How to Lend a Hand Locally

1. The Student Support Network helps local students struggling with poverty and homelessness through in-school networks at Loch Raven High School, Parkville High School and Pine Grove Middle School. Donate food, clothing, educational supplies and toiletries, or make a monetary contribution. StudentSupportNetwork.org

2. The Assistance Center of Towson Churches, at 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., provides emergency help, including food, eviction and utility prevention, prescription payments and lunches for the homeless. Especially needed are cereal, peanut butter, grape jelly and baked beans. Or volunteer to sort or serve food. ACTOnline.info

3. GEDCO’s Micah House, at 5207 York Road, serves men and women who were homeless by providing permanent housing with supportive services. A renovated apartment building serves 25 men, and a restored former carriage house serves eight women. Make a donation at GEDCO.org/micah-house

4. Thread, “the new social fabric,” engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. Volunteer as a “Thread Family Member.” Thread.org

5. The Arc Baltimore provides advocacy and high-quality, life-changing support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Volunteer or hire Arc-trained employees at your workplace. TheARCBaltimore.org