Do you want to make a difference in your community? Volunteering is a great way to do just that. Baltimore County's non-profit park councils are comprised entirely of volunteers who donate their time to provide their neighbors with a wide variety of recreational opportunities. From training teams to teaching art classes, organizing events, running programs, and helping with maintenance, there are endless opportunities to get involved. The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) provides ongoing training and recognition to volunteers through the Volunteering in Baltimore County online portal.
This portal allows people of any age to search for volunteer opportunities in the greater Baltimore region. In addition, the Baltimore County Human Resources Office lists opportunities for full-time and part-time work in the Department of Recreation and Parks. The Baltimore County Retired and Elderly Volunteer Program (RSVP) is another great resource for those looking for board positions with a Baltimore County nonprofit organization. This program has nearly 800 active older adult volunteers, ages 55 and older, who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities by supporting local government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based community services and unique health care organizations.
The Home Team volunteer program is also available through the Baltimore County Department of Aging. Home Team volunteers provide friendly home and phone visits to homebound seniors across Baltimore County. The people assigned to a local team volunteer are Baltimore County residents age 60 or older who have been referred by a human services agency. Finally, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program offered by the Baltimore County Department of Aging is another great way to connect with long-term care residents of Baltimore County and make a difference in their lives.
In just one hour a week, volunteers can provide friendly home and phone visits to eligible older adults who lack social support and are at risk of social isolation. Donating your time, talent and experience is an excellent way to make an impact in your community. To learn more about the volunteer program and find out how you can get involved, visit the Volunteering in Baltimore County online portal or contact the Baltimore County Department of Aging for more information.