spinner
Picture  of volunteers
Be the Change
Together in Service
Picture  of volunteers
Do Good Better
Creativity Serves

 

         Attention users of IE11 and prior versions:  After Sunday, March 31, 2019, HandsOn Connect — our Volunteer Management Software — will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) and earlier versions. This does not mean that you can no longer use that browser, but you may encounter problems that will not be addressable. More 

Please wait... spinner

Upcoming Opportunities

Community Dinner (Hosts, Servers & Clean-up)

Come join the "Make a Memory that Matters" movement by helping feed the marginalized citizens of Maryland a meal. Volunteers are needed to help serve food, work in the dish room and maintain the dining room. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5pm, no later than 5:15pm, to help serve from 5-7pm, and wrap up from 7-7:15pm. Each dinner (weekly on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday) has 15 available volunteer slots. The age requirement to serve food is 16 years old; 14 years old to help in the other areas.

Baltimore, MD

5/20/19 5:00 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. You can also view a video about volunteering at: http://neighborride.org/wordpress/volunteer/.

Columbia, MD

5/21/19 9:30 AM +more

Poster Upper - Spread the Word

Help is needed to spread the word about both our service and volunteer opportunities. You can be a part of our Spread the Word campaign by volunteering to post our tear-off flyers in coffee shops, community centers, libraries and other sites throughout the county. Choose the time and area that work for you. Any assistance you can provide will truly make a difference! Neighbor Ride is a volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to decreasing isolation and improving the quality of life for Howard County seniors by providing transportation for medical appointments, social outings, religious services, shopping and other needs. Together, our volunteers provide 1,500 trips/month - enabling local seniors to remain active, independent, and connected to the community.

Columbia, MD

5/21/19 10:00 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

5/21/19 3:00 PM

May 25 Volunteer Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, May 25 for a volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects. REGISTER HERE www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens-8632128868 WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am. We will meet at the maintenance yard near the park entrance. WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line). WHAT: Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants from ponds, picking up trash and working on other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. BRING WITH YOU: Be prepared to work outside! If you plan to work in the ponds, we recommend you bring a change of clothes. Please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. Please also bring your own water bottle and sunscreen. OTHER: We encourage families and students to join us. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. DONATIONS: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We work alongside the National Park Service to maintain the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations. You can make a donation by selecting the "donate" ticket when you register on Eventbrite, or drop some cash in our donation box inside the park's visitor center when you come to volunteer. QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org or 202-695-0352.

Washington, DC

5/25/19 9:00 AM

Painters Urgently Needed!!

TRRC is hosting the Howard County Special Olympics Equestrian event on Saturday, June 1st and we would like to get our grandstand and fences in tip top shape for the event! No experience needed, and all supplies will be provided. Come and enjoy a fun day and help our athletes as well! 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.

Glenwood, MD

5/25/19 9:00 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. 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

5/25/19 11:00 AM +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 around 12:45pm. Additionally, 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

5/26/19 1:00 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. 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

5/28/19 9:00 AM +more

Personal Finance Experience The Homewood School

Volunteers needed, May 30th, Personal Finance Experience with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Volunteers needed from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. A brief training will be provided for all volunteers morning of. Personal Finance allows students to experience the interrelationship between today's financial decisions and future financial freedom. To achieve financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, including earning, employment and income, budgeting, savings, credit and debt, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, and investing. At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to identify how their personal finances affect their quality of life. They will understand how their financial choices will be the basis of how they get what they want and need. No experience needed just a willing to share your life experience.

Columbia, MD

5/30/19 10:30 AM

5k Loading/Unloading Help

We need a few strong women and men to help us load and unload trucks on our 5K days. Must be able to lift items up to 50 lbs above shoulder level. This is a great opportunity for Crossfit enthusiasts or teenagers with lots of energy. We will confirm student service hours. Sign up online at: http://bit.ly/S19HCVol5k

Columbia, MD

6/1/19 6:00 AM +more

Girls on the Run 5K Green Team - help us make our event more Earth-friendly!

Help the GOTR 5K go Green! We need a group of Green Team Volunteers for our upcoming 5K event(s)! Green Team Volunteers are responsible for set up & break down, managing and proper disposal of waste stations by directing participants how to organize discarded items into 3 separate receptacles: Compost, Recyclables, and Trash. Attention to detail and vigilance is a must to help GOTR maintain the integrity of the Athletes for a Fit Planet Pledge of Sustainability initiative. We are also looking for one (1) Green Team Lead: Oversee fellow Green Team Volunteers and report to Carrie Heath (Program Coordinator) that team has arrived for set up and explanation of duties at 6:30 am. Team Lead will be responsible for taking compost after 5K clean up to Mom's Organic Market in Jessup, MD. Team Lead should have prior knowledge of regulations of recycling and composting practices. To register for this opportunity, visit http://bit.ly/S19HCVol5k

Columbia, MD

6/1/19 6:30 AM

5K Buddy Runner

5k Buddy Runners Needed for our 5K in Columbia, MD on Saturday, June 1!! If you can volunteer to run the 5K with one of our exceptional young girls please visit http://bit.ly/S19HCVol5k. All speeds/abilities welcome. Some girls are fast, some are slow - we will match you to a girl with a similar pace to yours. Note: A criminal background check is required for this volunteer position. You will receive instructions on completing this process when you register using the link above.

Columbia, MD

6/1/19 7:00 AM

Savage Fest 2019

The 32nd annual Savage Fest, a community celebration held since the 1920s, promises a day of fun for all ages. The festivities include live music from local bands, local entertainment, pony rides, a pet parade, a historic reenactment, a petting zoo, games, crafts, food and more. Help is needed with setup, activities for children and adults, and cleanup on the day of the festival. No experience necessary; training provided on the day of the event. You will work with other volunteers and have the chance to get to know folks in our small town. Volunteer shifts can be viewed on our SignUp Genius. More: www.savagecommunityassociation.com/savagefest

Savage, MD

6/1/19 8:00 AM

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Counts

Volunteers are needed to conduct counts for pedestrians, bicyclists and other users on Columbia’s bike routes and Columbia Association’s (CA) pathways. This year’s counts will be conducted between Saturday, June 1 and Thursday, June 13. This information will give CA and the Howard County Office of Transportation a better understanding of the number and the demographics of people who walk and cycle along these routes, validating the impact of past improvements and providing more information for future investments in our infrastructure. Please click here to volunteer. Selecting more than one date and time is welcome and encouraged. The earlier you sign up, the more likely you are to get the count locations you desire. The following is a list of the locations that will be counted this year: Harpers Farm Road pedestrian bridge Cross-Columbia Trail at Cedar Lane and Little Patuxent Parkway Cross-Columbia Trail at Governor Warfield Parkway and Little Patuxent Parkway Lake Kittamaqundi (both the north and south ends) Blandair Regional Park Patuxent Branch Trail (Guilford Road) Patuxent Branch Trail (north of Route 32) Grace Drive and Quiet Night Ride Training materials will be emailed with confirmation of each volunteer’s count location by Friday, May 24. A training session will be offered for new and/or interested Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program volunteers on Wednesday, May 29 from 6:30-7:30pm at Columbia Association Headquarters (6310 Hillside Court, Columbia). If you have any questions or need assistance completing the volunteer signup form, please contact Jessica Bellah at Jessica.Bellah@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3166.

Columbia, MD

6/1/19 11:30 AM +more

 

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 (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

  • 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.
     

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.

 

Check out the Guide to Giving
for hundreds of ways you can
give back to our community
this holiday season and beyond.

 

Visit our disaster assistance page
to learn more about volunteering and
giving wisely in times of disaster.
View opportunities related to disaster assistance

 


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 
410-715-3172