#EveryStoryCounts – Community Service

Are you like Dave?

Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want to organize a volunteer day to lend a helping hand to those in needs? Volunteering allows people to deepen their involvement in the issues they are passionate about while building capacity for nonprofit organizations. Baltimore Office of Sustainability and our network of partner organizations offer a wide range of resources and programs to help you get involved … (know an organization or project you think should be included? Let us know.)

Sustainability Plan Update

Have your say in the future of how Baltimore does sustainability. Let us know the change you want to see and the part you want to play by participating in our community-led process to rewrite The Plan. From green energy to youth empowerment to transportation and beyond, you can make your priorities known and your voice heard.

Current Plan

See how the current plan empowers community voices and the progress we’ve made as a city in our annual sustainability plan reports.

Volunteer Listings

All for Good lists over 300,000 volunteer projects around the country and is a free resource for organizations who want to engage volunteers.

VolunteerMatch makes it easy to get in touch with a nonprofit that needs you. They have a large listing of local and virtual opportunities for volunteers.

Create The Good, is a service of AARP which connects people with volunteer opportunities to share their life experiences, skills and passions in their community.

Serve.gov offers Americans opportunities to participate in our nation’s recovery and renewal by serving in our communities.

Volunteer.gov is a listing of volunteer opportunities with federal organizations such as the National Park Service, NOAA, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and more.

The Taproot Foundation connects nonprofits and social change organizations with passionate, skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono.

Local Volunteer Opportunities

The 6th Branch utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute community service initiatives. They engage both military and civilian volunteers on a large range of projects and anyone willing to help is welcome to join.

Business Volunteers Maryland connects companies and individuals to results-focused volunteerism while fulfilling the needs of nonprofit organizations for talented, mission-driven volunteers.

Volunteering Untapped organizes service projects with a different nonprofit organization in Baltimore on the second Saturday of every month, then spend the afternoon at a local bar for food, drinks, networking and fun with everyone who volunteered.

The United Way of Central Maryland has volunteer events throughout the region to help kids stay in school, ensure neighbors in need have access to healthy food and healthcare, and help people find jobs and a safe place to call home.

Maryland Food Bank uses volunteers to sort food, harvest crops, flash-freeze healthy meals from their Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, and more.

Catholic Charities of Baltimore relies on the generosity of more than 22,000 volunteers who serve thousands of hours every year to help us fulfill our mission of improving the lives of Marylanders in need. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and groups of all faiths and ages.

Franciscan Center relies on the time and talent of volunteers to provide food, clothing, emergency health services, counseling, and technology training to help clients become as self-sufficient as possible.

Health Care for the Homeless engages volunteers in service that improves the health and stability of people experiencing homelessness and builds support for their collective work to end homelessness.

National Volunteer Organizations

DoSomething.org provides resources for young people to get involved in projects such as clothing half of America’s youth in homeless shelters, cleaning up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets, and running the largest youth-led sports equipment drive in the world.

Youth Service America’s mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.

Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people with opportunities to become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.

Repair the World works to inspire American Jews and their communities to give their time and effort to serve those in need.

The HandsOn Network runs 250 volunteer action centers to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. They engage volunteers to fundraise and build playgrounds around the country.

Be The Change, Inc. organizes campaigns to create opportunity, empower veterans and promote national service.

Cities of Service is a national nonprofit organization that supports mayors and city chief executives in their efforts to engage local communities and residents, identify challenges, and solve problems together.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides tools to make it fun and easy to spread kindness while creating a grand impact.

Celebrations of Service

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service engages Americans around the country to service in their communities to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Volunteer Week is a week dedicated to inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance engages Americans in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide celebrated every year on October 28.

Family Volunteer Day encourages families to come together the Saturday before Thanksgiving and support their community.