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Give Back This Holiday Season

November 13, 2019

This upcoming holiday season is approaching quickly. So, count your blessings and the many joyous occurrences throughout your 2019 year. Also, do not forget to show your thankfulness and give back to your local community.

Throughout the month of November, 1305 Dock Street will be collecting canned goods for the Maryland Food Bank. There are plenty of sales and deals in your local grocery stores, so pick up a few to give bacto those in need. Your community will thank you, and small acts of charity and kindness are good for the mind and soul.

Beyond canned goods, 1305 Dock Street is also providing residents with options for volunteering and charitable events. So, check out some of these happenings in your local community. Many families and people need support and aid, especially during this time of year.

Volunteering Opportunities

Gobble Gobble residents. Get ready to help serve meals and food to those in need. You may be able to enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, but others cannot. Please give a few hours of your time to some of these amazing volunteering opportunities.

Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House at Johns Hopkins

The Believe in Tomorrow Children’s House provides overnight housing for families across the street from Johns Hopkins hospital. Help bring a family for Thanksgiving dinner. They may not be able to partake in this holiday due to severe illnesses and worries plaguing families. Sign up to prepare and serve a Thanksgiving feast to these families.

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast provides meals for women and children combating severe illnesses that cannot afford their own Thanksgiving dinner, or cannot travel. This outstanding volunteering organization could never serve so many people without the aid from volunteers or members of the community. Volunteer assistance is needed at the East Baltimore office and kitchen, for delivery drivers, dietician assistants, and kitchen assistants.

My Sister’s Place

My Sister’s Place is a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence. These women and children have been affected by trauma and are receiving aid for happier, independent livelihoods. This shelter is currently looking for Meal Volunteers for this upcoming holiday season. Volunteers will serve around 45 people for a few hours. Please purchase or prepare a lovely dinner and spend time with these strong individuals. If you’re unable to physically volunteer, check out how you may donate and make a difference here.

Your aid will help survivors in need and shed light on the epidemic of domestic violence.

Santa’s Helpers Anonymous

This organization is entirely reliant on volunteers, so work with organization to cook-up enthusiasm and happiness this holiday season. Volunteers will aid in cooking the turkey and side dishes, load food boxes, and make deliveries on Thanksgiving. Become a “holiday elf” throughout these November and December months. It will be much appreciated.

United Way of Central Maryland

UWCM is looking for Holiday Helpers to bring joy and holiday cheer to those in need. Help make the holidays brighter by preparing and serving Thanksgiving meals.

Weinberg Housing and Resource Center

The WHRC is Baltimore’s largest overnight shelter, housing over 250 individuals who are either: employed with low-income jobs, affected by substance use, veterans, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, survivors of abuse, and/or suffering from a disability. These kind and compassionate individuals are looking forward to volunteers. So, sign up to aid in their much-deserved Thanksgiving dinner to witness “grace and love in action.”

Events that Give Back

These upcoming events are both charitable and entertaining. So, give back while supporting your local community this Thanksgiving season.

Drag Queen Bingo for Mental Health

On Thursday, November 14th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., partake in bingo night with entertaining drag queens! Stop by Points South Latin Kitchen and purchase tickets online.

The Joshua York Legacy Foundation will be receiving ticket sales and a portion of food and drink purchases from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The JYLF is a prevention and outreach program for those in crisis and contemplating suicide. This non-profit provides educational programs and raises awareness on mental health and mental healthcare accessibility. Help members of the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, students, and anyone affected by depression and isolation.

YPN’s Cocktails for a Cause

On Thursday, November 14th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., join Pen & Quill for the special Happy Hour filled with spectacular drink specials.

Learn how you can get involved with Planned Parenthood with special guest, PPM Education Coordinator, Valerie Pasquale. Planned Parenthood is a national center for fundamental human and reproductive rights. Since the Title X Gag Rule and loss of national funds, Planned Parenthood has seen an exponential decrease in funds and resources. Please get involved to aid low-income women and survivors receive check-ups and healthcare. Planned Parenthood also provides educational and counseling services for survivors, victims, and those in need. Don’t miss out on amazing drinks and how to get involved with the Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Women’s reproductive rights matter and we need to undo injustices.

Rocking for the Kids

This amazing music festival will start on November 15th and last until November 18th at 2:00 a.m. The lineup will include: Alisha OMalley Lynn, Jordan Gillis Band, Gina DeLuca, Soundtown Baltimore, HotMess Baltimore Band, Mark Scott, The Unofficial, and The Animal Project. Stop by the Waterfront Hotel for a good time and great cause.

Rocking for the Kids will be benefiting the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital to raise funds for the holiday season and childhood illnesses.

Hops & Vines 2019

On Saturday, November 23rd, from 7:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., takeover Port Discovery Children’s Museum while sipping beer and wine. Light fare will be provided by Fogo de Chao, Hard Rock Cafe, Phillips Seafood, and more!

Hops & Vines raises money for access programs: free/reduced admission and tuition costs for children with special needs, military families, and/or individuals in low-income communities. Everyone has a fundamental right to education, so help out someone by purchasing a $50 ticket! You’re guaranteed to have a fun night with fellow community members.

6th Annual Friendsgiving Waltz Toy Drive

On Wednesday, November 27th, from 5:30 p.m. until midnight, come dance and listen to great music at the 6th Annual Friendsgiving Waltz Toy Drive!

This dance and music fest will be benefiting the less fortunate in your community. The proceeds and toys will benefit homeless children, and the organization Healthcare for the Homeless. Homelessness and poverty ravage Baltimore, so help out and give back to those less fortunate than you.

Global Aids Day Benefit

 On Tuesday, December 3rd, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., for a fun night filled with drinking. Tickets are only $10 online, so don’t miss out!

This event will be benefiting AIDS pandemic and the Chase Brexton Health Services. In 1978, Chase Brexton began as a volunteer-based health organization for queer men. Their work became challenged when the nation was struck with the crisis of HIV and AIDS. Today, there are over 36 million individuals who are living with these diseases. So, give back on Global AIDS Awareness Day to help fight this prejudice and improve education on this pandemic.

Whatever you do this November, we hope you make it a good one!

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