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Upcoming Opportunities

Academic/Tutorial Lunch Help @ WLHS

We are looking for volunteers to provide academic help during the lunch shifts at Wilde Lake High School. Lunch runs from 10:10am - 12:20pm which spans four 30-minute lunch shifts. Help could be in any course, particularly math, but you can help with whatever discipline(s) you feel comfortable. 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. Committment is up to you but once per week is encouraged. Please contact me with additional questions!! Jennieve_Hill@hcpss.org

Columbia, MD

11/20/18 10:00 AM +more

LARS' 14th Annual Turkey Trot

This Thanksgiving morning, over 900 runners, walkers, and spectators will flock to Laurel's Historic District for the 14th Annual 5k Turkey Trot to benefit Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc. (LARS). This event has gained a loyal following and continues to grow each year, raising crucial funds for LARS. This year, our goal is to raise $60,000 to help provide food, financial help, and housing to Laurel residents in crisis. We will be depending on volunteers like you to help with a variety of tasks on race day, such as course marshaling, registering race participants, distributing goodies, and more.

Laurel, MD

11/22/18 7:00 AM

Holiday Delivery Drivers

Delivery drivers for Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings between 9-10am. Assigned three-to-six clients for delivery of meals and/or toys for the family. Please see website for further information. Orientation sessions are held weekly, by arrangement with the volunteer coordinator.

Ellicott City, MD

11/22/18 9:00 AM +more

Thanksgiving Meal Helpers

Visit with Winter Growth's residents and assist with serving the holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 12-2pm.

Columbia, MD

11/22/18 12:00 PM

Holiday Gift Wrappers

Gift wrappers needed: 11/24 from 10am-6pm 12/7 from 10am-6pm 12/9 from 10am-6pm Minimum 2 hour commitment. Location: Barnes & Noble (4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott CIty, MD 21043) Please call (410) 772-9300 or e-mail info.namihc@gmail.com to sign up.

Ellicott City, MD

11/24/18 10:00 AM +more

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

11/26/18 9:00 AM +more

Giving Tuesday 2018 and Beyond Volunteers

For #Giving Tuesday, we ask not only for money, but also for volunteers and advocates for HCAS in 2019. Give of your time, skills, voice and dollars to the Howard County Autism Society on #Giving Tuesday, November 27th, a day of global giving. Our goals for that day include: 1. 25 new volunteers and advocates to jioin us in 2019 to help us write letters, send emails and make in-person visits to elected officials. 2. Raise $2,500 to support our adult social groups at howard-autism.org

Columbia, MD

11/27/18 12:00 AM

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

11/27/18 9:00 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

11/27/18 3:00 PM

Girls on the Run Fall 5K

Course marshals, set-up, cleanup, and on-site volunteers for the Girls on the Run Fall 5K in Columbia MD on Saturday, December 1, 2018 between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Columbia, MD

12/1/18 6:00 AM

Holiday Mart Helpers

Volunteers will be manning a booth where Animal Advocates will be selling hand-made animal-related items at the Howard County Holiday Mart at the Gary C. Arthur Community Center in Glenwood, MD. Shift One: 9:30am to 1:30pm (includes helping with set-up) Shift Two: 1:30pm to 5:30pm (includes helping with pack-out)

Cooksville, MD

12/1/18 9:30 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

12/6/18 5:00 PM

Literary Hosts

Literary Hosts for The Chronicles of Narnia (HCC Studio Theatre in collaboration with HCC's Arts Collective) December 6-9 (Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday) 6:30-9:30 p.m. each day December 8 & 9 (Saturday/Sunday) 1:00-4:00 p.m. each day NOTE: Registration is NOT complete until you complete the Arts Collective Volunteer Form found here.

Columbia, MD

12/6/18 6:30 PM +more

Event Ushers

Usher for The Chronicles of Narnia (HCC Studio Theatre in collaboration with HCC's Arts Collective) December 6, 7, 8 & 9 (Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday) 6:30-9:30 p.m. each day December 8 & 9 (Saturday/Sunday) 1:00-4:00 p.m. each day NOTE: Your registration is NOT complete until you complete the Arts Collective form found here. Thank You!

Columbia, MD

12/6/18 6:30 PM +more

Awards Fashion Show and Reception

Volunteers are needed to assist artists prepare for the awards show, help attendees in the museum and shop, and staff special event tables for a special show of artists who created sculpture on the human form to be presented to the public. Event Set-up - Saturday, 12/8 from 9am - 4pm Event Support - Sunday, 12/9 from 3pm - 8pm

Laurel, MD

12/8/18 9:00 AM +more


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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We're glad you've stopped by to discover how you can make a difference by volunteering here in Howard County, Maryland!


Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046