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Upcoming Opportunities

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

3/19/19 3:00 PM +more

JA Rising Women Mentor

JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students (grades 9-12) who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential. With the help of businesswomen who serve as mentors, the JA Rising Women team will conceptualize an idea for a product or service, capitalize venture, market product offerings, and reap the profits! JA Rising Women requires a certain level of commitment from the student. This program provides a great experience, and relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful. You can make an impact and mentor high school students as they launch their businesses! As a volunteer with Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, you will work with students apart of the Rising Women program and coach students through the creation, marketing, and production and sale of product or service that they create. We provide the students with the curriculum and you bring the real-world experience. The program runs for 13 weeks and is perfect for a volunteer who understands the process of turning an idea into a business and is passionate about students achieving the same! At the end of the in-class coaching students will have the chance to compete in our annual Junior Achievement Student Competition where they will present their business pitch to professional judges and showcase their product or service. Volunteers are needed Wednesday evenings from 5-7PM.

Columbia, MD

3/20/19 5:00 PM +more

Passport to the Future Interviewers

Conduct an "employment-like" interview with high school students seeking Passport to the Future certification. Volunteer time slots are available for all or part of the morning. Click here to register

Columbia, MD

3/22/19 8:00 AM

Northfield Elementary School- JA in a Day

JA in a Day enables business volunteers to bring the JA elementary school financial education curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a great way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Typical time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ellicott City, MD

3/22/19 8:30 AM

Volunteer Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, March 23 for a volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-23-volunteer-event-at-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens-tickets-54292403039 WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 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! Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts. 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 choosing the 'Doante' ticket on Eventbrite or by contributing to our donation box in the park visitor center the day of the event. QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org

Washington, DC

3/23/19 9:00 AM

26th Annual Birthday party for the Homeless & Anniversary/Awards Celebration

There will be a birthday party held from 10am-3:30pm for Anne Arundel County homeless. This is our way of saying Happy Birthday to them and celebrate them as their birthdays may go unnoticed by others. Following the birthday party we will have our awards ceremony from 4:30pm-7:30pm. If you have a talent that you would like to share during the birthday party, please reach out to Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416. We are also, looking for individuals to make a dessert of any kind.

Pasadena, MD

3/23/19 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

3/23/19 11:00 AM +more

2019 Celebration of the Arts Gala

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking volunteers to assist with the 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts on March 23, 2019 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including: Event Set-up & Break-down Event Host/Hostesses Box Office Ticket Sales Silent Auction Assistants (including gallery installation, data entry, auction check-out, gift wrapping, etc.) Performance Ushers Reception Busers This is a great opportunity to get involved and support one of the signature art events in Howard County while having fun at the same Time! The Celebration is a multifaceted event, showcasing and promoting the arts and raising funds in support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations in Howard County.

Columbia, MD

3/23/19 5:00 PM

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.

Baltimore, MD

3/24/19 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.

Columbia, MD

3/26/19 9:00 AM +more

Maryland Science Olympiad- State Tournament 2019

Maryland Science Olympiad is hosting its annual State Finals at Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, March 30. Over 700 middle and high schoolers from around the state have competed in 23 events and have qualified to compete here. The winner from this tournament will advance to the National Science Olympiad tournament at Cornell University. We are seeking volunteers to help us run our multifaceted science and engineering tournament! The tournament runs all day, with setup at 7a and closing ceremonyies at 5p. There are two main volunteer shift slots, 830-1130a and 12-3p, with help needed in the 7-830a and 3-awards time slots as well. Volunteers of all backgrounds are needed to both help run events and help with logistics. We have a variety of roles we are seeking to fill, so if you have interest in helping, we have a space for you! The main roles are detailed under the Volunteer sign-up section of our website (www.marylandscienceolympiad.org), you can also volunteer as a general volunteer and we will find a fitting place for you. If you have any questions, please use the Contact link on the aforementioned website. We hope you will help us put on a world class tournament for some of the top young and budding minds in the state!

Baltimore, MD

3/30/19 7:00 AM

Fundraiser Event Videography

We are looking for a videographer to record our fundraising and informational event on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 7pm to 11pm, at Village of Commons Community Center, Gambrills, MD. Volunteers must be at least 18. Money raised will used towards providing educational materials, purchasing hepatitis B testing kits and Hepatitis B vaccines for the underserved population in West Africa.

Laurel, MD

3/30/19 6:00 PM

Fundraiser Event Photography

Responsible for taking pictures of an event in Laurel, Maryland, on Saturday March 30, 2019 at 7pm. We are hosting a Fundraising/ Spring event where we introduce our organization. Volunteers must be at least 18. Money raised will used to purchase hepatitis B testing kits and Hepatitis B vaccines for the underserved population in Nigeria.

Laurel, MD

3/30/19 6:00 PM

March Dadness

The Y Head Start Baltimore City and Living Classrooms will host our first ever "March Dadness" - a 3 on 3 Single Elimination Basketball Tournament. This event will bring fathers and father figures of both organizations together to compete for the title of "Best Pick Up Team" on Sunday, March 31st. Volunteers are needed to assist with the following: Updating the tournament brackets. Control the flow of traffic by ushering people from game to game. Help with playground games and activities on the field. Pass out give away materials. Serve meals to participants. Assist with the sign in table. Managing the on-court water jugs. To sign up, go to: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acaa2ea7fa7-march Questions? Email Abigail at abarenblitt@livingclassrooms.org

Baltimore, MD

3/31/19 10:30 AM

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

4/11/19 6:00 PM +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.


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Columbia, MD 21046