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Upcoming Opportunities

Event Assistants - 2019 MLK Day of Service

Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up the studio and managing the refreshments for the Community Drum Circle and Dance event to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (Friday, January 18, 2019 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) Contact: Josephine Ansah-Brew, 202-812-5712; josephineansahbrew@gmail.com

Maryland City, MD

1/18/19 6:00 PM

Happy Helpers Preparation

On this day, we gather at the 7-Eleven and travel to the Happy Helpers Headquarters, where we prepare sandwiches and goodies for the homeless. You can meet at Happy Helpers headquarters located at 1550 Catons Center Drive Halethorpe, MD 21227 at 11:30am.

Glen Burnie, MD

1/19/19 11:00 AM +more

Happy Helpers Distribution

On this day, we distribute all the food, clothes, and love we have to the homeless, in person. We meet at the 7-Eleven, located at: 7701 Quarterfield Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 around 12:45pm. Additionally, the distribution center is located at Our Daily Bread: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. You can meet here at 1:30pm.

Baltimore, MD

1/20/19 1:00 PM +more

Photographers - MLK Day of Service

Two social media savvy photographers are needed on behalf of the Volunteer Center serving Howard County to take photographs and video of the kick-off Event and service projects for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 7:30am to noon. Creative direction and list of specific photos will be provided. Volunteers' personal camera equipment is required (digital camera preferred). Over 18 please. Photography location will be at the Howard County Community Resources Campus, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237, Columbia, MD 21046

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 8:00 AM

Resident Visitors - 2019 MLK Day of Service

Come join us for the MLK Day to Serve. Ideas for service could include sharing stories about the unique cultural diversity of both volunteers and clients reflecting the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Other ideas could include an art project helping our clients make cards of encouragement echoing MLK ideas and values. Cards will be sent to a Head Start School for words of encouragement to our youth and to be displayed. We are open to other suggestions volunteers might have that mirrors MLK’s dream of a world that honors all people of the world.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 8:00 AM

East Baltimore's MLK Day of Service

Join us for our 8th Annual community service event in East Baltimore honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted by Southern Baptist Church and the New Broadway East Community Association and organized by The 6th Branch. We can't wait to see you there! We will be conducting projects with doing light demolition, overgrowth removal, and large scale trash clean-up. This is a family friendly event! Also, it is January so please dress in layers and be prepared for the cold. If you are planning on attending the day of service, follow this link to register and fill out the online waiver which is located in the ticket field. https://the6thbranch.z2systems.com/np/clients/the6thbranch/event.jsp?event=4160&&fbclid=IwAR1irWJI9_SwWxWpHWt4LPl8BU27raJXhI-z8Ym2wGdIN7w4ePBQvW3IGoU If you have any questions please email Colin Lyman at colinlyman@the6thbranch.org.

Baltimore, MD

1/21/19 8:30 AM

2019 Day of Service

A range of family-friendly service opportunities for ages 5 to 105 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Glen Mar Church. The activities help with food security, community development, public health, and support the morale of service members. There will be 18 on-site and a couple of off-site activities. Free child care is available from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Partnership and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available. So, come for one hour or come for the day. Planned Activities for 5 years old and up: Packaging meals for the hungry (Goal: 100,000 meals) Decorating cookies for inner city school teachers (Goal: 40 dozen cookies) Writing letters and drawing pictures for service members and others (Goal: 500 letters) Making spiritual bracelets for those in need of love and grace (Goal: 3,600 bracelets) Making no-sew blankets for students at The Board of Child Care (Goal: 45 blankets) Planned Activities for 8 years old and up: Sewing pillow cases for people during a hospital stay (Goal: 65 pillow cases) Making jump ropes out of clean old T-shirts for school children (Goal: 200 jump ropes) Making fishing kits and pony bead kits for children (Goal: 200 fishing kits and 250 pony bead kits) Assembling health care kits for children (Goal: 100 health kits) Knitting for those recovering from an illness Making Tic-Tac-Toe kits and flannel Teddy Bears for school children (400 kits and 200 bear patterns) Blood Drive Registration: If you are interested in donating blood at Glen Mar Church, you can give blood at the Day of Service on Monday, January 21, 2019. Blood donations are from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Red Cross will accept walk-ins but is giving preference to those who register for a time slot. You can schedule an appointment at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive. When scheduling an appointment, please enter 21043 as the donation zip code. Then, scroll to Monday, January 21, 2019 and select Glen Mar Church’s blood drive. Once selected, you can choose your donation type and time. “All presenting donors receive a voucher for a FREE pound of Dunkin Donuts Coffee, while supply last!” Come prepared by eating a light meal and drinking plenty of water. Bring a photo ID and the names of medications you are taking. Please remember that you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health to donate blood. Planned Activities for Any Age: On-site food collection for the Sandtown community in Baltimore: non-perishable food items On-site clothes collection for homeless (Sandtown area): coats, hats, socks, gloves, and blankets On-site collection of gently used shoes for those in need of footwear: any size (Goal: 200 pairs of shoes) Health screening for 16 years old and up (BMI & blood pressure screening, & pre-diabetes risk assessment) Planned Off-site Activities for 8th graders and up: Several all-day off-site activities (meet at church at 8:30 am, bring a bag lunch and two water bottles)

Ellicott City, MD

1/21/19 8:30 AM

Coupon Clipping - MLK Day of Service

Clip, sort, and tally coupons for military personnel and their families as part of this year's Martin Luther King Day of Service. Please note: If you plan to volunteer as a group please be sure to signup all members of your group. This can be done by creating a team and then use the 'sign up with a team' link when registering. This will ensure that you have reserved enough spaces for your group. Click here for more information related to volunteering with a group.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 8:30 AM +more

Fraud Awareness Training

Receive training to share with our vulnerable senior population. Financial Exploitation: Frauds and Scams Targeting Seniors will be presented with a 15 minute Q&A at the conclusion.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 8:45 AM +more

Small Crafts Seniors - MLK Day of Service

Constructing small crafts to be given to Office on Aging and Independence to distribute to seniors. Please note: If you plan to volunteer as a group please be sure to signup all members of your group. This can be done by creating a team and then use the 'sign up with a team' link when registering. This will ensure that you have reserved enough spaces for your group. To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult, parents/adults need to create a team which includes themselves and the volunteer(s) that are under age. The parent/adult can then “sign up with a team” for the opportunity selecting the team members who will volunteer. Click here for more information related to Family & Youth Group Volunteers.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:30 AM +more

Hands Only CPR Training - MLK Day of Service

Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Volunteers will be educated in a non-certification class that teaches cardiac arrest awareness and the steps to take when saving a life.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 9:00 AM

The I Can, I Will Workshop - MLK Day of Service

Everyone can do something. HopeWorks of Howard County will present the “I Can, I Will Workshop,” an interactive workshop where participants will talk about all the things—big and small— that we can do to create peaceful, healthy relationships and communities. Each participant will create an inspiring violence prevention message to take home as a keepsake. No art experience needed. All materials supplied.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 9:15 AM +more

Stop the Bleed Training - MLK Day of Service

Severe bleeding is the most common cause of preventable trauma death. Learn how to reduce the impact of hemorrhage in victims of traumatic injury as a bystander in Stop the Bleed Training. Become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

Fire and Fall Prevention Training - MLK Day of Service

Attend this fire and fall safety seminar for senior members and their families. It is nationally accredited and created by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Presentation: The NFPA has developed 16 key fire and fall safety messages which comprise the core of the “Remembering When” presentation. Community members who attend these presentations are encouraged to discuss and share their personal experiences with aging, fire, and falls. Optional Home Visit: Community members may schedule a home visit at the presentation. A home visit is done by both a Risk Reduction Educator and Firefighter within the department. When a community member who is 65 years of age or older requests a home visit, the team will take a small tour of the house and discuss fire or fall risks that may be present in the home. We do not enforce any changes, but we may make suggestions for a safer environment. Smoke Alarm Installation: As a part of this program, HCDFRS offers free smoke alarm installations to those in our aging community who are in need.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

HFH Chesapeake Restore

Volunteer to assist as needed at the Restore in observance of the 2019 MLK Day of Service.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM


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Attention Volunteers:

  • Help those impacted by disasters by donating funds to established nonprofits. Be aware that volunteers and donation items, such as food and clothing, may NOT be what's needed most.  Give Wisely.

  • Looking for a way to volunteer? You're in the right place. Click on the Search button above to view our current volunteer opportunities. From that page you can filter the search results based on location, key word (including disaster), issue, skills, age range, availability or other criteria. Click on the Opportunity Calendar link to view date & times specific opportunities in a calendar view.

  • Identify all the ways you can volunteer: attend Volunteering Made Easy. Learn how to use VolunteerHoward.org to explore the possibilities. Sessions are held monthly and are free, but registration is required. View the opportunity for details and to register.

  • Looking to lead? Join us for a Volunteer Leader Training to learn about organizing and implementing great volunteer projects from start to finish! The session is free, but registration is required. View the opportunity for details and to register.

  • Updated information on the status of the Ellicott City recovery efforts can be found at www.HowardCountyMd.gov

Attention Organizations:

  • To get the most from being a registered partner attend a Partner Staff Orientation; whether you are a new partner or want a refresher. Offered once a month, learn how to optimize the use of VolunteerHoward.org to increase visibility, recruit more volunteers and identify skilled volunteers. Sessions are free, but registration is requested. View the opportunity for more information or to register.


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Columbia, MD 21046