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Upcoming Opportunities

Holiday Gift Wrappers

Sign up to volunteer on Sign-Up Genius! Come out and help S.A.F.E. Food Pantry wrap presents for the holiday season! We are looking for talented gift wrappers to help us at Barnes & Noble locations in Ellicott City or Columbia Mall on the following dates: Sunday, November 25 from 10AM - 7PM at Columbia Mall Saturday, December 1 from 3PM - 10PM at Columbia Mall Monday, December 10 from 3PM - 9PM at Ellicott City Wednesday, December 12 from 3PM - 9PM at Ellicott City Saturday, December 15 from 9AM - 3PM at Ellicott City Monday, December 17 from 3PM - 9PM at Ellicott City Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) from 8AM - 6PM at Columbia Mall All shifts run for 2 or 2.5 hours. All proceeds go towards purchasing gluten free and allergy friendly food to fill our shelf space at the Howard County Food Bank. Sign up to volunteer on Sign-Up Genius! See our Volunteer Position Description for more information **Service learning hours available. Volunteers 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian during service. We ask that you commit to serving the entire shift when signing up to volunteer. If you need to cancel your shift, please do so at least a week in advance so we can fill it.

Ellicott City, MD

12/10/18 3:00 PM +more

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

12/11/18 10:00 AM +more

Mentors/Tutors Information Session

A-OK Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for elementary and middle school students in Howard County schools. Our volunteers can provide one-on-one mentoring/tutoring during the school day in the schools or serve in special in-school and after-school programs working with children in small groups. A-OK volunteers make a commitment to serve for the school year and do not mentor/tutor in the summer. We are screening and training new volunteers for the current 2018-2019 school year. Information Sessions are held that provide details about the organization, available volunteer opportunities, and to begin the process to become a volunteer with A-OK. Upcoming Information Sessions: Tuesday, November 13th at 11am - revised location East Columbia Library Clifton Meeting Room A 6600 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045 or Tuesday, December 11th at 1pm Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia or Monday, January 7th at 1pm Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia ​​​​​​​To register please send email to: susan@aokmentor.org 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

12/11/18 1:00 PM +more

26th Annual Christmas Party for Anne Arundel County's Homless

This event is for the people we serve in Anne Arundel County. At this event we will be passing out Christmas presents as well as have some of our volunteers perform a talent. You will also have the opportunity to sit with some of the people we serve and get to know them. If you would like to prefrom a talent, please reach out to Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2413.

Glen Burnie, MD

12/15/18 10:00 AM

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

12/15/18 11:00 AM +more

Santa Claws Photo Shoot

Seeking Santas and helpers to assist our photographer in getting that perfect photo of Fido with Santa! Photo Shoot will take place outside the entrance of Bark!, a pet store located at 5805 Clarksville Square Dr, Clarksville, MD 21029. Volunteers are needed on both days (December 15 & 16) as shown below: Shift One: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Shift Two: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Clarksville, MD

12/15/18 12:00 PM +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 at 1pm. Additionally, the distribution center is located at Our Daily Bread: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. You can meet here at 1:30pm.

Baltimore, MD

12/16/18 1:00 PM +more

Holiday Gift Wrappers

Volunteers are needed to work 2-3 hour shifts wrapping shoppers' last minute gift purchases at the Barnes & Noble in the Long Gate Shopping Center, Ellicott City, MD. Starting times will be determined at a later date. Volunteers are needed on both days as shown below: Sunday, December 23 10am to 8pm Monday, December 24 9am to 5pm

Ellicott City, MD

12/23/18 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

12/24/18 9:00 AM +more

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

12/25/18 9:00 AM

Photographers for Martin Luther King Jr. 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. Own equipment required (digital camera preferred). Over 18 please. Location will be at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, 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

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) 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

2019 MLK Day of Service

Assist DEFHR staff with projects related to the health & well-being of abused & neglected horses. Duties may include mucking stalls/paddocks, scrubbing buckets, raking hay, sweeping barn. ALL ACTIVITY WILL BE OUTDOORS. All participants will have the opportunity to meet a DEFHR ambassador horse at the end of their day of service!

Woodbine, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

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 (January 21, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) Contact: Josephine Ansah-Brew, 202-812-5712; josephineansahbrew@gmail.com

Maryland City, MD

1/21/19 6:45 PM


Holidays 2018

Our community is a giving community so many service opportunities for the holiday season are filled. Please visit the Guide to Giving to identify organizations and projects that are currently seeking assistance during this time of year. For year-round needs browse our organizations or check out the monthly calendar.

Generosity and dedication to community are sincerely appreciated 365 days a year! Thank you!


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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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give back to our community
this holiday season and beyond.


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giving wisely in times of disaster
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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