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Upcoming Opportunities

Happy Helpers Sandwich-Making

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. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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.

Glen Burnie, MD

1/18/20 11:00 AM + more

Happy Helpers Food & Clothing 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 then head to the distibution center. The distribution center is located at Our Daily Bread: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. You can meet here at 1:30pm. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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.

Baltimore, MD

1/19/20 1:00 PM + more

Greeters - MLK Day of Service

Seeking friendly faces, warm and welcoming personalities to greet and help sign in guests and volunteers on Martin L. King Day of Service 2020. This is a great volunteer opportunity to participate in honoring and living out the legacy of Dr. King along with other volunteers.

Columbia, MD

1/20/20 8:15 AM

Photographers - MLK Day of Service

Seeking four (4) event savvy photographers to take photographs and video of the kick-off event and service projects for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 2020. Two volunteers each will be needed onsite and offiste. Creative direction and the kinds of photos being requested will be provided on/or before the day of service. Volunteers' personal camera equipment is required (digital cameras preferred). Over 18 please. Two (2) volunteers will be needed onsite from 8:30 - 11am to capture the events and activities occuring at the Ascend One Building (8930 Stanford Blvd., Suite 201, Columbia, MD 21045). Two (2) volunteers, using their personal vehicles will be needed to travel to various locations to capture other MLK Day of Service activities taking place around the Columbia area until 11:30am. Volunteers will meet at the Ascend One Building (8930 Stanford Blvd., Suite 201, Columbia, MD 21045) at 9am for instructions and activity locations. This is a great volunteer opportunity to participate in honoring and living out the legacy of Dr. King along with other volunteers by capturing the essence of the day's activities and people serving the community.

Columbia, MD

1/20/20 8:30 AM + more

Volunteers Needed for "I Can, I Will" Create Peace Workshop

We are seeking volunteers to help with the "I Can, I Will" Create Peace Workshop on January 20, 2020, from 8:30-11am. Volunteers will assist with the setup and break down. Volunteers are also invited to participate in the workshop as well. Every year HopeWorks partners with the county executive to offer a workshop on community healing for the MLK Day of Service. In this interactive workshop, HopeWorks 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. To volunteer, please RSVP using the link below. RSVP: https://wearehopeworks.charityproud.org/VolunteerRegistration/Index/?activity=5382&date=1/20/2020 ​Point of Contact: Vanita Leatherwood (Leatherwood@wearehopeworks.org)

Columbia, MD

1/20/20 8:30 AM

S.A.F.E. MLK Day of Service Volunteering

Calling all youth ages 13-18! Join S.A.F.E. Food Pantry at Glen Mar Church in Ellicott City on Monday, January 20th as we participate in their MLK Day of Service activities. Possible service activities you can expect to participate in include: assembling health care kits for children, knitting items as well as making Tic Tac-Toe kits, flannel Teddy Bears, jump ropes, fishing kits and pony bead kits and sewing pillowcases for people during a hospital stay. Please Note: Youth volunteers ages 13-18 do not have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians and youth under 12 interested in volunteering may participate in the Glen Mar activities on their own. Spots are limited for this event so visit our Sign-Up Genius event page to sign up today to make a difference in your community and honor Dr. King’s legacy. Expressing an interest in this volunteer event on Volunteer Howard does not register you to volunteer. You must register on our Sign-Up Genius event page at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084da5ae2fa0fe3-mlkday1

Ellicott City, MD

1/20/20 8:30 AM

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Our sixth annual Day of Service will be hosted at Glen Mar Church partnering with Ames Memorial UMC, St John Baptist Church, and Terps Against Hunger. Join us for family-friendly short-term service activities for ages 5 to 105 that will make a positive difference in our community. There will be about 18 different on-site and a couple off-site activities. The activities help with food security, community development, public health, and support the morale of service members. The Day of Service offers individuals, families, and friends, the opportunity to serve together. We hope to attract over 1,400 people (last year’s attendance was 1,345) and package over 100,000 meals. We will also hold a blood drive with the American Red Cross. So, come for an 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 schoolteachers and childcare workers (Goal: 40 dozen cookies) Writing letters and drawing pictures for service members and others (Goal: 500 letters) Making no-sew fleece blankets for students and elderly (Goal: 45 blankets) Planned Activities for 8 years old and up: Sewing pillowcases for people during a hospital stay and recovery (Goal: 150 pillowcases) 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 (Goal: starting 15 different pieces) Making Tic-Tac-Toe kits and flannel Teddy Bears for school children (400 kits and 200 bear patterns) Planned Activities for Any Age: On-site food collection for the Sandtown community in Baltimore: non-perishable food items On-site gently used clothes collection for needy (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) Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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.

Ellicott City, MD

1/20/20 8:30 AM

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

Everyone can do something. HopeWorks of Howard County will present the “I Can, I Will Create Peace 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

1/20/20 9:30 AM

"I've Been to the Mountaintop:" a Listening Session for Men - MLK Day of Service

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in the civil rights movement is only a part of his legacy as one of the world’s foremost humanitarian committed to non-violent activism. “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” Dr. King’s final speech before he was assassinated, was one of his most impassioned and fervent calls to action. He asked every member of society to not lose hope and to hold steadfast to the dreams of a more just and free world. Please join us for this important conversation in honoring Dr. King’s commitment to equality and justice. We will explore the intersections of race and gender with gendered violence, and how to create stronger, safer, and healthier communities. This listening session aspires to be a place that: supports men’s voices, provides an opportunity to help shape programming, and solidifies an empowered and equal partnership in the feminist movement. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

1/20/20 9:30 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. We will provide the instructions and tools needed. 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. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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. Click here for more information related to volunteering with a group.

Columbia, MD

1/20/20 10:30 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. Note: 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

1/20/20 9:30 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. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

1/20/20 10:00 AM

MLK Day To Serve

Come join us for the MLK day to serve. Ideas for service could include sharing stories about the unique culture diversity of both volunteers and clients reflecting the spirit of MLK. Other ideas could include an art project helping our clients make cards of encouragement echoing MLK ideas and values. The card would 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

1/20/20 10:00 AM

Volunteering Made Easy - MLK Day of Service

Volunteering Made Easy Audience: Community members interested in learning how to identify and participate in volunteer opportunities that meet their schedule and interests beyond MLK Day of Service. Cost: Free, but registration is required Discover how to connect with local and regional organizations that are recruiting volunteers for general opportunities as well as skilled project specialists. If you've wondered if volunteering was right for you, always wanted to volunteer but weren't quite sure how to begin or is just looking for new opportuntities, this one-hour session is for you.

Columbia, MD

1/20/20 10:15 AM

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. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

1/20/20 11:00 AM

STEM Center Projects: Including Robot Rebuildling, LEGO sorting, and more!

The USRA STEMaction Center has a buffet of small volunteer projects that we're aiming to complete on the MLK day of Service. Some projects include: building robots for our training set, basic carpentry to add shelves/door to existing structures, organizing supplies, and putting up decor. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and friends. This project is also appropriate for ages 13 and up. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

1/20/20 11:00 AM

Volunteer (Mentor, Tutor) for Middle School Students

This is a volunteer position for someone who is looking to have fun and make a difference. We are an afterschool program for middle school students in Annapolis. We provide activities and tutoring from 3:30 to 6:30 every day and are always looking for volunteers interested in having fun and working with our students. Hours and days are flexible. Mentors spend time with students, help with homework where needed, and act as a role model for the students while they are in the center. Mentors are encouraged to participate in activities with students, such as art classes and book club. Tutors work with students one-on-one for 30 minutes to an hour. Tutors can volunteer to work with a specific students in whatever area they need, or they can offer tutoring in a specific subject and we will find students who need help in that subject. If you aren't interested in either of these positions, but have an idea for how you would like to work with the students, please send your ideas! Spanish is not required to volunteer, but if you would like to practice Spanish you could with the students.

Annapolis, MD

1/20/20 3:30 PM + more

CASA Volunteer Pre-Service Training

Each year in Howard County, children are abused, neglected, or abandoned by their families. These children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care or institutions each year. Their only “crime” is that they have been victims. That’s where Voices for Children CASA volunteers come in. Our CASA volunteers work to ensure that all children have a safe and permanent home. Voices for Children recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to become court appointed special advocates (CASAs). Training will be held Monday evenings for 7 consecutive weeks beginning January 13, 2020. Our training focuses on the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, an understanding of the court process and familiarity with community resources. All interested volunteers must complete an application and an interview before beginning training. After successful completion of training and thorough background checks, volunteers are matched with a child through the Howard County Circuit Court.

Ellicott City, MD

1/20/20 6:00 PM + more

Give Seniors a Lift - Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of local seniors by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings and other needs. No set schedule is required. Simply provide the rides that are convenient to your home, office, and daily routines. Volunteers are welcome to bring their children along when volunteering for a fantastic family service experience. Contact Patrice or Holly at volunteer@neighborride.org / 410-884-7433 for more information or go to our website at neighborride.org and view our new video The Volunteer Experience, or click here for volunteer testimonials. Volunteer Orientations are held in the Neighbor Ride office on Tuesdays at 9:30 am and one evening a month. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

1/21/20 9:30 AM + more

Math Lunch Help @ Wilde Lake HS

We are looking for volunteers to provide academic math help during the lunch shifts at Wilde Lake High School. Lunch runs from 10:15am - 12:15pm which spans four 30-minute lunch shifts. Help could be in any math course, but the majority of the students that come in need help with Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or Pre-Calculus. Individuals with teaching experience are highly encouraged, but we will happily take anyone who is willing to give of their time, talent, energy, and patience. Expected committment is one day per week. Please contact me with additional questions!! Jennieve_Hill@hcpss.org

Columbia, MD

1/21/20 10:00 AM + more

Knit and/or Crochet

Do you knit or crochet? Brooke Grove is looking for volunteers to join our knitting and crocheting group(s). We knit blocks, then crochet them together to make afghans and also make scarves we donate to local organizations; for example, in 2019 afghans were donated to Fisher House at Walter Reed National Medical Center and scarves were donated to a local charity that services seniors. The group meets Thursdays in our nursing center from 10am - 1pm and in assisted living from 2-4pm. We need volunteers for both groups. Please email volunteers@bgf.org if you have an interest in one or both groups.

Sandy Spring, MD

1/23/20 11:00 AM + more

Volunteering Made Easy

Volunteering Made Easy Audience: Community members interested in learning how to identify and participate in volunteer opportunities that meet their schedule and interests. Cost: Free, but registration is required Discover how to connect with local and regional organizations that are recruiting volunteers for general opportunities as well as skilled project specialists. If you've wondered if volunteering was right for you or if you always wanted to volunteer but weren't quite sure how to begin, this one-hour session is for you. For questions, contact Pam at pam@volunteerhoward.org or call 410-715-3179. Hope to see you there! In the event of inclement weather, check here for cancellations or delays.

Columbia, MD

2/12/20 5:30 PM + more

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Volunteer Information Session

Learn about volunteer opportunities with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland in Howard County to help those who are home bound. Volunteer opportunities include delivering meals, grocery shopping, visiting an individual or talking on the phone to an individual. We often hear from our volunteers that they receive as much as they give. Volunteering also makes you feel mentally and physically healthier. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Mission: To enable people to live independently at home through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and related services.

Columbia, MD

1/23/20 6:30 PM

Annual Job and Career Fair

The Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team is hosting its annual Job and Career Fair on January 24, 2020. This event will be held at the Oakland Mills High School at 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045. VOLUNTEER’S RESPONSIBILITIES: We need volunteers for all aspects of the event from set up/clean up, welcome and registration table, directing people, and serving lunch. Event volunteers work under the direction of various members of the event committee, staff or other volunteers, who will provide task-specific training. TIME COMMITMENT: Event day volunteers will typically be asked to commit at least 3 hours between 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Columbia, MD

1/24/20 9:30 AM + more

Anna's Gift Kit making day for hospitalized kids

Hello to all of our friends of Anna's Gift! Thank you for all of your support in the past year! We are having a kit making day on Saturday, January 25th from 10 am - 6 pm in the Abisso Hall at Linganore Winecellars to make our famous "pillow kits" for hospitalized kids! For those who are not aware of the works of our Foundation, we make unique crafts for kids to do while in the hospital, especially for pre-teens, tweens and teens. To help relieve the loneliness and separation and bring a bit of fun and joy to a child in the hospital. We are in great need of helpers - as we will be doing a lot of prep work for one of our kits for the next year in addition to actually making the kits! There are lots of spaces to fill, so come join us for a bit of time if you can! Bring a friend or two, as we really need volunteers! The link to sign up is: Anna's Gift Kit Making Day at Linganore Winecellars Linganore Winecellars is located at 13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt. Airy, Maryland. It's about 30 minutes from Columbia, Frederick and Gaithersburg. I hope to see you all, reconnect with all of you who have helped so much in the past and do good together for the kids in the hospital! Liz Pres & CEO, Anna's Gift Foundation

Mount Airy, MD

1/25/20 10:00 AM

Student Musicians needed!!

K-12 Student Musicians Wanted! **All music levels are welcome** Do you like to sing? Do you play any instruments? Do you want to help the community? Come and join Howard County High School UNMUTE student musicians to share your music with seniors!! Music performances are held every other Saturday from 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm at the Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant (next to the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City). Student musicians can earn student servie hours, light up lives and also help the community!! Bring your own insturement if it is not a piano or keybaord. Let's U-N-M-U-T-E!

Ellicott City, MD

1/25/20 4:15 PM + more

Visitor with Pet

Do you have a friendly pet? Brooke Grove welcomes friendly pets and their owners to become volunteers who visit with residents of our nursing center and patients in our rehabilitation facility. Current vaccination records must be kept on file in the Volunteer Services office. Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult family member. You must attend Volunteer Orientation before being scheduled: it is offered the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8pm. To register, email volunteers@bgf.org. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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.

Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD

1/28/20 6:30 PM + more

Mentors/Tutors Information Session

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring , Inc. is actively seeking volunteers and welcomes people from all background and experiences to participate in the organization! Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for preschool, elementary and middle school students in Howard County and community programs. To begin the process of becoming a volunteer, learn more about A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring and/or available volunteer opportunities; join us for one of our upcoming Information Sessions: Wednesday, February 12 at 11am Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring Columbia, MD 21044 Wednesday, March 4 at 1pm Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring Columbia, MD 21044 ​​​​​​​To register, please send email to: susan@aokmentor.org or call 443-895-2457. NeighborRide available upon request. Please Note: The volunteer opportunities require that you be at least 21 years of age and have availability on weekdays, during daytime hours during the school year.

Columbia, MD

2/12/20 11:00 AM + more

Event Ushers - Irish Eve

Usher for Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry, Horowitz Center Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. February 21 (Friday) from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Assist patrons and artists with directions and services requested. Visit HoCoPoLitSo.org to learn more about the visiting novelist. Note: To signup a volunteer that does not meet the minimum age only the minimum age with adult age, 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

2/21/20 6:30 PM

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program Client Winter Formal (Humanim, Inc.)

Humanim is looking for volunteers to help with setup, food preparation, serving food and "mocktails", and cleanup for our Client Winter Formal hosted in our building in Columbia, MD. Humanim’s Behavioral Health Department serves individuals struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders, and like all of Humanim’s programs and services, focuses on individualized care and self-empowerment. Humanim’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation Day Program promotes increased independence while allowing clients to focus on recovery and well-being within a structured and therapeutic environment. Our person-centered services assist adults in understanding and managing their mental illness through daily educational groups and activities, including community integration and vocational/ work readiness skills.

Columbia, MD

2/28/20 2:30 PM + more

 

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Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046 
410-715-3172