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 are: September 17, November 19, January 28, and March 25. All sessions are 9am-1pm. To learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).

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! Young adult volunteers present about their careers or go on field trips to local businesses 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 once a month from 5-7pm; Fall 2017 dates: September 26, October 24, November 14, December 5. To learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).

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.

Green VolunTeam – Are you a young adult looking to learn more about and do more for the environment? Then the Green VolunTeam is for you! This group goes once a month to volunteer with an environmentally conscious organization around Baltimore, including projects like park clean ups, and oyster planting! 2017-18 dates coming soon. To learn more, contact Josh Sherman (jsherman@associated.org).

Downtown VolunTeam – Spare a couple of hours every other month on a Sunday morning to volunteer with other young adults at Sarah’s Hope Mount Street! This unique shelter caters to families experiencing homelessness, and the VolunTeam spends time playing games or doing art projects with the kids. Fall 2017 dates: November 12th, 10am-12pmTo learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).


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.