SPARC Volunteer Program
COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS HAVE SUSPENDED VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
DONATIONS STILL ACCEPTED AS OF 11/20/20
Contact Clinical Director, Katelyn Riegger at for more information
SPARC relies on a number of incredible volunteers to help with the following:
1. Overdose Prevention Outreach
2. Resource Raising
3. SPARC Center Drop-in Services
Overdose Prevention Outreach Education:
The outreach program at SPARC is grounded in the harm reduction value of “meeting people where they are.” We are in the process of expanding our outreach program by adding community-based, daytime pop-ups, with a focus on overdose prevention. This type of outreach may entail both tabling and street-based canvassing, so only those with an interest in direct service should consider this opportunity. Overdose Prevention Volunteers spend their time during a shift teaching people how to use Naloxone, distributing Fentanyl testing strips, and offering rapid referrals to community resources. In order to ensure safety for our team and the people we serve, there is required training before volunteers can join the outreach team.
Resource raising is a critical part of the work we do at SPARC. This arm of the volunteer program is all about taking our clients’ asks and helping them to materialize. That can look like raising funds, donating items like food, clothing, book bags, or even specialty services like yoga or self-defense instruction. SPARC serves many folks throughout the Southwest Baltimore area, and we need a dedicated team of volunteers to help mobilize the community to provide for people in need.
SPARC Center Volunteers can help provide support through indirect service tasks that ensure a seamless continuation of services in the drop-in and on outreach. SPARC regularly needs help putting together supply kits, folding brochures, and organizing donations. Typically these tasks can be done in 2-3hr time block, individually or in teams.
Due to COVID-related restrictions, we have suspended recruitment for all in-person volunteer opportunities. Those interested in completing remote or web-based tasks can fill out this form. Presently, however; our greatest need is in-kind donations:
Ready to eat food
Weather appropriate outerwear
Amazon/Grocery store gift cards
Wound Care Supplies
If you are interested in learning more or have questions about our volunteer program please email Outreach Coordinator, Katie Evans at Kevans44@jh.edu. For information about donations, please email Clinical Director, Katelyn Riegger at .