Volunteering is a great way to get involved with an organization like Volunteers of America Chesapeake, it’s even in our title. But there are so many other unique and fun ways to show your support for our mission. Join us here on Friday’s as we talk about some fun and nontraditional ways to get involved.
Hosting a Book Drive is a great way to get your company, or group of friends involved with Volunteers of America Chesapeake. Each year we serve over 11,000 men, women and children at 31 program sites. One hurdle our clients have to overcome is educational resources. Many of the adults we serve are working towards their GEDs or equivalent vocational certificates and more than 90% of the children we serve are currently in school. By providing books, you can help these individuals gain access to the world, escape into a story and jump start their imaginations! Here are some program sites currently looking for books:
Residential Re-Entry Center
Our Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC) offers supportive services to adults transitioning out of Federal Correctional Facilities. The goal of the RRC is to assist these individuals with re-entry into their communities through educational resources, job placement assistance, substance abuse and mental health treatment services and a host of supportive resources designed to inspire self-reliance, dignity and most importantly: hope.
The RRC is expanding into a larger, more efficient facility with a full service computer lab and library. Your book donations will help provide these individuals with resources to help them complete their educational requirements.
Click HERE to donate or learn more about RRC
Supportive & Transitional Housing
The majority of our children are served in our Supportive and Transitional Housing Programs. We serve over 500 families each year including more than 250 children. Our Supportive Housing Programs provide permanent supportive housing for adults and families in Baltimore, MD and Prince George’s County, MD. These programs offer substance abuse counseling, spiritual development classes, and children’s programming including after school tutoring and summer camp. Residents in these programs typically qualify for Section 8 Rental Assistance and contribute a portion of their gross income to rent.
Our Transitional Housing Programs offer temporary supportive housing to formerly homeless adults and families to assist them in transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. These programs consist of a 2 year lease and enrollment in Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s Housing Readiness Program. The Housing Readiness Program assists in learning the skills needed to maintain permanent housing including unit inspections, financial literacy classes, job coaching and life skills training. Upon completion of the program residents are connected with county and city housing authorities to transition into their own homes.
Since these programs offer a myriad of services to residents, books are a key component to the success of these services. Health magazines are popular as well as children’s books, family film DVDs and novels.
Click HERE to donate or learn more about our Supportive & Transitional Housing Programs
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