Local Opportunities for Community Engagement
HMC Engages: Local Opportunities for Community Engagement
“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Engagement with our community and neighbors might not look the same, yet the work towards justice is crucial and our work can happen remotely, virtually and or in-person (following safety guidelines). If you can and it’s safe to do so, we invite you to make a commitment of working alongside our community to address justice and equity.
Below are a few organizations with a justice mission. We hope you can find an organization, locally or globally that aligns with your values and passion to work alongside our community. If you have an organization you would like to add to this list, please complete this form.
These resources are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. HMC does not endorse and is not responsible for the listed organizations or activities. Individuals should follow local, county and national health orders and guidelines at all times.
- Earthday.org (on-site) – EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Join the great global clean-up, here. You can register and lead a local clean-up, sign-up to an existing group/effort, or as an individual.
- Get Food USA (remote) – Call food assistance sites to confirm if they are still providing food assistance and hours/days of service (a script if provided when you sign up to volunteer)
- Hunger Free America (virtual) – a nonprofit and emphasizes the intersection of a social issue with food security – such as environmental justice, racial justice, urban development, and public health. To learn more about how to volunteer, visit their website.
- iMentor (ongoing, long term commitment) – serving various locations and high schools.
- Learn to Be (virtual) – Volunteer to tutor a K-12 student. Tutoring services are free for students/family; and tutoring takes place online.
- The MIssion Continues (remote) – Build something – small COVID screen, free little pantry, hand sanitizer stand – and donate to a local organization. Instructions on how to build included.
- Neighbor Network (remote, virtual) – Volunteers will be making introductory calls to pre-screen seniors for the Neighbor Network, a program that matches volunteers with isolated seniors for weekly conversations during the COVID-19 crisis. The phone bank will start with 45 minutes of discussion and training, followed by an hour of making calls to seniors, with debriefs along the way to check in. January 18, 2021, 2-4pm (EST)
- Repair the World (remote) – Share your skills to help different non-profit organizations with specific needs and or projects.
- Serve the Moment (remote, on-site) – a searchable site with various opportunities to engage in service projects at different locations across the U.S.
- Arizona Serves (from Home, at-site) – Please see their service calendar for various opportunities in Prescott and Tucson
- LA Works (virtual, remote) – Please visit this page of a list of opportunities in the LA area.
- Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) – “Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is an interfaith ‘green’ art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people.” For more information on how to volunteer, please visit their website.
- YWCA South Florida (remote, virtual) – “YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.They are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.” For a list of different ways to be involved and help support their mission, please visit their website.
- The Ali Forney Center (remote, on-sight opportunities) – their mission “is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently.” Find out how you can volunteer here.
- New York Cares (remote, virtual, on-sight) – volunteer for their income tax assistance program (training available); their phone bank program (training available); and or their college access program.
- Montgomery County Volunteer Center (remote, on-site) – Their website offers of list of different ways to engage and help within the county.
United Way (remote, on-site) – For a list of opportunities within King County
My co-founder (HMC ’15) and I care about keeping our communities safe and clean, and work on this daily through our startup Safety Cone (GetSafetyCone.com), a website for reporting municipal issues (like garbage) using just a photo and location. Safety Cone is the only way to report an issue in 30 seconds or less, and it works everywhere (including HMC campus)! We’re leveling the playing field in municipal maintenance, but there’s nothing quite like getting out there yourself and directly doing some good – we’re delighted we had the opportunity to get outside and pick up some garbage!
David Coats ‘08 – Local Community Cleanup
My family and I went to a community workday for the Tiny Houses Village that I’ve been volunteering with over summer and winter break. We did lots of work, between painting fences and flowerpots, shoveling dirt, or building shelves. The village is set to open in a few weeks! Homelessness is a pressing issue for many people in the Bay Area, and few shelters reserve space specifically for youth. YSA’s vision of a collaborative community that not only provides housing but homes for people my age is an amazing vision that deserves all the help it can get.
Ruby Foxal ‘23- Youth Spirit Artworks