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What is Volunteering Untapped?
The concept is simple – we volunteer with a different nonprofit organization in Baltimore on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, then spend the afternoon at a local bar for food, drinks, networking, and fun with everyone who volunteered.
This program was created to give young professionals the opportunity for inspiring, rewarding and impactful experiences that will help forge a passion for future volunteering – both with our organization and on their own. Volunteering Untapped was born out of the realization that young professionals in Baltimore want to give back to their community, but simply don’t know the best way to get involved. We solve that problem.
Why Volunteering Untapped?
Baltimore possesses caring individuals who care about their communities and want to make a change. Up until now though, those individuals and their individual talents have been underutilized.
That’s where we come in. We strive to “untap” resources and opportunities in Baltimore for those we serve. We tap into the huge pool of talented young professionals in Baltimore who want to volunteer. We encourage those volunteers to tap into giving opportunities with Baltimore-area nonprofits, whether directly through our events or through connections we help cultivate outside the structure of our program.
Volunteering in our community is incredibly important, and is something our organization is passionate about. But we want to make it clear that there’s a large social component to this as well. After helping the community on Saturday morning, we earn the right to tap beers at the bar, tap into new connections with other young people, and tap into new opportunities and relationships through giving back and inspiring change in our communities.
Help us tap into the giving spirit of Baltimore.
Name: Kelly Wilcox
Role at VU: President
My day job: Contracts Administration, IMPAQ International, LLC.
Favorite VU event (so far): Trash Wheel Dumpster Counting - I love that our volunteers get to sort and count trash that helps Healthy Harbor Initiative compile their statistics that lead to legislative change such as the polystyrene ban
Favorite Baltimore City landmark: Patterson Park Pagoda - where my husband proposed!
Where you'll find me on a Saturday morning (except for the 2nd one of the month): Taking our dogs on a long walk along the waterfront promenade in Canton & Fells Point with a stop at our favorite bakery, Pitango, for a breakfast sandwich
Name: John Magiros
Role at VU: Director of Finance
My day job: First Vice President at Morgan Stanley Financial
Name: Brian Miles
Role at VU: Director of Events
My Day Job: Operations Manager
Favorite Event So Far: Vehicles for Change (where I met my wife)
Any other VU-related Baltimore fact: Our dumpster dive with Healthy Harbor lead to and continues to drive legislative change
Name: Emily Schumacher
Role at VU: Director of Marketing
My day job: Marketing Director at HZDG
Favorite VU event (so far): Our 5th anniversary!
Favorite part about VU: meeting new people
My spirit animal is: fish, I love the water!
Name: Seth Franz
Role at VU: Founder and Board Vice President
My day job: Director of Operations
Favorite VU event (so far): Untapping Potential Summit
What superhero ability would you want: Teleportation
What's the best advice you've ever gotten? You should do it
Name: Benjamin Wilcox
Role at VU: Director of Programming
My Day Job: Program Manager at SAFT America Inc.
Favorite Event So Far: A tie between building legos for First Lego League and making no-sew blankets for Kennedy Kreiger