weekend volunteering

weekend volunteering (DAVID HOBBY, Baltimore Sun / October 7, 2005)

Wish List:

Center for Pregnancy Concerns — 2418 St. Paul St., Baltimore, MD 21218, is a pregnancy resource center providing free physical, emotional and spiritual help and guidance to women and children. 410-243-6823, or http://www.cpcforhelp.org.

Wish List: Disposable diapers (newborn to size 4), formula: Similac Advance, baby clothes (newborn to 4 T), sleepers, onesies, sleep sacks, bassinets, Pack n' Plays and strollers.

The Children's Home

Wish List:

Christopher Place Employment Academy — 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202, provides education and employment training, as well as emotional, spiritual, and addiction recovery support to formerly homeless men. 443-986-9031, or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Single size sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases and men's shirts 3X-6X; full-size deodorant, bar soap, shampoo, body lotion, razors, tooth paste; good reading books; gently used or new dress and casual clothing; new undershirts, briefs, pajamas; new bath towels and wash cloths and men's shoes: new, very gently used dress, casual and athletic.

Coats for Kids — administered through the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, Drumcastle Center, 6401 York Road, Suite 1029, Baltimore, MD 21212, provies coats for children in need to help keep them warm during the winter months. 410-853-3024.

Wish List: Monetary donations (suggested $20 or more).

Defenders of Animal Rights — 14412 Old York Road, Phoenix, MD 21131, is dedicated to eliminating cruelty to all animals by providing services which include rescues, the sheltering of unwanted animals and abuse victims, adoptions through an innovative pet center, spaying/neutering, humane education, youth work, grief counseling, and human health enhancements via pets. 410-527-1466, or http://www.adopt-a-pet.org.

Wish List: Animal supplies: Feline pine litter (nonclumping), Pedigree Dry Adult Dog Food, Purina Puppy & Kitten Chow, Purina Dry Adult Cat Chow, cat and kitten canned food, dog and cat treats and toys, rawhides and chew toys, hamster food and treats, parakeet and parrot food and toys, wild bird feed, suet cakes, bales of straw and hay, fresh fruit and veggies and Pet Smart/grocery store gift cards; cleaning supplies: clean sheets, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, large trash bags, bleach, paper towels, sponges, scrubbers, wet/dry shop vacuums; office supplies: stamps, white copy paper, AA batteries, pens, markers, scotch tape; correction tape, file folders; post-it notes, printer ink (HP No. 02 black, EPSON No. 69 black, HP No.60 black and HP No.701 black.

Dream 4 It Foundation — raises funds to support educational scholarships for college freshmen. P.O. Box 3258, Baltimore, MD 21228. 443-472-3311, or http://www.dream4it.net.

Wish List: Cash donations and services and products for annual silent auction event.

The Franciscan Center — 101 W. 23rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218, provides response services to persons who are economically disadvantaged in an effort to assist them in moving toward a more self-sufficient lifestyle. 410-467-5340, or http://www.franciscancenterbaltimore.org.

Wish List: Warm clothes (jackets, boots, socks, mittens, gloves, knit hats, scarves), toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, wash cloths, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, etc.), food for the pantry, children's Items (clothes, toys, formula, diapers), money to run the programs.

Gallagher Services — 2520 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, helps to open doors for individuals with developmental disabilities through group homes in the community and a medical day program. 410-252-4005. http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress covers, blankets, bath towels, living room and bedroom lamps, vacuum cleaner, emergency flashlights, V-tech brand children's computers and exercise bike.

Gilchrist Hospice Care — 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, provides end-of-life care for terminally-ill residents of central Maryland, and care and support for their loved ones. 443-849-8200, or http://www.gilchristhospice.org.

Wish List: Funds to help pay for home hospice care for terminally-ill people of all ages.