COVID-19 Community Response

JVC, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in active and ongoing communication with our social service partners to identify their ongoing and new needs, as they strive to serve the most vulnerable members of our community during this crisis.

Needs and volunteer opportunities are listed below and regularly updated.

**Share what you are doing to support the community and participate in the 100,000 Acts of Service Challenge here!**

Hands-On Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer safely outside of your home.

*These local volunteer opportunities have not been fully vetted by JVC. JVC determined the need to provide real time volunteer opportunities required a relaxation of our rigorous screening process for nonprofit partners.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer using technology from your home. 

* These organizations are new partners to JVC and were recommended by a partner organization. They have not been fully vetted. JVC determined the need to provide real time virtual volunteer opportunities required a relaxation of our rigorous screening process for nonprofit partners.

Make At Home and Donate Now: Create donations that meet our partners’ urgent needs now. Must be willing to deliver directly- volunteers delivering critical donations to nonprofits are permitted to travel under the “stay-at-home” restrictions. 

  • Casseroles – prepare and freeze a homemade casserole to share with a local nonprofit providing critical needs to the most vulnerable members of our community. 
  • Bagged Meals to be donated to local shelters, including: sandwiches, fruit cups, chips, bottled water, juices, granola bars, individually packaged trail mixes and snacks.
  • Non-Surgical Face Masks: to be donated to our health-service partners who have requested them. *Sample instructions found by clicking HERE and HERE.
  • Notes of Encouragement: for students receiving food packages and isolated individuals.
  • Thank You Cards: for healthcare workers, grocery store personnel and nonprofit partner staff who are doing increasing amounts of work during this challenging time.
  • Family Care Kits: bar soap, dry soup packets, prepackaged hot breakfast cereal, child’s fleece blanket, age-appropriate workbooks for grades 1-3, activity books/packets for children ages 2-7, pencils, crayons. 
  • Create a “Little Free Food/Supply Box” for the community – create a box that can serve as a resource for people in the neighborhood. Add food and supplies inside and promote it within your community. Encourage people to take what they need and leave what they can.

Do Now and Donate Later: Create projects that meet ongoing needs of our partners. Donate when restrictions have lifted. 

  • DIY Live with Purpose Projects: Complete these projects at home with supplies you already have, or can easily get. Please complete this form if you are planning to do any of the projects below if you have any questions and so JVC can be in touch regarding collecting completed projects. 
    • Bookmarks: Download these templates to color in, or create with materials you have on hand. Completed bookmarks will be donated to JVC’s bookworms program that benefits local elementary schools. 
    • Community Art: Color images that will be used for a community art project to benefit Art with a Heart. Color them and return them to Art with a Heart in the coming weeks/months. See details HERE
    • T-Shirt Tote Bags: Create reusable tote bags out of t-shirts that will be donated to our partners in support of their food giveaways.
    • Animal Enrichment Toys: create toys to help entertain and comfort rescued animals living in shelters.
    • “Mugs” of Love: Assemble packages with goodieto brighten the day of others
    • Noisemaker Craft Kits: Assemble craft kits for children who are living in shelters to make as a fun activity
    • Knit or Crochet Hats or Scarves: JVC collects these items year-round to include in winter care packages packed on Community Mitzvah Day
  • Collect Gently-Used Sports Equipment for Leveling the Playing Field: Donations will be collected when “stay-at-home” restrictions have lifted.
  • Live with Purpose ProjectsIn compliance with Governor Hogan’s “Stay at Home” order, this Live With Purpose program is on hold until further notice. Stay tuned for updates.  JVC can provide supplies for these projects for a suggested donation. Supplies must be picked up from locations in Pikesville, Owings Mills, or Lutherville through no-contact pick ups: items will be left outside for volunteers to take home. Projects include:
    • Bookmarks
    • Fleece Blankets
    • Craft Kits (assembling the supplies for a recipient child to create a craft)
    • Crafts (creating a craft to be given as a functional gift)

In Kind Donation Needs from JVC’s Service Partners:

Please complete this form if you are interested in collecting and donating any of these items. JVC staff will connect you with the requesting organization(s) to coordinate delivery. *Donors should expect to deliver directly- volunteers delivering critical donations to nonprofits are permitted to travel under the “stay-at-home” restrictions.*  

  • Asylee Women’s Enterprise (A.W.E):
    • Non-perishable Food
    • Baby Items: Diapers, Wipes, Baby Food
    • Toiletries
  • Baltimore Child Abuse Center: 
    • School Supplies
    • Fleece Blankets
  • Baltimore Hunger Project: 
    • Snacks: Granola Bars, Nutrition Bars, Fruit Snacks, Protein Bars
  • Baltimore Rescue Mission and Karis Home
    • Snack Kits
    • Bagged Lunches
  • Charm City Care Connection
    • Hygiene Kits
    • Snacks  
  • DRU Mondawmin Healthy Families 
    • Snacks: Granola Bars, Nutrition Bars, Fruit Snacks, Protein Bars 
    • Cleaning Supplies: Paper Towels, Disinfectant, Pine Sol, Bleach, Tissues 
    • Laundry Supplies: Detergent, Dryer Sheets 
    • Toiletries: Toilet Paper, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes 
    • Safety Supplies: Protective Masks, Gloves 
    • Baby Items: Diapers (sizes 2, 4, 5, and 6) 
  • Gilchrist
    • Non-Surgical Face Masks *See instructions above under Make At Home and Donate Now
  • Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle School 
    • Non-Perishable Foods  
    • Hand Sanitizer 
  • My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter: 
    • Bottled Water
    • Non-Perishable Foods
    • Lunch Supplies: sandwich ingredients, salad ingredients, individual bags of chips, snack cups (fruit, pudding, etc.)
    • Food Storage: plastic bags, tin foil
    • Laundry Supplies: Detergent, Dryer Sheets
    • Cleaning Supplies: Paper Towels, Disinfectant, Pine Sol, Bleach, Tissues, Toilet Paper, Latex Gloves
  • SAFE Alternative Foundation for Education, Inc
    • Cleaning Supplies: Paper Towels, Disinfectant Wipes, Soap, Hand Sanitizer
  • Student Support Network:
    • Grocery store gift cards
  • St. Francis Neighborhood Center 
    • Bottled Water 
    • Food Items: Sugar, Canned Goods, Juices, Snacks 
    • Household/Cleaning Supplies: Hand Sanitizer, Bleach, Toilet Paper, Bed Pads, Cleaning Supplies, Mops 
    • Hygiene Kits 
    • School Supplies 
    • Similac Advance Formula 
  • The Baltimore Station
    • Canned and dry goods
    • Fresh Produce
    • Mens pants and shorts- sizes 30-36
    • New twin sheet sets
    • New pillow cases
  • Weinberg Housing and Resource Center: 
    • Hygiene kits
    • Hand sanitizer and/or wipes 
    • Men’s shirts and pants (new or gently used) 
    • Men and women’s underwear (new)

Be A Responsible Citizen:

  • Practice Good Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene: help to slow the spread of the virus
  • Complete the Census: the census helps our government better understand and provide for our communities.
  • Support the Associated: JVC is a proud agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. We are able to respond in times of crisis thanks to the funding and financial support we receive from The Associated’s Annual Campaign. Now, more than ever, our Associated network needs your support to continue meeting the growing needs in our community due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Please give generously.

Complete this form if you would like to be updated about new volunteer and donation needs as JVC staff learns of them.

JVC, a proud agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore, is able to respond in times of crisis thanks to the funding and financial support it receives from The Associated’s Annual Campaign. Now, more than ever, our Associated network needs your support to continue meeting the growing needs in our community due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please give today.

Click here to return to associated.org/covid19 for information and updates that impact our community at large.