If you don't believe one person can make a difference,
you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
--Anita Roddick, entrepreneur and human rights activist
JUNE 2016
In This Issue
In Honor of Father's Day
Make June Dad's Service Month 

Sunday, June 19, is Father's Day, our annual opportunity to celebrate the nurturing men in our lives. In that same vein, June is a great month for men to show their nurturing spirit by stepping up to fill one of the many volunteer needs in our community.  

There are literally hundreds of volunteer opportunities to choose from on the Volunteer Center website, but the following are a few that might be especially appealing to Dads and other caring men (and women)--and they still leave plenty of time for a barbecue and relaxation on the 19th!

Real Men ... MENtor: Help low-income students in the DC Metro area get to and through college. Capital Partners for Education seeks to add 50 men to its team of mentors serving young men, most of them the first in their families to attend college. Mentors must be college graduates, have a job in the area, and like to have fun. Training (several sessions available this month) and ongoing support provided throughout the mentoring relationship. Email Christopher Lockwood or call 202-682-6020 x230.

Grill Masters: Get the grills started and then cook up burgers and hot dogs for adults with developmental disabilities at the Jubilee Association of Maryland's annual picnic, set for Sunday, June 12, in Gaithersburg. Jubilee is also looking for a volunteer to serve as a Maryland driving manual tutor for a client who hopes to get a new driver's license. Email Alycia Alexander or call 301-949-8628 x114.

Poker Players: Share your card skills with nursing home residents at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, ideally a few time a month. Email Amanda Painter or call 301-770-8329.

National Golf Tournament Volunteers: Greet VIPs, manage cart assignments, marshal specific holes, operate the Shotlink laser measurement system, and more for the Tiger Woods Foundation's Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Monday, June 20-Sunday, June 26. Volunteers must commit to at least three half-day shifts during the week. Email Emily Womack or sign up online. Nonprofit organizations operating concession stands during specific days of the tournament --including So What Else and NAMI--are also recruiting volunteers. 

Vocational Counselors for Homeless Men: Assist Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless clients with getting and keeping jobs, helping with anything from searching for job openings and preparing for job interviews to building job skills (such as computer know-how) and working through employment-related issues. Email Teri Brenits or call 301-917-6654. 
Maryland Soccer Foundation
Building Character and Providing a Positive Sports Experience for Youth Clients and Volunteers Alike

Maryland Soccer Foundation logoThe Maryland Soccer Foundation's mission is to provide Montgomery County youth with a positive sports experience in a fun and safe environment that nurtures and fosters each athlete's character, thinking skills, and physical abilities. The foundation is based in Boyds and is the umbrella organization for the Maryland SoccerPlex, a 24-field complex in Boyds used by local soccer clubs and leagues; the Discovery Sports Center, a 66,000-square-foot indoor facility that houses eight basketball/volleyball courts that are converted to indoor soccer fields in the winter; and SAM Soccer youth soccer clubs, which offer clinics, camps, and leagues for individuals age 2 to 18.

Through the years, the Maryland Soccer Foundation has developed a growing volunteer base, including many high school students. The organization's most popular volunteer activity, its summer counselor in training program, allows high school students to volunteer a week at a time to work with campers ages 3 to 13 in sports instruction, playing games, and assisting in other fun activities and field trips. Each student volunteer is paired with a seasoned staff counselor who assists and trains them in setting up games and activities, maintaining the facility, and more. This opportunity is pre-approved for MCPS student service learning hours.

The benefits of volunteering with the summer CIT program are numerous. For one, students learn responsibility, as they are given many tasks to complete throughout the week. Because they must work with many different types of personalities and age groups, student volunteers also gain skills in helping others and problem-solving.  

Other volunteer opportunities available with the Maryland Soccer Foundation include working as a referee for indoor and outdoor sports, serving as a soccer coaching assistant, and acting as an event assistant for two annual community fairs--Summer Solstice 2016 (Friday, June 10) and OktoberPlex (Sunday, Oct. 2)--in which volunteers set up and run games, contests, and activities. All are SSL pre-approved.

To learn more, email Shana Harris, call 301-528-1480, or visit the foundation's website.
Longer Days Leave More Time to Volunteer!
As we approach the summer solstice and more hours of daylight, many of us just seem to have a bit more energy. Put it to use by serving our community! Here are just a few of the opportunities listed on the Volunteer Center's website. Check our calendar of events for more date-specific opportunities and our newest listings for those posted most recently. Or use the red box on our home page or at the top of this email to search for more ongoing opportunities. 
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These opportunities are pre-approved to provide MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. Others may be eligible for SSL hours. 
Visit  the MCPS SSL website to learn more. 

SSL Icon Special Needs Prom Decorators: Saturday, June 4, 3-10 pm, Gaithersburg. Transform the gym at the Marcia D. Smith School for individuals with developmental delays into a Mardi Gras-themed prom/spring formal. The event, organized by Community Support Services Inc., celebrates the achievements of the school's graduates, new students, and transitioning adults. Minimum age: 16. Email Ashley Chatneuff or call 301-926-2300.

SSL Icon Community Theater Usher: June 9-12 & 17-19, 7-10 pm (12:30-4 pm on Sundays), Rockville. Greet patrons, take tickets, and help older patrons to and from their seats during the Victorian Lyric Opera Company's production of H.M.S. Pinafore. Training provided. Email Amanda Jones or call 301-576-5672.

Job Skills Tutors: Saturday, June 11, 11:30 am-2 pm, Silver Spring. Get paired with an immigrant high school student in the Liberty's Promise after-school civics program to help him or her with resume and cover letter review, applying for pre-selected internships, and practicing for a job interview. Volunteers should already understand the job application process.  Email Krista O'Connell or call 703-549-9950.

SSL Icon Discover Strathmore Assistants: Sunday, June 12, 11 am-6 pm, North Bethesda. Help out at the arts and crafts table at the Strathmore Hall Foundation's annual free family festival. Email Bridget Seidlecki or call 301-581-5150.

SSL Icon Kids' Triathlon Volunteers: Sunday, June 19,  6:30 am-12 noon, Bethesda. Register participants, cheer them on, track racer times, photograph participants and observers, and help with other race-day needs for Just TRYAN It, which raises funds to assist families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. Email Mary Kaler or call 301-202-4351.

SSL Icon Baseball Tournament Workers: June 21-July 5, shifts available 8 am-7 pm, Rockville. Prepare/line the fields, recover baseballs during games, and provide other assistance for the Rockville Baseball Association's Greater Washington 4th of July Tournament. Email Eric Desmond or call 240-274-8589.

SSL Icon Smithsonian Folklife Festival Volunteers: June 29-July 4 and July 7-10, Washington. Assist stage managers, help record performances,  greet participants, and provide general administrative support for this large annual event sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Email Michelle Banks, call 202-633-7488, or sign up online. Priority deadline for volunteers is Sunday, June 12.

Monthly Gardeners: Help maintain Hospice Caring's gardens, which provide welcoming, calming, healing spaces for families, staff, volunteers, and the community. The gardens include a gazebo, a water feature, strolling paths, and a labyrinth, and overlook the park and pond at Gaithersburg's Bohrer Park. Volunteers commit to one morning a month helping with light cleaning of the garden beds, watering plantings, and other basic essentials. No heavy lifting, cutting, or pruning required. Email Deanie Preston or call 301-869-4673.  

SSL Icon Baseball Game Crew: Operate the scoreboard, announce the game, sing the National Anthem, run the sound system, or sell tickets, concessions, or souvenirs at the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts home games. The summer collegiate team is organized by Maryland Community Baseball Inc. and game proceeds raise funds to improve youth baseball and softball fields. Minimum age: 14. Email Edward Sharp or call 301-983-1358.

Summer Meal Site Volunteers: Serve food and share a skill at Share Our Strength's summer meal site in Silver Spring, which provides meals five days a week for children who normally rely on food from school programs to keep them nourished. Volunteers must commit to helping two or three days per week, and preference goes to those who can also read, do an art project, teach music, or add some other learning component to their service. Minimum age: 18. Email Tiffany Haynes or call 410-456-6778.
Help Restore Parkland for National Trails Day, June 4

National Trails Day, the American Hiking Society's annual celebration of trails, takes place this year on Saturday, June 4. One way to honor the occasion is to volunteer for a park project, such as these listed below, that day. 

Restore the grounds of Fort Dupont Park, one of the largest parks in Washington and an important sub-watershed of the Anacostia River. This project, organized by the Student Conservation Association, runs 9:30 am-1:30 pm and welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities. SSL pre-approvedEmail Roland Richardson or call 703-842-4234.

Build and maintain natural surface trails at Montgomery Parks's Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg, 9 am-1 pm. Tasks may include building new trails, repairing erosion, or constructing a bridge. Additional opportunities available at other parks on other days. Minimum age: 15 (or 13 if accompanied by a parent). Parental consent required for all volunteers under 18. SSL pre-approved. Email Jim Corcoran, call 301-650-4395, or sign up online (via the Schedule tab). 
RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program
Volunteers Help Needy Secure Over $4 Million in Refunds 

More than 140 volunteers with the RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program wrapped up another successful tax season, preparing 4,959 federal and state tax returns--including $4,280,408 in total refunds--for low- to moderate-income Montgomery County residents, many of them seniors.

As a token of thanks for their dedication to this vital community service, the tax volunteers were treated to an appreciation brunch hosted by Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane last month. In addition, County Executive Ike Leggett recognized two long-time volunteers for their contributions to the program with certificates of appreciation: Sonia Leon, who is retiring as scheduling office coordinator after 10 years of service, and Leslie Roberts, who has been with the program since 1992 and is stepping down as a site chief (but will continue as a tax counselor).

Interested in joining this incredibly hard-working and congenial team next tax season? Visit our website to learn how to volunteer as a tax counselor, client facilitator (greeter), or scheduler, or email the Tax-Aide Program. Volunteer information is sent out in the fall.
Looking for an Internship?

In addition to more traditional one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities, the Volunteer Center website includes dozens of internships available with local nonprofits and government agencies. These positions are designed to offer high school and college students (and others!) a pre-professional learning and working experience related to their career or educational goals. 

To search for internships, type "intern" in the keyword field of the red search box found on every page of the website. You can also click "interns" under "I am interested in opportunities available to ..." on the advanced search page. Or try both methods to find the greatest number of potential internships.
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