Open Registration for Weekly Volunteer Programs: September 1-September 12, 2014

To Register, please complete the following form: Fall 2014 Registration Form

To learn more about general service opportunities, please complete the following form: Community Service Interest Form

Middle School Mentoring: Each Wednesday, a group of seventh-grade students from Barclay Middle School travel to Goucher College's Pinkard Community Service Center for an afternoon of unique arts-based programming. Historically a program that served a middle school in West Baltimore that has since closed, this mentoring project has existed for more than ten years and has become an integral part of Goucher's Community Service offerings. Goucher students design lesson plans, activities, and work with the students one-on-one to address topics like character building, civic engagement, and conflict resolution. This year's program will focus on leadership development.

Student Directors: Emily Getoff, Hannah Painter, Morgan Stevens (abroad FA14), Collin Hayes, & Marissa Charlemagne
Fall 2014: Wednesday afternoons, 3:30-5:30 pm

Barclay Gardening Club: Several days a week, Goucher students serve as volunteers with the Gardening Club at Barclay Elementary/Middle School. In 2009, the school was placed on a list of "green" schools by the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education. Two years later, Barclay won a Cleaner Greener Baltimore sustainability grant and used the funds to formalize a garden site at the school. Goucher students work with garden volunteers and school staff to help implement environmental education programs, physically work in the garden with the Barclay students, and to help support a cooking program that allows the students to cook and eat what is grown in the garden.

Student Directors: Ellie Leitner, Emma Sarfaty, & Anna Carmichael (abroad FA14)
Fall 2014: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3:15-5:45 pm

TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Therapy Center: TALMAR is a vocational training center dedicated to the mission of enhancing health for people of all ages and abilities. TALMAR provides an innovative therapeutic, vocational, and recreational environment specially designed for individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions that impact their well-being and health. The Garden, offering an organic vegetable and cut-flower garden, provides year-round programs of indoor and seasonal outdoor gardening opportunities. The services are intergenerational and all-inclusive. Volunteers can elect to work with the horticultural therapy program, or specifically in the garden.

Student Director: Todd Troester
Fall 2014: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (horticultural therapy), 1:00-3:00 pm, Friday afternoons (gardening only), 2:00-4:00 pm

Goucher Scholars Tutoring: Several days a week, Goucher students serve as math and reading tutors with Goucher's signature Federal Work-Study Community Service program. Tutors work with students in grades K-5 and provide reading, math, and general homework assistance with students from Barclay Elementary/Middle School and the 29th Street Community Center. This is a unique opportunity for Goucher students to "work on campus", and still serve the Baltimore community, work with children, and provide important academic support to students in underserved communities.  

Student Directors: Phil Rogers, Jasmine Beverly (abroad FA14), & Ali Warhaftig (at 29th Street Community Center); Dana Busgang, Emma Day, Elise Levinger, Roz Railton (at Barclay)
Fall 2014: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, 3:15-5:45 pm

Hampden Family Center: Goucher students support existing programs at the Hampden Family Center, volunteering with a variety of programming, including art, yoga, and other fun enrichment activities for K-8 students.  The program helps create reciprocal connections that foster understanding, trust, and communication.  This program is a good fit for experienced volunteers, and will require advanced planning for lessons and activities.

Student Director: Emmy Coons
Fall 2014: Wednesday, 3:15-6:30 pm

Read-a-Story/Write-a-Story (RAS/WAS): Read-a-Story/Write-a-Story (RAS/WAS) is a vibrant Goucher student-created literacy program designed for elementary school students. The program began in 2005 with a small group of students and faculty, and has proven to be one of our most successful and sustainable partnerships. Goucher students and elementary school students partner daily to read books aloud and write stories together. 

Student Directors: Isabel DaSilva, David Hills, & Emily Timothy (abroad FA14)
Fall 2014: Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, 3:15-5:45 pm

Enact-a-Story: Goucher students partner with K-3 students in a fun literacy-focused program, specializing in improvisation and theatre games. Enact-a-Story allows students the opportunity to use creativity and physical movement as tools for communication. This program is a good fit for volunteers interested in theatre, dance, or the creative arts.

Student Directors: Sean Brodeur & Leigh Field
Fall 2014: Wednesday, 3:15-5:45 pm

Youth Empowered Society (YES) Drop-in Center The YES Drop-in Center assists homeless and unstably housed youth, ages 14-25, with wrap-around services and workforce support. The drop-in center has been open since 2012, and serves a steady group of Baltimore youth.  Goucher students provide mentoring for youth considering college, and provide support in  

Student Directors: Maddi Clewell
Fall 2014: dates/times TBA

* There are additional volunteer opportunities available through community-based learning courses and in the Academic Catalogue.  For more information, contact Lindsay K. Johnson '05, '13, associate director of community-based learning and community service programs (410-337-6262, lijohnso@goucher.edu).