Volunteerism
The BHA Board and the BHA Outreach Committee would like to provide information, particularly to new residents, on community activities that Baywood residents support. This includes charities, volunteer efforts, area community work, school mentoring, etc.
 
The list below is an ongoing attempt to compile this information. If you know of other volunteer opportunities and activities that could be posted here, please feel free to contact Marti McKinley, Chair BHA Outreach Committee, and provide as much information as possible to us.
 
Disclaimer.  The BHA board cannot endorse a particular charity or activity, but would like to help inform members of the opportunities that are available to them.
 

 
Volunteer Delaware
 
VolunteerDelaware.org is a one-stop shopping website for volunteer opportunities throughout the county and the state.  You can sign up on the website to express your interest and to receive their monthly newsletter.  Check out the August Newsletter to see the variety of activities managed through Volunteer Delaware.
 
Volunteer Opportunities
 
Beebe Hospital- contact Lee Halloran; 302-645-3531
Volunteers can work in a variety of areas and departments in the hospital as well as at some of their satellite sites. Log onto their website (beebehealthcare.org) and fill out a volunteer application.
 
Alzheimers Association- contact Jamie Magee at 302-854-9788
Volunteers can participate in a number of areas including: Walk to End Alzheimers, Education programs, Public Policy Advocacy, Administrative/Finance/IT support, Patient Care and Family Support.
 
Cancer Support Community- contact Linda Rogers; 302-856-5815
 
Evelyn I. Morris Early Childhood Center- contact Linda Rogers; 302-856-5815
Milford School District- Lincoln. Volunteers read with kindergarten students one day a week for 30-60 minutes.
 
Food Bank of Delaware- contact Linda Rogers; 302-856-5815
Statewide nonprofit agency whose vision is a community free of hunger. Volunteers distribute food to hungry people in the community through a network of 477 hunger relief program partners (44% of the members of households served by the Food Bank are children under 18 years old).
 
John M. Clayton Elementary School in Frankford- contact April Willey; 302-856-5815
Numerous schools in Sussex County have a mentoring/tutoring program in place. Volunteers will share skills, wisdom, and experience to teach children how to make a difference in their lives. Mentees build education and social skills as well as self-esteem.
 
New Life Thrift shop- contact Linda Rogers; 302-856-5815
Located in Lewes behind Jiffy Lube. Volunteers in the shop stock the floor, help customers, sort jewelry and clothing. Also work to lift donations from cars and trucks and/or pick up donations.
 
Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum- contact Linda Rogers; 302-856-5815
Help to promote tourism in Delaware. The organization is dedicated to encouraging and promoting public knowledge of and participation in the preservation of the history, culture, architecture, and special character of Rehoboth Beach.
 
Habitat for Humanity- www.sussexcountyhabitat.org
 
Conley Methodist Church Soup Kitchen- contact Jean in the church office
The kitchen would like 8 quarts of any soup of your choosing to be delivered on Tuesday morning before noon to be served Wednesday.  They will transfer your soup to one of their pots in their kitchen at the back of the church. There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the church.
 
Conley’s Thrift Shop
Located at 22150 Robinsville Road.  Contact the shop at 302-945-5566. Duties for all levels of fitness.
 
Georgetown SPCA
Visit their website: delspca.org of call the shelter at 302-856-6361 x150 for more information.
 
BayWood Community Cat TNR (trap/neuter/return) Program contact Marti McKinley 302-947-0736
This is a relatively new program organized by Marti McKinley and Pat Seitz. It is a well-documented practice that  humanely trapping homeless cats and having them spayed or neutered and giving them rabies shots before releasing them back to where they were living not only controls the population and keeps them healthier but also decreases or eliminates unwanted behaviors such as noise. With the full support of the Tunnell organization, we have opened a nonprofit organization (called Nip’nGo) to secure state funding for the needed surgeries.  We would greatly appreciate anyone interested in assisting us with this program right in our backyard to contact Marti or Pat.  If you know of cats who are in your area please contact us and we’ll work to get them captured and neutered.
 
Community Resource Center- 302-227-1340 and Love, Inc- 302-629-7050
These are ‘clearing houses’ for needy families. Once a family applies and is cleared these organizations work to get them needed items such as clothes, money, gas cards, furniture, food, etc. They will contact other area organizations or churches to gather the needed items.
 
Autism Delaware
Volunteers are needed to staff outreach tables at local schools, health events and fairs throughout the year.  They provide thorough training for volunteers and all needed supplies for each of the events.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Help inspire a child and make a difference in your community. Visit their website: www.bbbsde.org or call Linda Rogers: 302-515-3020.
 
Read Aloud
Volunteer to read 1-2 hours a week.  Children are waiting! Visit the website: www.readalouddelaware.org or call Lisa Coldiron: 302-856-2527.
 
Delaware Veterans Home
Please consider supporting our veterans who have served our country and are now residents at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. Please call call Linda Rogers: 302-515-3020.
 
Food Bank
Located in Milford, the Food Bank always needs volunteers to sort food and pack children’s lunches.  Please call Linda Rogers: 302-515-3020 if you are interested in helping to feed the hungry.
 
Cape Henlopen Food Basket
Distribute food to the needy. Call Jon DeVoll: 302-227-3528.
 
Clothing Our Kids
Many opportunities providing clothes for school age children.  Call Mary Rio: 302-864-5437.
 
Harry K Foundation
Providing food to schools for hungry children.  Call 302-226-0675.
 
Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Volunteer Bunker Busters meet every Thursday at 8:30am in Battery 519. For additional information call Frank Ali (BayWood resident) at 732-616-6884.
 
Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA)
The CASA of the Sussex County Family Court is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. Volunteers are accepted on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Volunteer supervision is provided by full time Program Coordinators. Program attorneys provide legal representation for each volunteer.  Volunteers accepted into the program must complete a 30 hour mandatory training. Please contact BayWood resident Melissa Palokas at 302-855-7415 or melissa.palokas@state.de.us for an application.
 
Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club
The Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Club has begun their 2016-17 Annual Fund One Campaign which supports all operating expenses for a wealth of programs, supplies, scholarships, field trips, and academic support services. Please contact Millie Charnick, Executive Director at 302-945-2244 or mcharnick@bgclubs.org for more information.