Service Opportunities

Baltimore-based service-learning opportunities

(All service-learning opportunities are part of the 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum and ask for a semester long commitment to weekly service and reflection.)

The CSJ team is proud to be partnering with the Shriver Center at UMBC to promote the many Baltimore-based service opportunities that the Shriver Center offers. From working with children to prepare them for college to providing care for shelter animals, check out the list below to learn more about the many different opportunities you have to volunteer in Baltimore.

If you are interested in partnering with any of the sites listed below, please contact the Shriver Center. Call 410-455-2493 to register for a placement, or you may also email Lori Hardesty at lleonard@umbc.edu, Eloise Grose at elgrose1@umbc.edu, or Shirley Carrington at shirleyc@umbc.edu. The Shriver Center is located on the 1st floor of the Public Policy Building. Also, note that the deadline to register for PRAC 096 this fall is September 23rd, 2016.

Animal Welfare

Baltimore Animal Rescue Care Shelter (BARCS)* – Provide attention, care, and support to animals housed in this Baltimore city animal shelter to increase chances of adoption.  Dog Walkers and Cat Socializers are primary needs. Mondays 3pm to 7pm, Wednesdays 3pm to 7pm, Saturdays 11am to 3pm.

Education

College Gardens Youth Program*  Tutor children from grades K-6 in academics and develop stimulating activities for either indoor or outdoor recreation, including artistic, physical, and mental tasks. Mondays through Thursdays 2:45pm to 5:15pm.

Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO) Assist children of Latino descent with academics and educational activities. Saturdays 9am to 1:45pm.

Reading Partners Program – Reading Partners coordinates opportunities for volunteers to tutor an elementary school student one-on-one to strengthen their reading abilities using a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum. Serves two schools in South Baltimore: Friendship Academy at Cherry Hill and Westport Academy. Various hours available.

Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA) Assist students ages 12-18 with emotional disturbance disorders on schoolwork and behavior in a therapeutic environment. Mondays 8:30am to 12:30pm.

The Choice Program’s Education Team Work with youth from Lakeland Elementary and Middle School in after-school programming: focusing on college preparation, vocational skills development, tutoring, and other recreational/cultural activities. Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30pm to 5:30pm.

Young Explorers at Lakeland Elementary*  The UMBC Young Explorers Program helps to engage elementary school children in the STEM fields, through exploration, imagination, and education. This after-school program will address math, reading, service-learning, and character building, led by Fellows and supported by Lakeland teachers. Mondays 2:30pm to 6pm.

Environment

Baltimore Community ToolBank  The Baltimore Community ToolBank offers an inventory of tools—shovels, rakes, drills and so much more—to help nonprofit organizations, religious and educational institutions, community groups and their volunteers increase their impact. Mondays through Fridays 9am to 5pm.

Food and Housing Access

Southwest Emergency Services (SWES)  Assist in sorting clothes, food, medical supplies, etc. to keep this thrift store organized and manageable. Mondays through Fridays 9am to 12pm.

Weinberg Housing and Resource Center – Provide dinner to 275 Baltimore residents that are in need of food. Mondays through Fridays 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

International Populations

Esperanza Center Provide tutoring and instruction in English and U.S. Civics to recently immigrated adults. Thursdays 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Refugee Youth Project Work with adolescent refugees by tutoring, mentoring, and providing support. Mondays and Thursdays 3pm to 5:30pm.

Mental Health

B’More Club House – Various volunteer opportunities to serve adults with mental illness. Mondays through Fridays 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Service sites marked with an asterisk (*) provide transportation to and from UMBC. 

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