Volunteering Knowledge

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We have loved working with Lois Hall to incorporate her skills and interest into a volunteer opportunity. After retiring from a robust career in the healthcare industry, Lois is now offering her time to help people understand (and often save money on) their out of pocket medical costs. Learn more at www.healthcostmatters.com or contact Lois at lhall@healthcostmatters.com if you have an out of pocket medical cost that is high or confusing.

Ready? Set? LEGO!

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Building a service project with Jonah and his family was as much fun as building with LEGO! Jonah collected LEGO bricks that people no longer needed and worked tirelessly for 3 months (!) with his friends and family to recreate building sets. Jonah brought 50 complete sets to share with the kids from So What Else camp serving kids from low income families. The kids were thrilled to be able to take their kits home to share with their families. Way to go Jonah!!

Zoe and her friends share smiles with their peers at Children's Hospital

Zoe used her passion for helping kids who are in the hospital to fuel her fundraising. She hosted a percent of sales event at ivivva girls clothing store. She created a fundraising page and after spreading the word, raised over $800! Zoe bought items that would appeal to her peers that are spending time at Children's Hospital. She and her friends assembled the Jared Boxes and wrote friendly messages on the tops of the boxes. 48 kids at Children's Hospital received those beautiful boxes of smiles! 

The "right fit" volunteer opportunity for Debra turned out to fit her family too!

Debra's story is fuel in the tank for Charity Connect. When we first met, she was looking for a meaningful, long-term volunteer opportunity. Enthusiasm and inspiration enveloped our conversation as we talked about the causes that were important to her. We came up with three cause areas and correlating opportunities and then decided to begin with her desire to fight hunger. We facilitated Debra's first volunteer experience at Nourish Now convenient to her in Rockville.  7 months later, Debra has been helping Nourish Now with their food recovery and assistance regularly for 8 hours a week. Her children, along with some of their friends, also volunteer in the warehouse at Nourish Now and as a family, each week they rescue food as part of Panera's Day End Dough-nation program. The mission of Charity Connect is to help people like Debra find the volunteer opportunity that fits into their life and fulfills them. 

Farming and Friendship

For a Charity Connect service field trip, 33 tenth graders from the McLean School in Potomac worked with 25 students with special needs from Rockville HS to spruce up Oasis Farm. They all enjoyed learning about composting while making compost bins, painting the fence together, clearing the hiking trails and taking turns on the ride mower. Everyone agreed that the best part was making new friends!

12 year old enlists her family and school in her mission to support foster kids

Ella Gorodetzky connected with the mission of Comfort Cases, a nonprofit that provides backpacks filled with essentials and comfort items for foster children. She first volunteered with her mom to inventory and organize items for the cases. Wanting to make even more of an impact, Ella organized a collection drive at her school and sent a personal email to friends and family asking for support. Ella didn’t stop there! She recruited more help for Comfort Cases and sparked more connections by hosting 20 volunteers for her school’s Families in Action Day. Way to go, Ella!