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Make a difference—volunteer!

Whatever your interests, there’s a volunteer opportunity for you in the Baltimore area. Work with kids or foster kittens. Paint a mural or plant a garden. Tutor youth or coach Special Olympics athletes. Volunteering deepens your connection to community, enhances your leadership skills, and is a great way to meet people!

 

  • Opportunities

    Opportunities

    Volunteer Central

    Volunteer Central is the volunteer center for individuals and businesses that want to make a difference in their Baltimore community. Whether you have a time for a large or small commitment, they can get you connected.

    K-12 Education

    Arc of Baltimore – Arc Buddies

    The Arc of Baltimore matches volunteers with someone with a developmental disability through their Arc Buddies program.  Mentors contact their buddy at least once a week by a phone call, a note, or a home visit and can also take buddies out on social outings.  The Arc also has volunteer needs at their day programs.

    Coaching Corps

    Coaching Corps seeks to bridge the gap between organizations that need committed, trained coaches and college students who want to learn leadership skills and mentor youth in an active, sport environment. Coaching Corps is currently recruiting college student volunteers to coach kids in the Baltimore and surrounding areas No coaching experience is necessary!

    Higher Achievement Baltimore

    Higher Achievement Baltimore helps under-served middle-school students in Baltimore City through at an after-school mentoring program.  Mentors work with small-groups of students in grades 5-8 in math, Literature, a Seminar topic, as well as homework help.  The commitment would be one night a week during the school year from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm.  

    Refugee Youth Project

    The Refugee Youth Project seeks to improve the lives of Baltimore's youngest refugees by supporting their academic needs, and making their acculturation simple and meaningful. Refugees receive academic tutoring and acculturation support from trained volunteer tutors, who assist young refugees (Pre K- 12th grade) with homework, commit to 2 hours a day (once a week), chaperone field trips to local cultural institutions, are open minded, have a willingness to learn about and respect people from other cultures.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake

    Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As Maryland's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in your local community. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

    Reading Partners

    Reading Partners is a national children's literacy non-profit looking for volunteers to serve as literacy intervention tutors, who work with students 45 minutes per week. Tutors use a highly structured, scripted curriculum that is research based and proven to help a child grow a full grade level of reading skills.

    Thread

    Thread engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. They foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.  Thread volunteers at Dunbar, ACCE, and Frederick Douglass High Schools in Baltimore City. 

    Arts and Culture

    Art with a Heart

    Art with a Heart enhances the lives of people in need through visual art.  No art experience is needed but the desire to help with classes and programs is!  Classes are usually conducted on weekdays and weekends, mornings, afternoons, and evenings; a wide variety of times so that you can help!  

    Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) 

    The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 objects—including the largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse.  Volunteers play an integral role in offering exciting and educational experiences for the Museum’s 200,000+ annual visitors. Join the BMA in their mission to provide an environment that inspires creativity, encourages learning, and fosters human understanding in a place where everyone feels welcome!

    Workforce Development and Social Services

    The Baltimore CASH Campaign

    Serve as a Financial Resource Volunteer (FRV). Volunteers greet tax clients and share information about financial resources and services available at the tax site and throughout Baltimore City.

    Greater Baltimore Urban League

    Since 1924, GBUL has been helping disadvantaged Marylanders gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, health care, housing, and the civic arena. 

    Caroline Center

    Caroline Center educated women who are experiencing unemployment or want to leave low-wage jobs for meaningful careers with opportunities for advancement.

    House of Ruth Maryland

    The House of Ruth Maryland leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors, and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear. 

    Healthy Families

    Meals on Wheels 

    Volunteers are needed to ride with a volunteer driver to deliver nutritious meals Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm. Most routes are done in less than 45 minutes and are in the local area.

    Moveable Feast

    Spend an evening once a month baking delicious desserts at Moveable Feast.  Volunteers are needed to help coordinate food details and general volunteers.  All sweets are delivered to those in need and living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions throughout the Greater Baltimore and the Eastern Shore.  Bring a bit of sweetness to the lives of others!

    Neighborhood Revitalization

    The 6th Branch

    The 6th Branch utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans and service minded civilians to execute aggressive community service initiatives in Baltimore City.  Volunteers provide neighborhood park maintenance and revitalization; multiple days and times are available.  

    Baltimore Community ToolBank

    The Baltimore Community ToolBank offers tools and equipment to community-based organizations to strengthen and celebrate our shared community.  Volunteers support this mission by maintaining and organizing inventory, assisting partners in loading and unloading orders and branding tools.  In addition to tool stewardship, the ToolBank has multiple sustainable features onsite that volunteers help maintain at optimal levels including rain gardens and a Stormwater Factory.  A range of indoor and outdoor work is available for group and individual volunteers.

    Baltimore Humane Society

    The Humane Society is looking for animal lovers to help care for furry and cuddly creatures. Join the DogTown Team, SMAC Pack (Small Animal Care), or C3 Crew (Cat Care Club) and help out your favorite animal friends! Volunteers must complete a general orientation, animal handling class, and one-on-one mentoring with a staff member. 

    Paul’s Place: Personal Shoppers

    The Market Place, a clothing bank, at Paul's Place provides a boutique-like environment for men, women, and children to shop for gently used clothing. Volunteers sort and display donations of gently-used clothing and household items. They also act as personal shoppers, assisting guests to fulfill their shopping needs. Volunteers are needed Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

    Sustainability

    Blue Water Baltimore

    Blue Water Baltimore restores the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. Volunteers plant and care for trees, monitor local streams, clean up trash, and maintain the Herring Run Nursery.  Volunteer as an individual or as part of a large group through single events or on-going projects.

    Fuel Fund Maryland: Watt Watchers

    The Fuel Fund of Maryland provides resources to vulnerable Maryland families for heat and home utility needs. The Watt Watchers is an educational program to teach individuals how to save energy and lower their bills. Volunteers are needed to teach a series of classes and to oversee the program. All training and materials provided by the Fuel Fund.

    Parks & People Foundation

    The Parks & People Foundation promotes a healthy, natural environment in Baltimore through various recreation, education, and sustainability programs. Volunteer projects range from planting trees, cleaning and maintaining parks, assisting with educational summer camps, and coaching kids sports. Group and individual projects available.

  • Campus Contacts

    Campus Contacts

    Community College of Baltimore County
    Website

    Coppin State University
    Website

    Goucher College 
    Lindsay K. Johnson, Associate Director of Community-Based Learning and Community Service Programs 
    410-337-6262 
    lijohnson@goucher.edu

    Website

    Johns Hopkins University
    Center for Social Concern (Homewood)
    3103 N Charles Street
    410-516-4777

    Website

    SOURCE (East Baltimore)
    2017 E. Monument Street
    SOURCE@jhu.edu 
    410-955-3880 

    Website

    Loyola University Maryland
    Humanities 142 
    410-617-2380 
    ccsjsa@loyola.edu

    Website

    MICA
    Meyerhoff House, 1st Floor 
    410-225-2284

    Website

    Morgan State University
    Montebello Complex, C-209 
    443-885-4328

    Website

    Notre Dame of Maryland University
    Melissa Lees, Director of Campus Ministry and Service 
    MBK Room 218
    410-532-5574 
    mlees@ndm.edu 

    Website

    Stevenson University
    Website

    Towson University
    Administration Building,  2nd floor 
    410-704-2806 
    civicengagement@towson.edu

    Website

    UMBC 
    Shriver Center, Public Policy Building, 1st floor
    410-455-2493

    Website

    University of Baltimore
    UB Student Center, Room 303 
    bemore@ubalt.edu 
    410-837-5417

    Website

    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Website

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