Just 24 hours to go until we start Pre-Service Training for Class 23! We’ve spent the summer recruiting, screening, and placing wonderful individuals to serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinators around the state. This time of year is all about potential. Excited AmeriCorps members are ready to get engaged in training and help more than 30 Maryland nonprofits meet their missions through the development of volunteer programs.
We have some great new partnerships with nonprofit organizations, as well as some continuation partnerships from Class 22. These organizations start working with us in March, setting goals and laying the groundwork for the volunteer programs and now, six months later, it’s time to get started working toward those goals. So, in a special sneak preview of the year to come, I thought I’d share a bit about just three of our Class 23 partnerships.
Arundel House of Hope – Glen Burnie
Arundel House of Hope is an ecumenical organization that provides emergency, transitional, and permanent affordable housing for the poor and homeless in Anne Arundel County. Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Douglas will be responsible for developing standardized volunteer program procedures to be utilized throughout the organization, including volunteer recruitment, screening, training, and recognition. In addition, Douglas will focus on the development of a one-to-one mentoring program and will recruit volunteers to be mentors and drivers, as well as episodic volunteers to facilitate financial skills and job readiness workshops.
Baltimore Montessori School – Baltimore
Baltimore Montessori School’s mission is to build a diverse and respectful community of joyfully engaged learners by providing a holistic Montessori environment that supports individual fulfillment, compassion, self-discipline, life-long learning and a deep awareness of our responsibility to contribute meaningfully to our world. Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Afeke will primarily work with the Greening & Food Committee, recruiting and managing volunteers that will assist directly in development and implementation of the food education and schoolyard gardening and greening programming and projects.
Lower Shore Land Trust – Berlin
The Lower Shore Land Trust protects the natural heritage, rural character, and historic landscapes of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties by assisting landowners to discover, evaluate, and implement any of the available land preservation options. Volunteer Maryland Coordinator Krista will work with the Lower Shore Land Trust to recruit and manage volunteers that will work with communities in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester. Krista will work with staff to recruit and train volunteers to become easement monitors for 85-plus properties. Krista will also engage volunteers in outreach and community education programs, a lecture series to accompany native plant sales, and a variety of Grow Berlin Green programs.