SPARC Volunteer Program

 

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS HAVE SUSPENDED VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

DONATIONS STILL ACCEPTED AS OF 11/20/20

Contact Clinical Director, Katelyn Riegger at kriegge1@jhmi.edu for more information

Volunteer 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: 

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:

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. 

SUSPENDED RECRUITMENT:

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:

Such as:

  • In-season clothing

  • Ready to eat food

  • Weather appropriate outerwear

  • Undergarments

  • Backpacks

  • 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 kriegge1@jhmi.edu.