Make a Difference this Fall and Winter by Becoming a Volunteer

by Alexandra Porben | September 10, 2021

With the completion of Summer, the volunteer office is gearing up for a busy Fall and Winter with new opportunities for volunteers. Do you want to make a difference in your community? Say Yes! to the Fall call for volunteers and apply today.

The volunteer program is recruiting 100 volunteers to commit to one of 30 ongoing volunteer opportunities. There are various in-person and remote volunteer roles that need to be filled in our health and wellness, legal and advocacy, economic and education, and community engagement programs. Each role will be provided training and require a minimum 75-hour commitment including orientation.

The deadline to apply for ongoing volunteer positions is Sept. 15, with volunteering roles begin in October. For the complete list of volunteer opportunities and to begin the application process, visit the volunteer registration page.

Additionally, volunteers will help Catholic Charities and its many clients celebrate the holiday season by supporting various activities. Some of the activities are organizing holiday games, distributing food and gifts and assembling holiday gift bags for clients. More information about the upcoming events will become available as we get closer to the holiday season.

While Catholic Charities is busy preparing for the holidays, there is still an urgent need for general volunteers, including at our SHARE Food Network, as food distributions have increased due to the pandemic. The urban farm at the Susan D. Mona Center, located in Temple Hills, Md., needs volunteers to help maintain and prepare the garden for winter. All fruits and vegetables that are harvested from the garden are cooked and served at the Catholic Charities St. Maria’s Meals.

The Southern Maryland Food Bank, located in Waldorf, Md., has food distribution programs such as Seeds of Hope community garden, Snack Saks, Senior Saks and the Meals and Hope Mobile Soup Kitchen. There are multiple volunteer opportunities available for individuals to help serve nutritious meals to those in need.

Volunteering with Catholic Charities offers individuals the opportunity to provide needed services to those less fortunate. “I enjoy working with a wonderful team of faith-filled, fun, hard-working and generous individuals,” says Angela B., who volunteers at the Catholic Charities’ Spanish Catholic Center Employment Program. “I greatly enjoy getting to know the clients and their children when they came into the office.”

All volunteers must be vaccinated, as Catholic Charities complies with the mayor’s COVID-19 health and safety order.

For more information on volunteer activities, visit our volunteer home page.