"Be a Part of the 100" volunteer campaign is an initiative of the Department of Epidemiology to celebrate the School's centennial. The goal is to get 100 people involved in volunteering and donating to Baltimore organizations during the 2015-2016 academic year. Below are a list of opportunities currently available:
Takes Time for School (TTFS) – This program is run through the JHU Work, Life & Engagement office. It was established to support Baltimore City Public Schools by giving university staff members the opportunity to spend up to two days of their time volunteering in the schools. The two days can be split up however staff wishes to use the time with the approval of their supervisor. In the wake of the Baltimore Uprising, TTFS was extended to support rebuilding efforts in Baltimore City. Work, Life and Engagement is currently in the works to revamp this program. In the meantime, faculty and staff working through SOURCE on projects in the community can us these 2 days to support SOURCE partnering community-based organizations (CBOs). Once the service experience is approved by the supervisor, staff will use the code VOL on the E210 form to report their hours.
SOURCE Tri-School Day of Service on April 16, 2016 – An opportunity for faculty, staff and students from the health professional schools to come together and serve a variety of SOURCE partnering community-based organizations (CBOs). The day of service starts around 8:30 a.m. and lasts until around 12-2 p.m. Projects typically include a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities from painting to gardening. Registrants will have the opportunity to register for their top choices and will be placed at a site based on availability. SOURCE does not allow for groups to block or reserve a site in bulk. Registration is first come, first served.
Donation Drives – In honor of the Department of Epidemiology Centennial seminar series in November, we will publicize specific canned food and toiletry drives to be collected during the Friday talks. Stay tuned for more information about where to donate and to whom the donations will go.
Group Volunteer Opportunities – The following are a few organizations in the SOURCE Network that work with groups of volunteers on an ongoing and regular basis. Please note, there are many more organizations than those listed below; the list is meant to give ideas for opportunities to get involved. For groups that are interested in setting up a volunteer project, they should contact Shane Bryan (email@example.com), SOURCE Assistant Director, to review options and get additional information. Please contact SOURCE to organize group volunteers with these organizations.
- Civic Works – Tree planting, urban farming, creating green space in vacant lots, community gardening. Works with groups anywhere from 5-35 people. Takes volunteers most weekends and other days depending on need.
- Blue Water Baltimore – Tree planting and waterway restoration. Works with individual volunteers to large (30+) groups. Takes volunteers most weekends, other days depending on events/planting schedule.
- Moveable Feast – Prepare meals for individuals homebound living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. Also has a community garden for volunteers to work. Works with individual volunteers to medium (15) sized groups. Takes volunteers daily.
- Our Daily Bread – Daily food preparation and distribution (soup kitchen) service in Baltimore City. Works with groups 5-20 people. Takes volunteers daily.
- Franciscan Center – Daily lunch program, food pantry, clothing distribution program, and food distribution events. Works with individual volunteers to medium (15-20) sized groups. Typical opportunities are weekdays with occasional weekends.
- Maryland Food Bank – Food distribution center; help sort and pack donated food. Typically work with groups 15-30 people. Available weekdays, second Saturdays and fourth Wednesday evenings.
- Habitat for Humanity – Habitat build projects, transition vacant lots into green space and work in their ReStore Center helping sort and organize donations. Works with individual to medium size (15) groups. Availability depends on schedule for build projects. ReStore volunteers are needed daily when the store is open.
- Parks and People – Environmental work, help improve the physical/social/environmental quality of neighborhoods through greening activities. Work with individuals to large (30) groups. Availability Monday-Saturday depending on the need.
- Other – Needs at CBOs change and evolve over time. Organizations will often reach out because they need a room painted or a beautification project on their grounds. Each organization has unique needs and projects throughout the year. Current needs are posted weekly in the SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop. Meeting with Shane will ensure the group is paired with an organization that has a current need that best fits the interest of the organization.
Finally, if you are interested in keeping abreast of the latest calls for support from local non-profits, subscribe to SOURCE’s Weekly Service Scoop. Simply email SOURCE@jhu.edu and type “subscribe” in the subject line. Be sure to mention that you are a JHSPH faculty, staff, or student in the Epi department. You’ll begin receiving announcements from SOURCE every Tuesday.