Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) is a nonprofit organization that gives children from under-resourced communities the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation. LPF does this through the collection of used/excess sports equipment from schools, manufacturers, individual families, and others. After being inventoried and sorted at the LPF warehouse, the equipment is then redistributed to a school, sports league, or other organization serving a low-income community and placed into the hands of a child who cannot afford their own equipment.
The goal of the Community Engagement Internship us to assist the organization expand its mission to the Greater Baltimore Community through the following: (1) community outreach tasks; (2) administrative tasks; (3) assisting with collection drives, volunteer events, and warehouse management; and (4) other projects as necessary.
Because we are a small, grassroots organization, our interns really have the opportunity to learn all aspects of our operations and assist with projects in real time. Our orientation includes hands-on participation in collection, volunteer, and distribution events as well as required SMART goal setting exercises during the first week. While this upcoming semester will obviously be different due to COVID, interns can still expect some version of those three aspects of LPF as well as guided community outreach, SalesForce database training, and public speaking exercises.