Location: primarily off-site in Baltimore city or county. Exact location will be disclosed to volunteers.
Responsibilities: an individual or group will commit to collecting, storing, delivering and setting up all household items needed for a family of five. Download our flyer for a full project description and list of items needed to prepare an apartment for a family's arrival.
Time Commitment: this project can be a one-time or recurring volunteer opportunity. The time needed to collect items on the list will range for each individual or group. For example, some groups may collect items over a number of weeks. Others will choose to purchase items on one day. Setting up an apartment typically takes up to 4 hours depending on the size of the apartment and volunteer group. Most set-ups take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during daytime hours, although sometimes this varies. This is a great group or family project!
Skills & Qualifications: volunteers do not need to have specific experience, but must be flexible, and willing to learn and agree to the terms of the project. Most volunteers in a group must also be able and willing to carry up to 30 pounds.
- Please complete this short VolunteerBaltimore [at] Rescue.org (subject: Interested%20in%20Welcome%20Home%20Project, body: *Please%20include%20the%20following%20information%3A%20%0A%0A1.%20Your%20name%3A%20%0A%0A2.%20How%20did%20you%20hear%20about%20the%20IRC%3F%0A%0A3.%20Which%20info%20session%20are%20you%20able%20to%20attend%3F%20(Upcoming%20info%20session%20dates%20are%20listed%20here%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rescue.org%2Fvolunteer-opportunities%2Fbaltimore-md)%0A%0A4.%20Why%20are%20you%20interested%20in%20becoming%20a%20welcome%20home%20project%20volunteer%3F) (email form) to let us know you're interested and RSVP to the next volunteer information session. Info sessions are offered monthly via webinar and provide an overview of refugee resettlement in Baltimore and ways to get involved. Upcoming info session dates are listed here.
- If you are participating in the Welcome Home Project as a group, at least one member of the group must attend an information session and complete a volunteer application. (The application will be sent following the information session).
- After your volunteer application is submitted, the IRC point person will follow up within about two weeks to confirm interest and begin planning.
- An individual or group collects and stores all items for a Welcome Home Project, based on an average family size of five. Download our flyer for the full collection list and project details.
- Once an individual or group confirms the items collected, IRC will arrange a match with a potential family assignment and set-up times. These set-ups are usually scheduled 1-2 weeks in advance based on when IRC receives notice of new arrivals, and typically take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during daytime hours.
- The group commits to transporting items to the apartment on the scheduled day, unpacking and setting up a welcoming home. IRC will meet groups at an apartment to unlock the unit, to assist if needed and to check the complete set-up.
- All volunteers involved in the apartment set-up sign a confidentiality form on set-up day.
- IRC will provide a short update to the group within one month after the apartment set-up.
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