Volunteering is an important part of being a part of a community. It helps the community, and doesn’t it just feels good to help people? There are so many different places you can volunteer, and we’ve spotted some pretty great volunteering opportunities around Eldersburg.
The Baltimore Humane Center
The Baltimore Humane Society is always looking for volunteers to take care of cats and other animals they have. Volunteers would not only get to play with (or “exercise”) and socialize the cutest cats and small animals, but they also keep up with the regular hygiene of the kennels. This includes: cleaning the kennels, scooping poop, making sure all the animals are fed and hydrated, and making sure their bedding is suitable and the toys are available.
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer, get a background check, get trained, and work at least 8 hours a month with a 6 month commitment.
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The Humane Society is also looking for dog walkers! They have acres of farmland and rolling hills to run around and play with the dogs. You would also have an opportunity to participate in the Open Paw program which is a program geared toward improving the animals’ quality of life and adaptability.
To be a dog walker, you must be at least 18 years old, get a background check, and work at least 6 hours a month with a 6 month commitment.
You can apply to be a volunteer for either role here.
Le Cheval Stable
If you love working with animals and people, you’ll love this volunteer opportunity. Since 2008, Le Cheval Stable has been providing people with counseling and equine-facilitated support services for recreation, exercise, sport, and rehabilitative therapy.
At Le Cheval Stable, you’ll get to work hands on with horses and humans in therapeutic riding. These volunteers are able to assist with horsemanship activities, riding lessons, competitions, and more. Of course, to be able to volunteer, you’ll need to go through training and know how to handle all things equestrian. You will be given a handbook and code of ethics to uphold.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and able earn Service Learning hours through high school, if applicable. Previous equestrian experience or love is not required, but encouraged to be a volunteer. To sign up to volunteer with Le Cheval Stable, click here.
Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care
This one isn’t as fun as the other two, but it helps people through their last bits of life. Volunteers at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care can do a multitude of different things, from supporting families with loved one’s in hospice, to supporting the loved one in hospice. Volunteers are trained to hold the hands of whoever needs it and provide reassurance during the hardest times.
Vigil volunteers are there for patients when the patient’s family isn’t there. These volunteers hold the hands of the patients and make them feel at home in their final hours. These are the volunteers that Seasons wants more of.
To be a vigil volunteer, you should know about hospice and patient care, and have people and relationship building skills. You are required to be at least 18 years old, have a driver’s license, get a background check, and have a flu shot during the flu season (October-March) along with two TB tests. You will receive special orientation and training depending on what kind of volunteer you want to be.
To see the multitude of volunteering positions and apply to be a volunteer, click here.
Don’t Stop There!
There are so many more places for people to volunteer. Check out your local nonprofits, or nonprofits that you love, and see if they need volunteers. In fact, not included on this list is an event ran by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Maryland Chapter that needs volunteers on March 12 for Pancake day at IHOP.
There are also organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Maryland, and the Maryland Food Bank who help give back to the larger community around Eldersburg. Give back to the community, go volunteer!