Hear from collegetown intern, Ava Kemp ‘22 as she shares virtual and in-person volunteer experiences and opportunities.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Throughout my childhood volunteering was something that my family encouraged. My school required it and I knew that colleges looked for “well-rounded” students. But I learned in college that I also enjoyed volunteering. It was a chance for me to become invested in the community and it was something that made you grow. In a society driven by capital, this is a chance to do good things without an incentive.
In a way volunteering allowed me to discover who I am and what I want my future to look like. While I was on campus, I was involved in the Goucher Prison Education Partnership where I learned that I was passionate about education. I found myself reflecting on the conversations I had and the things I had taken for granted. Also propelling my passion for education was my experience virtually teaching conversational English to refugees who are now living in the United States with the International Rescue Committee. These experiences showed me that I was passionate not only about adult education, but also making it affordable and accessible to all.
COVID-19 changed what volunteering looks like as many opportunities switched to online or over Zoom. One volunteer experience that I have yet to participate in is making cards to elderly people who may not be able to see their loved ones. Click here to learn more information. If you are looking for volunteer experiences in other cities or states, click this website.
To find local places to volunteer near Baltimore, I would recommend these sites:
In Baltimore, there is something for everyone. If you can’t find anything you can also reach out to companies or organizations that you are interested in. There is no harm reaching out to ask if they need additional help, many times they won’t turn down some extra hands.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”
— Audrey Hepburn