Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor

Volunteer Opportunities at Epiphany

Neighbor-to-Neighbor began in 2009 to connect families that are facing homelessness with resources that can help them. Through an array of programmatic supports, including counseling, case management, financial literacy, life skill development, educational attainment, and employment services, families move from crisis of homelessness toward self-sufficiency. Volunteers are an essential part of this transformative work. We seek volunteers who respect the dignity of every human being, who want to share their skills and resources, and who long to be the difference love makes in our community.

Epiphany has a variety of ongoing opportunities for individuals, groups of college students, senior citizens, and families. For more information contact us at volunteer@epiphanybaltimore.org

 

Homework Club

We offer a free before and after school educational support to elementary school children that attend Pot Springs Elementary.

Tutor: Help elementary school aged students with homework

  • Qualifications: Basic math and reading skills
  • Time Commitment: 1 or more hours weekly (7:30am-8:30am or 4:30pm-5:30pm)

Reader: Read with a Homework Club student.

  • Qualifications: A love of reading and some patience.
  • Time Commitment: 1 or more hours weekly (7:30am-8:30am or 4:30pm-5:30pm)

Presenter: Share a skill or interest with students (ie: crafts, dance, music, acting)

  • Qualifications: A desire to share your interests.
  • Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 hours per month (Fridays 4pm-6pm) more often if desired

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application, MSDE Medical Form, a background check, and fingerprinting (we cover the costs for this).
  • Training: Homework Club Orientation and Safe Church Training (provided for free at Epiphany)
Photo Credit: Steve Orr

Homelessness Prevention Programs

Through our Eviction Prevention, Family Stability, and Rapid Rehousing programs we provide 12 months of case management and limited financial assistance.

Family Mentor: Provide emotional support for a family navigating a crisis.

  • Qualifications: Good listening skills and a positive attitude
  • Time Commitment: 2 phone calls per month and occasional in person meetings.

Financial Coach: Work with families to keep them on track with their financial goals.

  • Qualifications: An interest in budgeting and spending plans.
  • Time Commitment: About 2 hours per month to meet with a family and go over their goals.

Presenter: Present a workshop with relevant information for families in crisis.

  • Qualifications: Expertise in the area in which you are presenting.
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours in the evening on a Monday or Tuesday night in either Timonium or Dundalk

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application
  • Training: Safe Church Training and program specific training (provided at Epiphany).
Photo Credit: Steve Orr

 

Special Events

Epiphany occasionally has one day events to serve the community in very specific ways. These include Pantry-on-the-Go, Gift distribution at Christmas time, Trunk-or-Treat, Health Fair, Back to School Night, and more. If you want to be on the mailing list to receive information about special events, contact us at volunteer@epiphanybaltimore.org

Duties and time commitments will vary depending on the event.

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application
  • Training: Brief orientation before each event

 

Pantry on the Go

Through Partnership with the United Way, the Maryland Food Bank, and Wells Fargo we distributed 500,000 pounds of food to Baltimore County Residents in 2018. We have over 100 families come to each event.

There are various roles for volunteers at this event including carting boxes of food from the truck into the building, organizing food on tables, bagging produce, greeting families, and cleaning up after the event. For more specifics or to volunteer please reach out to us at volunteer@epiphanybaltimore.org.

2019 events will be held once every two months on the afternoon/evening of the second Tuesday in the month according to the following pattern:

  • January 8th
  • March 12th
  • May 14th

Epiphany Food Store

We have shelves of pantry and personal items that are available to . If you want to contribute items, look for the list of requested items each week in the Epiphany Community News.

Store Attendant: Organize the food on the shelves, create labels for the stocked up, and collect food from the community.

  • Qualifications: Detail oriented and enjoys organizing.
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour per month, or more often if desired      

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application
  • Training: Brief orientation

 

Community Garden

Join with us in watering and tending our community garden and share in its produce. Planting begins in the spring with continued up-keep and there are plenty of vegetables in summer and fall.

Gardener: Tend the community garden, weeding, seeding, planting, harvest.

  • Qualifications: An interest in gardening and working outdoors.
  • Time Commitment: Commitments vary during the season

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application
  • Training: Brief orientation

 

Community Dinner

Every Wednesday, Epiphany hosts a free weekly dinner for the Epiphany community at large. Volunteers work in rotating teams to prepare and provide that meal each week. The kids activity is out and ready around 5:15 p.m., and folks are gathered and ready to eat at 5:45 p.m.!

Dinner Team: Help to prepare dinner for the community dinner.

  • Qualifications: An interest in cooking.
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours (4:30-6:30pm) on assigned Wednesday, usually 1 time every 3 weeks.

Clean-up Crew: Clean up after Community Dinner (washing dishes, folding tablecloths, sweeping, etc.).

  • Qualifications: Eagerness to help.
  • Time Commitment: 1 hour (6pm -7pm) on assigned Wednesday, usually 1 time every 3 weeks

Requirements:

  • Forms needed: Volunteer Application
  • Training: Brief orientation
Photo Credit: Steve Orr

Every Epiphany Volunteer should have a current volunteer application on file that includes contact information and emergency contacts. Fingerprinting and Background checks are required to work with children. We cover the cost for this.

Safe Church Training: 3 hour training required every 3 years by the Diocese usually held at Epiphany. First time must be in person, renewal can be online

Homework Club Orientation: 15 minute training from the Homework Club Emergency Information Binder.

MSDE Medical Form: Medical certification signed by a doctor needed to work with children.

Program Specific Training: 1 hour training with a program leader at Epiphany done at a convenient time.  

 

Fill out the short form below to get the process started or find out more!

 

 

Epiphany Liturgy Volunteer Opportunities

On Sundays, all are invited to be on the rotating schedule of people who read the lessons, serve the wine at communion, greet folks and hand out bulletins at the door, bring the light snacks and refreshments served at coffee hour, carry the candles as acolytes, and more!

Contact Sara at sara@epiphanybaltimore.org if you are interested in learning more about these many important roles!

Altar Guild

This is the team of people who rotate their work in small groups that dresses the altar with the seasonally colored cloths and fabrics to ready the worship space for all services.

 

Healing Prayer

These adults offer the “laying on of hands”, or healing prayers, during the communion part of our services, just to the side of the communion rail on both sides of the church.

 

Petal Pushers

This group of folks takes turns bringing, arranging, and caring for the flowers for services and special occasions.

The Epiphany Choir

The ways to get involved musically at Epiphany range from three different choirs encompassing all ages, instrumental music, and the Handbell Choir. To learn more about those ministries, check out the Music page on this website.

 

Acolyte and Crucifer

The acolytes and crucifer are near the very front of the procession for worship each week, and these roles are filled by youth in addition to adults!