Good Deeds Day

Let’s do good together! Sign up for Jewish Volunteer Connection’s (JVC) annual Good Deeds Day, an international celebration that unites people around the world with doing good for others and the planet. JVC’s Good Deeds Day offers local volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities to do out in the Baltimore community as well as at-home.   

Check out JVC’s wide range of Good Deeds Day volunteer opportunities below! 

 

Good Deeds Day To-Go Kits

Participate in Good Deeds Day right from home or safely in a group with our to-go project kits! Learn more about our offerings and sign up using the links below. 

Summer Break Kits: Get your supplies from JVC and put together kits that students can use while out of school this summer. Materials include sunscreen, water, sunglasses, activity sheets, beach balls, and crayons. Volunteers pack these bulk items into individual kits and JVC will donate them to after-school programs and shelters. Click here to get started.

No-Sew Fleece Blankets: Shelters and schools need blankets all year round. Get your supplies from JVC and assemble no-sew fleece blankets which JVC will donate to local organizations that support individuals, families, and children. Sign up here.

Bunches of Lunches: Participate in our community-wide Bunches of Lunches program as part of Good Deeds Day. Prepare bagged meals at home and drop them off at Har Sinai Oheb Shalom Congregation on Monday, April 4. Meals will be donated to local organizations. Click here to read more details and sign up.

 Volunteering Throughout the Community

Check out the available volunteer opportunities below and please be sure to register early as space is limited! If you want to be notified about new volunteer opportunities at our nonprofit partner sites, fill out the Volunteer Interest form below or check back here regularly as confirmed projects are added. 

Sort and Organize Materials at Second Chance, Inc
Sunday, April 3rd, 9:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. OR 1:30-4:30pm
Second Chance, Inc. 1700 Ridgely Street Baltimore, MD 21230
Volunteers will sort, organize, and prepare warehouse materials and donations which will then be sold at Second Chance, Inc. Second Chance Inc. provides job training and skill development to those re-entering the workforce. Volunteers will also spend time with Second Chance, Inc employees. Please note that this opportunity involves physical labor, and includes both inside and outside work. The warehouse is not climate-controlled; please wear long pants and closed toe-shoes. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking should be available beside the building on Bush Street (One way heading west to east).
Volunteer Capacity: no maximum
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers who are under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Volunteers must fill out a waiver form and bring with them on Sunday, April 3rd. ATTACHED HERE prior to volunteering on Sunday, April 3rd.
Register Here

Spring Service Day at Waverly Main Street
Sunday, April 3rd, anytime between 9:30 a.m – 2:00 p.m
Waverly Main Street, 3302 Greenmount Avenue Baltimore, MD 21218
Help with outdoor projects at Waverly Main Street. Volunteers will be reorganizing items, weeding garden beds, and planting new greenery. As a reminder, this volunteer opportunity is outside therefore please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or wet.
Volunteer Capacity: No maximum
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers under 14 must have a parent or guardian present. Volunteers can do the whole shift or a minimum of two hours.
Register Here

Irvine Nature Center Trail Maintenance with Beth Israel
Sunday, April 3rd, 10:00am-12:00pm
Irvine Nature Center  11201 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Join members of the Beth Israel community to maintain trails at Irvine Nature Center. Volunteers should be able to lift 25 lbs, dress for outdoor work, and plan to participate rain or shine.
If interested, please email Mark Schenerman to sign up- space is limited. 

Provide and Serve Lunch at The Baltimore Station West Street
Sunday, April 3rd, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
The Baltimore Station 140 West West Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 
Volunteers are needed to provide, prepare, and serve lunch for clients of The Baltimore Station an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. Please arrive at 10:30am to prepare for the lunch meal service, and the meal service will begin at 11:00am. After setting up and serving the meal, volunteers are invited to eat and socialize with the clients if interested. Street parking is available for volunteers.
Volunteer Capacity: 10 individuals  
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers who are under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers including children must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination at The Baltimore Station on Sunday, April 3rd. In addition, volunteers must wear a surgical or N95 mask during meal service. 
Register Here

B’nai Israel Cemetery Spring Spruce-Up and Walking Tour
Sunday, April 3rd, 11:00am-12:30pm
B’nai Israel Cemetery 3701 Southern Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21206
Join members of the B’nai Israel community to pay respect to the generations of families buried in their historic cemetery. Volunteers will be cleaning headstones and footstones and are invited to participate in a walking tour with Shul Historian and storyteller Fred Shoken.
If interested, please RSVP to the B’nai Israel office at office@jewishdowntown.org 

Western Run Stream Clean-up With CHAI
Sunday, April 3rd, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting location: Glen Avenue Fire Department 2700 Glen Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
Join other volunteers and the greater CHAI community by rolling up your sleeves and picking up trash along the Western Run Stream. Trash bags and grabbers will be provided, but please wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Volunteers will meet at the Glen Avenue Fire Department located at 2700 Glen Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215 and begin their clean up. At the end of the clean-up volunteers will drop off their trash at the Glen Avenue Fire Department. CHAI works to strengthen the fabric of neighborhoods connected to Jewish Baltimore, through housing and community development, so residents of all ages can thrive. Trash should also be returned to the Glen Avenue Fire Department after the event.
Volunteer Capacity: 40 individuals
Volunteer Restrictions: No age restrictions; all children should be accompanied by an adult
Register Here

DIY Clean Your Street with CHAI
April 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Pick up supplies from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the
CHAI Offices, 5809 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
Beautify your own neighborhood with CHAI! Join volunteers around our community and clean up trash from your street/neighborhood. Volunteers can choose to pick up outdoor cleaning kits, free of charge and provided by CHAI, or use their own supplies. Cleaning kits are limited to one per household and are available on a first come first serve basis. CHAI works to strengthen the fabric of neighborhoods connected to Jewish Baltimore, through housing and community development, so residents of all ages can thrive.
Availability: 30 cleaning kits are available (1 per family/household)
Volunteer restrictions: No age restrictions; all children should be accompanied by an adult.
Register Here

Pearlstone Spring Community Tree Planting
Sunday, April 3rd, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
5425 Mt. Gilead Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136
Volunteers will work with Land Steward, Perri DeJarnette, and help contribute to Pearlstone reforestation by planting a tree at Pearlstone. This project is open to volunteers of all ages and abilities. Questions? Contact: pdejarnette@pearlstonecenter.org
Volunteer Capacity: 15
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers who are under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Everyone who comes on campus must follow the established COVID protocols including passing the daily health screening here: letmein.pearlstonecenter.org
Register Here

Thank Your Local Firefighters
Sunday, April 3rd, 3:00 p.m.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills, MD 21117
Join in this family and kid-friendly project to thank our local firefighters. JVC is inviting families to come together (outdoors) to compile and deliver gift baskets that express appreciation for our local firefighters’ dedication and bravery. This project is a group effort involving families meeting at one of the JCC playgrounds, bringing pre-packaged food items (Kosher certified), decorating and making cards, assembling gift packages and delivering to designated fire houses including: Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, Glen Avenue Fire Department, Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, and Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Company. Register your family for this fun and thoughtful project. Spaces are limited, so secure your family’s spots today. Families will have the unique opportunity to meet a firefighter!
Volunteer Capacity: 40 individuals at the Park Heights JCC, 60 individuals at the Owings Mills JCC
Volunteer Restrictions: This project is geared towards families
Park Heights JCC Registration Owings Mills JCC Registration

Fallstaff Improvement Association/Colonial Village Neighborhood Improvement Association Clean-Up
Sunday, April 3rd, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Residents of Fallstaff and Colonial village neighborhoods are invited to help tidy up bordering communities. Volunteers will meet at the intersection of Fallstaff Road and Reisterstown Road at 1pm.
If interested, please contact Stephen Bowley at sbowley@chaibaltimore.org

 

Organize Donations for Babies and Young ChildrenPROJECT FILLED
Sunday, April 3rd, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
ShareBaby, 1792 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211
Help ShareBaby process donated items, such as clothing and diapers, through its warehouse in order for these resources to be delivered into the hands of families with young children. 
Volunteer Capacity: 15 individuals  
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers must be at least 8 years old, and volunteers ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Masks are required while in the warehouse. N95/KN95 masks or double-masking are strongly encouraged. Please use the registration button below and each volunteer must register individually.  
Register Here

Provide and Serve Lunch at The Baltimore Station Baker Street PROJECT FILLED
Sunday, April 3rd, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
The Baltimore Station 1611 Baker Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 
Volunteers are needed to provide, prepare, and serve lunch for clients of The Baltimore Station an innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans and others who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. Please arrive at 10:30am to prepare for the lunch meal service, and the meal service will begin at 11:00am. After setting up and serving the meal, volunteers are invited to eat and socialize with the clients if interested.  There is a gated parking lot for volunteers.
Volunteer Capacity: 5 individuals  
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteers who are under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers including children must be vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination at The Baltimore Station on Sunday, April 3rd. In addition, volunteers must wear a surgical or N95 mask during meal service. 
Register Here

Groundskeeping at The Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park PROJECT FILLED
Sunday, April 3rd, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
The Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road Reisterstown, MD 21136 
Help maintain the Memorial Park Pet Cemetery at The Baltimore Humane Society. Volunteers will act as a groundkeeper; raking, mulching, stick pick-up, weeding, and possibly putting down grass seed. As a reminder, this volunteer opportunity is outside therefore please wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty or wet.  
Volunteer Capacity: 20 individuals  
Volunteer Restrictions: Volunteer under 12 must have a parent or guardian present. Please use the registration button below and each volunteer must register individually. 
Register Here

Thank you to our Good Deeds Day 2022 Leadership 

Ilene Schwartz, Chair  

Nancy Rosenberg, Vice-chair 

Thank you to our Good Deeds Day 2022 Community Partners 

Beth El Congregation 

Beth Israel Congregation 

Bolton Street Synagogue 

Thank you to our Good Deeds Day 2022 Sponsors 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact JVC at jvcbaltimore@associated.org.