Lori's Hands student volunteers from colleges in Baltimore, provide in-home support to people with chronic illnesses like cancer, MS, Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), and heart failure. While the students assist with grocery shopping, yard work and other tasks made difficult by disease, recipients provide valuable insights into the human experience of chronic illness.
We do ask for a commitment to go on visits once a week, which typically last about an hour long. By going on consistent visits, it is a great way to build a meaningful relationship that lasts a lifetime. In response to COVID-19 we’ve temporarily transitioned to virtual and contactless visits. Our students and clients are engaging in conversation through weekly phone and video calls. Our students are also assisting their clients with online grocery ordering and navigating community resources. In some cases, students are able to offer contactless grocery drop-offs and assist with other activities from a distance. We are using our Sunny Day Fund to help clients pay for services to address unmet needs (e.g. assisting with the cost of meal delivery). We also continue to engage hundreds of volunteers in our Green Ribbons Pen Pals program, as an additional way to foster connection.
If this seems like what you are looking for, then we highly encourage you to sign up!
To sign up and to be considered, please follow the steps below.
1. Complete the volunteer enrollment form, watch the training video, and complete the training quiz. All can be found here: Website: https://www.lorishands.org/volunteer-enrollment-1
2. After you complete the above, you will need to complete a background check. Please enter your information, being sure to use your Delaware address. We ask you to contribute $10 to help us cover the cost of processing the check; you can pay it right on the website.
3. Once you've completed the above, we will set up a time to meet so that we can discuss your specific interests and answer any questions you may have. We will also give you a Lori's Hands t-shirt to wear while you're volunteering.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About LORIS HANDS INC
900 E FAYETTE ST RM 118, BALTIMORE, MD 21205, US
Lori’s Hands transforms students’ understanding of community health by matching them with individuals living with chronic illness in meaningful, helping relationships. Community members receive in-home support and, in turn, educate next-generation health leaders about the experience of living with chronic illness.
Each week, our community members receive visits from our college student volunteers in Baltimore City. Our students help with grocery shopping, housework, and other daily tasks. Our clients teach our students about their experiences living with chronic illness. In some cases, they also teach our students about history, cooking, music, art and more!