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  • 19 Dec 2016 11:34 AM | Mary Murphy

    Montgomery Station, a program of Family Services, Inc., needs help to tackle some organizing and cleaning projects so we start the new year out right! We'd love to have a group of 20 volunteers work for a 3-hour time period on a day in January, TBD.

    Montgomery Station, FSI's day center for adults struggling with mental illness,  is located at 630 East Diamond Avenue in Gaithersburg. 

    Sample jobs for a time period between 10am-1pm include:

    • Clean out refrigerators and label kitchen shelving
    • Organize food pantry, art room and closets
    • Wash windows, tables, walls and doors
    • Clean out vehicles
    • Put together binders for the office
    • Prepare lunch and enjoy a meal with our Montgomery Station clients
    • Clean up lunch

    Contact Mary Murphy at mary.murphy@fs-inc.org or 301-840-3183 for more information.  







  • 07 Dec 2016 3:36 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    Every once in a while I come across a volunteer opportunity too cool not to share! Have you ever fancied yourself a radio star? Does someone in your office have a fabulous voice? Consider this unique volunteer opportunity with The Metropolitan Washington Ear.  From their volunteer coordinator:

    The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a Radio Reading and Dial-In Newspaper service for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteer readers.

    Volunteers read The Washington Post, USA Today, Time and Washingtonian magazines and other current local and national publications daily. In addition, volunteers read grocery and shopping ads, magazines, TV listings, and audio described theater listings. The radios to access The Ear’s programs are available free of charge to anyone who qualifies for the services provided by The Ear. The Dial-In service is interactive and permits callers to use their touch tone phones to skip and scan through the news articles much as print readers can.

    The Ear’s services are available throughout the Metropolitan area 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The Washington Ear studios are located in northern Silver Spring. Volunteers are asked to give two hours a week. A short audition is required of all applicants.

    If you would like to be of service by helping to improve the lives of those who are visually impaired, please call Rene Schecker, Volunteer Manager at 301-681-6636.

    This may not be a volunteer opportunity for the whole office, but it is a great way to serve while making our community more inclusive!

  • 10 Nov 2016 3:41 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)
    This letter comes from Melissa Marquez at the Universities at Shady Grove.

    Dear CVC Members,

    As members of the CVC and an institution of learning, we would like to extend an invitation to you to volunteer in a day of compassion and learning. Every semester, we conduct a poverty simulation to facilitate realistic experiences of a month in the life of impoverished families. Below is a short description of the program. We are seeking volunteers to role-play as community services representatives.  Training will be provided.

    We run the Poverty Simulation twice and this year it will be November 30th from 1pm to 4pm and December 1 from 2pm - 5pm. A flyer will be sent out with registration information and exact times you will need to arrive. Normally you have between 15 - 20 minutes to familiarize yourself with the program.    There will be lunch provided for both groups. 

    We hope that the CVC community will join us as we present this unique opportunity for students and the community to gain a valuable perspective that they may use to serve the community and to develop solutions which will improve all of our lives.

    Please register at shadygrove.umd.edu/povertysimulation.

    Please choose “Volunteer” when you register.

    About Poverty Simulation

    The Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies (CIPES), in connection with UMB’s School of Nursing and Kaiser Permanente will hold a simulation that replicates one month in the life of an impoverished individual or family. Students who participate in one of two available sessions will be assigned a role and given situations that disadvantaged people typically face. The simulation is modeled after The Missouri Association for Community Action’s Poverty Simulation that has successfully been teaching empathy and understanding regarding poverty for over 5 years. Poverty experts will be available for a Q & A session in conjunction with this event.

    Here is a video about the simulation: http://ed.ted.com/on/jPFu3Msw


  • 21 Oct 2016 3:40 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    About HRD

    Homeless Resource Day is a one-day, one-stop opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness to access services, resources and information. Learn more here.

    Why volunteer?

    The day is possible due to the help of many volunteers.  During Homeless Resource Day, students from Montgomery College, the University of Maryland School of Nursing and community members volunteer.  They assist in various roles-one of the most rewarding is serving as a guide to escort  homeless guests through the facility helping them navigate services, vendors and exhibits.  Some of the comments last year were:

    • "I think what you people are doing for the homeless is wonderful; I am very thankful, my guide was awesome."
    • "People respected my dignity and my guide from the University of Maryland kept me focused."
    • "The guide was fabulous; she was extremely helpful and patient."

    Volunteer Roles 

    (These are basic roles, not a complete list.)

    • Greeter-Welcome guests and provide directions
    • Guide-Escort guests to the services and resources provided
    • Registration Areas-Register guests, vendors or volunteers (Start time for Registration Areas 7:00 a.m.)
    • Lobby Monitor-Provide direction and help traffic
    • Transportation Guide-Assist guests to connect with transportation and shuttle vans
    • Giveaway Area-Distributing donated items

    Volunteer Training

    New volunteers must take one of the two training opportunities:

    How long are the volunteer shifts? 

    (These are basic shifts, we welcome your assistance and will accommodate your schedule.)

    • All Day 7:30a-3:00p
    • 8:00a-12:00p


  • 13 Oct 2016 3:56 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is seeking volunteers for their annual golf tournament on Monday, October 17. Whether you're a golf lover or just looking to spend a day helping a great housing organization, join RTMC on the green as a tournament volunteer. You can help check guests in at registration, officiate course games, or test out your driving skills as a snack cart driver. In return, they'll feed you, give you a great golf shirt, and treat you like RTMC MVPs for the day!

    Please sign up by email with Melissa Erickson, MErickson@rebuildingtogethermc.org. If you have questions, please call 301-947-9400 x105.

    Tournament Information:

    Where: Whiskey Creek Golf Club, 4804 Whiskey Court, Ijamsville, MD 21754
    When: Monday, October 5, 2015 (11:30 Lunch/12:15 Shotgun Start)
    Why: To repair homes, restore hope, and rebuild communities across Montgomery County


  • 31 Aug 2016 1:32 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    A Wider Circle has been working hard this year to help with a model housing and homelessness project. On Saturday, September 10th, they aim to finish the job by completely furnishing 77 units - 60 for previously homeless veterans and 17 for individuals served by the Department of Behavioral Health - with all brand-new items! 

    Everything has been transported to the building and now they are seeking volunteers to help carry items to individual units, build / put-together furniture (tables, chairs, recliners), and ensure the apartments look beautiful for their new tenants. Veterans and others will move in later in September. 

    Volunteer Shifts

    All shifts are on Saturday, September 10th

    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Location

    The location is about 10 blocks north of Union Station on North Capitol Street. To protect the privacy of future residents, the exact address will only be provided to registered volunteers.

    Sign Up

    Sign up to volunteer by emailing your name, phone number, shift choice(s), and any organizational affiliation to contact@awidercircle.org.

    CVC members needing assistance organizing their business group as volunteers can contact us at info@cvc-mc.org.

  • 22 Aug 2016 11:30 AM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    Next week, A Wider Circle will fully furnish 60 apartments for previously homeless veterans at North Capitol Commons. North Capitol Commons is a new, mixed-income housing unit being built on North Capitol Street in Northeast DC. They are honored to provide all-new furniture and home goods for these units and are looking forward to seeing everyone move in at the end of August. The units will serve as permanent supportive housing, and there is still time for you to get involved!

    Volunteer

    Join staff and other volunteers as we move furniture and other small items into the units. The location on North Capitol Street is accessible by metro or car. You may sign up for one or more of the following volunteer shifts:

    August 24

    • 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
    • 3:00 pm-5:30 pm

    August 25

    • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    • 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
    • 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

    If you would like to volunteer, please email brittany@awidercircle.org.


  • 15 Aug 2016 12:49 PM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    Did you know that 35% of MCPS students are eligible for a free or reduced meals and that Manna’s Smart Sacks program was developed to bridge the weekend food gap by providing a bag of nutritious food?  Whole Foods Market has partnered with Manna to present a Back To School Extravaganza on Wednesday, August 24th to help raise food & funds to support this vital program!

    All five Montgomery County Whole Foods stores will be donating 5% of the entire days sales to support the Smart Sacks program.  In addition to the donation, MCPS school buses will be on hand at each location so we can “Stuff the Bus” with healthful donations for kids in our community.  So stop by your local Whole Foods Market on August 24th and purchase items from our Most Needed Foods List . You can shop and donate at the same time!  

    Interested in getting more involved?  We also have volunteer opportunities at all locations and would love to have you help us by bagging groceries, passing out Manna information and loading up the bus with donations.  Students can earn SSL hours for this activity.

    WHERE: All 5 Montgomery County Whole Foods Market Locations

    WHEN: Wednesday August 24th

    TIME: Shifts are 10am-1pm1-4pm and 4-7pm (7-9pm at the warehouse)

    WHAT: Volunteers will distribute information about Manna Food Center at an information table to customers, help customers bag groceries, collect donations and stuff the bus with the donations.  The 7-9 PM shift will help offload the food donations from the MCPS school bus at Manna’s warehouse. 

    Contact Mardia Dennis with questions or to schedule your volunteer shift.

  • 14 May 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Help add tomorrows to those living with cystic fibrosis by volunteering with us on May 14 in Rockville Town Center! More than 200 families, local businesses and community supporters will be walking together to raise awareness for this genetic disease - together we can one day find a cure! 

    Walk details can be found here: Great Strides Rockville 2016 - feel free to also sign up a team and walk with us!

    Volunteer duties include: setting up tables, tents, and materials; assisting with walker registration and check-in; distribution of t-shirts and prizes; serving food, water bottles and snacks; overseeing the Kids Korner toys, and materials; general cleanup and break down after the walk is over. Please sign up via Volunteer Match: Volunteer Sign Up or email Beatrice Santacroce, Development Director at bsantacroce@cff.org.


  • 19 Apr 2016 11:29 AM | Sarah Burnett (Administrator)

    Volunteer opportunity from Upwardly Global

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    Monday, May 9th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Volunteers Register Now!

    A great opportunity for you and your friends to leverage your coaching skills while gaining exposure to a diverse and experienced global talent. Conduct mock interviews to help new immigrant and refugee professionals sharpen their interviewing skills and prepare for real job interviews. Volunteers will work one-on-one with foreign-born professionals to practice and enhance their U.S. interview skills. Volunteers from all professional backgrounds are welcome. The session will start with 15-minute training/orientation for volunteers. We will run two practice interviews, 40 minutes each which will allow 30 minutes for the interview, 5 minutes’ face-to-face feedback for job seekers, and 5 minutes for volunteers to fill out the written feedback form.  The program will conclude with participants sharing best practices and recommendations. Upwardly Global staff will ensure that volunteers receive the guidance to have a successful experience.

    Date and Time: Monday May 9th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - MLK Room A-5

    901 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Volunteer Time: 2.5 hours

    Volunteers register here


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