HOOKED ON BOOKS: Volunteers collect, sort and deliver donated (or purchased) children’s books to our target groups: Armistead Gardens School, Beans and Bread, DRUM Healthy Families, Guilford Elementary/Middle, Heritage Early Learning Center, Holy Angels Catholic School, Mother Seton Academy, Sisters’ Academy, The Family Crisis Center, Our Daily Bread, and The Stork’s Nest Bayview.
Varied and flexible
BOOK BUDDIES: Volunteers go once a month to Armistead Gardens School, Guilford Elementary/Middle or Heritage Early Learning Center to read to pre-school children and give them a book to keep.
Weekdays, once a month
HOMEWORK HELPERS/TUTORS: Volunteers are assigned to students at Guilford Elementary/Middle to help reinforce basic skills.
Once a week after school at Sister’s Academy
WELLNESS: Nutrition and Oral Health. Volunteers are needed to contact and schedule professional speakers and assist with set-up of the programs and coordinate with the schools.
LAYETTE PROJECT: Items new moms need for their babies: this is a signature program of all Christ Child Chapters. Our group collects necessities (onesies, baby outfits, diapers, wipes, shampoo etc.) and beautiful hand-knitted items from our knitting groups. Layettes are donated as needed to The Stork’s Nest, DRUM Healthy Families, and The Family Crisis Center.
Varied and flexible
KNITTING INITIATIVE: Using donated yarn from various sources, volunteers make baby blankets, hats, booties, mittens and sweaters for the layettes; plus scarves and hats for school-children and adults.
DINING CENTERS: Volunteers make a casserole at home once a month for Our Daily Bread or provide breakfast items for Beans & Bread. Volunteers can also set up and serve meals at either venue.
Once a month, 1 – 3 hours
TOILETRIES, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, BASIC HOUSEHOLD GOODS COLLECTION: We collect and source new (unopened) hotel-sized toiletry items to many of our organizations; also school supplies, and basic goods (like laundry detergent and toilet paper). Volunteers organize, collect and distribute these donations.
“MY STUFF” BAGS: To ease the trauma for children and mothers in shelters, we provide unique bags filled with age-appropriate books, a soft toy and a “blankie” and personal items (new toothbrush, paste and a comb) for children. Volunteers can make “no-sew” fleece blankets; acquire items; sort and stuff bags.
RE-SOURCING CLOTHING: Sorting and grouping clean, used clothes from our donors for children or pregnant women in our target groups.