After one of the most polarizing election cycles in recent history came to a close, its results awakened a passionate response nationwide. Unsure of what’s next, many feel a call to action is necessary.
In a city where there is no shortage of opportunities for those who want to engage directly on a local level to affect change in their communities, we offer a short list as a starting point for activism to proactively offset the potential impact of this year’s election.
Art with a Heart
3355 Keswick Road, Suite 104, Baltimore, MD • 410-366-8886 • www.artwithaheart.net
Art with a Heart is a non-profit community organization that works to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art by bringing classes to vulnerable youth and adults in schools, shelters, group homes, community centers, hospitals and senior facilities.
Volunteers are needed to work with the staff to help with classes/programs. No art experience is required. Teaching opportunities also available.
To volunteer, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.artwithaheart.net/support/volunteer
Baltimore Community ToolBank
1224 Wicomico Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 • 410-244-5565 • www.baltimore.toolbank.org
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 to increase their impact. Whether it’s the school playground, a church garden or an abandoned lot – any group will have enough spades, paint rollers and trash buckets to get the job done.
To learn more about donating or borrowing tools, visit www.baltimore.toolbank.org
Blue Water Baltimore
3545 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21213 • 410-254-1577 • www.bluewaterbaltimore.org
Blue Water Baltimore’s purpose is to use community-based restoration, education, and advocacy to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams, and harbor, so that citizens of the Baltimore region will enjoy a vibrant natural environment, livable neighborhoods, and a healthy, thriving Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.
Volunteer opportunities include: planting and pruning trees, assisting at a native plant nursery, stenciling a storm drain, organizing a community cleanup or project, and helping in the office.
To volunteer, visit www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/take-action/volunteer
Breath of God Lutheran Church – Youth Mentoring Program
141 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 • 410-675-5616 • www.breathofgodlc.org
Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the school year, Breath of God hosts an evening of youth mentorship. Adults and high school students are needed to work directly with young people in Southeast Baltimore to aid with reading, writing, math, and fitness.
To volunteer, contact Matthew Herzberg at 443-580-2601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase Brexton Health Care
1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 • 410-837-2050 • www.chasebrexton.org
Chase Brexton provides compassionate, quality health care that honors diversity, inspires wellness, and improves our communities.
Volunteer opportunities include administrative aid, design, photography, writing, event & job fair assistance, fund-raising and other committee-based tasks.
To volunteer, visit www.chasebrexton.org/get-involved/volunteer
Heart and Ears
611 Park Avenue, Suite A, Baltimore, MD, 21201 • 410-523-1694 • www.heartsandears.org
Hearts & Ears, Inc. is a non-profit organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning individuals with mental health issues and concerns. The mission is to advance the empowerment of GLBTIQ individuals who utilize mental health services through support, advocacy, raising awareness and educational opportunities. Volunteer opportunities vary, please call for details.
To volunteer, visit www.heartsandears.org/volunteer
House of Ruth Maryland
2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218 • 410-889-0840 • www.hruth.org
House of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation’s leading intimate partner violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find safety and security. They also offer counseling, therapy and legal services.
Volunteer opportunities include playroom aid, shopping, organizing donations, working the resale boutique, sewing and fund-raising. A background check is required.
To volunteer, visit www.hruth.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities
402 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, 3rd Floor, Towson, MD 21204 • 410-828-6761 • www.marylandcasa.org
Maryland CASA Association is the state organization for Maryland’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs. They work to ensure every victim of child abuse and neglect their right to grow up in safe and permanent homes.
A CASA volunteer is a court appointed, trained, and committed adult who represents and advocates for a child’s best interest in the child protection system. Becoming a volunteer helps keep abused and neglected children safe, giving them a chance at finding happiness. (Note: this position includes 30 hours of training and a one-year commitment.)
To volunteer, visit www.marylandcasa.org/get-involved
901 N Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205 • 410-327-3420 • www.mfeast.org
The mission of Moveable Feast is to foster a community that cares for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering nutritious meals and groceries and providing nutritional counseling and other services.
Volunteer opportunities include kitchen assistant, delivery driver, gardener, baker and special event support.
To volunteer, visit www.mfeast.org/volunteer
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
330 N. Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 • 410-576-1414 • www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-maryland
Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM) is a not-for-profit family planning agency that provides high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for women, men and teens.
Volunteer opportunities include advocacy, fundraising, and community outreach.
To volunteer, visit www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-maryland/get-involved-locally
Refugee Youth Project
3516 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224 • 410-558-3194 • www.refugeeyouthproject.org
The Baltimore City Community College Refugee Youth Project (RYP) provides quality after-school, summer school, community arts, and mentoring programs for more than 300 students from over 17 different countries between the ages of 4 and 21.
Volunteers are needed to accelerate the integration of refugee youth through tutoring and mentoring, and also to help educate the public about their newest neighbors.
To volunteer, visit www.refugeeyouthproject.org/get-involved
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
2405 Linden Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 • 410-669-2612 • www.stfranciscenter.org
The St. Francis Neighborhood Center is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem and self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. They work to provide people with the tools they need to advance their lives financially and socially, while fostering positive interpersonal and community connections.
Volunteer opportunities include administrative assistants, fund-raising, greening/clean up, interns, mentors, special events, community outreach and guest speakers.
To volunteer, visit www.stfranciscenter.org/what_you_can_do/volunteer
Women’s Housing Coalition
119 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 • 410.235.5782 • www.womenshousing.org
The Women’s Housing Coalition is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness for women and children by providing affordable housing and supportive services to enable them to sustain social and financial independence.
Volunteer opportunities are diverse and available for individuals and corporations or groups. They include: cooking, administrative, landscaping, design & video editing, teaching, financial literacy, tutoring, childcare, resume writing and several other topics which aid in teaching life skills.
To volunteer, visit www.womenshousing.org/get-involved/volunteer
Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-In Center
2315 N. Charles Street, 1st Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218 • 410-235-7744 • www.yesdropincenter.org
Founded and run by formerly homeless youth and their allies, YES works to end homelessness in Baltimore by supporting currently/formerly homeless youth to become leaders in our community and by providing desperately needed, direct services, to youth who are experiencing homelessness.
Volunteer opportunities include providing resume and job assistance, facilitating group activities, organizing and sorting donations, and cleaning.
To volunteer, visit www.yesdropincenter.org/getinvolved/volunteer