Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

About Our Community Partners

Community Partners: Service and Site Time Information

UPDATES FOR SPRING 2021 (AS OF 01/13/21): PLEASE READ!

Thank you so much for your interest in Terps for Change! Although we are experiencing yet another unprecedented semester, we are offering a wide variety of both in-person and virtual volunteering sites for students who still want to make a difference on campus 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 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. 
  • All in-person volunteering requires volunteers to provide their own transportation to AND from the site location each week. We encourage you to read through the location information listed below and map out how long the commute will be from your location to see if it is a viable option BEFORE committing to a site. 
  • 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! 

 


A Wider Circle

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. Volunteers will be part of A Wider Circle's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which furnishes the homes of about 20 families each day. 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). 

Volunteers can either choose to volunteer in-person OR virtually, depending on space and availability. 

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time: Volunteers will be socially distanced in their own sections to sort donations and organize the space. Coordinators should coordinate with the volunteers and staff at A Wider Circle to do an orientation to the organization.  A mid-semester check in with A Wider Circle and the volunteering group should be done as well. For each shift, volunteers must use the sign up link every time.  Volunteers will not volunteer in groups, rather they will pick a shift and stick to that time every week. They can choose a different shift only if their slot is no longer available, so make sure to sign up early.  Volunteers must have their own transportation, wear a mask at all times. 

Mondays through Saturdays: 9:00am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-4:00pm

Sundays: 1:00pm-4:00pm 

 

Location + Travel Info: 

A Wider Circle, Center for Community Service 

9159 Brookville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Site Time: A Wider Circle has a workforce development program and they need eyes on job boards so that they can stay up to date about all job opportunities in this area. 1-2 volunteers max will complete this task virtually (asynchronous) for 2 hours a week.  

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

 

 

Campus Pantry

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.  

This is a hybrid in-person and virtual volunteer opportunity. During in-person activities, volunteers must have their own transportation, and wear a mask at all times. 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. 

 

Spring 2021 In-Person+Virtual Site Time: 4 shifts on Fridays of 4 people each (no transportation time needed).  Participants and Coordinators should pick one and stick to that time for the entire eight weeks. Virtual volunteering will also take place during these times on a rotating basis.

- 11:00am - 1:00pm

- 1:00pm - 3:00pm

- 3:00pm - 5:00pm

- 5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

Location + Travel Info: 

South Campus Dining Hall Parking Lot

 

Find out more at: www.campuspantry.umd.edu

 

 

CASA-Mi Espacio

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

The program will be conducted virtually this semester. ***Please note that a background check to participate is mandatory.*** 

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Site Time: Tuesday or Wednesday: 3:30pm-5:30pm

 

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

 

 

Greenbelt CARES 

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.  A variety of educational materials are available for tutors to help serve their staff partners.

 

Students have the opportunity to directly help our community! Students meet one-on-one with a with people 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.

 

This program will be conducted virtually this semester.

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Site Time: Adult ESOL: 9:00am-12:30pm Tuesday or Thursday; GED: 9:30am-12:30pm Monday or Wednesday (Volunteers must attend at least one day of tutoring). Volunteers can also make individual appointments with the adult learner to better fit the tutoring into their schedules. 

 

 

Seabury Resources for the Aging

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. 

 

This is an in-person volunteer opportunity, so volunteers must have their own transportation, and wear a mask at all times. Students 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.

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time: Including transportation time: Wednesdays 1:00-2:30pm 

 

 

Location + Travel Info:

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

2501 18th Street, NE, Washington, DC  20018

  • Allow for at least 30 minutes for travel at Age-in-Place Center

  • Free street parking is available on Channing St NE (though always check signs to make sure parking regulations have not changed - drivers are responsible for all parking tickets). 

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

 

 

TerpFarm

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. 

This is an in-person volunteer opportunity, and 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. Volunteers must have their own transportation, and wear a mask at all times. 

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time: Not including transportation: Saturdays 10:00am-12:00pm

 

Location + Travel Info:

Upper Marlboro Research and Education Center, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

 

Find out more at: www.terpfarm.umd.edu

 

 

Campus Arboretum & Botanical Garden 

All 13,000 acres of 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.

 

Students will be working around campus to help maintain the gardens and landscaping of campus, while learning about conservation, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.  Students will be working alongside the campus arborists to plant native trees and shrubs on the perimeter of campus as part of a reforestation effort.  Volunteer groups in a specific location will be limited to 10 people, with one person from the group designated as the safety monitor to ensure that all volunteers wear masks, gloves, and continuously stay six feet away from one another. The organizing group will provide a list of names of safety monitors in advance of the event. Volunteer groups also need to provide their own masks and gloves and all volunteers should wear close-toed shoes for safety purposes.

 

***This is an in-person site. Volunteers must arrive wearing their own mask and provide their own gloves.*** 

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time: Wednesday: 2:00pm-3:30pm; Saturdays: 10:30am-11:30am

 

Location + Travel Info: N/A (on-campus) 

 

Kids Achieve Club at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System 

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has 18 libraries across Prince George’s County.  Kids Achieve Club is an online library program that offers first and second graders help with reading and homework.  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.  This program that offers first and second graders help with reading and homework.

 

Kids Achieve Club is an afterschool virtual tutoring program by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.  The program provides a supportive environment where elementary school students can receive 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. Volunteers are needed to assist our students to complete their homework and help with the ongoing personal enrichment projects and volunteers will get the opportunity to work closely with youth to develop a meaningful relationship.  The program will be conducted virtually this semester. ***Please note that a background check is mandatory.***

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Site Time: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

 

 

Academy of Hope Public Charter School 

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. We 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.

 

Although adult learners have tremendous teachers educating them in the classroom, our learners need additional reading and math tutorial support. Volunteers at Academy of Hope have served as personal one-on-one tutors for learners in one of the above subjects during the course of an academic term (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). You would 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. We will ensure learners are at the same academic level if you are working with two during your session. Much of the support work would be homework help, remedial instruction, or skills practice for the GED/NEDP program (e.g. going over area formulas for math or American history for the social studies exam or coaching vocabulary, essay writing, or reading comprehension). All volunteer work would be done virtually***Please note that volunteers will have to fill out a supplemental application and complete an interview in addition to a mandatory background check***

AoH wants to move to a group tutoring model for a class to work with 2-6 students who need remedial help.  We will be supporting adult learners as a sort of "homework helpline".
Volunteers will know their pod pairs for each class, and receive classroom materials and teacher contact information.

 

Spring 2021 Virtual Site Time: 

  • Daytime program:

    • 9:00am-10:30am, 10:30am-12:00pm, OR 2:00pm-2:15pm (volunteers should pick one of the classes to attend on either M,T,W, or Th.  Volunteers need to stick with their time slot for the duration of volunteering). 

      • Mondays, Wednesdays: Math tutoring

      • Tuesday, Thursdays: Language arts, reading, and social studies tutoring

  • Evening program:

    • 6:00-7:30pm OR 7:30pm-8:30pm (volunteers should pick one of the classes to attend on either M,T,W, or Th.  Volunteers need to stick with their time slot for the duration of volunteering). 

      • Mondays, Wednesdays: Math tutoring

      • Tuesday, Thursdays: Language arts, reading, and social studies tutoring

  • GED program

    • 2 people who are strong at math are needed to support the GED program.  Volunteers will work directly under a staff member.  This GED program is for people under 25.  Volunteers MUST love math and have experience as a tutor!

      • This is more of a self-scheduled group tutoring activity.  These two students would have the ability to schedule time with their learners (no more than 4 learners at a time).  Timing would be Friday mornings for the daytime program and Thursday evenings for the nighttime program.

 

Little Lights Urban Ministries

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

 

Volunteers will be working with Little Light’s 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.

 

This is an in-person volunteering site.  Little Lights will provide volunteers with a parking pass, face shield, and hand sanitizer. Do not volunteer if you are feeling ill or cannot abide by the 4Maryland requirements.  There will only be a max of two students in each room.  The building has been outfitted with extra air filters that purifies the air. Everyone who enters the site has their temperature taken and must use hand sanitizer.  Volunteers should pick one day a week and stick to that date and time for the remainder of volunteering. Volunteers must have their own transportation, and wear a mask at all times. 

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time:

Including transportation time: Mondays through Fridays, 11:00-3:30pm (not including transportation time: 12:00pm-2:30pm)

 

Location + Travel Info: 

Little Lights Center (two locations that are about a block from each other)

1212 I St. SE, Washington DC 20003

1000 12th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Driving: Allow one hour for travel by car (from UMD).  If parking, all vehicles must be at least 10 feet from a fire hydrant.​

 

Habitat for Humanity: ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Silver Spring is an independently owned reuse store operated by a local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  ReStores strive to keep operating costs as low as possible to maximize the amount of money that goes directly to benefit your community.  Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world.  Find at more at: habitat.org/restores.

 

This is an in-person volunteer activity. Volunteers at the ReStore will help customers, unload trucks, price items, get items on the floor, creating decorative displays, stocking shelves, furnisher repair and refurbishing, and contribute to social media posts.  Volunteers must wear long substantial pants, jeans for instance.  Leggings are not appropriate attire for safety reasons.  They should also wear closed toed, thick soled shoes, like gym shoes or boots.  We have construction equipment in our stores and we want to make sure everyone remains safe.   Please bring a lunch and a water bottle.  In light of the current pandemic, HFHMM has put in place additional safety measures. Everyone must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly along the sides of your face.  Neck gaiters, handkerchiefs or masks with exhalation valves are not permitted due to their lack of filtration efficiency. We are also requiring everyone to provide their own transportation and bring their own work gloves.

 

Spring 2021 In-Person Site Time: Volunteers must sign up for their shifts using https://habitatmm.volunteermatrix.com/.  Volunteers should aim to pick the same shift every week, but if it is unavailable, they may select another time. 

Tuesdays through Saturdays: 10am-2pm OR 2pm-5pm

Sundays: 11am-2pm OR 2pm-5pm 

 

Location + Travel Info: 

Please allow for ample driving time, depending on where you are located, to get to Habitat ReStore Silver Spring.  Volunteers can pull into the spots in the front or in the back of the building if there is no space.

12006 Plum Orchard Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20904 

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