Those Who Give -- The State Of Giving

November 25, 1990

There are many agencies and organizations in Central Maryland that depend on financial assistance as well as volunteer help during times of critical need. As the winter months approach the budget of many services are strained. If you would prefer to donate money rather than time here is a list of those that would welcome your generosity.


PERSONAL: Age 70. Retired in 1983 as supervisor of maintenance at State Office Complex. Lives in Loch Raven Village with wife and two children.

WHERE DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Greater Baltimore Medical Center auxiliary; Babcock Presbyterian Church.

WHAT DO YOU DO THERE? I built the chuck wagon for selling hamburgers and hot dogs outside the GBMC farmhouse where we hold thrift sales; at sale time, I am the chef. Also, I do mechanical work on appliances and electronic equipment donated and pick up bulk items that are donated. At Christmas, my wife, Mary, and I go to the Baltimore Street clinic affiliated with GBMC and give out Christmas gifts.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? I have been with them since I retired, about seven years ago. However, I was helping at GBMC on Saturdays long before I retired. Mary and I have helped the auxiliary for probably 18 or 20 years now.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO IT? I make time. Volunteering is a priority. We like to travel, and I follow trade shows, study and visit industrial plants to keep my hand in on new ways.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES? I don't have any at all. It is my priority.

WHAT ARE THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS? Being with people. Most of all, it is seeing the difference a volunteer can make in the morale at the hospital, how they take the load off the professional staff, and also raise money.


PERSONAL: Age 57. Works in Office of Family Resources for Baltimore County; on LOAN to United Way. Lives in Dundalk with son and daughter.

WHERE DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Community Assistance Network, 7701 Dunmanway, Dundalk, which has food pantry and helps families; Towson Unitarian Universalist Church; Dundalk Concert Association; Dundalk Community College.

WHAT DO YOU DO THERE? I do various activities for all. At the Community Assistance Network, I work on fund-raisers and offer practical help, such as collecting and donating food and clothing. I give four to five hours a week or a little more.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO SO? My mother from Virginia, who believed each of us can give something to help others.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? I've helped Community Assistance Network and my church for five years. Sometime I will volunteer and work intensely with a group for a year or two and then move on to another volunteer need.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO IT? By choosing a priority, not doing as much dusting, leaving a few dishes unwashed.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES? I find I get very tired and have to set time aside for myself to rejuvenate.

WHAT ARE THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS? The additional evidence of the good I see in people who are willing to help each other and give of themselves. It adds up to a personal satisfaction for me.


PERSONAL: Age 43, single, Executive director of Moveable Feast Inc., which operates out of Heritage United Church of Christ kitchen -delivering meals to homebound people who are HIV-infected or diagnosed with AIDS, and their independent children. Offices at Baltimore City Health Department.

WHERE DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Senior volunteer social worker for AIDS Action of Baltimore and for Chase Brexton Clinic in Medical Arts building.

WHAT DO YOU DO THERE? I counsel clients who are HIV-impacted, and their families, at both places. I do referrals to support agencies throughout the area, and I run interference with bureaucracies to assist people in getting their entitlements.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING IT? I have been with AIDS Action for four years and with Chase Brexton for about three months.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO DO IT? I make time. I have been very lucky in my life, am financially secure, and I have the opportunity to give something back.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFICULTIES? Only giving up a night at the gym. Other than that, very little. I just find the time to do it.

WHAT ARE THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS? Knowing there is a definite need for services I offer the HIV community, and I get a tremendous satisfaction from helping others gain the knowledge and power they need to make decisions regarding their health care and family situation.


PERSONAL: Age 72. Retired, due to heart problems, from sales in his brother's store. Lives in Northwest Baltimore.

WHERE DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Homewood Hospital Center's cardiology department.

WHAT DO YOU DO THERE? I explain the procedures of cardiac catheterization, heart surgery and pacemaker implantation to patients and their families. I go to surgery with the patient and come back to assure the family.

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