Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Other Weekly Service Sites

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For Loyola community members serving at the sites below, please be aware that you are personally responsible for arranging transportation, scheduling, and communications with the partner agency. Please direct any questions to Megan Linz Dickinson at  mlinz@loyola.edu or ext. 2092.

The Ark

Contact Person
Mary Buchanan
Volunteer Coordinator
Johnston Square Elementary School
1101 Valley Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 467-1264
(410) 467-1064 (fax)

The Ark, a program of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, is a pre-school for children who are homeless aged 3 to 5. Volunteers are needed to help children develop their language and social skills by talking, playing and reading with them. All of these activities are done in a loving,caring and structured environment.

Volunteers are needed 8:30 - 11:30AM, Monday through Friday.

Detail volunteer opportunity - Language volunteer/intern job description

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland

Contact Person
Natalie Meade
3600 Clipper Mill Road
(410) 243-4000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland has created a School — Based Mentoring Program that matches volunteers one-on-one with students at area elementary and middle schools. The idea is simple: Spend one hour each week with the same student, who is in need of guidance, support and assistance with academics or social skills.

During these weekly visits you can play games, help with school work, read together, have a snack or just talk and get to know your “Little.” It can all help to improve a child’s self esteem, boost school performance and enhance social skills.

The Club at Collington Square

Contact Person
Mary Buchanan
Volunteer Coordinator
Episcopal Community Services of Maryland
1014 W. 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 467-1264
(410) 467-1064 (fax)

The Club at Collington Square is an after-school, summer arts and academic enrichment program located in the heart of East Baltimore for students K - 4th grade. The Club meets at the Collington Square School located at 1409 N. Collington Avenue, Baltimore 21213. The Club seeks volunteers who are able to help students with homework, art projects, language skills, as well as tutor basic math. The Club's after-school hours of operation are Monday through Thursdays from 3:00PM - 6:00PM.

Franciscan Center

Contact Person
Michael Parker
Technical Resource Coordinator
101 West 23rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

The Franciscan Center provides emergency services to people who are materially poor and homeless and assists these individuals with meeting their basic life needs. Some of these services include assisting with Maryland identification cards, birth certificates, prescription drug program, bus tokens for job interviews and doctor appointments, eviction prevention and gas and electric turn-off payments.

The Center provides job preparation guidance through a technology resource center; GED preparation courses; and on site medical care in partnership with St. Joseph's Hospital.

The Center also operates a clothing and personal care item pantry for men and a food pantry. In addition, the Center serves meals Monday through Friday from 10:00AM - 1:00PM to individuals who are homeless and hungry in Baltimore City. The Center is located at 101 W. 23rd Street in Baltimore, and the hours of operation are from 9:30AM - 2:30PM, Monday through Friday.

Many committed volunteers work directly with clients serving in emergency services, on the food service line and the dining room and clothing pantry at least once a week. Others assist twice a month or on an as needed basis. Volunteers serve Monday through Friday, 10:00AM - 2:00PM. The Center is able to provide some flexibility for students to accommodate their class schedule.

Gallagher Services

Contact Person
Jim Hillmann
2520 Pot Spring Road
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 252-4005  ext. 115

Gallagher Services, a program of Catholic Charities, is rooted in the fundamental belief in each person's worth and dignity. Through the power of human relationship and our pursuit of excellence, we continually open doors to a fuller life for people with developmental disabilities and those who serve them.

Service-Learning, internships and volunteer opportunities are available in a number of locations—primarily in Baltimore County. They are able to work with student interns and volunteers to develop specific service opportunities to meet personal as well as professional objectives.

Service opportunities are available weekdays, weekends and evenings. Service assignments include: speech, occupational and recreational therapy, special events, Special Friends, Faith Friends, marketing and administration. Gallagher Services is also a Host Site for the Loyola Chapter of Best Buddies whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-to-one friendships.

Garden Harvest

Contact Person
James Dasher and Edie Dasher
14045 Mantua Mill Road
Reistertown, MD 21136
(410) 526-0698

Garden Harvest is a nonprofit farm whose mission is to produce and distribute organically grown vegetables, fruit, and eggs (and soon milk) to the hungry through emergency food agencies, including the meal programs, pantries and shelters in Baltimore. All foods produced are delivered within hours of harvesting to provide the freshest, most nutritious food to the people who need it most.

Volunteers are what make the Garden Harvest possible. There are only one full-time and three seasonal part-time paid employees on staff who do the heavy work that requires the use of power equipment. Everything else is done by volunteers. Volunteer work includes: egg collecting, seed bed preparation, planting, mulching, weeding, harvesting, rotating animals through pasture, and cleaning the animal shelters. Opportunities are also available, but not required, to do composting, beekeeping, cover cropping, pruning of fruit trees and bushes, organic pest management and other organic practices. No previous experience is necessary; we always have skilled supervisors to teach and assist. Garden Harvest is located in Reistertown, MD, a 30 minute drive from downtown Baltimore.

Garden Harvest welcomes volunteers every other day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday one week; and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday the next week 9:30AM – 4:00PM (except from November-January). There are no requirements regarding minimum hours of participation. They require that volunteers give us as much notice as possible so they may organize their service as efficiently as possible. To sign up, please contact by e-mail.

GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation)

Contact Person
Kristin Danielson
5513 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
(410) 433-2442

Seeking to strengthen Loyola’s connections to our neighborhood community, the Center for Community Service and Justice has a close affiliation with GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation). GEDCO, a faith based non-profit organization, provides affordable housing with supportive services and assists in meeting emergency needs of community residents.  GEDCO operates six senior housing buildings; the only Green House model of long-term care in Maryland; 3 group homes for persons with mental disabilities; 59 units of permanent housing for men and women who were homeless; and offers scattered-site housing to 25 people with HIV/AIDS, all of whom had been homeless. Each GEDCO residence provides a supportive services program for the clients who live there. GEDCO also is the lead developer of Stadium Place, an intergenerational community with senior housing and services, located on the site of the former Memorial Stadium.

As an interfaith congregational and community based organization, GEDCO operates CARES, a center providing emergency food, counseling, referrals, and financial assistance for prescriptions and eviction/utility turn-off prevention. Additionally, CARES Career Connection offers individualized employment mentoring and job search assistance. Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice is a supporting member of GEDCO/CARES along with 53 congregations and community groups located in the North Baltimore area. These groups, including Loyola University, support CARES through volunteer assistance, food drives, and financial contributions. See the listing of CARES and Harford House for volunteer opportunities.

Irvine Nature Center

Contact Person
Carin Smith
11201 Garrison Forest Road,
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(443) 738-9232

The Irvine Nature Center is a nonprofit, environmental education organization whose mission is to inspire appreciation and respect for the natural world, to increase awareness of environmental issues and to encourage individuals to sustain Earth’s ecosystem.

Volunteers and interns are needed to lead interactive nature walks for students who visit Irvine's campus. A 9-hour training course is provided by Irvine at the nature center. Training is offered in both September and March. An interest in the environment, children and education is required.

In addition, Irvine offers internships in landscaping, marketing, and retail as well as numerous opportunities to help at special events and/or outdoor project days.

Keswick Multi-Care Center

Contact Person
Willene Smith
Director of Public Relations & Volunteer Services
700 West 40th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 662-4380

Keswick is a warm, loving home to over 240 seniors. Volunteer opportunities are available 7 days a week from 10AM - 6PM. Activities consist of one-on-one visits, creative arts, BINGO, cards & games, clerical work, residential computer classes, assistance in the internet cafe, escorting residents to worship services or to other special events and helping with fun-filled seasonal events.

Volunteers are also needed to serve lunch from 11:30AM - 12:30PM or 12 - 1PM Please call to see how you can be part of our extended family. Keswick is just a mile and a half from Loyola's campus, just across the street from the Rotunda. Volunteers contribute to the well-being of the residents just by being their friends, helping residents get to activities and worship services, helping them write letters or play cards and games and uplifting the spirit of one who is lonely.

My Sister’s Place Women's Center

Contact Person
Jackie Reid
Development Manager
17 Franklin Street & Cathedral
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 659-3763

My Sister’s Place Women’s Center (MSPWC) is associated with Catholic Charities of Baltimore and is a center for women and children in West Baltimore. Working to serve three meals a day to about 200 women and children, MSPWC needs volunteers during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to serving meals, volunteers will also be responsible for setting tables, preparing meals, clearing tables, and interacting with guests. In the 2011 fiscal year, MSPWC served 66,111 meals.


  • Breakfast: 6:45 - 8AM *High need
  • Lunch:11:00AM - 1PM
  • Dinner: 4:30 - 6PM *High need

Our Daily Bread Employment Center

Service Coordinator
Lauren Barnett, ext. 2989

Contact Person
Doris Franz-Poling
725 Fallsway
Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 986-9031

Guests of Our Daily Bread can obtain a nutritious meal and tap into other resources which are offered: literacy/general education diploma training, job readiness training, job placement support, substance abuse recovery assistance, mental and physical health services and outreach referral. Their mission is to improve the lives of people in need by connecting them to resources, providing daily meals and supporting efforts towards stable employment and housing.

Our Daily Bread operates primarily through volunteer support. Their hands and hearts touch the lives of people who are materially poor in the simple tasks of serving a meal or cleaning the dining room, but especially through their kind hospitality and warm smile for each of the guests. Many volunteers give of their time on a weekly or monthly basis. The Our Daily Bread meal program volunteer shift is 7 days a week from 9AM - 1PM.

In addition to working in the meal program, a small group of 5 people can volunteer with the Christopher Place dinner program once or twice a month throughout the semester from 5 – 6:30PM. The Christopher Place Employment Academy, which is one of the programs operated out of Our Daily Bread, is a residential program that promotes the transformation of men who were formerly homeless into responsible and employed citizens. Volunteers in their dinner program help prepare, serve and clean up the dinner, in addition to eating and interacting with the men from Christopher Place.

St. Jerome’s Head Start

Contact Person
Carol Shear
Director Volunteer Services
2300 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 252-4000, ext. 1672

The St. Jerome's Head Start Program has provided comprehensive family development services in south and southwest Baltimore City since 1990. St. Jerome's currently serves 258 children and families.

The program is in need of volunteers to assist in Head Start classrooms. Classrooms are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM with children between the ages of three and five.

St. Peter’s Adult Learning Center

Contact Person
Chip Woods
Executive Director
13 South Poppleton Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 685-7340

St. Peter’s Adult Learning Center, Inc. is a licensed site provider by the State of Maryland and the Developmental Disabilities Administration for adults 21 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with Mental Retardation. The Day Program (Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 2:30PM) provides services to individuals that include work projects, recreational activities, personal development and community integration.

Volunteers are needed to assist with activities, research programming, computer literary, reading, art, music and health/wellness. The Supported Employment Program is dedicated to placing individuals in single or group volunteer sites to enhance job skills and interpersonal skills and to offer simulated work experiences. Volunteers are needed to assist with resume development, role-playing for interviews, volunteer experiences, employment searches, developing life skills, and projects as assigned. Additionally, St. Peter's is a host site for Loyola's Best Buddies chapter. The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing one-to-one friendships.

St. Vincent’s Villa [Villa Maria]

Contact Person
Carol Shear
Director Volunteer Services
2300 Dulaney Valley Road
Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 252-4700

St. Vincent’s Villa is the new name for the consolidation of St. Vincent’s Center and Villa Maria’s therapeutic residential program for children ages 6-14 who have serious emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric problems. This consolidation is part of an overall plan to integrate each of the child and family-serving programs within Catholic Charities -Villa Maria, St. Vincent’s, Head Start and Center for Family Services –into one organization called Catholic Charities Child and Family Services.

Volunteers and student interns are needed to provide a variety of therapeutic experiences designed to promote learning and growth for at-risk children and families within all these services. Programs available for volunteer and intern placements include the residential treatment center, school program, therapeutic mentoring program, after-school program, extended school day program, pre-vocational center, head start programs and Center for family services.

Volunteer and intern responsibilities include helping children with daily living routines, working with teachers to help deliver highly structured and individualized academic instruction, providing homework help, facilitating recreation and creative arts activities (through our Structured Therapeutic Arts and Recreation Program –STAR) and assisting children as they learn life enhancing skills through hands-on activities.

Volunteers and interns must be patient, caring and able to establish a meaningful relationship with children who have severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. All volunteers must successfully complete training and a screening process and commit at least two hours a week for at least one school semester or a minimum of three months. Volunteer Groups may not be subject to the same requirements, but should contact the office for specific details.

Sheppard Pratt Health System

Contact Person
Shannon Walsh
Manager, Volunteer Services
Sheppard Pratt Health System
6501 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21285
(410) 938-4852

Sheppard Pratt Health System is a nationally renowned mental health, substance abuse and special education system for treatment, professional training and research. It is consistently ranked among the top mental health hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report. The Health System is a proven leader in mental health education.

Volunteer assignments are available in patient care and support areas of the Health System. Volunteers should be over 18 years of age and will be interviewed by the Sheppard Pratt Volunteer Office to determine the most effective placement for them. The time commitment is a minimum of three months of at least eight hours per week. Day, evening, and weekend hours are available.

Sister’s Academy

Contact Person
Suzanne Spencer
139 First Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21227
(410) 242-1212
(410) 242-5104

Sisters Academy of Baltimore, a tuition-free Catholic community-centered middle school, educates girls of different races, ethnic groups and religions from families of limited economic means, particularly those in Southwest Baltimore. The Academy empowers 5th to 8th grade students to become agents of transformation in their families, communities, and society.

Volunteers are needed for various activities during the school day Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It is suggested that volunteers devote at least one hour per week throughout the semester.