Volunteer

At 5 a.m., most 17 years olds would be sound asleep, scrolling through Instagram, or finishing the last of their homework they put off. But not Lucie Amrhein. She is up making social media posts and answering emails for her non-profit that she started seven years ago called “Hugs from Lucie.”

Lucie’s volunteer work began at age 10 when her mom told her and her siblings that they needed to do something to help others. Lucie went to Build-a-Bear and donated her bear to a sick child at the Ronald McDonald House. She saw the child’s smile, and she was hooked. This lead to Lucie forming a non-profit organization to continue to help. This year, Lucie’s non-profit will give away nearly 1,000 bears, and other comfort items and necessities to children at hospitals. She is now expanding to serve the homeless children staying at Sarah’s Hope.

Lucie was introduced to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore when she volunteered last summer as a camp counselor at Camp St. Vincent. Camp was “life changing,” she said. It gave her an opportunity to make an impact on children who were not sick, but in a different unfortunate circumstance – homelessness. Lucie got very close with one child in particular, Daniel, who was staying at Sarah’s Hope. It inspired her to bring “Hugs from Lucie” to the children of Sarah’s Hope, and she plans to volunteer there monthly leading fun activities and donating needed items.

When Lucie arrived at Sarah’s Hope for the first time to volunteer, she was both happy and sad not to find Daniel there. “I found out he had been housed,” she said with tears in her eyes. “I am so thrilled for him. It is a good thing if I don’t see a sick or homeless child again.”

“I love doing this work and seeing the impact it has. I will continue to try to inspire others to get involved and make a difference.”

Click here to learn about our volunteer opportunities with our programs and clients. 

10 reasons to enroll yourchild in Head Start

10 Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Head Start Preschool

12/29/2018

Head Start is a pre-kindergarten program first launched by the United States government in 1965. The program was designed to aid working-class children in specific areas of their development, including education, nutrition and health services ...

read more
Marcus Scott, Caseworker at Beans & Bread

Marcus Scott, Caseworker at Beans & Bread

Filling his grandmother’s shoes; how a homeless services caseworker was inspired to help others

12/24/2018

Marcus Scott is a caseworker at Beans & Bread, our day shelter in Fells Point. A Baltimore native, Marcus grew up in the Walbrook neighborhood where his family has resided for generations. He describes a childhood ...

read more

Homeless - and then Finding a Home Again

11/21/2018

Meet Sheila, a former client who worked with a case worker at our Beans & Bread center and built a new life.

She says she never knew privileges, growing up in Baltimore’s Belvedere neighborhood. Her ...

read more

Head Start students get an extra head start to fight summer learning loss

7/14/2018

It’s a hot July day in Baltimore. School has been out for a few weeks now, and the first day of the new school year is still eight weeks away.  That’s a recipe ...

read more
Caroline Head Start Staff
Mike Olliver

Caroline Head Start Staff

Head Start Caroline Streets

5/11/2018

May 10, 2018 -- 

read more
Fatima Head Start Staff
Mike Olliver

Fatima Head Start Staff

Head Start Fatima

5/10/2018

May 10, 2018

read more
Arlington Head Start Staff Baltimore
Mike Olliver

Arlington Head Start Staff

Head Start Arlington

5/9/2018

May 9, 2018

read more
Patterson Park Head Start Staff
Mike Olliver

Patterson Park Head Start Staff

Head Start Patterson Park

5/7/2018

May 7, 2018

 

read more
Amity Aldrich

Meet Our New Assistant Director of Events and Volunteers

5/3/2018

May 3, 2018 - Amity Aldrich has been named Assistant Director of Events and Volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Amity will be managing all aspects of corporate and community engagement with an emphasis ...

read more

Donna Trado, Owings Mills’ Office Manager - Point Breeze Credit Union; April Wright-Ferguson, Director of Sarah’s House Hannah More; Michelle Boyle, Vice President of Development for SVDP

Point Breeze Credit Union donation helps to establish new youth mentoring program

4/18/2018

April 16, 2018 - Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More is  our family homeless shelter on Reisterstown Road in Baltimore County. It’s a place where families experiencing homelessness can stay together - whether they are dual-parent ...

read more