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Upcoming Opportunities

Make a Difference this Earth Day

Join us for our annual day of service and help us plant 355 trees and shrubs, remove invasive species and release tadpoles! First 100 volunteers to arrive will get to take home their own native plant. Advance registration required. Students be sure to bring your service hour reports for our staff to sign.

Woodstock, MD

4/21/18 9:00 AM

Label Sewers

Project Linus of Howard County is in need of adults to sew labels onto donated blankets. Very basic sewing skills are all that is needed. We meet at the Bain Senior Center in Columbia on the second and fourth Mondays from 9 - 11:30am.

Columbia, MD

4/23/18 9:00 AM +more

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Pre-service Training

Voices for Children recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). A new training session will begin April 9, 2018 and run for 7 Monday evenings. Please visit Voices for Children to complete our on-line application or contact us at 410-740-0933 if you have any questions or need more information. Potential volunteers must complete an application and an interview before beginning training. CASA pre-service training focuses on the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, an understanding of the court process and familiarity with community resources. After successful completion of training and thorough background checks, CASA volunteers are assigned a child through the Howard County Circuit Court. Volunteers must agree to make at least a one year commitment to the program after they are assigned to a child.

Ellicott City, MD

4/23/18 6:30 PM +more

Conservation Stewardship Project

The Conservation Stewardship Project, a joint program of the Howard County Master Gardeners and the Howard County Recreation & Parks, targets the problem of controlling invasive exotic plant species in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). Volunteer work dates occur monthly from March through November, skipping July and August. Each date includes an educational component concerning the target invasive species or work area for the day. The meeting location varies by month. Contact jclaffy@howardcountymd.gov for details.

Columbia, MD

4/24/18 9:00 AM +more

No Boundaries Production Volunteers

No Boundaries Drama production seeks volunteers for assistance with the production of Aladdin. These positions are needed prior to the opening of any production. There is flexibility in scheduling commitment. The performances are the Weekend of June 1-3 and tech week is May 29-31. Hours are evening on Tuesdays from 5-8pm. BUILD CREW Set builders work on stage to construct the sets and scenic pieces that are designed specifically for each musical. Volunteers with some construction background are appreciated, but anyone with an interest in learning is welcome. Even if you can make it only one or two weeks, that’s great. PAINTING CREW Painters paint the sets and scenic pieces designed specifically for a play or musical. COSTUME CREW The costume crew assists in making or gathering all of the costumes seen on stage. We are always in need of individuals with hand and/or machine sewing skills, but this can also involve gluing, scrounging second hand stores, dyeing and much more. Opportunities exist for hand and/or machine sewers. BACKSTAGE RUN CREW These volunteers work behind the scenes to prepare the set for the actors prior to each show. Responsibilities vary in complexity and physical demands. The backstage crew also checks the stage for cleanliness and order, sets the stage for the opening scene, makes scene changes of set pieces during the show and cleans at the end of the show. COSTUME DRESSERS Dressers assist actors with complicated costumes before and during the show or whenever costumes must be changed quickly. Dressers create efficient and systematic ways of helping an actor (or possibly more than one actor) dress in the shortest time possible and assist in keeping costumes neat and orderly. Applicants must be ages 16 +, complete application and background check.

Ellicott City, MD

4/24/18 5:00 PM +more

Poetry Ambassador

Serve as an ambassador to visiting poets, writers and guests at the 10th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival's Nightbird Reading featuring acclaimed poet Marilyn Chin. Ambassadors will provide directions and assist patrons as needed. Training provided. The program will be held in the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center, Howard Community College on Thursday evening, April 26, 2018.

Columbia, MD

4/26/18 6:30 PM

Anna's Gift Foundation - help assemble unique craft kits for hospitalized kids!

Thank you for your interest in helping Anna's Gift Foundation assemble unique craft kits for kids in the hospital to "Bring joy to kids through simple crafts" Click on this link to sign up: ttsu.me/dm418 This Kit assembling will be held on the following dates: Friday April 27 from 5 pm - 7 pm, Saturday, April 28th, from 9am - 5:30 pm and Sunday, April 29th from 10 am - 4 pm at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Damascus, Md. We will be in the old church hall accessible from the lower parking lot. Thank you for helping us in our mission to bring joy to hospitalized kids, and their families and friends! What do you need to bring? Just yourself! All other materials are provided. If you have a cold, runny nose or a cough, please join us next time so we can protect the kids! The parts to our kits are put together assembly line style, and we provide directions when you arrive. Ages listed on the linked sign up sheet will help guide you to what might be appropriate for you or your child to help with. We are looking for kids (and adults!) to help put together parts for two unique activity kits that kids in the hospital will use to make their own creation. Bring your friends! After we have put all of the parts together for each kit, the kits are sealed, and then delivered to local Children's Hospitals. The kids in the hospital can then take our kits and make their own creation, right in their own hospital room! Our two kits - one is a Birdhouse kits which is popular with all ages, where our Pillow kits are designed for preteens and teens, because they are so large! Thank you so much AGAIN (!) to Joanne Aellen and the Girl Scout Community #3242 for helping out once again and bringing together their community of caring hearts to help others, and to Fr. Pierce and St. Paul's Catholic Church for allowing us to use the church space for our craft kit making. Girl Scouts will receive patches; MS and HS helpers can receive SSL hours for helping (Annas Gift is SSL approved). Thank you also to Volunteer Howard.org for allowing us to post this opportunity on their site! Thank you once again for helping! And thank you for taking the time out of your day to bring joy, smiles and laughter to a child (and their family) who sure can use it! With love, Anna's mom Contact info: Elizabeth Tomalis 443.745.3343 Need to know more about Anna's Gift? We are a 501c3 all volunteer Foundation dedicated to helping bring joy to kids with life threatening illnesses! For more info, visit: Facebook Page: AnnasGiftFoundation Website: AnnasGift.net @AnnasGift

Damascus, MD

4/27/18 5:00 PM +more

Cook-Off & Fit Kid Foodie Expo Support

5th Annual National Healthy Kids Cook-Off and Fit Kid Foodie Expo Twelve kids will compete in an iron-chef style competition to cook their recipes live in front of a panel of judges and hundreds of spectators. The Expo, sponsored in part by McCormick, is hosted by Kelly Swoope from ABC 2 and local journalist Karen Campbell. Click here to learn more about the event. http://www.healthylittlecooks.com/healthy-kids-cook-off/ To view open volunteer positions and Register click here. One on-site training will be required outside Lord & Taylor: 4/21, Saturday, from 9:30 to 10:30 am 4/25, Wednesday, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. For questions or more information: kalpana@healthylittlecooks.com

Columbia, MD

4/27/18 8:00 PM +more

Columbia Families in Nature - Native Tree Grove Planting

On April 29 (3-5pm), we are partnering with the Columbia Association and several interfaith community partners to plant a native tree grove in the Okland Mills area that is currently a forest fragment filled with invasive species. We need a lot of energetic, strong volunteers to plant hundreds of trees. Dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that are comfortable and OK to get dirty. Drinks and snacks will be provided! The link to register is http://www.surveymonkey. com/r/CFINpre-registration.

Ellicott City, MD

4/29/18 3:00 PM

Application Deadline - Summer Camp Volunteers

Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp Sessions from June 25th through August 24th Applications must be received no later than APRIL 30, 2018. Camp Volunteers must be age 15 by September 1, 2018. Camp Volunteers primarily serve as classroom aides and are responsible for helping to ensure that campers (grades K-7) have a positive and safe camp experience. Work is completed under the direction of Classroom Instructors, the Camp Director and Assistant Director, and the Arts Council Deputy Director. Summer Camps run from June 25th through August 24th. Camp Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one full ½ day camp session, Monday-Friday, 8:45 AM to 12:00PM or 12:30PM to 3:45 PM. Preference will be given to those able to work full day camp session(s), Monday-Friday, 8:45AM to 3:45PM. SESSIONS: Camp Session 1 Jun 25 - 29 Camp Session 2 Jul 2 - 6 Camp Session 3 Jul 9 - 13 Camp Session 4 Jul 16 - 20 Camp Session 5 Jul 23 - 27 Camp Session 6 Jul 30 - Aug 3 Camp Session 7 Aug 6 - 10 Camp Session 8 Aug 13 - 17 Camp Session 9 Aug 20 - 24 TO APPLY: To learn more and apply for a volunteer position with one or several of our summer camps, please fill out the volunteer registration at the link below https://www.hocoarts.org/support/get-involved/volunteer/summer-camp-volunteer-application/ Applications must be received no later than APRIL 30, 2018.

Ellicott City, MD

4/30/18 12:00 AM

Partner Staff Orientation

Are you or your organization new to the Volunteer Center or do you want to learn about the new updated HandsOn Connect system? Join us for an introductory session to learn how to effectively utilize the system to recruit and manage your volunteers including a discussion of things to consider when creating and entering opportunities. We'd also like to hear what you'd like to get out of the session in order to better meet your needs. When you register, answer two brief questions to help us better serve you.

Columbia, MD

5/1/18 9:00 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

5/3/18 6:00 PM +more

4th Annual Spring Into Summer 5K Packet Pick-Up

Be a part of the excitement before the big race! Race participants pick-up event information and race bib numbers so they are ready for race day. Volunteer activities include registering participants, distributing t-shirts and sponsor information, preparing refreshments, creating signs, accepting food donations, and more. By participating in this event as a volunteer, you will be helping to raise awareness for homelessness in Laurel. 100% of the race proceeds go directly to LARS whose mission is to enable homeless and low-income people in Laurel to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.

Laurel, MD

5/4/18 2:30 PM

4th Annual Spring Into Summer 5K

As race participants from across the DMV come together on race day, LARS will be depending on volunteers like you to execute a fun and successful event. Volunteer activities include registering race participants, distributing sponsor information and t-shirts, serving refreshments, checking in volunteers, passing out water along the course, directing race participants along the course, and more. By participating in this event as a volunteer, you will be helping to raise awareness for homelessness in Laurel. 100% of the race proceeds go directly to LARS whose mission is to enable homeless and low-income people in Laurel to achieve stability and long-term self-sufficiency.

Laurel, MD

5/5/18 6:30 AM

Volunteer Managers' Roundtable: Engaging Volunteers of All Abilities

Attend a discussion that offers information and guidance when engaging volunteers with varying abilities and capabilities.

Columbia, MD

5/8/18 3:30 PM

Attention Volunteers:

  • 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, 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.

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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6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046