Tutor Russian or Farsi-speaking clients in English language skills needed for
employment applications and interviews and/or translate non-medical terminology
at medical appointments. Conversational English tutoring may take place in a
group or one–on-one. Training provided.
The Bookworms program, a collaboration of Jewish Volunteer Connection and
ASSOCIATED Women, provides an opportunity for women to volunteer once a month in
an area elementary school. The volunteers spend time reading to children and
provide new or gently-used books for the classroom libraries.
Jewish Volunteer Connection currently places volunteers at Cross Country
Elementary School, Fallstaff Elementary School and Yeshivas Chofetz Chaim
Talmudical Academy to help teachers and students in the classroom. Volunteers
commit to at least one hour per week for the length of the school year and are
matched with one classroom of students between kindergarten and fifth grade.
Tutors provide individuals or small groups of students with the extra attention
they need to succeed.
High school teens volunteer throughout the community through volunteer
projects organized and run by Diller Baltimore Teen Fellows. A long-term
commitment is not required. Examples of past projects include: after-school
sports, arts and academic programs in Baltimore City, oral histories and spa
evenings with seniors, cooking and serving meals at homeless shelters, and
interactive activities with Jewish children.
The Government Relations Commission (GRC) monitors and adopts positions on
federal, state and local legislation. It serves as a vehicle for developing
public policy resolutions and positions. The GRC also engages in political
activism on behalf of the organized Jewish community. It meets three to four
times each year and hosts Advocacy Day in Annapolis.
The Baltimore Jewish Council Inter-ethnic and Inter-faith Dialogues help
establish and maintain good relations between the Jewish community and other
ethnic and faith groups in our area. Through dialogue, the groups learn about
each other to dispel stereotypes and build personal relationships so the groups
can support each other on community and legislative issues that may develop.
Meetings and programs focus on matters of mutual concern and relevance to the
Baltimore Jewish Council uses its Israel Awareness and Advocacy Committee to
find ways of educating, informing and raising awareness in the Jewish and
broader community about Israel. BJC mobilizes the community to take action for
Israel. These actions and programs usually emanate from the BJC’s Israel
Advocacy and Awareness Committee.
Jewish Community Services needs adult volunteer mentors to provide friendship
and guidance to children and teens in need of support. "Bigs" get together two
to three times a month with their "Littles" to share activities. A mentor
becomes a friend and a role model who can change a child’s life. Training and
on-going professional support are provided.
JVC works as a match-maker for potential volunteers, serving as a resource to
the Baltimore Jewish community and promoting a Jewish culture of volunteerism.
JVC professionals meet one-on-one with potential volunteers and place them in
opportunities that meet their interests, talents and time constraints.
During the growth season (May through October), individuals interested in
hands-on field work should have a love for the outdoors, a tolerance for being
dirty and the ability to do physical labor. High school seniors with internship
opportunities through their schools are welcome to participate in Kayam's
internship program which combines farm work with study about agriculture and
sustainability. There are also opportunities for educators to assist in running
educational programs during the spring and fall seasons.
The Metropolitan Issues Commission, or “Met Issues” for short, monitors local
concerns affecting the quality of life in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.
Recognizing that social conditions are constantly changing, the Commission’s
agenda responds to current issues confronting the community such as
homelessness, poverty, welfare, regionalism, immigration, health care, gun
control and discrimination. Met Issues usually meets two to three times per
Mitzvah Makers projects are for families with children birth to age 13.
Families participate in educational and fun hands-on volunteer projects,
spending quality time together and helping the community at the same
Mitzvah Makers on the Move is a guide to volunteer activities that can be
done as a family, as a playgroup, with a religious school or preschool class, or
even as an alternative to a birthday party. Along with the volunteer ideas,
there are also Jewish learning sections to help parents and teachers communicate
different Jewish values to their children.
Maryland/Israel Development Center Professional Volunteers
The MIDC is looking to build its network of volunteer professionals willing
to assist Israeli businesses in successfully accessing Maryland and other U.S.
market opportunities. Volunteers are also needed to plan and promote community
events, such as MarketReach America, and other programs sponsored by the MIDC in
an effort to expand the membership base and networking opportunities.
NADIV (Neighbors Assisting Directly in Volunteerism) expands
community assistance to low to moderate income seniors and adults with
disabilities living in their own homes. This program includes two annual events,
CHAI Weatherization Day and NeighborGood Day, both of which assist seniors and
adults with disabilities with seasonal work and safety
Shalom Baltimore volunteers connect newcomers with people, organizations and
opportunities in the Baltimore Jewish community by welcoming newcomers in person
and delivering gifts and community information.
Teen Summer Service Experiences offers one-week intensive service experiences
for middle and high school students. The opportunities take place each summer
and encompass various themes ranging from the environment to
Weinberg Senior Living offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in our 13
independent living facilities and in Weinberg Park Assisted Living. Volunteers
can assist seniors to use computers, help serve meals, lead arts and crafts and
share a friendly conversation. These are just a few examples of how you can
enrich the lives of our residents with your presence.
Jewish Community Services needs volunteers to transport JCS clients to
medical and other important appointments, to drive/escort clients to
supermarkets or other shopping trips, and to offer companionship to frail
elderly individuals and people with disabilities.
Jewish Volunteer Connection offers one-time group volunteer opportunities
focused on young adults in their 20s and 30s. These opportunities include Bingo
Night at Courtland Gardens, Environmental Programming, Ronald McDonald House
Dinners and U Can Be Career Education, among others.