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Interested in volunteering? Please follow the links below or contact us for more information.

100,000 Homes Campaign Survey Volunteers. MCCH has joined the 100,000 Homes Campaign, and this fall we will 300 volunteers to help survey and identify the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in our community. Click here to sign up.

Cook for the Homeless (Hot and Bagged Meals). This continues to be the program with the greatest need, as shelter meals consist almost entirely of food prepared and donated by volunteers. We serve 3 meals a day, every day, to between 60 and 200+ men at the HBCAC emergency shelter. There is no obligation to prepare the entire amount, as any donation is appreciated. We can arrange for your group to serve if the meal is made for the entire shelter. This is a great project for families and groups. Click here to view current meal guidelines.

Help the Homeless Community Walk Coordinators. Between May and November, organize a community walk at your local school, congregation, club, or place of employment . Community walks are fun, educational, easy to organize, and one of the best ways to raise awareness and funds in the community.

Fall/Spring Beautification Projects. Well-organized groups, who can provide labor, tools, and, ideally, mulch and planting materials, are needed to help with yard maintenance projects at sites around the county.

Front Desk Greeter. MCCH is seeking reliable volunteers to help staff our reception desk. Volunteers will greet visitors, answer and direct phone calls, and help coordinate donation drop offs. Office support work and data entry are also possible tasks. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Hours are flexible, Monday – Friday.

Back-to-Work Mentoring. Volunteers with professional experience are needed to assist clients at our men’s shelter with all aspects of preparing to go back to work, including help with resume writing and interview preparation. Volunteers are also needed to teach classes on computer and financial literacy and other life skills. Additionally, if you have staffing needs at your place of business or worship, why not consider contacting our Back-to-Work program manager to see if he has an appropriate candidate to fill the position?

GED Tutors. Are you especially good at math, social sciences, English, or science? Consider volunteering as a tutor and help our HBCAC clients achieve their academic goals.

Collection Drives. Organize a drive to collect much-needed items from our Wish List for MCCH programs. Items collected often include gift cards, back-to-school supplies, new household supplies, cleaning products, toiletries, cereal and canned goods, children’s sports equipment, or tickets to sporting and cultural events. You can hold a collection drive at your school, congregation, or in your neighborhood. Also, consider collecting items for a move out package for a client moving to permanent housing. View the client move out package list here.

Projects Related to Special Events. Are you getting ready for a B’nai Mitzvah, confirmation, or other special event to which you would like to add a community service component? Consider holding a collection drive or preparing meals to serve at the HBCAC shelter. We can also give shelter tours and arrange for speakers to address your class or group on the issues surrounding homelessness. Please contact us for additional details.

Seasonal Opportunities

Holiday Gifts for Adults. Our Safe Havens program serves single adults with mental illness who have been living on the street. Upon request, we can provide you with a wish list of items that Safe Havens clients want and need. 

Gift Cards for Holiday Purchases. MCCH strongly believes that parents should be active participants in making the holidays special for their own children. Using gift cards is also a great exercise in holiday budgeting for our clients. Gift cards from the following stores (all accessible to our families) are welcomed: Target, Wal-Mart, or grocery stores such as Giant and Safeway.

Special Holiday Meals. Help make the holidays a memorable time for the men at our shelter. We are especially looking for help providing meals for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the Super Bowl.

Gift Wrapping Volunteers. Starting in mid-December, we need volunteers to help wrap gifts for our clients. Volunteers are needed during normal business hours in our main office.

 

If you have any particular expertise to share or would like additional information about any of the above activities, with the exception of the meal program, please contact Teri Brenits at teri@mcch.net or 301-917-6660.

For meal program information or scheduling, please contact Naira Mardukhayeva at naira@mcch.net or 301-917-6658.

Community Service or SSL Credit is available for selected activities!

 

     
     

 

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