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, Church Lane Elementary, Fallstaff Elementary, Federal Hill Preparatory, Dorothy I. Height Elementary, Milbrook Elementary, Timber Grove Elementary, Wellwood Elementary. For more information about upcoming dates, Click HERE.

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, Click HERE.

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. For more information about upcoming dates, contact Erica Bloom at ebloom@associated.org or 410-369-9302.

Repair the World Baltimore, Young Adult VolunTeams *Geared towards 20s-30s interested in volunteering with peers.

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 2018 dates are: September 30, November 11, January 13, and March 10. All sessions are 9am-1pm. To learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).

The Harambe Center (formerly 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 Harambe Center, 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 2018 dates: September 26, October 17. To learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).

Weinberg Housing and Resource Center VolunTeam – The Weinberg Housing and Resource Center VolunTeam serves meals at this emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness every other month on a Sunday evening from 4:30-7pm. Upcoming 2018-2019 dates: September 23, November 11, January 13, March 10.

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 2018 date: October 7th, 10am-12pmTo learn more, contact Diana Goldsmith (dgoldsmith@associated.org).

Off the Couch VolunTeam -Get off the couch with this VolunTeam that hops around to different volunteer projects all around the city every other month, usually on a Saturday morning. This group likes to try a variety of things, so it’s always something new! Upcoming 2018-2019 dates: September 15 (St. Francis Neighborhood Center), November 10 (Our Daily Bread), January 19 (Baltimore Hunger Project)

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.