Help a family in need share a memorable holiday meal, give gifts to their loved ones and wear warm clothes this winter. Help the organizations that assist those in need in Anne Arundel County at this special time of year by donating your time, or assisting with needed food, clothing, or by making a monetary donation.
Fay Mauro, executive director of the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, said that help is needed not only during the holidays —but all year long.
"Make a commitment to volunteer at least four more times in the new year. The agency you are working with will be grateful and you will know that you have truly made an impact," Mauro said. "In thinking how you and your family want to celebrate the holidays, you may discover new talents and interests in the process."
"The Great Recession and its aftermath have imposed severe burdens on our
local nonprofits and the communities they serve. Many nonprofits are
struggling while individuals and families hurt by the economic slump are
seeking increased services from nonprofits," she said.
Here's a list of organizations to get you started:
This Glen Burnie nonprofit provides transitional housing for homeless men in northern Anne Arundel County. Its goal is to assist men with the transition from homelessness to independent and stable living. Contact Mario at 410- 609-1224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday donations needed include: food including drink mixes, prepared foods, nonperishable, frozen foods and fresh foods such as milk, eggs, fruits and vegetables; toiletries such as deodorant, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc; new or gently-used men’s clothing, including suits, ties, shirts, dress shoes, pants, jackets, hats, gloves, new socks and underwear; cleaning supplies, paper products, cookware; new or gently-used linens, such as twin sheet sets, pillows, pillow cases and bath towels.
For more specific information and for drop-off directions contact Mario at 410-609-1224.
- Winter Relief Program Intake Center
The Winter Relief Program needs volunteers to assist at the Intake Center at 514 N. Crain Highway in Glen Burnie and to be transportation escorts for showers for guests. Interested volunteers can contact Phil Baily at 410-863-4888 or email@example.com.
Forty-eight churches will provide sheltering sites and an additional 14 churches are partnering with them in the county to support a shelter program through April. For one week at a time, participating churches host men (with some also accommodating women) in need of a hot meal and shelter for the night and breakfast the next morning.
This holiday homeless drive delivers warm clothing to homeless shelters in the Baltimore-Washington region on Christmas Eve. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed from Dec. 20-23 for collection days at the Farmers Market on the corner of Riva Road in Annapolis. To volunteer, email info@HomelessDrive.com. Sponsor a backpack or make a monetary donation on the website.
Donors are needed for the Holiday Sharing Program to help a family or senior citizen in Anne Arundel County with food for Thanksgiving (or a dinner and toys for children on Christmas in December). Volunteers can purchase and personally deliver food or make a cash donation. To sign up or find out more details, call the Holiday Sharing Office at 410-269-4462.
Project Linus is looking for volunteers to work on blanket projects the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the , 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Volunteers can be as young as 8 years old but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 14 years of age. For more information, call Sabrina at 443-254-6845 or 410-956-4616 or email AnneArundel.MD@projectlinus.org.
The "Elect to End Hunger" program continues by providing those in need with holiday food boxes. Each box is $17.50 and filled with traditional holiday favorites like sweet potatoes, applesauce, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy, green beans, kale, mac and cheese, stuffing, potatoes and corn muffin mix. Fill-out a donation form to provide a family with a meal for the holidays.
The Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel County has other volunteer opportunities to consider for the holidays and beyond.