Baltimore Food Project -  Ongoing Opportunity
Oct
28
to Nov 1

Baltimore Food Project - Ongoing Opportunity

  • 424 South Pulaski Street Baltimore, MD, 21223 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else Baltimore as we partner with comrades The Food Project, a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to ending food insecurity in West Baltimore.

Far too often, healthy food is inaccessible to communities experiencing poverty, resulting in what is known as food deserts. Inaccessibility to nourishing food leads to health risks and disease, and we firmly believe that no one should be without access. The Food Project is committed to creating a safe space for youths every day after school, and to filling the bellies of youths and their community at-large with nourishing food. When we break bread together as a community, we strengthen and grow community.

Come break bread with us and support this incredible endeavor.

We need volunteers to help with:

  1. Youth activities, which begin each day at promptly 4:00 p.m.

  2. Serving dinner, which goes from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.. This include meal prep, serving, clean-up, dish washing, etc


While there is no age minimum for this opportunity, it is suggested that youths under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian as there is not a designated staff to play the supervising role for younger volunteers.

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Horton's Kids - Ongoing Opportunity
Oct
28
to Nov 1

Horton's Kids - Ongoing Opportunity

  • 2500 Pomeroy Road Southeast Washington, DC, 20020 United States (map)
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Our comrades from Horton's Kids need dedicated volunteers to help youth after school with their homework!!


Horton’s Kids strives to empower children growing up in one of DC’s most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Come support them in this endeavor!


Volunteers will help a group of two-to-four Kindergarten through 6th graders focus and complete their homework. This opportunity is Monday - Friday, year-round. Horton's Kids staff will be there to assist volunteers at all times.


Please note in your submission which specific day/date you are seeking to fill, and Horton's Kids will confirm whether or not that date is available.


Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Group maximum is 6 people. Sign up below!


A brief training will occur on-site at 3:45pm the first day individuals volunteer

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Mentors in the Morning - Every Mon. through Thurs. - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Oct
28
to Oct 31

Mentors in the Morning - Every Mon. through Thurs. - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • 2 Teachers Way Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else during morning enrichment programming at Gaithersburg Middle School (GMS). This program is an assist for middle school youths who may or may not have to see their younger sibling off to elementary school each day, causing them to be late or absent from first period classes. The aim of this program is to increase GMS attendance & punctuality by providing an on-campus option to before-school-time obstacles.

We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help with executing sports & mixed SWE programming curriculum that consistently show up weekly, on a day of their choice. 

Volunteers required to undergo a background check & must be MCPS approved

This opportunity is Monday thru Thursday

Morning flow is as follows: 

      7am - Youth Providers/Volunteers arrive on-site

      7:45am - Middle school youths report to first period

      8:35am - Elementary youths walked over to GES with at least TWO SWE staff/volunteers

Fill our the form below if interested and we will be in touch soon!

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Youth Fall Festival with Gandhi Brigade
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Youth Fall Festival with Gandhi Brigade

  • 900 Wayne Aveune Silver Spring, Md, 20910 (map)
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Come join So What Else as we support comrades Gandhi Brigade with the Youth Fall Festival!

Gandhi Brigade is an incredible youth development non profit that provides free after-school programming for teen-aged youths focusing on civic engagement through the art of photography & filmography.


Follow the hashtag #youthvoicesmatter to hear directly from the youths!


We need volunteers to help with production tasks, & to greet guests at various locations throughout the festival. Further instructions will be provided upon arrival to volunteers by event staff. Sign up below and we will be in touch soon!

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Oasis Farm Saturday Volunteer Day
Oct
26
11:00 AM11:00

Oasis Farm Saturday Volunteer Day

Come join our volunteer squad as we get our hands in the dirt with amazing comrades Oasis Farms! We will be working from 11am-1pm, helping Oasis with the various farming tasks, such as: bed prepping, weeding, laying sheet mulch, planting crops, harvesting crops; and whatever else they may need.

Oasis farms specializes in providing memorable experiences & a safe space for folks living with special needs. When we live in a world that can be cold and exclusionary, it is truly amazing to have places like Oasis Farms to retreat to while also being able to actively learn & give back!! 

The farm is a wonderful opportunity for all ages and backgrounds to explore permaculture philosophy in action, while building relationship with new friends!

BE SURE TO DRESS IN LIGHT CLOTHES, EAT A NOURISHING BREAKFAST, HYDRATE EFFICIENTLY, AND WEAR STRONG/COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!

Come play in the dirt with us!

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Giving Circle - Giving Together // KaBoom platform build day!
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Giving Circle - Giving Together // KaBoom platform build day!

  • 7010 Walker Mill Road Capitol Heights, MD, 20743 United States (map)
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Join So What Else as we support comrades in building a sports platform for John Bayne Elementary School!

Giving Together needs 75 volunteers to partner with parents, teachers & the local community to build this new recreation space. It will give more than 400 Bayne students & other area kids an exciting opportunity for sports and play activities.

This project is: rain or shine, suitable for all ages & skill levels.

 VOLUNTEERS MUST REPORT ONSITE BY 8AM FOR TRAINING & ORIENTATION

  • Volunteers should be age 16+ and will assemble the multi-sport court & adjacent play spaces.

  • Build Day will be a safe environment & requires no saws or heavy power tools. All skill levels welcome.

  • Wear comfortable clothing & strong shoes that can handle dirt & paint splatters; closed-toe shoes strongly recommended.

  • Gloves will be provided for projects that need them.

  • Lot & street parking available in surrounding neighborhood.

  • Breakfast, lunch & water will be provided for all volunteers

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Truman Charities Halloween Bash
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Truman Charities Halloween Bash

Truman Charities is hosting a Halloween Bash and costume contest - benefiting So What Else & Metro Bethesda Rotary Foundation!

Hosted by Truman Charities, Metro Bethesda Rotary, Chip Lipscomb & Knights of Columbus 2797

 Ticket includes:

  • Top Shelf Open Bar

  • Dinner by Little Skinny's Barbeque

  • Entry into the Best Costume Contest in Town

Do not miss this spooky night of fun and philanthropy!!!

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October Volunteer Day at Interfaith Works
Oct
18
1:30 PM13:30

October Volunteer Day at Interfaith Works

  • 751 Twinbrook Parkway Rockville, MD, 20851 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else as we partner for our monthly day of service at the Interfaith Works Clothing Distribution Center.

At 1:30 p.m. we will begin with a circle-up (the So What Else version of a meet & greet) followed by a facility tour at 1:45pm. Interfaith Works runs a massive operation and is a tremendous resource to the community, this tour is a wonderful opportunity to become informed!

At 2:00 p.m. volunteers will begin sorting and organizing through donations. We will be stationed in the "thrift shop", or wherever they have the highest sorting/organizing needs for that day.

If you would like to donate to Interfaith Works, the highest need items are:

  • Adult Diapers, sizes Small and Medium

  • Strollers

  • Booster Style Car Seats

  • Dishes

  • Linens

  • Blankets

  • Bed Sheets

  • Towels

Fill out the form below & join our Interfaith Works Volunteer Team!

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 Special Event: National Public Lands Day
Sep
28
8:45 AM08:45

Special Event: National Public Lands Day

  • 6565 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, MD, 20770 United States (map)
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Come celebrate National Public Lands Day at Greenbelt Park!

Stewardship events are held across the United States on our public lands as a way to give back to the community.

Sign up through the EventBrite link on nps.gov/gree.

All participants meet at the Sweetgum Picnic Area at 8:45 a.m. Event lasts until 12:00 p.m.

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Bates Area Civic Association (BACA) Community Cookout
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

Bates Area Civic Association (BACA) Community Cookout

  • 108 Florida Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else as we celebrate community unity with the Bates Area Civic Association (BACA) of Howard University during this year's community cookout!

All are welcome to attend this collaborative union of peoples.


We are seeking volunteers to run games & activity stations, to serve food & beverages, & to help with the overall event flow as directed.
There are two shifts available:

  1. 12pm-3pm

  2. 3pm-6pm

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Horton's Kids - Ongoing Opportunity
Sep
16
to Sep 20

Horton's Kids - Ongoing Opportunity

  • 2500 Pomeroy Road Southeast Washington, DC, 20020 United States (map)
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Our comrades from Horton's Kids need dedicated volunteers to help youth after school with their homework!!


Horton’s Kids strives to empower children growing up in one of DC’s most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Come support them in this endeavor!


Volunteers will help a group of two-to-four Kindergarten through 6th graders focus and complete their homework. This opportunity is Monday - Friday, year-round. Horton's Kids staff will be there to assist volunteers at all times.


Please note in your submission which specific day/date you are seeking to fill, and Horton's Kids will confirm whether or not that date is available.


Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Group maximum is 6 people. Sign up below!


A brief training will occur on-site at 3:45pm the first day individuals volunteer

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Baltimore Food Project -  Ongoing Opportunity
Sep
16
to Sep 20

Baltimore Food Project - Ongoing Opportunity

  • 424 South Pulaski Street Baltimore, MD, 21223 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come join So What Else Baltimore as we partner with comrades The Food Project, a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to ending food insecurity in West Baltimore.

Far too often, healthy food is inaccessible to communities experiencing poverty, resulting in what is known as food deserts. Inaccessibility to nourishing food leads to health risks and disease, and we firmly believe that no one should be without access. The Food Project is committed to creating a safe space for youths every day after school, and to filling the bellies of youths and their community at-large with nourishing food. When we break bread together as a community, we strengthen and grow community.

Come break bread with us and support this incredible endeavor.

We need volunteers to help with:

  1. Youth activities, which begin each day at promptly 4:00 p.m.

  2. Serving dinner, which goes from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.. This include meal prep, serving, clean-up, dish washing, etc


While there is no age minimum for this opportunity, it is suggested that youths under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian as there is not a designated staff to play the supervising role for younger volunteers.

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Project PLASE back to school cookout!
Aug
21
10:00 AM10:00

Project PLASE back to school cookout!

  • 3601 Old Frederick Road Frederick, MD, 21702 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else as we support our wonderful Veterans in their endeavor to celebrate and give back to their community this back-to-school season.

This event comes with employment opportunities, legal services, community resources, and school supply give-aways!

We need volunteers to assist So What Else staff with games & activities stations, and to provide overall event support as needed & directed the day of.

We also need a volunteer that can run the hot dog grilling station!

All are welcome to attend this family friendly event!

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Annual Bike To The Beach Service Event
Aug
2
6:30 AM06:30

Annual Bike To The Beach Service Event

  • Chesapeake College 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills MD, 21679 (map)
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Join us as we support our comrades at Bike to the Beach with their annual bike ride from DC to Dewey Beach to raise funds for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a perfect family volunteer opportunity and it is SSL approved!

Volunteers will be unloading bikes from trucks to return to the riders and will work a replenishment stand to give snacks and refreshments out to the riders!


First Stop: 6:00-9:00am: 1920 Governor Ritchie Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21409
Volunteers will be loading bikes onto trucks

 

Second Stop: Chesapeake College Bike Transfer: 6 AM-8:30AM

1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679

We need 7-10 volunteers to run a snack and hydration stand and helping take down bikes from trucks.

 

Third stop: Wilson General Stop

8:30 AM-1:30 PM -3-4 Volunteers

 24739 Springfield Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947

 One of the last rest stops, where volunteers will be handing out snacks and waters.

 This stop is very close to the beach.

 

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So What Else Bring the Heat Charity Baseball Tournament
Jul
27
to Jul 28

So What Else Bring the Heat Charity Baseball Tournament

Go to bat for a great cause!

Help So What Else raise money for our free summer camp programs through a fun baseball tournament!

Tournament Details:

Who? Rec league all stars! (No travel teams)

8 and under for Coach Pitch Division

10 and Under for Kid Pitch Division

**Age of player determined by their age as of May 1, 2019

What? Two day baseball tournament, with atleast 3 games per entering team. Trophies for first place and runner up, plus bonus rewards for top fundraisers.

When? Begins 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27th and 28th

Why? So What Else, Inc. gives free summer camp and after school programming to the underserved areas around D.C, Baltimore, Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties. We constantly challenge the kids we serve to find ways to build and help their communities, let's pay it forward and have fun in the process!

How Much? We're asking for $600 per team that joins, and hoping that each team will also help spread the word and fundraise for us!

Fill out your contact info below and we will be in touch with sign up details ASAP!

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Mentoring Through Athletics Sugar Rush Carnival
Jun
21
4:30 PM16:30

Mentoring Through Athletics Sugar Rush Carnival

  • 1350 49th Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20019 United States (map)
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Join our volunteer team and help our friends at Mentoring Through Athletics host a great event! We need volunteers to help with family registration, serving food, event set-up & clean-up, and overall event flow. Sign up below!

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Saturdays at Wingate
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Saturdays at Wingate

So What Else hosts kids and teen programming & lunch, every Saturday @ the Wingate - a community located in SW, DC. We also host monthly community breakfast events, on site, one Saturday a month. If you would like to volunteer your time as a youth mentor please fill out the form below!

Wingate In-Kind Wish List (Our in-kind donations get used in our program, donated to our on site free thrift shop or given directly to families.)

  • Microwave

  • Pasta Sauce and Dried Noodles

  • Large plastic bins

  • Reusable Plates

  • Tape/ Glue

  • Colored Pencils

  • Grocery Cart

  • Dish Soap/sponges

  • Sunbutter

  • Gently used clothing, shoes and outerwear

Make a donation by filling out the form below! We will be in touch shortly!

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BBHPM Colonial Market Fair
Jun
7
12:30 AM00:30

BBHPM Colonial Market Fair

  • 300 Oella Avenue Catonsville, MD, 21228 United States (map)
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Join our Colonial Market Fair Volunteer Team!

June 7- June 9 

There are several shifts available during the weekend:

(This event has a minimum volunteer age of 14 yo) 

*Friday - June 7, 2019*  

  1. Tent Set-up: 10:30am-2pm

 *Saturday - June 9, 2019*  

  1. Event set-up: 8am-10am

  2. Parking Attendant, shift one: 10am-1pm

  3. Parking Attendant, shift two: 1pm-4pm

 *Sunday - June 9, 2019*

  1. Event set-up: 8am-10am

  2. Parking Attendant, shift one: 10am-1pm

  3. Parking Attendant, shift two: 1pm-4pm

  4. Tents take-down: 4pm-6pm    

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An Earthly Embrace - Purple Laces 5K
Jun
6
10:00 AM10:00

An Earthly Embrace - Purple Laces 5K

Come join So What Else as we partner with our dedicated compatriots from An Earthly Embrace for their 3rd annual Purple Laces 5k! This event supports the mission of An Earthly Embrace- which is to support healing, empowerment and rebuilding of lives that have been impacted by domestic violence. 

We are looking for volunteers to arrive on-site at 9am, and to help So What Else set-up & run the Snacks and Youth Activities tables. 

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Sign up to volunteer below & we will be back in touch with details soon!

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Mentoring Through Athletics Championship Game
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Mentoring Through Athletics Championship Game

  • 8001 Sheriff Road Hyattsville, MD, 20785 United States (map)
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Join our volunteer and help our friends at Mentoring Through Athletics put on a great championship game! We need volunteers to help with game facilitation, registration, snack bar, set-up & clean-up. Sign up below.

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Girls on the Run
May
19
7:30 AM07:30

Girls on the Run

We are excited to help and support our friends at Girls on the Run for their spring 5K on May 19th!

We needs volunteers to help with court marshaling, passing out snacks and waters, and set-up/clean-up during the event. 

Fill out the form below and join our volunteer team!

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April Volunteer Day at Interfaith Works
Apr
26
1:30 PM13:30

April Volunteer Day at Interfaith Works

  • 751 Twinbrook Parkway Rockville, MD, 20851 United States (map)
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Come join So What Else as we partner for our monthly day of service at the Interfaith Works Clothing Distribution Center.

Volunteers will be sorting through donations, helping with organizing & item placements, and helping with the overall flow of the distribution center operations.

If you would like to donate to Interfaith Works, the highest need items are:

  • Adult Diapers, sizes Small and Medium

  • Strollers

  • Booster Style Car Seats

  • Dishes

  • Linens

  • Blankets

  • Bed Sheets

  • Towels

Fill out the form below & join our Interfaith Works Volunteer Team!

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Earth Day Tree Planting
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Earth Day Tree Planting

On Monday, April 22nd, each of our two Spring Break Camp Locations will be planting trees in celebration of Earth Day. We will be planting: Hazelnut, Elderberry, Butterfly Bush and Azaleas!

Our campers at our Silver Spring location will be planting from 10am to 12pm. Our campers at our Rockville Location will be planting from 2pm to 4pm.

We are looking for donations of gardening gloves and shovels! To schedule a donation drop off or pick-up please fill out the form below.

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2019 Annual Spring Youth Olympics
Apr
19
9:30 AM09:30

2019 Annual Spring Youth Olympics

This will be SWE’s 5th year partnering with The Community Services Foundation, to host over 400 children from Washington DC, PG County, Montgomery County and Howard County to a day sports and fun! We gather our after-school and summer camp youth to come together for a massive day of healthy competition and we need your help!

Volunteers are needed to help lead sports stations, assist our staff and help with food and set up logistics. Light refreshments and t-shirts will be provided. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups, SSL hours available. It truly takes a village to make an event of this size a success. We thank you in advance for your consideration!

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Spring Break Out Camp!
Apr
17
to Apr 22

Spring Break Out Camp!

  • 1201 1st Street Rockville, MD, 20852 (map)
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So What Else Camp, provided each day of Montgomery County Spring Break, serves 40+ students living in a under-served pocket in the city of Rockville.

Spring Break Camp includes:

  • Breakfast refreshments & lunch for each student

  • Service Learning

  • Expressive Arts

  • Integrative Wellness

  • STEM

  • Sports and fitness

  • Mentorship

Want to volunteer with youth? Want to donate art supplies or healthy snacks?

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