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Mission Statement

Improving Baltimore through increasing volunteerism.

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.

Volunteering should be easy. Now it is.

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

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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

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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