UPDATE (Feb. 10) - We've reached capacity! Thanks for those that have signed up and see all of you tomorrow.
Volunteering Untapped celebrates its third birthday in February 2017. We've learned a lot these past three years: how passionate Baltimore millennials are about giving back to their city, how many organizations are truly in need of help, and how much work still remains. We're hoping to host an event that will help us in "untapping potential" and continuing the momentum we've gained so far in impacting Baltimore through increased volunteerism.
For our February event, we've decided to host the biggest event in our organization's history. We'll be hosting our first-ever summit that will include some of the top social influencers in Baltimore. The purpose of this summit is to inspire, engage, and ultimately help volunteers take the next step in driving positive change in our community.
WHO: We have 700 volunteers signed up for the event!
We're thrilled to announce that Congressman Elijah Cummings will be the keynote speaker for the event! A lifelong Baltimore resident - and VU supporter - Cummings is a 10-term Congressman, serving Baltimore since 1996, and currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee of Oversight and Reform.
We're still securing additional speakers, but we already have several major social influencers committed to speak, including:
Fagan Harris - Founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, an organization that seeks to significantly improve the effectiveness of Baltimore's social impact sector through placing the most talented people in roles where they work on solving Baltimore's most important challenges.
Siddhi Sundar - Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Hero Lab, which improves education outcomes and cultivates grit and purpose for at-risk children in Baltimore and in Mumbai, India.
Rodney Foxworth - Founder and CEO of Invested Impact, an enterpise that partners with visionary and social change investors to identify, cultivate and fund emerging leaders and transformative ideas.
Sarah Hemminger - Co-Founder and CEO of Thread, a dynamic organization that engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources to foster students' academic advnacement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens.
- Jamie McDonald - Founder of Generosity, Inc., an organization that serves as advisors for social change visionaries, something Jamie is herself, guiding leaders on strategies to scale their impact. Generosity has helped thousands of nonprofits leverage technology to engage, inspire, activate, and steward donors.
- Kelly Hodge-Williams - President and CEO of Business Volunteers, which connects business professionals to volunteer and board leadership opportunities and helps companies create and maintain productive community service programs.
- China Boak Terrell - CEO of American Communities Trust, which is in charge of the development and operation of the Baltimore Food Hub. The BHF is a $17 million social impact development project that will revitalize a 3.5 acre lot to include hoop houses, a food incubator, a market, food truck parking, and will bring organic food production to an area that is currently a food desert.
- Darius Graham - Director of the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University, a program incubating promising ventures that take an innovative approach to solving social issues in Baltimore and beyond.
- Diamond Sampson - Co-Founder and Director of Youth Leadership at Inner Harbor Project, a model for social change that identifies teenagers who are leaders among their peers. The organization equips them with research and professional skills, and organizes them to come up with solutions to issues that divide our society.
WHAT: The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm. The speaker portion will be from 10 am to 1 pm and will have speeches and panel discussions featuring Baltimore's top social influencers, thinkers and doers who are leading the organizations doing the most groundbreaking and impactful work in Baltimore. Topics will include education, poverty, volunteerism and much more. Breaking up the speakers will be fun activities, music, etc.
After the speaker portion, we'll be hosting a "Charity Tinder" that will feature more than 30 of the top nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, who will be able to tell volunteers about their organizations and how they're impacting the community. These organizations include: Healthy Harbor/Waterfront Partnership, Living Classrooms Foundation, Business Volunteers Maryland, St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Playworks Maryland, Second Chance, Y of Central Maryland, Parks & People Foundation, Blue Water Baltimore, Baltimore Community Toolbank, Franciscan Center, Moveable Feast, Baltimore Tree Trust, Inner Harbor Project, The Hero Lab, Thread, KEEN, Ronald McDonald House, Light City, Baltimore Corps, Bmore Group, Art With a Heart, Creative Alliance, Intersection of Change, The 6th Branch, Civic Works, Special Olympics of Maryland, Make A Wish Foundation, Reading Partners, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Section 1.
The hope is that volunteers will be able to "match" with more about organizations that align closely with issues they're passionate about.
And, since it's us, there will (of course) be FREE BOOZE. Shoutout to New Belgium for providing the beer, and we'll also have free wine. There will be food for purchase from Ekiben, Trinacria, The Local Oyster and Harbor Que. We'll have live music from Time Police and Chris Diller (who both rock). We'll also have Snapchat filters and a photo booth. Dress is casual to business casual. Make sure you bring your IDs and cash or credit cards with you.
WHERE: The event will take place at the Columbus Center at Pier 5 in at 701 E. Pratt St. Baltimore
WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 2017. The main event will run from 10 am to 1 pm. The Charity Tinder portion will run from 1 to 4 pm.
WHY: This event was created to help volunteers take the next step in becoming active in helping to shape and better their communities. Plus, we love birthday parties.