providing experiential education. Volunteer to weed, mulch, plant, harvest, prune, and more! Volunteers can be individuals or groups, and scheduling is flexible.
Make Homes Safer with Cities for All Ages (Civic Works)
Civic Works strengthens Baltimore's communities through education, skills development and community service. Civic Works’ Cities for All Ages program helps seniors age in place, and volunteers are needed to do basic maintenance and beautification like yard work, painting, deck repair, etc. Volunteers can be individuals or groups, and scheduling is flexible.
Package Meals for Baltimore’s Seniors with Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels enables people to live independently at home by providing nutritious meals, personal contact, and related services. Volunteer to pack meals in the main office kitchen, cutting fruit, bagging bread, and more! Meals on Wheels needs 3,500 bags of bread and 1,600 fruit cups every day, so volunteers’ efforts are greatly needed! Small groups of volunteers are needed, scheduling is flexible.
Delivering Smiles & Meals with Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels enables people to live independently at home by providing nutritious meals, personal contact, and related services. Volunteers are needed to help deliver meals to the more than 1,800 clients across the community that Meals on Wheels serve each day. Volunteers save Meals on Wheels about $64 by delivering meals; the equivalent of fully sponsoring 8 meals! Commitment is 10:30am-1pm on the same day weekly or monthly.
Be a Big Brother or Big Sister with Jewish Community Services
The Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program actualizes Jewish Community Services’ mission to help families feel supported by and connected to the Jewish community in ways that are meaningful to them. Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide one-on-one mentoring, guidance, support and friendship to Jewish children and teens. Volunteers are asked to commit to seeing their “littles” 2-3 times each month for a minimum of one year.
Make “Connections” with Jewish Community Services
Jewish Community Services’ mission is to help families feel supported by and connected to the Jewish community in ways that are meaningful to them. The “Connections” program serves adults who are differently abled. Volunteers are needed to attend and participate in holiday programs like the annual Passover Seder, Purim Party, and Chanukah Party. The events are held on weeknight events. Volunteers can be individuals or small groups, and opportunities are date-bound.
Tutor Students in Southeast Baltimore (Northstar Baltimore)
Volunteers will serve as tutors on a one-on-one basis with students from the Southeast Baltimore community. Tutoring commitments are for 90 minutes per week, typically in our Eastern Avenue office. Tutors help students with their homework, help them strengthen skills in academic subjects with activities and supplemental materials, and participate in group and paired games to encourage a social bond.
Keep the Harbor Clean by Cleaning Oyster Cages (Healthy Harbor Initiative & Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
An adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day! Each year the Healthy Harbor Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Foundation grow over 100,000 baby oysters (spat) in the Baltimore Harbor. As an oyster volunteer, you will help us keep our baby oysters clean and measure their growth. This program runs from September through June when volunteers will have the opportunity to transport their mature oysters by boat to a Chesapeake Bay Oyster Sanctuary in the Patapsco River. Oysters grown in the Baltimore harbor are for restoration purposes only and not for eating.
Plant & Play in a Rain Garden (Healthy Harbor Initiative & Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
Rain gardens, also called bioretention facilities, are designed to treat polluted stormwater runoff. Rain gardens are a depressed area in the landscape that store runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas. Volunteers will help maintain the Healthy Harbor Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Foundation rain garden on Boston Street - weeding, watering and learning how stormwater is mitigated through nature.
Coach Soccer & Tutor Students with Soccer Without Borders
Serve as a middle school coach and/or tutor. Soccer Without Borders' (SWB) signature program is at Vanguard Middle School, located in east Baltimore, where SWB runs an afterschool program for around 65 ESL students. The program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00-6:00, with game days on Fridays at Patterson Park. The soccer portion of the program is from 3:00-4:15, followed by dinner, and then the academic portion runs from 4:45-6:00. If you're interested in helping out as a coach, SWB asks you to arrive by 2:30, and if you're interested in helping out as a tutor, SWB asks you to arrive at 4:30. You are also welcome to do both! The program runs from September 16- December 13 (no program the week of Thanksgiving). SWB is looking for a full 12 week commitment, for at least one day per week.
Coach High School Soccer with Soccer Without Borders
Serve as a high school soccer coach with Soccer Without Border (SWB). High school practice runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30. There are 3 high school boys teams and 1 high school girls team, all made up of kids from a variety of Baltimore schools, ages 14-21. Practice takes place at Vanguard Middle School. If you'd like to volunteer with one of the high school teams, SWB looks for a 12 week commitment, at least one day per week.
Be a Family Mentor with Soccer Without Borders
Be a family mentor to newcomer families with Soccer Without Borders (SWB). In addition to facilitating afterschool programs, SWB offers the students' families the chance to be connected with a community mentor, someone who can visit them at home, help them practice English, and assist them with the various other aspects of adjusting to life in the US. A mentor is a friend, a guide, and a resource for our families. Mentors can make their own weekly schedules but are expected to commit to visiting their family at least once per week, for at least 2 hours per visit, over a 12 month period.
Help High Schoolers Be College Ready with Soccer Without Borders
Soccer Without Borders' (SWB) College Access program is designed to help junior and seniors in high school work through the college access process. The program takes place on Saturdays for about 3 hours per session. Volunteers in the College Access program will work with one or two students at a time to complete a variety of tasks which could include college applications, FAFSA, essay writing and editing, helping students create to do lists, and teaching students how to stay organized through this process. College Access volunteers would need to commit to 8 Saturdays between September and December (dates TBD).
Tutor English Language Learners at the Esperanza Center
The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the United States. Immigrants from all over the world have received important resources and compassionate guidance at the Esperanza Center since 1963. Volunteers will work one on one with New Americans to help them master the English language. Volunteers must commit to once a week for 2 hours for a four month period and must attend a mandatory orientation session.
Work with Students in West Baltimore with SAFE
SAFE Alternative works with students in West Baltimore, informing them about the importance of obtaining an education as well as having an alternate career plan in anticipation for life's deviations. Tutor students at the SAFE Alternative center once a week to make change that will last a lifetime.
Serve a Meal to Veterans Experiencing Homelessness at The Baltimore Station
The Baltimore Station turns lives around. The Baltimore Station is an innovative therapeutic residential and outpatient treatment program supporting veterans who are overcoming obstacles to regain self-sufficiency. Serve lunch any day of the week and spend time with the incredible men that The Baltimore Station works with.
Be a Homework Helper with Living Classrooms
Every day after school, Living Classrooms provides programming for hundreds of 1st-8th grade students at our community centers. Volunteers are needed to help with homework completion, specifically math and reading. Tutoring takes place either one on one or in small groups. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday during the hours of 3:00-6:00pm. Volunteers are asked to spend at least one hour per week with our students, but scheduling is flexible!
Support Living Classrooms' Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program
The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program is looking for volunteers to assist with after-school programming! BUGS is a multidisciplinary after-school program that serves 2nd-5th grade students with meaningful hands-on academic enrichment activities that complement the school day. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework help and different enrichment activities like art, dance, gardening, and STEM! Programming takes place Monday – Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm. Volunteers are welcome to join for the whole afternoon or just a part of it!
Get Musical with Ascend Through Music at Living Classroom
The Ascend through Music Program is looking for Music Mentors! These mentors will work with youth and teens (1st grade – high school) on developing their creative skills; from learning instruments, to singing, to music production. The Ascend Through Music program provides musical opportunities to foster leadership, creativity, and self-expression which empowers students to succeed. Mentors should spend at least an hour per week, programming runs on weekdays from 4:00-7:30pm.
Assist with Adult Basic Education with Living Classrooms
The Living Classrooms Workforce Development team is looking for individuals to assist our adult students with Adult Basic Education and GED prep-work. Volunteers are needed to sit with either an individual or small group to work through simple reading exercises and basic math; times tables to work problems. Reading takes place on Tuesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:30pm
Math takes place on Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:30pm
Clean Up Neighborhoods with Blue Water Baltimore
For too long, Baltimore’s waterways have been plagued by trash, toxins, sewage, and polluted stormwater. These problems do more than harm our environment; they threaten the health and well-being of our residents, communities, and local businesses. Blue Water Baltimore’s aims to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities. Volunteers are needed to engage in cleanups of local streets and streams to improve the health of Baltimore's waterways.
Plant Trees with Blue Water Baltimore
For too long, Baltimore’s waterways have been plagued by trash, toxins, sewage, and polluted stormwater. These problems do more than harm our environment; they threaten the health and well-being of our residents, communities, and local businesses. Blue Water Baltimore’s aims to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities. Volunteers will participate in tree plantings throughout the watershed. In 2019, Blue Water planted 1,121 trees thanks to amazing volunteers.
Join a Thread Family
Volunteering with Thread is all about getting to know others, supporting each other, and building new relationships. Thread encourages anyone who is interested in building their network in Baltimore across lines of difference to join a Thread family. Thread family members are asked to have one interaction a week with either their young person, other volunteers in the family, or both! They can happen on your own schedule, or in Thread spaces such as Thread's Monthly ThreadTALK or Thread's three times weekly ThreadHOURS (during the school year).