GET STARTED TODAY

Complete the volunteer sign-up form below to register for an info session.


Volunteer Requirements
  • All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be able to physically travel to Baltimore once a week to connect with your Thread young person & volunteer Family (once Covid restrictions are lifted)
  • Complete the following steps in our volunteer vetting and onboarding 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 option approved by Thread
    • Attend a 2 hour Volunteer orientation
If you have any questions feel free to email volunteer@thread.org.














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
  • Must be able to physically travel to Baltimore once a week to connect with your Thread young person & volunteer Family (once Covid restrictions are lifted)
  • Complete the following steps in our volunteer vetting and on-boarding process, including:
    • Complete the Volunteer Sign-Up Form
    • 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 option approved by Thread
    • Attend a 2-hour Volunteer Orientation

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

COVID-19 UPDATE

Thank you for your interest in joining the Thread community! We are currently accepting volunteers into our community. During COVID-19, we are asking that interactions are virtual whenever possible. When volunteers and students opt for in-person engagement, we ask that they abide by CDC and Thread guidelines (such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and washing your hands). All Thread programming, new volunteer orientations, and information sessions will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. 

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. We ask that all volunteers make the choice to get fingerprinted based on your own comfort and health.

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!