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


About Our Community Partners

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.

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

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Bread for the City

Bread for the City strives to provide vulnerable residents of DC with food, clothing, medical care, and social or legal services with an environment of dignity and respect. This amazing nonprofit started in the 1970s as the merger of two organizations: a free medical clinic and a coalition of churches to feed and clothe those in poverty. Thanks to volunteer efforts and community contributions, the organization serves over 10,000 people every month as is the largest food pantry in DC!

Volunteers will work on a variety of tasks related to poverty and hunger! some may include helping clients find the groceries they need for their families for the week, helping to make fresh produce more readily available, sorting clothing donations, or working on urban agriculture projects.

Liability forms and a volunteer information session is required.

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Calvary Women’s Services (Calvary)

Calvary Women's Services is a DC nonprofit that provides housing and support services to homeless women. Calvary is more than a safe place to temporarily stay. It provides women education programs, employment opportunities, personal support from case managers, mental health services, addiction recovery support and much more. Calvary takes a holistic approach to provide the best possible services to women in the community. Calvary Women's Services includes two programs. Calvary Women's Shelter is a 25-bed transitional housing program for women in need. Support services ensure that women who stay at the shelter are able to make positive steps toward independence. Pathways is a longer-term program offering stability and support for 10 women who have been chronically homeless.

Volunteers handle resident concerns, assist staff, and do walk-throughs of the facility. Volunteers are also responsible for breakfast in the morning and see the residents out at 7:00 a.m., but the bulk of volunteer time is spent building community and getting to know the ladies. Staff members are always on site to answer questions.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

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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.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

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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.

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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.

Homework Club 
LLUM tries 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 elementary kids work in three 30-minute rotations, and the middle school kids work in two rotations. 

Reading & Math Heroes 
This is a one-to-one tutoring program for both math and reading. Reading happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays focus on Math. LLUM has a pre-planned curriculum that is tailored to each child. When you arrive you can get your child's lesson plan and go over it before the session begins. At 6pm the elementary students have a large group activity (the tutors can sit with their student during this time), then at 6:15 the group breaks up and you have one-on-one time with your student. Tutoring ends at 7pm. After the kids go home, the tutors help clean and have a short debriefing time to discuss issues or questions.

A supplemental application and background check are mandatory.

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Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC)

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.

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Stamp Staff Language Partnership Program (SSLPP)

Want to directly help the UMD community? Work with the Stamp Staff Language Partnership Program! 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.


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