School has started and everyone is getting into their fall groove.  Now is a good time to start thinking about how you and your family can give back to the community.  It’s never too early to instill a love of volunteering and a giving spirit. Check out some ideas below for some ways you can help this month!

Sweep the Creek – September 30th & 1st with Friends of Sligo Creek

Do you love Sligo Creek? Throwing rocks into the water? Picnicking at one of the many scenic parks along the trail? Come help keep our Sligo CLEAN and ENJOYABLE for everyone! The Fall creek clean-up is coming up! Perfect for all ages!

Want to help? Check out information HERE on the Friends of Sligo Creek Webpage!

Tag Onto Octoberfest/Fall Fair/Oktoberfest

Do you have a local fall fair or an “Octoberfest” in your neighborhood? Contact the organizers to see how you can help. Come prepared with some ideas of how you can contribute to the event. (Examples: bake sale, face painting, cake walk, pumpkins painting, etc.)

Here are some examples of fun booths you could set up:

  • Face painting table – You’ll need face paints and easy examples for kids to pick from. Bonus if they are fall themed!
  • Set up a bake sale! The pumpkin spice has been unleashed! Solicit family and friends to bake and donate items for it.
    • Make a sign-up genius (have a parent share it on email and with their friends) or a sign-up sheet so you can get people to contribute!
    • Create flyers to promote your booth.

Helpful hint: Make it donation based – you get more money that way!

Casseroles for a Cause

Silver Spring Cares is partnering with Shepherds TableInterfaith Works – Carroll House Men’s ShelterThe Arc Montgomery County, and Difference Makers to help fill freezers with delicious meals that will feed hundreds of folks in our community. Did you know that you and your family can help these local organizations is by making a delicious casserole? Volunteering to make a casserole or two helps to keep the freezers full for many of our most vulnerable neighbors. Your effort saves organizations and volunteers time, money and helps to eliminate any immediate food insecurity issues they may be experiencing.

Whether you choose to cook with friends, family or just yourself, this is a fun and easy way to volunteer! You will receive an email with easy instructions, tips on how to host a successful night and even suggested recipes. Whether you make it a social gathering or you cook by yourself, you are helping to provide a warm and delicious meal for our community’s most vulnerable. Then simply arrange a time for us to stop by to pick up your casserole. We’ll even take care of delivery for you.

Because freezer space is finite, there are a limited number of volunteer spots available. Sign up today to get in on the action!  Already, have plans on the 7th? That’s ok! As long as your casserole is frozen and ready for pick up the week of October 9th, you’re golden!


Need some INSPIRATION? There are always fun holidays to celebrate in September and October that can jump start your giving!

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 28th – National Good Neighbor Day

October 5th – Do Something Nice Day


Send us your pictures and let us know how you served our community this month. We love hearing from you!

For more ideas, suggestions or to share your experience, email