About Our Community Partners

Community Partners: Service and Site Time Information

Terps for Change’s community partners focus on a range of social justice issues that impact UMD and the surrounding populations. Some partners have been working with Terps for Change volunteers for years, while others are just beginning their relationships with our program. Terps for Change volunteers for the Fall 2021 semester are required to commit to doing 2-3 hours of service per week with their selected community partner from the week of October 4th to the week of November 29th (excluding Thanksgiving week). Below, you will find more specific information about each of our Fall 2021 community partners, the weekly days and times that we will be working with them, whether the service is in-person or virtual, and any additional requirements or guidelines for service


    Important Covid-19 Information | Please Read Carefully

    Thank you so much for your interest in Terps for Change! Although we are experiencing an in-person semester, we are offering a wide variety of both in-person and virtual volunteering sites for students who still want to make a difference in our local communitities during this time. Here are a few important things to keep in mind as you review the below community partners and make a note of which sites you'd like to volunteer at. 

    • All in-person volunteering requires volunteers to provide their own masks (cloth is acceptable), wear them for the entire time they are being transported, volunteering and around other volunteers. Everyone is expected to abide by social distancing and 4Maryland rules, and Terps for Change reserves the right to dismiss you at any time from the program for not following these regulations. 
    • There are limited spots for volunteering this semester, especially for virtual opportunities. Fill out an application as soon as possible to increase your chances of getting placed at a site of your choice.
    • Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, site times and other logistics may change at any time, so be prepared! 

    What our partner does 

    A Wider Circle has the mission to end poverty, and they do not say no to anyone! AWC provides education and job preparedness, long-term support programs, and basic provision items.. Anyone in need can find help in the form of home furnishings, appropriate outfits for work, toys and games for kids, and much more, all at no cost to the clients. 

    Find out more at: www.awidercircle.org/whoweare.html

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers will be part of A Wider Circle's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which furnishes the homes of about 20 families each day. Service includes helping to sort donations and prepare bundles of items for clients to take home.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Fridays | 1:00-4:00pm | In-person

    **This includes transportation time. 

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location: 

    A Wider Circle, Center for Community Service

    9159 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Partner’s COVID-19 Protocols

    Volunteers will be socially distant and wear a mask at all times while participating in service.

    Other Partner Guidelines

    Liability form required. Orientation will be completed in the first week of service.

    Volunteers at A Wider Circle

    What our partner does 

    Academy of Hope is an adult education public charter school that has helped DC residents obtain their high school credential, develop their literacy and numeracy skills, and acquire valuable workforce and life skills since 1985. They have helped over 7,000 DC adult residents boost their literacy and more than 600 acquire their high school credential through the GED or National External Diploma Program. Learners take classes five days a week in most cases in reading and mathematics as well as digital literacy, office administration, 'soft skills,' and health care career pathways.

    Find out more at: https://aohdc.org/

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers at Academy of Hope will serve as personal tutors for learners in reading or math during the course of an academic term. You will be matched to one or two adult learners who need support in a subject based on your academic and professional qualifications and skills. You would meet with your learner in a one-on-one or two-learner session on Zoom or Google Meets once a week for approximately 45-60 minutes. Much of the support work will be homework help, remedial instruction, or skills practice for the GED/NEDP program. All service will be virtual for Fall 2021. 

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Various Days | Various Times (by appointment) | Virtual

    Transportation

    Service is fully virtual for Fall 2021. No transportation will be necessary.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service is fully virtual. Volunteers must abide by UMD COVID-19 protocols at all times.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form, supplemental application, and background checks required.

    Academy of Hope graduates

     

    What our partner does 

    All 13,000 of the University of Maryland’s acres are managed by the Arboretum & Botanical Garden. An arboretum is a collection of trees and plants maintained for scientific and educational study and public enjoyment. Conservation, preservation, and education are at the heart of the Arboretum & Botanical Garden’s mission. On campus there are several gardens that include native plant species.

    Find out more at: https://arboretum.umd.edu/

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers will be working around campus to help maintain the gardens and landscaping of campus, while learning about conservation, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Volunteers will be working alongside the campus arborists to plant native trees and shrubs on the perimeter of campus as part of a reforestation effort.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Wednesdays (Reforestation) | 2:00-3:30pm | In-person

    Fridays (Storm Water Management) | 10:00am-12:00pm | In-person

    Saturdays (Community Learning Garden) | 10:30-11:30am | In-person

    Transportation

    This site is on campus. Students who live off campus must arrange their own transportation to the site.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Masks are not required for outdoor service, but they are recommended by the Campus Arboretum. Please bring your own mask. 

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required. 

    Volunteers at Campus Arboretum

    What our partner does 

    Mi Espacio is an after-school youth leadership development program sponsored by CASA de Maryland. The program provides a supportive environment where students from local PGCPS high schools can gain the confidence, skills, and knowledge they need to graduate and achieve their post-secondary dreams. The model aims to recognize the strengths of each individual as well as the collective power of group problem solving and community organizing.

    Find out more at: https://wearecasa.org/

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers are needed to assist students with completing their homework and help with ongoing personal enrichment projects. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work closely with youth to develop a meaningful relationship.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Tuesdays | 3:00-6:00pm | In-person

    Wednesdays | 3:00-6:00pm | In-person

    **This includes transportation time. 

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location: 

    CASA de Maryland Inc. 

    8151 15th Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20783

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Masks are required during service. 

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form and background checks required.

    CASA volunteers

     

    What our partner does 

    David C. Driskell Community Park (formerly Magruder Park) is Hyattsville's major park facility and a favorite among the community! At 32 acres, the park is a remarkable hidden gem of green space. Unfortunately, Driskell Park is overrun with invasive species of plants. These invasive species have no local predators and tend to overrun native plants, disrupting the ecosystem and causing problems for both animals in the area and people in the community. 

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers will work with Hyattsville city park staff to identify and remove these invasive plants and pick up trash around the park. The staff members also make it a point to take time to appreciate the park and educate volunteers about environmental issues and conservation efforts, making the site an excellent learning experience!

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Saturdays | 9:30am-12:30pm | In-person

    **This includes travel time. 

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location: 

    David C. Driskell Community Park

    3911 Hamilton St., Hyattsville, MD 20781

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service is outdoors, but masks should be worn during transportation and in any indoor environments.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required.

    Driskell volunteers

     

    What our partner does 

    Established in 1974, by the City of Greenbelt, Greenbelt CARES is a community based, family oriented counseling program dedicated to promoting responsible behavior and appropriate family management skills. The Vocational / Educational Counselor offers GED preparatory classes, an individual and group tutoring program to assist students in school, and an ODD JOBS/JOB BANK program, to help people with the world of work and help citizens with odd jobs around the community. There is also an Adult ESOL program to help those with low English proficiency. Greenbelt CARES provides an ESOL/conversational English class targeted towards adult learners living in the Springhill Lake/Franklin Park community who are interested in learning English. Participants come from a variety of countries including: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran and Taiwan. 

    Find out more at: https://www.greenbeltmd.gov/government/departments/greenbelt-cares

    What volunteers will do

    Students meet one-on-one with community members to tutor English and reach any other goals they have set for themselves. Curricula and education plans are established by the full time staff who will be there to supervise and help out. All service will be virtual for Fall 2021.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Mondays | 10:00am-12:00pm | Virtual

    Tuesdays | 10:00am-12:00pm | Virtual

    Wednesdays | 10:00am-12:00pm | Virtual

    Thursdays | 10:00am-12:00pm | Virtual

    Transportation

    Service is fully virtual for Fall 2021. No transportation will be necessary.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service is fully virtual. Volunteers must abide by UMD COVID-19 protocols at all times.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required.

    Tutoring at Greenbelt CARES

     

    What our partner does 

    The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has 18 libraries across Prince George’s County. Kids Achieve Club is housed under Intercultural Services, a department developing partnerships that serve the needs of the people who want to learn English or other languages.  Kids Achieve Club is an online library program that offers first and second graders help with reading and homework. The model aims to recognize the strengths of each individual as well as the collective power of group problem solving and community organizing. All service will be virtual for Fall 2021.

    Find out more at: https://www.pgcmls.info/kidsachieve

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers are needed to assist students with completing their homework and help with ongoing personal enrichment projects. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work closely with youth to develop a meaningful relationship.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Thursdays | 3:30-5:30pm | Virtual

    Transportation

    Service is fully virtual for Fall 2021. No transportation will be necessary.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service is fully virtual. Volunteers must abide by UMD COVID-19 protocols at all times.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form, background check, and pre-service orientation required.

    PG County Memorial Library System

     

    What our partner does 

    Little Lights Urban Ministries empowers underserved youth and families in Washington, D.C., particularly those living in public housing communities across Southeast. The organization takes a holistic approach in not just bolstering academics within the students, but also providing programs to empower families within the community as well. Little Lights is dedicated to compassionate action, caring relationships and racial reconciliation. 

    Find out more at: www.littlelights.org

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers will be working with Little Lights’ Homework Club. Little Lights aims to provide homework support as well as supplemental curriculum to students in public housing communities. Volunteers serve both elementary (PreK-4th grade) and middle school (5th-8th grades) students by providing tutoring and being positive, caring figures. The students work in two rotation groups, rotating between academics and recreation.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Mondays | 3:00-6:00pm | In-person

    Thursdays | 3:00-6:00pm | In-person

    **This includes travel time. 

    ***Volunteers should pick one day and time and stick to it over the course of the semester.

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location:

    Little Lights Center (Two locations)

    1212 I St. SE, Washington DC 20003

    1000 12th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Masks are required and temperatures will be checked at the door. Face shields and hand sanitizer are available and provided by Little Lights. Do not volunteer if you are feeling ill.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form, background check, and supplemental application required.

    Little Lights

     

    What our partner does 

    M-NCPPC seeks to balance preservation with managing the growth of communities, protect and steward natural, cultural, and historic resources, and provide leisure and recreational experiences for both residents and visitors of Maryland. 

    Find out more at: www.mncppc.org 

    What volunteers will do

    Each week volunteers will assist Park Rangers and MNCPPC staff on various conservation, parkland and community beautification projects within walking distance to campus along the Paint Branch Trail, from Metzerott Road to Lake Artemesia. Projects include helping with native plantings, litter pickups, invasive plant removal, tree watering, and trail enhancement projects. Volunteers will work alongside Sierra Club Stewardship Interns to keep the trail clean and inviting and keep track of how much waste and recycling are collected by either counting or weighing bags of both trash and recycling.  Volunteers will also work on maintaining Good Neighbor Day sites around College Park.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Fridays | 3:00-6:00pm | In-person

    **This includes travel time. 

    Transportation

    This site is walkable or bikeable from campus. Students who live off campus must arrange their own transportation to the site. 

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service will take place outdoors, and masks are not required. Volunteers must abide by UMD COVID-19 protocols at all times.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required. Volunteers must pre-register for service with M-NCPPC.

    Park volunteers

     

    What our partner does 

    Seabury Resources for the Aging's mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in Washington, DC to live with independence and dignity. Their Age-in-Place program allows for their clients to continue living in their lifelong homes and apartments by providing volunteers to help with basic upkeep and maintenance that they cannot do themselves.

    Find out more at: https://www.seaburyresources.org/

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers will work in groups at the residences of elderly and aging community members. The service itself might include house cleanup, yard work, and other upkeep tasks! Volunteers should dress in clothes that they do not mind getting dirty, wear closed-toed shoes, and keep in mind that the sites may contain allergens (pets, dust, pollen, etc.). Volunteers should dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Fridays | 1:00-4:30pm | In-person

    **This includes travel time. 

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location: 

    Seabury Resources for the Aging, Age-in-Place Program

    2501 18th Street, NE, Washington, DC  20018

    COVID-19 Protocols

    The majority of seniors in the program have been vaccinated, but masks are still required during service. Do not volunteer if you are feeling ill.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required.

    Seabury volunteers

     

    What our partner does 

    TerpFarm is the University of Maryland's very own sustainable vegetable farm. Established in 2014 with funding from the Student Sustainability Grant Fund, TerpFarm is managed by the Department of Dining Services and produces fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to be served to diners on the College Park campus. Food produced on the farm is also donated on a weekly basis to the Campus Pantry program, aimed at improving food security within our campus community. 

    Find out more at: http://terpfarm.umd.edu/

    What volunteers will do

    This opportunity will consist of outdoor work at the Terp Farm location. Volunteers will be working on propagation (seeding plant trays, creating soil mixes) and other various duties. 

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Terp Farm | Saturdays | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM | In-Person

    **This includes transportation time. 

    Transportation

    Transportation is provided by Terps for Change from campus to the site. 

    Location: 

    TerpFarm 

    2005 Largo Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Service is outdoors, but masks should be worn during transportation and in any indoor environments.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required. 

    TerpFarm volunteers

     

    What our partner does 

    The Campus Pantry is the University of Maryland’s official emergency food service available to students and staff. Established in 2014, the Campus Pantry is managed by the Department of Dining Services and is housed at the University Health Center. The Pantry provides nonperishable foods and fresh produce donated from the UMD Terp Farm and Capital Area Food Bank, free of cost for UMD affiliates. The mission and vision is to alleviate food insecurity among students and staff in need.

    Find out more at: http://campuspantry.umd.edu/

    What volunteers will do

    Volunteers for the pantry will assist the Campus Pantry Interns in donation pickups, organizing and stocking the shelves, developing marketing and awareness campaigns of the pantry, and possibly conducting food drives.

    Fall 2021 Weekly Site Visit Days and Times

    Tuesdays | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | In-Person 

    Tuesdays | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | In-Person

    Tuesdays | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | In-Person

    Tuesdays | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | In-Person

    Fridays | 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM | In-Person

    Fridays | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | In-Person

    Fridays | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | In-Person

    Fridays | 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM | In-Person

    **Volunteers should pick one day and time and stick to that shift over the course of the semester.

    Transportation

    This site is on campus. Students who live off campus must arrange their own transportation to the site.

    COVID-19 Protocols

    Masks must be worn during service and UMD COVID protocols must be followed.

    Other Guidelines

    Liability form required.

    Campus Pantry volunteers

     

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