weekend volunteering

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

Nehemiah House Inc. — 8720 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237, provides temporary shelter, transitional housing, training, counseling and other assistance for the emotional, physical and total rehabilitation of homeless men who are released from prison, victims of substance abuse, veterans or the ill-effects of society in general, without limitation as to race, color or creed, in order to prepare them to become responsible and useful members of the community and society. 410-682-6333.

Wish List: Socks, underwear, shaving cream, razors, coats, deodorant, toothpaste, hats, gloves, food, grocery gift cards, canned goods, umbrellas, bus tokens, inspirational books, inspirational movies, and stamps.

Night of Peace Family Shelter — 7509 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21244, provides emergency shelter for families. 410-922-4357, or http://www.nightofpeace.com.

Wish List: Blankets, pampers (sizes 4 and 5), baby wipes, air mattresses (twin size), children's coats (all sizes), women's coats (all sizes), socks (children and adults) gloves for women and children, towels, washcloths and feminine sanitary products.

Our Daily Bread — 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202, provides a hot meal program serving more than a quarter of a million meals to the hungry of Baltimore City each year, including nutritious lunches every day of the year and breakfast to seniors and individuals with disabilities each weekday morning. 443-986-9031, or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Forks (metal, reusable), paper bags, sugar, tea bags with strings, hot chocolate packets, sandwich size zip- lock bags, brown lunch size paper bags, napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, salt, black pepper, canned and boxed food for the food pantry, peanut butter, jelly, butter, salad dressings, oil, spray oil, casseroles (request recipes), family-size frozen macaroni and cheese casseroles, cold cereal, oatmeal and ground coffee.

Operation Christmas Child

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Peace Study Center — 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, has the mission to build a more peaceful world, one book at a time. 410-435-9188, or http://www.peacestudycenter.org. 

Wish List: New or gently used picture books on themes of peace building for young children: friendship, sharing, helping, caring for animals and the environment; new or gently used picture books we can pass on to facilities that work with children; new mittens, caps, hats, gloves, scarves for young children; puppets of animals and gift cards to Walmart or Target to purchase plastic containers for our kits.

Pregnancy Center North Inc. — 5828 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212, assists women in unplanned pregnancies by offering free services which include pregnancy testing, counseling, material assistance, educational incentive program, and referrals/resources for pregnant and parents women. 410-377-2871, or http://www.pcn4you.org.

Wish List: Diapers (newborn-size 5), formula (Similar Advance), baby toiletries (wipes, baby wash, lotion, powder, diaper rash ointment), baby clothes (newborn-24 months), noesis, infant sleepers, outfits, socks, receiving blankets, baby bath towels, crib sheets, crib mattress pads, new cribs and crib mattresses, new strollers and infant car seats.

Santa Claus Anonymous — P.O. Box 28385, Baltimore, MD 21234, provides assistance in the form of gift certificates redeemable at local merchants to aid families in the purchase of toys, clothing, or books for holiday presents. 443-557-7000. http://www.santaclausanonymous.org.

Wish List: Monetary donations by mail or online only.

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Shop With A Cop — pairs Baltimore County police personnel with children in need for a day of holiday shopping and breakfast, and will be held Dec. 10 at the Cockeysville Wal-Mart. Co-sponsored by the Cockeysville, Greater Jacksonville, Hereford, Timonium and Towson University Optimist Clubs, with children selected by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services and PAL Centers.

Wish List: Donations to help the program may be made to the Timonium Optimist Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 262, Timonium, MD 21294.

Southwest Emergency Services

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Anna's House

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St. Vincent's Villa — 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, provides intensive diagnostic, stabilization and treatment services to children, ages 5 to 14 and their families. 410-252-4000, ext. 1612, or http://www.cc-md.org.

Wish List: Arts and crafts kits, art supplies, footballs, basketballs, UNO cards, Matchbox cars, Legos, Checkers, Activity books; gift cards to AMF Bowling, Regal Cinema, Target and Walmart.

Toys for Tots Campaign — the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distributes gifts to children nationwide. http://www.toysfortots.org.

Wish List: Toys, dropped off by Dec. 16, at Long and Foster's Greenspring office, 10801 Tony Drive, Lutherville, or Timonium Self Storage, 2130 Greenspring Drive, Timonium.

Turnaround Inc. — 2600 Pot Spring Road, Timonium, MD 21093, provides emergency shelter, counseling, community education, emergency room companions, legal services and a 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, domestic violence, child sexual assault and adult survivors of child sexual abuse. 410-377-8111, or http://www.turnaroundinc.org.

Wish List: Nonperishable food items, new toys, hats, gloves, gift cards to grocery stores, Walmart, Target and gas cards. Also, donors are being sought for the annual "adopt-a-family" program.