GET INVOLVED WITH THREAD

Check out this video to learn more about our community, different volunteer roles, and what you can expect when you join us.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Complete the following steps in our volunteer vetting and on-boarding process, including:
    • Complete the Volunteer Application
    • Sign the Thread Volunteer Handbook
    • Complete a Maryland Background check with Bithgroup Technologies (free of charge), another approved vendor in Maryland, or an out-of-state equivalent
    • Attend a 2-hour Volunteer Orientation

If you have any questions, feel free to email volunteer@thread.org

GET STARTED TODAY

Complete the volunteer application or sign up for an info session using the form below.











COVID-19 UPDATE

Thank you for your interest in joining the Thread community! During this critical time of social distancing, we are still working to build deep and meaningful connections. We have many young people joining our community in the coming months and they need you now more than ever. Our work is not stopping, it’s just adapting. For the foreseeable future, Thread is shifting our relationship building from in-person activities to digital connection

All Thread volunteers must complete a criminal background check, get fingerprinted, and undergo training prior to joining Thread. These requirements are still applicable under COVID-19. Fingerprinting offices are currently open. However, we ask that all volunteers make the choice to get fingerprinted based on your own comfort and health.

All New Volunteer Orientations and Information Sessions will be held over Zoom. If this program is unavailable to you, don’t worry. We have other options for you to learn more and get trained to join the community. Feel free to email volunteer@thread.org if you have any questions.

WHAT DOES A THREAD VOLUNTEER DO?

SERVE AS A FAMILY MEMBER

Volunteering with Thread can take many forms, but most of our volunteers serve as Thread Family Members (FM), and their activities can include nearly everything you might expect a family would do together. Family Members work directly with Thread student(s) and other volunteers to form an extended network of care and support around the student and each other. This may include rides to school, homework and resume help, discussion of career options, or just hanging out.

SERVE AS A VOLUNTEER LEADER

Some volunteers take on leadership roles by becoming a Head of Family or GrandParent. These volunteers receive additional training and become guides and coaches for other volunteers.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR A THREAD VOLUNTEER?

Volunteers make a one-year commitment and are expected to connect with their Thread students at least once a week. 

Becoming a Thread volunteer should be very similar to becoming someone’s friend. If you have time to make a new friend, you should have time for Thread! 

Spending time with your Thread Family & student is critical for forming deep connections. We believe that simply establishing a meaningful relationship and overcoming barriers together will have a transformative impact on all members of Thread’s Community, including our volunteers!