Area volunteering is part of Patch's "Give 5" project. Patch employees are rolling up their sleeves, getting down and dirty with work to improve their communities.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Brian Hooks
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Patch editors from around the Baltimore-Washington region volunteered Thursday morning at the Maryland Food Bank in Halethorpe. Patch vows to donate five work days (hence the "Give 5") every year to allow editors to volunteer at local charities and nonprofits. More on our "Give 5" Day at the Maryland Food Bank will be published over the weekend.
For my first Patch "Give 5" day, I chose to spend time with the staff at White Oak Library. Volunteer Coordinator David Watts says that people like me, who give their time to the library, are essential to its mission.
One of the things that makes Patch a pretty unique media company is our collective commitment to service. The "Give 5" program gives every Patch employee five full days per year to give back to the communities on which we report everyday. For my first Give 5 as editor of Colesville Patch, I quickly decided to visit White Oak Library, which has become one of my favorite places in the area. Branch Manager Jan Baird-Adams instructed me to arrive at the library on Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. When I walked through the employee entrance and library staffer Charlotte Ferguson ushered me through a back room, I was struck by the fact that in all my years of being a nerd--I mean, "book lover"--I'd never volunteered with a library before. The morning passed …