The holidays in Baltimore can be a cheerful and joyous time for those fortunate enough to have their health, home and means to eat. But for the homeless and financially depressed communities in Baltimore, the holidays can be a disappointing and rather hungry time. To experience success serving the Irvington community, My Brother’s Keeper relies heavily on our generous volunteers. This holiday season, we encourage you to compassionately join our efforts and experience a greater sense of meaning. How can you help?
Victims of hunger in our community will go to desperate measures to find or pay for a meal, sometimes putting themselves in danger. My Brother’s Keeper provides food to members of the Irvington community through our Hot Meal Program, Bag Lunch Program, Food Voucher Program and Special Holiday Meals Program. This could not be done without food donations from local hospitals, school can food drives supermarkets and community members.
If you want to do more than donate food, you can volunteer your time by working in the kitchen to serve these meals during one of our peaceful and secure dinner gatherings. If you are hungry, you are welcome. Keep in mind, if you donate $10 to My Brother’s Keeper, we are able to buy $50 worth of food from the Maryland Food Bank for those in need.
My Brother’s Keeper aims to let victims of poverty know that they are not alone, and inform them of resources available to them. Our neighborhood caregiving staff can put those in need in touch with services of the utmost importance in maintaining a positive quality of life. Our staff assists our guest by “linking” them to area resources assisting guests with crisis intervention, counseling, case management, financial management, prescription assistance, medical co-pays, notary public, eviction intervention, housing referrals, emergency shelter, addiction treatment referrals, therapy/mental health referrals, applications for state IDs/social security cards/birth certificates, applications for energy assistance, GED program referrals, food vouchers, clothing vouchers (valid at Collins Thrift Store for family clothing or job preparation clothing) and bus tokens (for medical appointments, job interviews and transportation to other organizations for assistance.
Our partnership with Healthcare for the Homeless provides service for minor medical needs and assistance in guiding those in need to the correct facilities for more serious medical needs. Oftentimes, the best way to spread awareness about the help we offer is through door-to-door outreach with our neighbors. You can help by spreading the word about these services to anyone you may know in need. Pledging your support for our services is a great way to assist us with expansion.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the application here or email the director, Danise Jones-Dorsey, with dates and times to help out that are best suited for you as well as which volunteer areas interest you.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.