Volunteer with Retriever Essentials

There are multiple ways to give your time at any level that works with your schedule!

Volunteer opportunities & signups are updated regularly on our Linktree.

Weekly Free Farmer’s Market

Every Thursday from September 1 through December 15

Volunteer for Setup from 1:45 – 2:30 PM or Breakdown from 2:30 – 3:15 PM.

Volunteers are encouraged to take a bag of food home with them!

Packing Ready-to-Microwave Meals To-go

Meet at 1:50 Monday through Thursday at True Grits. Pack leftover lunch meals into to-go containers and bring them to The Essential Space in RAC 235. These meals support our community members who may lack access to cooking facilities and need support the most!

Prac 096

What is Prac 096?

A 0 credit, P/NP course, but you’ll get a notation on your transcript indicating which track you chose. To sign up, contact the Shriver Center at 410-455-2493 or email retrieveressentials@umbc.edu.

The options are:

  • Service: This is our on-the-ground group that does the main work of feeding our community. Fill orders, fill pre-packed bags for food zones, collect donations, and stock our mini pantries and main location, The Essential Space. You can expect to serve 30 hours (about 2 hours per week) in this position.
  • Leadership: This is the group that furthers our mission on campus by driving our outreach and influencing our operations. Take the lead in a role such as Event Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator, Donations Coordinator, Sustainability Coordinator, Nutrition Coordinator, or we will tailor a position to your interests, strengths, and goals. You will oversee a sub-committee of REACH members (see below) who will help you reach your goals and carry out your work. You can expect to serve 50 hours (about 3 hours per week) in this position.

Join the Retriever Essentials Action Committee Hub (REACH)

The Retriever Essentials Action Committee Hub (REACH) is a group of students, staff, and faculty that collaborate with Retriever Essentials to improve our outreach and operations. There are a lot of ways you can participate (for example event planning, fundraising, social media, or utilizing any skill or passion you bring to the table). This group will meet virtually 1 to 2 times per month. Please fill out this form if you would like to join. We value all contributions; no experience is necessary!

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Follow us on myUMBC and Instagram to stay informed of any one-time volunteer opportunities that arise.