Prime Time Living - Page 30 - Volunteer from page 16

Prime Time Living
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Volunteer from page 16
The Loading Dock’s building, don’t forget to look at the many walls covered in graffiti art, murals created during a three-day performance art event. Artists are also customers for material that can’t be used for its intended purpose, so they turn it into something else.

“TLD exemplifies the trend to eliminate waste in two ways,” says Colline Emmanuelle, communications director. “First, from an environmental perspective, we keep usable materials out of landfills.

At five landfill locations around Baltimore, there’s a drop-off trailer where people can leave leftover materials after completing building or renovation instead of dumping them in the landfill. We also pick-up donations and accept them at our warehouse. And, because we’re community-based, supporting those working on their homes, we can reduce their budgets with TLDs affordable inventory.”

Does it need volunteers? “We have many hats and not enough heads,” explains Emmanuelle, “and our staff members do the best they can. We’ve also made connections with other organizations to come here and give of their time.” Itineris ( www.itinerisbaltimore.org )

members are adults who have aged out of services for those with autism. This provides them with a path to meaningful employment by teaching them work skills. They donate time to TLD weekly and, in return, learn about business. One former member of Itineris who had volunteered at TLD started his own cleaning business. TLD hired him and now he comes twice a week to clean staff areas.

Corporations that want to add a community service project go through Business Volunteers Maryland ( www.businessvolunteersmd.org ) to connect with non-profits that can use their help. TLD has been a recipient and appreciates it when groups come to help.

Another volunteer job is providing workshop instruction for those who want to do renovations themselves. Each month seasonally, free workshops take place at TLD on different subjects. Recent ones covered how to create Mosaic Stepping Stones, Installing Tile Backsplashes, Intro to Electrical with the Station North Tool Library and DIY Garden Projects. If you’re a DIYer and have done work on your home, come show others how to do it.

Another need is to join the staff at events to promote The Loading Dock and what it offers. If you enjoy interacting with people, help them to set-up and dismantle, and talk about the resources people can find there.

Information on volunteering and directions are on its website. TLD’s hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” If you have the time, these organizations could use your help. Your life will be richer for the time spent. •