Posts Tagged ‘Philanthropy’

Building Relationships and Healthy Habits – The Y

In strictlybaltimore on December 11, 2012 at 10:27 am


Healthy Living and Relationships at The Y

If you set inside a Y facility you will see what they do and if you attend an event or program you can see why their necessary for a community. The Y is community based gym facility that hosts events and programs to enrich and cultivate the community.

The YMCA stands for the Young Men’s Christian Association but has evolved in to “the Y” due to its outreach to everyone. The organization was founded by George Williams in 1844 in London. It was built as a place of refuge for the young men from the harsh city life at the time.

Now over 160 years later the Y is still around but has now become an important part of the community it serves. Once a Y is established in a community, they become a vital part of a community’s growth through their activities and programs. With the help of the Y, people can realize their potential in volatile communities by becoming a safe drug free environment.

But there are more to just the Y then its facilities. Here are just a few more reasons why you should volunteer or join.

  • You become part of a community – By becoming part of the Y you build relationships with people in your community and become part of the overall good in the community.
  • You can become a mentor in a child’s life – Thousands of at-risk youth are being helped by the Y. Through the help of families and volunteers it is possible to give a child a future.
  • Get in shape – Becoming a member gives you access to gym facilities and access to a variety of exercise programs such as Zumba, yoga, and martial arts.
  • Gets kids off the streets – The Y’s engaging after school programs fosters learning and exercise which gives the ma healthy outlet as they get older.

You can be a part of your Y by becoming a member or volunteering. Find the one nearest you and if there is none, you can always donate.

Have you been to your Y?

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Helping Kids Get The Right Play

In strictlybaltimore on November 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

Playworks Volunteer Training Tonight!

WANTED: Enthusiastic high school students and adults looking to help their local elementary and middle schools with organized games.

Playworks is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Playworks needs volunteers to help Playworks coaches facilitate safe and healthy play and physical activities to low-income schools.

Tonight, November 29, from 6 – 8 PM at Waverly Elementary / Middle School, there will be Playworks Volunteer Training. During this training, volunteers will learn more about Playworks, play games that will help students focus more on their school work, and discover how much of an impact they can be in a child’s life and in the community by becoming a volunteer. Dinner will also be provided.

Most high schools need volunteer hours to graduate. The “volunteer” work done can count towards those required hours. Also the volunteer service that is done will look great on their college application.

If you can not make it to the volunteer training tonight, learn more from their website and apply online.

WHO: Playworks Volunteer Training
Waverly Elementary/Middle School, 3400 Ellerslie Ave Baltimore, MD 21218
11/29, 6 – 8 PM
WHAT: Learn more about Playworks. Discover new ways of volunteering through Play. Dinner will be provided. High school students and adults welcome. 

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Find The Joy in Being Selfless

In strictlybaltimore on October 24, 2012 at 9:39 am


A Little Bit Goes a Long Way


Volunteering is one of the most selfless acts you can do. Being able to dedicate more than just your money, but your time and a helping hand can mean much more.


In Maryland, particularly in Baltimore, there are a lot of organizations that need people’s help with the little things. From giving out hot meals to the homeless or walking dogs in a rescue center, there is something for anyone to do. In the future we’ll showcase a number of these organizations but for now we’ll focus on one.


The Central Maryland Volunteers offers the chance for anyone to give their time, have fun, and meet new people. The Central Maryland Volunteers is a group of able ready volunteers waiting to help out where they can.They post weekly events on their bulletin board of volunteer opportunities to attend and the members have the choice of going or not.


What makes this group great is that its free and no obligation to do any of the events that are posted. This gives people a chance to see what they can do in their community but do not have to feel obligated to take part. The Central Maryland Volunteers have many volunteer jobs ready for anyone who wants to participate and are also looking for volunteer opportunities as well.


If you know of any volunteer event, once you join you can post any local event on the bulletin board and calendar. 


At this moment, where money is short and times are tough a kind gesture such as your time can mean the more than a dollar. Take the time out of your day and check the website or see what you can do in your community. A little bit goes a long way.



Central Maryland Volunteers

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