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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 to 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: Emilie Drasher
Role at VU: Executive Director
My day job: VU Executive Director!
Favorite part about VU: The volunteers! Every month, our volunteers come to WORK! They make such a difference to our partners and always have such positive energy!
What I love most about Baltimore: How small it can feel but just how much there always is to explore
What superhero ability would you want: Flying
Name: Teddy Davidson
Role at VU: Board President
My day job: Co-founder, Tomana (a local pet-sitting platform)
Favorite VU event (so far): Building Legos with FIRST Lego League. Not only do I get to relive my childhood, but FIRST does a great job introducing students to STEM at a young age.
If I were a drink, I would be: an Old Fashioned.
What's your secret talent? Probably the worst-kept secret in the world, but dancing. Come to our Fake Wedding to see for yourself!
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: Kha Le
Role at VU: Board Secretary
My day job: Assistant to the CCO at Paragon Gene Therapy
My spirit animal is: Definitely a cat. But not a proper house cat- think indoor/outdoor cat!
If I were a drink, I would be: Mezcal Con Pepino - refreshing and light with a kick of spice.
Favorite Baltimore City landmark: The George Peabody Library. Their "In the Stacks" events are my absolute favorite!
Name: Glenn Tallon
Role at VU: Treasurer
My day job: Tax accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Name: John Magiros
Role at VU: Director of Finance
My day job: First Vice President at Morgan Stanley Financial
Name: Mike Poirot
Role at VU: Director of Programming
My day job: Construction Project Manager
Favorite VU event (so far): The Section 1 project in May 2015. This was the biggest project we had done to date and the most logistically challenging to plan and execute. I was extremely pleased how everything turned out and how much work we accomplished.
Favorite part about VU: The people! All of the great board members, committee members, volunteers, and partner organizations that have made this organization successful!
What I love most about Baltimore: The Charm! Baltimore just has a different feeling than other cities along the east coast. Something about the small town feeling of the individual neighborhoods makes this city special.
Name: Dylan ViaCava
Role at VU: Director of Programming
My day job: Real Estate Acquisitions at Continental Realty
Favorite VU event (so far): Our Field Day event with Living Classrooms. We had a great time playing sports and eating hot dogs with Living Classrooms' students.
Favorite Baltimore City landmark: Camden Yards is an iconic stadium. Even though I'm a proud Yankees fan, I love watching games at OPACY.
Where you'll find me on a Saturday morning (except for the 2nd one of the month): In line at THB.
Name: Heather Rustici
Role at VU: Director of Volunteer Engagement
My day job: Vice President for Jeffrey Brown Contracting
Favorite VU event (so far): Tree planting is always one of my favorites. Once while working in Northeast Baltimore planting trees throughout the community several neighborhood kids came out to help. Though their five-year old muscles didn't make much headway with moving dirt, they sure had a blast!
Favorite Baltimore City landmark: Patterson Park. It provides a natural oasis right in the heart of the city!
What's the best advice you've ever gotten? Your mindset is everything.
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: Kelly Wilcox
Role at VU: Director of Events
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