One of the best things about living in a tight-knit community is that there are so many opportunities to give back. When you volunteer with a non-profit organization, you never know how you may enrich the lives of those you help.

Today we’re going to talk about a few ways that you can give back to your community. Let’s take a look.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

For people who cannot leave the house, getting the nutrition that they need can be a serious challenge. Thankfully, the amazing people who work with Meals on Wheels are doing what they can to help those in need.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland was started in 1960 by two amazing women, Erestine McCollum and Beatrice Strouse. Since then, the program has assisted many people live independently by providing food, friendship, and other related services. It’s really beautiful the way one hour of your day can change someone’s entire week.

If you’re interested in volunteering with them, click here to learn more about the services they offer and how you can get involved. You can also donate hand-made scarves to home bound individuals for the winter, if that’s more your jam.

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Volunteer at the Library!

The library is more than just a treasure trove of books! They also provide valuable services to people within the community. Kids and teens can volunteer to help with the summer reading program while they enjoy their summer break. It can be a fun, social way for them to get service learning hours.

Adults can volunteer with the Library Link Services to Seniors. This program helps to bring reading materials to seniors, nursing homes, and adult day care centers. Services like these can be invaluable to the people who the people who benefit from them. You can really make an impact in someone’s life!

To learn more about specific opportunities from branch to branch, click here.

Help the Humane Society!

If you have a passion for animals, then you can lend your time to the Humane Society of Baltimore. It’s right around the corner and they have a lot of opportunities for people of all backgrounds and interests. Craft enrichment toys on the Enrichment Squad, walk some pups, or represent BHS at a local event. Socializing with the animals will help them transition into their furever homes and it helps keep their spirits up. Besides, who wouldn’t want to hang out with this adorable fella?