Thank you for your interest in volunteering with V-LINC. V-LINC volunteers build customized assistive technology that makes it easier for people with disabilities to live, work, and play more independently.
Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, carpentry, machining, nursing, and physical and occupational therapy. We also work with engineering students through our Designing Our Future Program in Baltimore area high schools and partnerships with local colleges and universities. Volunteers use their skills to create technology that increases our clients’ independence. In some cases they invent a new product and in other cases they modify an existing one. But in either case, they change lives. Check out examples of some of our volunteers’ past projects here.
Our volunteers fall into several different categories. View our Volunteer Position Descriptions. Currently we have openings for:
Please note: All V-LINC volunteers who interact with our clients, with the exception of Designing Our Future students, must pass a background check.
We partner with several local colleges and universities as well as private companies who take on projects. Currently, we work with the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex and Catonsville campuses and The Johns Hopkins University School of Mechanical Engineering which provide teams of students who work on projects over the course of a semester or a school year. We also partner with Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin corporations, which both provide teams of volunteers.
Through the Designing Our Future Program, V-LINC partners with high schools in the Baltimore metropolitan area to give engineering students hands-on experience with engineering projects -- from design to fabrication. Student teams present their design concepts and work to a panel of volunteer engineers who offer feedback and guidance to student teams.
Classes or groups of engineering students work with a V-LINC client in need of a customized assistive device. They design and develop a customized solution for the client over the course of the semester or school year. Not only do students gain real-word experience, they also learn more about working with individuals with disabilities.
A V-LINC volunteer engineer will serve as a mentor throughout the process. He or she will provide guidance as the students develop their plans and connect the class with V-LINC resources.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’d like to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about how you can volunteer with V-LINC, please contact us.