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By Ethel Rasmussen, Baltimore County Department of Aging

Linda Blake first got involved after retiring from a 40 year career with the government. Her goal at the time was to open a daycare facility and she felt that volunteering would provide her with the necessary experience. She started as a volunteer in a kindergarten classroom assisting children with special needs and found this to be her calling. Her time in the classroom revealed that there is no greater joy than working with children.

Mrs. Blake volunteers five hours a day, three days a week, at Edmondson Heights Elementary School as part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Her job can entail focusing on the smallest of tasks such as tying a shoe, to working with a child on their developmental skills. Each day is filled with a new adventure and she is always excited to join the teacher in her daily activities.

Mrs. Blake describes the RSVP volunteer experience as both rewarding and fulfilling. Last school year she shared more than 100 hours of her time in the classroom and plans to continue volunteering for as long as she can.

Mrs. Blake encourages other seniors to get involved in shaping the educational experiences of the youth. Based on her observations, establishing a strong foundation with the children encourages them to believe that they can overcome the impossible.  Her motto is “There is no limit on what you can teach a child. The sky is the limit.”

Volunteers Wanted   

Baltimore County Public Schools, in partnership with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), is seeking volunteers over the age of 55 to assist in classrooms throughout Baltimore County. Volunteers support teachers with day to day tasks and encourage students to achieve.

If you are a caring and patient individual who is willing to give a few hours per week, consider joining a vibrant group of volunteers who mentor Baltimore County youth. All volunteers must pass a background screening and complete an online orientation.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:30 -11:30 am 

White Oak School, Training Lab  8401 Leefield Rd, Baltimore 21234

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Essex Senior Center  600 Dorsey Ave., Essex 21221

Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:30 -3:30 pm

Liberty Senior Center 3525 Resource Dr., Randallstown 21133

To register for this special opportunity to serve, call the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at 410-887-3101 or email

RSVP is a federal grant program that is sponsored by the Baltimore County Department of Aging. RSVP engages volunteers over the age of 55 with volunteer opportunities that allow them to share a lifetime of skills and experiences. Currently, more than 50 registered volunteers serve in schools across Baltimore County.  

County Seeks Nominations of People Making a Difference 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced the Neighborhood Heroes awards program to highlight Baltimore County residents who are making unique and significant contributions in the community. He will host an awards ceremony in October to honor seven individuals, one from each County Council district.


“In Baltimore County, we have a tremendous community spirit and I have met and worked with so many people who dedicate countless hours to mentoring young people, serving vulnerable populations, initiating community clean-ups or just making a difference in their neighborhoods. This award is one way to thank these stand-out individuals for what they do with absolutely no expectation of reward or recognition.”  

The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 15. The nomination form is available on the County’s website at and may be submitted online or by mail or fax. 

By Lynn McCamie, Baltimore County Department of Aging 

The population in need of long term care services is a growing community and they need your help to protect their rights.

The Ombudsman Program protects the rights and well-being of residents in long-term care facilities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab units and continuing care retirement communities.

Being a Baltimore County Department of Aging Ombudsman offers a tremendous opportunity to meet and advocate for residents. Certified Ombudsmen:

  • Help residents investigate and resolve complaints through the use of advocacy, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Educate residents, family members and nursing home staff about residents' rights.
  • Aid resident and family councils to identify and resolve group concerns.
  • Clarify and communicate concerns to appropriate staff members and help all parties involved find acceptable solutions to problems.
  • Improve the quality of life of long-term care residents.

If you are interested in making a difference, be a superhero. Put on your cape and volunteer. Call the Baltimore County Department of Aging at 410-887-4200 or email

Keywords: aging, ombudsman, volunteer

Revised September 11, 2017