Volunteering and Giving 

"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present."  

  - Albert Camus

We may be in the middle of a war, but, unlike war, we still have complete agency over our actions and our responses to adversity.   While May 5 is being touted as Giving Tuesday Now,  a global day of giving,  keeping our mission-critical organizations going is essential.  Volunteer; give if you can.

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Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans is at risk for kidney disease? 37 million have chronic kidney disease and most are unaware. The National Kidney Foundation is a tireless advocate,  funding kidney disease research for the prevention and early detection kidney disease to slow or stop the progression.  During this time, their work to help secure access to dialysis and urgent transplants continues.

 

We wish we could offer some clever way to engage right now.  There are limited volunteer opportunities, but monetary gifts of any size will ensure they can continue to execute their mission.

Click here to see to see how you can contribute to their mission with a general, memorial, or honor donation.

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Join the fight against food insecurity.  Mixolo is a U.S. based company.  Follow Feeding America to locate community-based food banks in the United States.

For our international followers, we're recommending the World Food Programme, but we hope you will also look for local efforts in your community.  

We are also throwing our support behind Jose Andres' effective and present World Central Kitchen, now present in our empty Orioles baseball stadium in our home city of Baltimore MD.  Volunteers needed! Donations welcome.

There are more and more people experiencing food insecurity with the economic downturn.  If you're able, now is the time to make a difference, no matter how small.

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In the time of COVID-19, we cannot forget that there are other serious health issues that require our ongoing attention and support.  The American Cancer Society has been affected by the economic downturn we are experiencing as a result of necessary restrictions, but their mission remains as urgent as ever, if not more, as the immunocompromised are at greater risk for complications from COVID-19.

Most of us have been affected in some way by cancer and ALL of us have benefited from the strides made.  Make a few strides of your own and join the many opportunities to volunteer and give.  Mixolo locals can find out more about Catonsville, MD Relay for Life on Facebook. You can participate from anywhere in the world in the now virtual Outrun Cancer 5K run - or walk an easy 1 mile.   Any questions can be directed to christine.shifkovitz@cancer.org.

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Thread Baltimore and its volunteer network have been serving teenagers in need of guidance and connection during the critical "adulting" years (ages 14 - 24). 

 

Volunteers are needed now to engage virtually with teens particularly challenged during the COVID-19 disruption to their lives and livelihoods.

Looking for ways to be of service?  Here's your chance.  You'll receive training and ongoing support.  Volunteers should live in and around Baltimore.  

Outdoors Tutoring

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

Reading Partners' acclaimed tutoring program is a vital resource for kids struggling with reading in school.  With school out, likely until the 2020/2021 school year, the need for volunteer tutors is great. 

 

Let's make sure the kids hit the ground running when the new school year begins, rather than lose ground. See if Reading Partners is in your community and become an inspiration. Volunteer one hour per week, in school,  and you can shape our collective future.

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Make your run count this spring! You can practice self-care AND provide relief to those in need. Baltimore's Charm City Run wants you to take the Live Give Run Virtual Race Challenge, and walk or run to support two Maryland organizations on the front lines  COVID-19 the Maryland Food Bank, and the University of Maryland Medical System.  Do it solo or compete against family and friends. 

FEES:  $5 for 5K, $10  for 10K, $13.10 for Half Marathon

100% of the race proceeds will be split between the Maryland Food Bank and UMMS' COVID-19 Response Fund.