Tag: volunteering

Joe Uddeme Discusses Volunteering through “Bunches of Lunches”


For Joe Uddeme, a Pikesville High Alum and member of Jewish Baltimore, being able to give directly to the community is vital.

“If you look around the world, you know that people need help everywhere – in Europe. In Africa. In the United States,” says Joe. “People in our own backyard need help. If we can help those people, it’s my belief that communities will start to prosper and when that happens, things start to grow.”

Joe sees volunteerism as a way to impact a community directly, sometimes in ways that financial contributions cannot. It’s something he has been doing for the past 20 years, and it’s what led him to the Bunches of Lunches Program, a meal delivery program that began as a partnership between Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and Krieger Schechter Day School (KSDS). Today, it now includes Beth El Congregation, which became a partner when the program became community-wide on April 27.

Good Deeds Day Inspires Local Baltimore Families to Volunteer


The arrival of spring is quickly approaching, which brings lots of excitement to the Baltimore community for many different reasons… the end to the cold weather, pretty scenery, opening day at Camden Yards, lacrosse season and, for me, Good Deeds Day.Good Deeds Day is an international day of service that unites people from 93 countries who perform good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet.

‘Day of Service,’ but No Parade, Planned for MLK Day in 2018

A shot from a past Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade. Photo via Visit Baltimore.

In place of a parade next month with dozens of bands, dancers, marchers and other fanfare celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s administration has planned a day of volunteering officially titled the “Day of Service.”

Women Take Charge: Meet Sarah David


Attorney and new mother Sarah David was never one to get down on the floor with a group of kids and start teaching games. However, that is where she found herself when she visited the Kids Safe Zone in Baltimore City with The Associated’s Young Leadership Council (YLC). That visit caused her to realize the enormous potential of young children and the difference she could make in their lives.

Karen Singer’s “ah-ha” Moment Came Unexpectedly


Karen Singer never anticipated that her “aha” moment– the instant that she realized what she wanted to tackle during her next phase in life – would come to her in a flash the day she found herself dressed head to toe in pink, rolling around the floor with a group of young girls.

New Baltimore Ashkelon Volunteer Team to Provide Help During Israeli Crises


When Scott Goldstein, Captain of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company, got the call from the director of U.S. operations for Israel’s Emergency Volunteers Project (EVP), he knew immediately what he had to do. He quickly packed his bags, cleared his schedule and within 24 hours was on a plane to Israel, prepared to fight the fires raging throughout the north of Israel.

Mindy and Jeff Rosen Chair Associated’s Young Adult Gala


Together, we can make an incredible IMPACT – through our 4th annual Generosity Gala. This year, Mindy and Jeff Rosen have decided to chair the Gala. Learn a little about why they took on this important role:

Maryland Is the 2nd-Most Charitable State in the Nation



Have you donated time, money, or other resources over the past year to help make the neighborhood/city/world a better place? If so, you’re in good company–Marylanders are some of the most charitable people in the country, according to Forbes.

Volunteer for the Kinetic Sculpture Race!



catch of the day fish (2)The much-beloved Kinetic Sculpture Race has been successfully rescheduled! It’s now on for Sunday, June 14th. And it takes a whole lot of help to make it go! Want to get in on the action (and have a blast) without having to help pedal a gigantic poodle on wheels? Of course you do. Dress funny, get muddy, and help one of the most fun events of the year go off without a hitch. Attend a volunteer meeting this week and see what it’s all about!

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend



Get Up & Go! Giving Back to Baltimore

Some of this weekend’s much-anticipated events (such as the Kinetic Sculpture Race) have been postponed until further notice. But there are still plenty of ways to get out this weekend– particularly if you’re interested in helping clean up and rebuild. Here are just a few of them.

Organizations such as the Maryland Food Bank have been stretched to capacity all week providing emergency food aid throughout the city. You can follow updates on their Facebook page and website for updated calls for volunteers.

This afternoon at 1pm, the No Boundaries Coalition is calling for volunteers to help distribute food at Simmons Memorial Baptist Church.

Volunteers are also needed today for food and toiletry distribution at Macedonia Baptist Church from 12pm-4pm.

At the Baltimore Theatre Project, The Collective’s work “[re]wired” is serving as a donation drive for toiletries and personal care items. For each item donation, theater-goers will receive $1 off of their ticket price. The Saturday evening performance has been moved to 7pm, to accommodate the 10pm curfew.You can also eat a pizza for a good cause (seriously). Until June 30th, Joe Squared will offer a special pizza featuring pink sauce, chicken, diced shallots, sautéed mushrooms, sweet potatoes, mozzarella cheese, Boursin cheese, and parsley (wow). Ten percent of proceeds from this pizza will go to the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.Of course, there are plenty of other things to do, and ways to get involved this weekend. But we hope this provides a good jumping off point– and that you’ll let us know other ways Baltimoreans are pitching in as the weekend progresses.