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Join the 50-50 Challenge!


Honor Columbia's 50th birthday by completing 50 hours of service
between now and December 2017. 
Take the pledge.

Immediate Volunteer Needs can be found on the Opportunity Calendar. 


Attention Volunteers: 

  • Looking for a way to volunteer? You're in the right place. Click on the Find An Opportunity link 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 & time specific opportunities in a calendar view. 

  • Indentify all the ways you can volunteer: attend Volunteering Made Easy. Learn how to use to explore the possibilities. Sessions are scheduled for Friday, June 9: Thursday, June 29; Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, August 16. View the opportunity for details and to register.
  • Looking to lead? Join us for a Volunteer Leader Training on Tuesday, March 14th to learn about organizing and implementing great volunteer projects from start to finish! View the opportunity for details and to register.

Attention Organizations:

To get the most from your partner status New Partner Staff Orientations. Offered once a month, learn how to optimize the use of to increase visibility, recruit more volunteers and identify skilled volunteers. Sessions are free, but registration is requested. 


2016-2017 Guide to Giving

  Check out the
  Guide to Giving

  for hundreds of ways
  you can give back
  to our community.



Assisting in times of disaster: VOLUNTEER WISELY

Ellicott City Recovery

Volunteer Opportunities related to Ellicott City Recovery Project has been established to offer assistance and information to those impacted by the July 30th flood. 

Recovery and re-building activities will continue into 2017.

Please consider volunteer opportunities with partner organizations that impact hunger, homelessness, health and wellness in our community. (Use as keyword(s) in search box.)

The community's willingness to help is sincerely appreciated.
(Check the calendar for date & time specific opportunities.)

Safety remains critical.
Assessments and controls are ongoing.
Recovery and re-building efforts can and will take months.

In order to be ready to serve when opportunities are posted:

-Register (or update your registration) as a volunteer 
-Check willingness to serve in a disaster (Demographic & Volunteer Options)
-Complete your skills profile AND indicate that you will accept invitations.
-Check opportunities of other community organizations who are supporting those in need and the environment.

Learn more and check for opportunities

Disaster Assistance Center and Resource Information

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

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a program of the Columbia Association, is a community clearinghouse for volunteerism.



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Know an Older Adult who 
wants to volunteer but
needs transportation?

Check out our partnership
with Neighbor Ride

Connect with the Volunteer
Center Serving Howard County
via a variety of social networks!

Have a question? Can't find
what you're looking for?
us a call at (410) 715-3172 or