Five Reasons You Should Volunteer:
- Volunteers live longer and are healthier.
- Volunteering establishes strong relationships.
- Volunteering is good for your career.
- Volunteering is good for society.
- Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose.
EveryMind volunteers are essential to everything we do! YOU can make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Montgomery County Thrift Shop Volunteers assist customers with their shopping, write up sales tickets, ring up sales, and sort and price donated items. Volunteers support the operations of the Thrift Shop, whose proceeds benefit EveryMind, as well as four additional local nonprofits. Join other EveryMind volunteers on Saturdays for a shift from 9:30am – 1:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:15pm, or all day. Volunteers must be 15 years or older. SSL hours are provided for students.
Crisis Prevention and Intervention Volunteers serve as emotional support/crisis intervention specialists for a 24/7 confidential hotline as well as text and online chat services. Hotline is staffed primarily by volunteers who provide confidential and supportive listening; crisis prevention and intervention; and information, referrals, and resources. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Representative Payee Volunteers assist low-income Montgomery County residents who have a disability or mental illness with managing their federal benefits. Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring clients are able to live independently, pay bills on time, and be financially stable. A volunteer typically spends about 5 hours per month helping with routine budgeting and bill paying. No financial expertise is needed. Volunteers must be 21 years or older.
Friendly Visitor Volunteers are matched with homebound, isolated, and lonely older adults living in Montgomery County. Volunteers visit clients once a week to exchange stories, play board games, read, watch the news, or discuss current events and build a friendship. Volunteer and client matches are made based on geographic proximity, as well as shared interests or backgrounds. Volunteers must be 21 years or older.
Linkages to Learning Volunteers support homework clubs, ESOL classes, and other afterschool activities. They play an essential role in helping children and their families overcome difficulties such as unemployment, which may impact a child’s ability to be successful in school. Volunteers support EveryMind’s 11 Linkages sites by serving as homework helpers, childcare providers, or by providing ongoing programmatic support. Student service learning hours (SSL) are provided for students.
Community Outreach, Special Event and Short Term Project Support Volunteers
In addition to the ongoing volunteer opportunities listed above, community members, businesses, and organizations can help serve our clients and families in a variety of other ways:
- Organize toiletry and supply drives through your church or community group
- Organize seasonal or holiday donation drives for items including food, coats, winter clothing, and school supplies
Short-term community service opportunities may also include assistance with special events, mailings, or other administrative support.
For more information please contact volunteer@Every-Mind.org or 301.424.0656 x541.
“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ”
– Ivan Scheier