Contact LCSL

1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-405-9044
lcslassistant@umd.edu

About Our Community Partners

A Wider Circle

A Wider Circle has the mission to end poverty, and they do not say no to anyone! AWC provides education and job preparedness, long-term support programs, and basic provision items. Volunteers will be part of A Wider Circle's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which furnishes the homes of about 20 families each day. Anyone in need can find help in the form of home furnishings, appropriate outfits for work, toys and games for kids, and much more, all at no cost to the clients. Volunteers will load client vehicles, restock the warehouse, sort and organize donations, and assist clients in choosing items.

Spring 2018 Site Times: TBD

Find out more at: www.awidercircle.org/whoweare.html

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID is an elementary through post-secondary college readiness program that is designed to increase learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. Tutors are essential to the success of the AVID program. As students from colleges and universities, tutors receive formal training and also serve as role models.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Mondays, 8:45 - 11:15 AM & 11:10 AM - 2:00 PM; Fridays, 1:10 - 3:00 PM & 2:15 - 4:15 PM

A supplemental application, background check, and fingerprinting are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.avid.org

Campus Pantry

The Campus Pantry is the University of Maryland's official emergency food service available to students and staff. Established in 2014, the Campus Pantry is managed by the Department of Dining Services and is housed at the University Health Center. The Pantry provides nonperishable foods and also fresh produce donated from the UMD TerpFarm, free of cost for UMD affiliates. The mission and vision is to alleviate food insecurity among students and staff in need. Volunteers will assist the Campus Pantry in organizing and stocking the shelves, and conducting food drives.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Mondays, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Find out more at: www.campuspantry.umd.edu

College and Career Pathways: Northwestern High School (Northwestern)

College and Career Pathways offers school-site and community-based college access and career exploration services to students throughout Prince George's County and the greater DC Metro area. The program strives to ensure that each student graduates from high school with a plan for achieving their educational and career goals. The program provides ongoing and consistent academic support and remediation through weekly tutoring opportunities. Volunteers will serve as tutors and mentors to students at Northwestern High School, to ensure that they complete their degree and are able to move forward to postsecondary education.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.collegeandcareerpathways.org

Community Forklift

Community Forklift is no ordinary home improvement or environmental protection center. It’s both! The organization provides low-cost building materials to our College Park community. Donations from homeowners and contractors allow for environmental preservation in two ways: gently used furniture and other supplies are kept out of landfills and incinerators, and the environmental damage caused by producing new building materials is eliminated. Volunteers will support Community Forklift by sorting, cleaning, and stocking green building supplies at their warehouse for community clients.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Fridays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Find out more at: www.communityforklift.org

ECO City Farm

ECO seeks to reverse the effects of systemic poverty, racism, and environmental destruction through establishing and promoting social venture community-based business. Their mission is to involve people from all walks of life in healthy and sustainable living activities. Volunteers at the farm will engage directly in the process of growing produce, including seeding, planting, crop care, harvesting, and packaging produce for delivery.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Saturdays, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Find out more at: www.ecocityfarms.org

Little Lights Urban Ministries (Little Lights)

Little Lights Urban Ministries empowers under-served youth and families in Washington, D.C., particularly those living in the Potomac Gardens public housing unit. The organization takes a holistic approach to caring for the well-being of each child to come through their programs, not just in bolstering academics, but also in providing time to play, create art, eat, learn life skills, and relax in a safe environment. The Center is dedicated to providing compassion, upholding innovation in their approaches to education, and respecting diversity.

Homework Club 
Little Lights aims to pair students one-on one with volunteers, to give them individual attention and help. They serve both elementary (K-4th grade) and middle school students (5th-8th grades). The students work in two rotation groups, rotating between academics and recreation, where they play games and eat a balanced meal together.

Reading & Math Heroes
These are one-to-one tutoring programs designed to bring students K-8th grades up to grade-level proficiency. Little Lights pre-plans the curriculum, tailored to each student. When a volunteer arrives, they review their student's lesson plan before the session begins. After a 15-minute group activity, volunteer-and-student pairs break off to study until students are dismissed.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 2:15 - 6:15 PM

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

Find out more at: www.littlelights.org

Magruder Park

Magruder Park is Hyattsville's major park facility, and a favorite amongst the community! At 32 acres, the park is a remarkable hidden gem of green space. Unfortunately, Magruder is overrun with invasive species of plants. These invasive species with no local predators tend to overrun native plants, disrupting the ecosystem and causing problems for both animals in the area and people in the community. Volunteers will work with Hyattsville city park staff to identify and remove these invasive plants and pick up trash around the park. The city park staff will also provide opportunities to educate volunteers on environmental issues and conservation efforts.

Spring 2018 Site Times: TBD

Find out more at: www.hyattsville.org/138/Parks

Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC)

MNCPPC seeks to balance preservation with managing the growth of communities, protect and steward natural, cultural, and historic resources, and provide leisure and recreational experiences for both residents and visitors of Maryland. Volunteers work on the Paint Branch Trail, which is within walking distance from campus and leads to Lake Artemesia. Volunteers pull invasive species, clean up trash, and perform trail maintenance with the park service. There may be opportunities to work in local schools teaching about the environment as well as advocacy work on campus, which takes leadership and initiative on the volunteer's part.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Wednesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 - 6:00 PM

Find out more at: www.mncppc.org

Seabury Resources for the Aging

Seabury Resources for the Aging's mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in Washington, DC to live with independence and dignity. Their Age-in-Place program allows for their clients to continue living in their lifelong homes and apartments by providing volunteers to help with basic upkeep and maintenance that they cannot do themselves. Students will work in groups at the residences of elderly and aging community members. The service itself can include house cleanup, yard work, small maintenance projects, and other upkeep tasks, not to mention engaging with the clients, who love speaking with college students!

Spring 2018 Site Times: Fridays, 12:30 - 4:30 PM

Find out more at: http://www.seaburyresources.org/

Stamp Staff Language Partnership Program (SSLPP)

The University of Maryland's Maryland English Institute offers ESOL classes to students, staff, and faculty. The Stamp Language Partnership Program (SLPP) offers a unique and complementary service for Stamp staff members to practice their conversational English and gain professional development experience. Students partner with Stamp Student Union workers to serve as speaking partners and to teach computer literacy. Curricula are established between volunteers and workers on the first day of service.

Spring 2018 Site Times: By appointment

TerpFarm

TerpFarm is the University of Maryland's very own sustainable vegetable farm. Established in 2014 with funding from the Student Sustainability Grant Fund, TerpFarm is managed by the Department of Dining Services and produces fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables to be served to diners on the College Park campus. Food produced on the farm is also donated on a weekly basis to the Campus Pantry program, aimed at improving food security within our campus community. Volunteers at the farm will engage directly in the process of growing fruits and vegetables, including seeding, planting, crop care, harvesting, and packaging for delivery to the campus dining program.

Spring 2018 Site Times: Fridays, 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Find out more at: www.terpfarm.umd.edu


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