Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 each year since 1970. The concept was first proposed by United States Senator Gaylor Nelson, who after witnessing the massive oil spill in California the year before, wanted to combine the energy and enthusiasm of the student anti-war movement with an emerging public consciousness regarding air and water pollution. That first event, held in cities across the United States, saw 20 million Americans take to the streets, with 200 million people in 141 countries around the world celebrating it just 20 years later. This year, over 190 countries are expected to participate and there are several ways in which you can join in right here in Silver Spring, MD and the surrounding communities. Continue reading “Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend (and All Year-Round)”

Volunteer Opportunities in Silver Spring

As the holiday season approaches, it’s a great time to give back. Silver Spring has many enjoyable volunteer opportunities available to give back within the community. Whether you want to give a lot of time or just a little, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and help the less fortunate.

Wednesday Night Work Parties
This volunteer opportunity is ideal if you want to spend time with a fun group of people. If you are crafty, they are in need of volunteers who are proficient in knitting, cross-stitching, tatting, and knot braiding to make merchandise and props for the Christmas Revels show. Upcoming volunteer dates on November 12 and November 19, 2014.

Thanksgiving for the Needy
This opportunity is great if you want to show gratitude for what you have and help give back to the less fortunate for Thanksgiving. Meet at the White Oak Community Center to help assemble and distribute meal kits to 700 needy families. Volunteers needed on November 23, 2014.

CREATE Arts Center
CREATE Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that offers art classes, camps, parties, and art therapy programs in Silver Spring. They have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available, including camps and classes, marketing and events, internships, and counselors in training. Contact them to learn more and apply!

Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice
Holy Cross Health has a need for a variety of hospice volunteers, including caregivers, administrators, office help, bereavement support, and recruitment. This is a great opportunity to join a group of caring, concerned individuals. Volunteers are needed on a variety of days and times.

Do you enjoy volunteering? Have you participated in other opportunities in the Silver Spring area? Let us know how you like to give back!