Volunteers make a difference each and every day and enable us to deliver critical services to all those we serve. There are many volunteer opportunities for individuals, groups and corporate teams, for the young and adult, working or retired.

 

Whether you have a few hours a month or each week to share, or if you are looking for opportunities during the day, evening or weekend, we have many ways in which you can get involved to make a difference!

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You are just steps away from a rewarding volunteer experience!

Volunteer Process Diagram
Volunteer Process Diagram
Volunteer Process Diagram
Volunteer Process Diagram
Volunteer Process Diagram
Where & When

Step 1: Where and When Can I Volunteer?

We have many volunteer opportunities at each of our program sites.  Choose a location close to work or home – which ever works best for you!  We have morning, lunch time, and evening opportunities, weekday and weekend – something to fit anyone’s working, retirement, and busy family schedules!

PROGRAM & LOCATION
Time of DayBaltimore CityBaltimore County
Career ConnectionsBeans & BreadSarah's HopeFront DoorHead StartCamp St. VincentCottage AvenueAdministrationSarah's Hope

Morning

Office AssistantMeal ServiceOffice AssistantOffice AssistantOffice AssistantCamp Counselor (all day)Office AssistantOffice AssistantOffice Assistant
Employment SpecialistClient EngagementGreeterClassroom Volunteers

Mid Day

Office AssistantMeal ServiceOffice AssistantOffice AssistantOffice AssistantOffice AssistantOffice AssistantOffice Assistant
Employment SpecialistClient EngagmentMeal ServiceClassroom VolunteersMeal Service
Employment SpecialistGreeter

Afternoon

Office AssistantOffice AssistantClassroom VolunteersOffice AssistantAfter School Tutor
Employment SpecialistGreeter
After School Tutor

Evening

Youth & Family ActivitiesMeal Service
ProfessionalAdult Education Instructors
Meal ServiceYouth & Family  Activities

Weekend

Meal ServiceMeal ServiceEventsMeal Service
Youth & Family ActivitiesGroup Projects
Group Projects
Volunteer Roles

Step 2: Choose Your Volunteer Opportunity

There are many ways to volunteer each and every day across all of our programs. Volunteer opportunities include:

Meal Service Volunteers

Help prepare and serve meals including weekday lunch or dinner, or weekend brunch or dinner at both Sarah’s Hope shelters, and weekday breakfast or lunch, or Saturday lunch at Beans & Bread. Meal service volunteers can serve individually or as part of a group. Once you have completed an application, you will be contacted to schedule your shift(s).

Youth & Family Activities

Volunteers are needed at our Sarah’s Hope family shelters on weekday evenings, weekends and during “out-of-school” time (school vacations, holidays, etc.) to help with activities including: arts & crafts, movie night, monthly birthday bash, family fun nights, and more.  Volunteers can also host educational and fun activities for children and families who attend Head Start including family reading nights or in-school classroom activities including reading, art, dance, music or STEM.  Activities can be led by individuals or groups.

Interested volunteers should fill out an application and will need a background check.

After School Tutors

Provide after-school homework help to children living in our Sarah’s Hope shelters.

Interested volunteers should fill out an application and will need a background check.

Greeters and Client Engagement Volunteers

Provide assistance to those who visit our Beans & Bread Center during the week. Volunteers greet guests, direct them to services, and provide basic information and assistance. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one 4-hour shift each month. Once you complete an application, a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule your shift(s).

Office Assistants

Help provide basic administrative support to programs including answering the phone and/or door, greeting guests, filing, copying, sorting donations, etc.  Volunteers are needed during regular business hours during the week at all of our programs including Head Start, Career Center, Administrative Offices, Sarah’s Hope, Front Door City, Cottage Avenue Community and Beans & Bread.

Once you complete an application, a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule your shift(s).

Camp Counselors

Help lead summer camp groups with Camp St. Vincent.  Volunteer counselors must be at least 15 years old AND have completed their freshman year of high school. Volunteers must commit to at least one two-week period of camp. Camp St. Vincent runs from mid-June to mid-August, Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM and is held at Patterson Park in Baltimore City.  Camp Counselors are provided specialized training and an orientation that must be completed prior to starting camp.  

Please complete and submit the these forms before beginning volunteer service:

New counselors - 
Application
Reference Form
Health Form
Parent Permission Form
Background Check (if 18 or over)

Returning counselors - 
Application

Health Form
Parent Permission Form

Background Check (if 18 or over)

Contact Darren Foster with any questions at 410-276-5724.

Professional and Adult Education Volunteers

Provide special services in their field of expertise and training.  We seek professionals –teachers, accountants, lawyers, social workers, psychologists, etc. - who are willing to lend their professional knowledge to lead a class for adults, provide staff training, or enable our staff and the organization to expand our reach and abilities. If you are interested in lending your professional expertise or services, please contact giving@vincentbaltimore.org.

Adult Education Instructors help teach courses including parenting, financial literacy, housing readiness, employment readiness, life skills, nutrition and others to our families living at Sarah’s Hope. Interested volunteers should fill out an application and will need a background check.

Volunteer positions are also available on event committees including Empty Bowls, Flashlight, and Board committees.

Translators

To better serve our clients, translators can assist with translating brochures, documents, and information as well as assist staff with communicating with adult clients.  Bi-lingual professionals can also assist with adult education classes or even in our Head Start classrooms where more than 30% of our children are dual-language learners, with some sites with up to 95% dual language/Spanish speaking children.  Please indicate which languages you are proficient in your volunteer application.

Career Connections

Volunteers assist adults who drop in at our Career Connection centers at Beans & Bread or Park Height’s Career Center locations.  Volunteers assist adults with writing resumes, interview skills, job searches, and job applications.

Once you complete an application, a Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to schedule your shift(s).

Head Start Classroom Volunteers

We welcome and encourage the involvement of volunteers at our Head Start sites. Classroom volunteers assist teachers with nurturing and educating the children. Small group instructors work with the children on small group projects, and readers read stories to small groups or the whole class. To apply, click here. All volunteers who are 18 or older must complete a Head Start background check.

Student Interns

Student interns are welcome and used at many of our programs.  Students must commit to at least 8 hours a week for a full semester and complete work related to their field of study. For more information about student internships or to apply, click here.

Event Volunteers

Help us make our events run smoothly!  Individuals or groups can volunteer in multiple ways at either Empty Bowls or Flashlight.  Volunteers can also assist as a member of an event committee.

Community Fundraiser

Individual, company and groups who wish to host a promotion, sale, event or drive to support our programs and services are welcome!  You or your group can participate in Adopt-a-Classroom, collect needed items from our wishlist (diapers, snacks, bathingsuits, school supplies, etc.), host an event (Dress Down Day, book sale, bake sale, etc.) and more!  If you are interested, the Volunteer Coordinator will have you complete and submit a Third Party Fundraising Form or contact us at giving@vincentbaltimore.org.

Community, Civic and Corporate Volunteers

Are welcome and used at many of our programs. Students must commit to at least 8 hours a week for a full semester and complete work related to their field of study. For more information about student internships or to apply, click here for an application.

Casserole & Bag Lunch Makers

Some volunteers help provide meals to those in need, but do not have to be present to serve them. This is a wonderful way for your group or family to help support our programs at a time that is convenient for you. Each day, more than 30 casseroles are prepared and served for lunch at Beans & Bread and more that 100 breakfast bags are distributed each morning.  In addition, Beans & Bread will distribute 300 or more lunch bags each Wednesday and both Sarah’s Hope shelters provide lunch bags for working adults. Click here for instructions for breakfast bags or lunch bags. To donate casseroles, breakfast or lunch bags for Beans & Bread or Sarah’s Hope, contact the appropriate Volunteer Coordinator

Step 3: Still Have Questions? Volunteer FAQs

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Are there age restrictions or requirements?

Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age to volunteer on-site.  Volunteers ages 13 to 16 must be accompanied by an adult (parent, teacher, group leader) that is over the age of 21.  Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 18 must have a signed release from their parent or guardian to participate in volunteer activities.  Camp Counselors must be 15 years old AND have completed their freshman year of high school.

Do I need anything more than a volunteer application?

All volunteers must complete an on-line volunteer application. All volunteers 18 years and older must also complete an on-line background check (except Beans & Bread’s meal service or one-time special project or event volunteers).  All volunteers must complete an orientation prior to beginning their volunteer service.  Orientation will be scheduled by the on-site Volunteer Coordinator.

Student Interns, Camp Counselors, and Head Start parent volunteers must complete a separate volunteer application.

One-time, Special Event or Group Volunteers do not need to submit a background check.  All need to submit a required volunteer information form.

What are the time expectations?

There are many volunteer opportunities available across our organization.  There are opportunities for a one-time volunteer experience which may include a one-time special project, leading a youth or family activity, helping at a special event, or participating in meal service.  Many volunteer positions are continuous and due to the investment of time to process volunteer applications and provide orientation and training, we ask volunteers to commit to a regular and consistent schedule (weekly, monthly, etc.) for at least 1 year.  Camp Counselors must commit to a minimum of 2 weeks.

How Can My Group Help?

Groups of volunteers enable us to get big projects done fast!  There are many opportunities for small and large groups to participate on a regular basis or provide a one-time service.  Volunteer groups can help serve meals, provide youth and family activities, provide help at events, and can participate in service projects. A designated group coordinator is responsible for making sure all group participants have the appropriate paperwork/permission slips completed and each member has completed orientation.

Volunteering as a group is a great way to:

  • Perform a community service
  • Build teamwork
  • Promote volunteerism

Groups can also hold drives to collect needed items from our wishlists or raise money to support our organization or specific program.  If you would like to run a drive or collect items, please view our wishlists for the most needed items or contact us to be sure we can accept the items. Click here for more information on in-kind donations. Groups who wish to raise money to support us, will be asked to submit a Third Party Fundraiser Form

What can kids under 13 do to help?

The act of service for others is good for all ages!  Anyone can volunteer and support our programs and services in other ways including making casseroles or bagged lunches, hosting a wish list drive, making bowls for Empty Bowls or helping raise money.  Fundraising ideas can include hosting a fundraiser or getting sponsors as a Flashlight participant.

Step 4: Apply Now!

Are you ready to get involved?  All volunteers must first complete the on-line General Volunteer Application. During the application process, volunteers indicate their availability and their interests of opportunity and program site.  Volunteers must submit and successfully complete a background check (except Beans & Bread meal service volunteers).  Once both a background check and application are completed, a Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with you for job placement and to schedule an orientation.

Group Volunteers should contact the program Volunteer Coordinator for more information on how to get started.

Empty Bowls’ Event Volunteers can click here to apply and do not need to complete a background check.

Camp Counselors must complete an application (new volunteers, returning volunteers) and additional forms listed above.

Student Interns can apply here.

Head Start Parent Volunteers should click here.

Contact Us

Step 5: Contact Us - Let’s Get Started!

Ready to get started!  If you have completed your application, a Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch.

Still have questions?  Contact the program Volunteer Coordinator - 

Sarah’s Hope, Mount Street and Front Door City Olivia McCall 

Beans & Bread and Cottage Avenue - Catherine David 

Career Connections at our Beans & Bread location - Catherine David  

Career Connections at our Park Heights location - Olivia McCall 

Sarah’s Hope, Hannah More Lauren Keane

Head Start Rebecca Horner 

Camp St. Vincent - Darren Foster

Meet Jackson

Volunteer reading to children

Holly has been volunteering at Sarah’s Hope, Hannah More every other week since June 2015. She brings Jackson, a West Highland Terrier from Pets on Wheels, a non-profit organization that takes therapy animals to facilities across Maryland for friendly visits. Holly and Jackson meet and greet the children at Sarah’s Hope, play games, do crafts, and read stories. Holly says that her visits to Sarah’s Hope help the children feel like they are more “at home” in their environment.

“It is so heartwarming to see the staff and the volunteers come together on behalf of the families at St. Vincent de Paul. It takes only a little bit of someone’s time or money to make a difference in the lives of people who are truly in need,” said Holly.