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Upcoming Opportunities

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

2/13/19 6:00 PM +more

Mystery Reading Event Support

Howard Community College Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo are hosting “whodunit” mystery plays with passionate voices by a talented collection of student, staff, faculty, and community actors, followed by revealing post-reading discussions. Ushers are needed to guide patrons and offer customer service at the Monteaboro Recital Hall, Howard Community College Interested volunteers can Express their Interest to serve or obtain more information at Arts Collective Volunteers.

Columbia, MD

1/25/19 6:30 PM +more

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

1/26/19 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.

Baltimore, MD

1/27/19 1:00 PM +more

Talbot Springs 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.

Columbia, MD

1/29/19 8:30 AM

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

2/6/19 5:00 PM +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: Thursday, February 7 at 1pm East Columbia Library Clifton Meeting Room A 6600 Cradlerock Way Columbia, MD 21045 or Monday, March 4 at 11am Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044 ​​​​​​​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

2/7/19 1:00 PM

Event Ushers - Irish Eve

Usher for Annual Evening of Irish Music and Poetry, Horowitz Center Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. February 8 (Friday) from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Columbia, MD

2/8/19 6:00 PM

Photographer - Video-grapher

HoCoPoLitSo is looking for a volunteer photograher to document its annual Evening of Irish Music & Poetry with poet Vona Groarke at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. Ms. Groarke will be introduced by the Irish Ambassador. Her reading will be followed by concert of traditional Irish music and step dancing. A list of subject matter will be provided. Volunteer need their own equipment and share photos with HoCoPoLitSo.

Columbia, MD

2/8/19 6:30 PM

Volunteer Center Roundtable - Tap Root

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and the Association of Community Services (ACS) will host Kristin Teti from the Taproot Foundation on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 3:30-5 pm. Taproot Foundation specializes in connecting highly skilled pro-bono volunteers with nonprofit organizations to foster and create social change in both the organization and volunteer. Attendees will be introduced to the process and opportunities, as well as what organizations should consider and have in place prior to engaging with Taproot. Make plans to join us! RSVP by 2/5.

Columbia, MD

2/12/19 3:30 PM

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

2/19/19 3:00 PM

Ilchester 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

3/15/19 8:30 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

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

 

Note: Internet Explorer browser incompatibility

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 this browser, but you may encounter problems that will not be addressable.

In 2015, Microsoft released the Edge browser as a replacement for Internet Explorer, meaning Internet Explorer no longer receives significant updates, including the latest security improvements and features needed to support rich applications such as HandsOn Connect.  

As of October 2018, less than 3% of all browser usage was on IE11. If you are one of the last diehards, we strongly recommend that you stop using IE11 and upgrade. It does not support security standards that are built into modern browsers and user experience improvements that newer browsers offer.

 

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 
410-715-3172