weekend volunteering

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

House of Ruth Maryland — 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their families. 410-889-0840, or http://www.hruth.org.

Wish List: Diapers and wipes, arts and craft supplies (markers, no crayons, paint, construction paper, adult size scissors, mufti-colored duck tape, poster board), backpacks, twin-size blankets, women's bras and underpants (S-XXXL), toothbrushes, toothpaste, children's socks, infant and toddler sleepwear, umbrellas.

Kennedy Krieger Institute — 707 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, works to improve the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training. 443-923-7300, or http://www.kennedykrieger.org.

Wish List: Cause and effect toys, light-up and sound toys, stacking/sorting toys, Fischer Price, Plays Kool and Little People Toys, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, DVD Movies (G-PG 13), Wii games (rated E), used for therapy, board games (ages 8+), sports items, gift cards to grocery stores and gas stations, nonperishable food items. Please, no stuffed animals.

Maryland Food Bank — 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21224, provides statewide food bank to 600 agencies in Maryland. 410-737-8282, or http://www.mdfoodbank.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations allows the food bank to purchase the most needed items because they can purchase from wholesalers. Also, a donation to the virtual food drive highly desired.

Lighthouse Inc. — 60 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228, is a youth and family services center that provides counseling for children and their families, including social skills groups; community education events and materials; and training for graduate students in counseling fields. 410-788-5483, or http://www.lighthouse-md.org.

Wish List: Art supplies, especially construction paper, water-based paints and brushes, play dough and craft kits. Food store gift cards (for purchasing healthy snacks for our groups). A sturdy CD player. Playing cards. Koosh balls of all sizes. Children's music CDs. Monetary donations appreciated.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224, provides nutritious meals to homebound individuals since 1960. 443-573-0940, or http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

Wish List: Volunteers and pet food for clients who have pets.

Mosaic Community Services Inc. — 1925 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093, provides a wide range of services to children, adolescents and adults whose lives are affected by mental illness and/or substance use. 410-453-9553, ext. 1113, or http://www.mosaicinc.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations, as well as toiletries and personal items for older adolescents and adults, gloves and hats (adult sized), sweat pants and sweat shirts (adult sizes), household items (new), pots and pans; dishes; small appliances; towels; blankets; toys, books and games for children ages 4-16; videos, CDs appropriate for adolescents.

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital — 1708 W. Rogers Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209, treats children with serious, chronic, and or complex medical needs on an inpatient, outpatient and day program basis. 410-578-8600, or http://www.mwph.org.

Wish List: Gift Certificates to Target, Walmart, Babies R Us/ Toys R Us, Chili's, Applebee's, Regal Cinema, AMC Theaters, iTunes, AMF Bowling Alleys and Lake Shore Learning Store; small infant rattles, infant socks, infant bibs, Crayola magic markers, Crayola crayons, poster board, nail polish and remover, pacifiers, batteries, Koosh balls, Uno cards/playing cards, hair accessories, chap stick, soap, foam, shaving cream, stickers, coloring books; infant/ toddler clothes, socks, CDs, DVDs, cause and effect toys, vibrating teethers, toys with blinking lights and/or music, all-vinyl baby dolls, toddler toys and boppy pillows; Discman, Play Station 3, Game Cube, X-Box 36, Wii Games rated "E", joysticks/controllers for PS3, "Nunchuck" for Wii, arts and crafts supplies, sports equipment, Frisbees, Bocce Ball Set, Nerf or soft/light weight balls, board games, Hot Wheels cars, action figures, ethnic Barbies, headphones, watches, alarm clocks, school supplies and Play-Doh; adolescent clothing, infant swings (Graco and Fisher Price), Bright Starts/ Fisher Price infant vibrating seat and Apple iPad. All items should be unwrapped. Deadline is Dec. 15.

Muscular Dystrophy Association — 8501 LaSalle Road, Suite 106, Towson, MD 21286, provides services to the adults and children in the community who live with any of 43 different neuromuscular diseases, including ALS. 410-494-7106, or http://www.mda.org.

Wish List: For MDA Summer Camp: gift cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, grocery stores), pool toys, hand sanitizer, band aids, vinyl gloves, all sizes (no latex), over-the-counter medications (Benadryl, Visine, Tylenol, aspirin, Advil, etc.), insect repellent, sunscreen, bleach, laundry detergent, disposable ponchos, plastic gallon zipper bags, paper products: tissues, paper towels, napkins, bottled water and/or juice, write able DVDs (need 150), art supplies, markers, crayons, individual art kits, model car kits (level 1 or 2), drinking straws, helium tank, standing and/or oscillating fans, extension cords, assorted batteries, individually packaged snacks, plastic storage tubs, large coolers, poster board, construction paper, jewelry making supplies, glue, glue sticks, scissors, duct tape, masking tape, new puzzles and games. Also, copy paper, colored paper, autographed sports memorabilia, gift cards (restaurants, salons, gas, etc.)

My Sister's Place Women's Center — 17 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201, is a resource center offering homeless and impoverished women and their children three warm meals a day and resources to help them achieve and sustain self-sufficiency. 410-659-3763, or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Canned vegetables and fruit, sugar, food storage items: zip lock bags, plastic containers with lids, aluminum pans; canned chicken and tuna; pasta and pasta sauce; oatmeal and ground coffee.

My Sister's Place Lodge — 111 W. Mulberry St., Baltimore, MD, provides a safe, comfortable environment where formerly homeless women diagnosed with mental illness can develop the skills necessary to make the transition to self-sufficiency and permanent housing. 410-528-9002, or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations made at http://www.cc-md.org/donatenow, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases, mattress pads, blankets, bath towels, wash clothes, personal hygiene and toiletry products, nonperishable food items (canned vegetables, fruits, meats, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing), and ground coffee, creamer, and tea bags.