Join a VolunTeam! Too busy to make a long-term commitment to volunteering but still want to contribute the time you do have and volunteer with others? VolunTeams are groups comprised of individuals who work together and collectively make a commitment to provide for an organization’s needs. This is ideal for people who are interested in volunteering yet are hesitant to commit due to their busy schedules as this opportunity provides each volunteer with flexibility to decide how often they serve.

On-going VolunTeams have made a difference in the following projects:

Bookworms – Love to read aloud to an energetic audience? Bookworms is a once a month reading program that occurs in Title I elementary schools and engages volunteers in reading to students. Bring a new or gently-used book to share and donate to the classroom. Volunteers are welcome to participate as often as they are available. Currently, Bookworms programs are at the following schools: Cross Country Elementary, Fallstaff Elementary, Federal Hill Preparatory, John Eager Howard Elementary, Milbrook Elementary, Pleasant Plains Elementary, Reisterstown Elementary. For more information about upcoming dates, Click here.

Moveable Feast VolunTeamEnjoy working with food and helping others? Young adults assist with varying critical kitchen needs, including packaging meals, preparing food, bagging groceries, washing dishes, etc. at Moveable Feast, an organization which provides healthy food for people suffering from severe and life threatening illnesses like AIDS, HIV, and cancer. Upcoming dates include the following Sundays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: 2017 Dates TBD

Knit-In Volunteers – Whether you want to learn how to knit OR you’re already a master, join this group of volunteer knitters as they socialize and knit for a cause. Help us stock up on hand-knit scarves and hats that are donated to vulnerable populations during JVC’s next Mitzvah Day event, one of JVC’s annual days of service. Skilled knitters are on-hand for instruction. Hand-knit scarves and hats are collected year-round for Mitzvah Day. For more information about upcoming dates, contact Alex Ade at aade@associated.org or 410-843-7478.

Kids Safe Zone VolunTeam – The value of offering at-risk youth the opportunity to learn about professions they can work towards is unparalleled and this VolunTeam is making a difference! Volunteers present about their careers or participate with the youth at the Kids Safe Zone, an after-school program for children ages 5-17, providing safe recreational and educational opportunities. The VolunTeam visits every other week on Tuesdays, from 6pm-8pm; upcoming 2017 dates are: January 10, January 24, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16.

Playdate Together – Looking for a fun and gratifying family activity? Want to make a difference in the life of a senior? Geared towards families with young children (3 months – preschool), Playdate Together is a multi-generational interactive program that includes sing-alongs, books, and more at a senior facility. Playdate Together brightens the senior residents day.

If you’re interested in learning more about these VolunTeams or starting a new VolunTeam, contact JVC at jvcbaltimore@associated.org or 410-843-7490.