JMM loves volunteers. With stories of amazing and hardworking people informing our mission at the Museum, we know how much of a difference a single individual can make. An upstander is the opposite of a bystander. An upstander sees a problem and works to solve it. We’re connecting the stories of Scrap Yard with Jewish Volunteer Connection’s network of volunteer opportunities.

We also know how transforming volunteerism can be, when people work together towards a common goal. That’s why we’re sharing in JVC’s motto, in Living with Purpose, and partnering with them to create the Upstanders Initiative. When you participate in one of the opportunities below, you are eligible for raffle drawings and even a free trip to the Museum!

Sharp-Dressed Man is a non-profit organization equips men who are ready to work with recycled suits—often the last obstacle to a better life. With your help in sorting and fitting these suits, more men will be able to dress professionally and confidently, helping them to engage with the workforce.

Opportunity: Sorting Clothing (must be 18 or older to participate).

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Opportunity: Fitting or personal shopping (must be 18 or older to participate).

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¡Adelante Latina! works with high school Latina girls as they overcome barriers towards their college careers. By providing these ambitious young women with a meal for the evening, you can help them focus on working towards their goals and their future.

Opportunity: Make a meal.

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The 6th Branch utilizes the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives in Baltimore City.

Opportunity: Help clean and maintain parks and lots (must be 16 or older to participate).

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Leveling the Playing Field gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation through the donation of used and excess sporting equipment to programs and schools serving low income communities.

Opportunity: Sort donated sports equipment (must be 8 or older to participate)

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CHANA offers a Jewish community response to the needs of persons who experience abuse and other forms of interpersonal trauma. In providing crisis intervention, education and consultation, CHANA advocates for community awareness, safety and healing.

Opportunity: Donate clean clothing, shoes, linens, and stuffed animals in good condition.

To participate, place your items in tied plastic bags and drop them off at one of CHANA’s four clothing sheds. The sheds are located at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, Temple Oheb Shalom, the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, or the Weinberg Park Heights JCC.

Museum Stories Upstanders