What we're about

This group is for people in the Central Maryland area who are interested in volunteering in their free time.

Central maryland includes:
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Anne Arundel County
Howard County
Harford County

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and it also enriches your life as well!

This group is for your enjoyment, so please let me know what types of volunteer opportunities you would be interested in.

Upcoming events (5)

Maryland Food Bank

Maryland Food Bank

ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE are ***REQUIRED*** to sign up for this event at the MD Food Bank's website. A link to that site will appear once you've signed up on this Central MD Volunteers Meetup page. The Maryland Food Bank needs an accurate estimate of how many people will be volunteering for this event, so please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you aren't able to make it to this event. ======================================= IMPORTANT VOLUNTEER INFO: - We have been advised that Apple Maps does NOT accurately reflect the location of the warehouse. Do NOT use Apple Maps for driving directions to the Maryland Food Bank. - Please arrive to the warehouse ON TIME. We can't begin until EVERYONE is at the warehouse. - Volunteers must commit to working a three-hour shift. - For safety, volunteers may not wear open-toed shoes or heels. - Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty (which probably won't happen, but it's a possibility). Volunteers should dress comfortably — preferably in jeans, shorts, sweats and t-shirts. - All volunteers must attend a brief orientation at the beginning of their shift. - Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. - Volunteers under the age of 18 cannot work on the conveyor belt in the Baltimore warehouse. Additional volunteer info can be found at the MD Food Bank's website, at https://www.mdfoodbank.org/volunteer/ . ======================================= The Maryland Food Bank was founded in 1979 to coordinate the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state's hungry. Volunteers usually work on a high-tech conveyor belt in the warehouse, pulling specific types of food from the belt as they pass, and packing the sorted food into 25 - 50-pound boxes. Full boxes are then placed on the Maryland Food Bank's daily menu, available for more than 600 soup kitchens, pantries and shelters across the state to order.

Maryland Book Bank

Maryland Book Bank

The Maryland Book Bank (http://marylandbookbank.org) has provides new and gently used children's books to disadvantaged families in Baltimore. Their goal is to spark family reading at home by making sure there are plenty of books available. Volunteers are needed to help organize books at the Book Bank. On days when the weather is favorable, volunteer organizers at the Book Bank often arrange for volunteers to work outdoors! This event has been very popular with volunteers who work with children. An extra benefit of sorting books for the Maryland Book Bank is the nostalgia trip you'll experience when you see books that you just might remember from your childhood...! For those who are interested, we may go to lunch at a nearby restaurant after this event.

Maryland Book Bank

Maryland Book Bank

The Maryland Book Bank (http://marylandbookbank.org) has provides new and gently used children's books to disadvantaged families in Baltimore. Their goal is to spark family reading at home by making sure there are plenty of books available. Volunteers are needed to help organize books at the Book Bank. On days when the weather is favorable, volunteer organizers at the Book Bank often arrange for volunteers to work outdoors! This event has been very popular with volunteers who work with children. An extra benefit of sorting books for the Maryland Book Bank is the nostalgia trip you'll experience when you see books that you just might remember from your childhood...! For those who are interested, we may go to lunch at a nearby restaurant after this event.

Books for International Goodwill

Books for International Goodwill

NOTE: This event is listed with a start time of 9am, but volunteers are welcome to join us as early as 8am. Volunteer duties usually involve packing books for shipment overseas. If you're a first time volunteer, we'll need to provide you with instructions on how to pack books so that the pallet won't collapse during shipment. ___________________________________ About Books for International Goodwill: Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) has successfully recycled used books for productive use by those who need books for schools and libraries to improve literacy in developing communities around the world. B.I.G. is a project begun by the Parole Rotary Club of Annapolis and is now an independent non-profit entity. It's motto is "Spreading Literacy by Keeping Books Alive". The goal of the project is to provide the basic tools for educating the public both in formal school settings and through community libraries. We believe that the route to world peace and prosperity is through giving people the tools to learn how to feed their minds, as a corollary to the philosophy "that if you give a person a fish they will eat for a day, but if you teach them how to fish, they will eat for a lifetime". Our project benefits three audiences. Those donating books know they are helping the environment, as well as the needy. B.I.G. is run by volunteers, providing an outlet for them to help the less fortunate improve their education and welfare. And most important, we are sending thousands of books to people throughout the world that will help them advance their learning and economic well-being. BIG has shipped over 7 million books over the last seventeen years to poor communities overseas, as well as to Indian Reservations and communities recovering from natural disasters. Over 200 container loads (each with over 20,000 books) have gone by ship to countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia. Additionally, more than 1,000 smaller shipments have been mailed to US Service Personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, and other mission-sponsored schools.

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Books for International Goodwill

Books for International Goodwill

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