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Upcoming Opportunities

Identity Clinic Volunteer Signup

Volunteers are needed on Fridays between 10am - 12pm to assist our Workforce Development Team with our weekly Identity Clinic! Identity Clinics are weekly events where we welcome adult members of the community to work one-on-one with Clinic Navigators from Johns Hopkins University. The Clinic Navigators assist individuals with obtaining the following forms of ID; Social Security Card, State ID, and Birth Certificates. While we do not need more Clinic Navigators at this time, we are in need of other volunteers to assist with several other aspects of these events! Volunteers roles include: Front desk/check in: assist clinic participants with checking in and search case search to ensure eligibility for service Cruise directors: assist with traffic control and answer general questions Location: The UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms (1100 E. Fayette St, 21202) Please sign up to help out the Baltimore community via our sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acaa2ea7fa7-identity

Baltimore, MD

5/25/18 10:00 AM +more

Game Changers Initiative - Become a camp counselor for a day

Living Classroom's Game Changers Initiative is a program focused on health and wellness. The idea is to provide programming to students when Baltimore City Schools are closed due to holidays and/or professional development days. This program will take place on the following dates: Friday, May 25th (3-8pm): Field Day & Movie Night! Located at the Park House (200 S. Linwood Ave) Saturday June 16th (11am-3pm): End of School Celebration! Located at the UA House at Fayette (1100 E. Fayette St) Volunteers can expect to: Act as camp counselor for the day Supervise and support different activities such as sports, games, arts and crafts, and more! Setup, serve, and eat lunch with our students HAVE FUN! Please sign up to be a camp counselor for a day by signing up with our sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ea4a829a4fd0-game Questions? Email Erin, emyers@livingclassrooms.org

Baltimore, MD

5/25/18 3:00 PM +more

Saturday Resume Reviews at Living Classrooms' Workforce Development Center

We are looking for volunteers to help review resumes at our Workforce Development Center! The Target Investment Zone Workforce Development Program is designed to expand Living Classrooms' workforce/economic development strategies throughout the Baltimore Target Investment Zone; a 2.5 square-mile corridor located within East Baltimore where Living Classrooms is working with key partners to deliver targeted services in an effort to disrupt the cycle of generational poverty. Our workforce development program connects adults that are low-skilled, unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers to career training and high wage employment opportunities. In order for our members to begin applying to jobs, they need - you guessed it - resumes! This is where our volunteers come in.While we will be open for individuals to stop in, our team also acquires a significant amount of resumes that need to reviewed on a weekly basis. The faster we can review resumes, the sooner our participants can start applying! Before signing up, please make sure you have completed our online New Volunteer application. Location: The UA House at Fayette operated by Living Classrooms, 1100 E. Fayette St, 21231. If you are interested in signing up or seeing what dates/times are available for volunteers, visit our signup page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acaa2ea7fa7-saturday

Baltimore, MD

5/26/18 10:30 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

5/28/18 9:00 AM +more

Hungry Harvest Volunteers at the UA House at Fayette

The UA House at Fayette is a sales site for Hungry Harvest - and we need your help! Hungry Harvest sells reduced-price produce. Produce is typically sourced from organic grocery stores who donate fruits and vegetables that are either not pretty enough to be on the shelf or were over-ordered. Produce is sold to members of the community surrounding the UA House to help address the issue of access to healthy, affordable food! Please sign up for this opportunity to help increase access to healthy food by signing up on our sign up page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ea4a829a4fd0-hungry If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email emyers@livingclassrooms.org

Baltimore, MD

5/29/18 3:00 PM +more

No Boundaries Production Volunteers

No Boundaries Drama production seeks volunteers for assistance with the production of Aladdin. These positions are needed prior to the opening of any production. There is flexibility in scheduling commitment. The performances are the Weekend of June 1-3 and tech week is May 29-31. Hours are evening on Tuesdays from 5-8pm. BUILD CREW Set builders work on stage to construct the sets and scenic pieces that are designed specifically for each musical. Volunteers with some construction background are appreciated, but anyone with an interest in learning is welcome. Even if you can make it only one or two weeks, that’s great. PAINTING CREW Painters paint the sets and scenic pieces designed specifically for a play or musical. COSTUME CREW The costume crew assists in making or gathering all of the costumes seen on stage. We are always in need of individuals with hand and/or machine sewing skills, but this can also involve gluing, scrounging second hand stores, dyeing and much more. Opportunities exist for hand and/or machine sewers. BACKSTAGE RUN CREW These volunteers work behind the scenes to prepare the set for the actors prior to each show. Responsibilities vary in complexity and physical demands. The backstage crew also checks the stage for cleanliness and order, sets the stage for the opening scene, makes scene changes of set pieces during the show and cleans at the end of the show. COSTUME DRESSERS Dressers assist actors with complicated costumes before and during the show or whenever costumes must be changed quickly. Dressers create efficient and systematic ways of helping an actor (or possibly more than one actor) dress in the shortest time possible and assist in keeping costumes neat and orderly. Applicants must be ages 16 +, complete application and background check.

Ellicott City, MD

5/29/18 5:00 PM +more

Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

Columbia Association and Howard County's Office of Transportation need volunteers to help count the number of bicyclists and pedestrians on pathways in Columbia and on-street locations along Route 1. The counts will be held between Thursday, May 31 and Thursday June 13 in two hour increments. This information will give CA and the Howard County Government 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 informing future infrastructure investments. Use the link below to sign-up to volunteer. We will be accepting volunteer registrations until Monday, May 21. 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! Use this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUbxYSVa81pgHaUrNKSll82E0hMGsD42YNkdIM5Q7FFRFvtQ/viewform Your confirmed time slot and more information on the counting process, including the date(s) and time(s) of the bicycle and pedestrian count training will be sent by email on Thursday, May 24. A training session will be offered for new Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program volunteers on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:30-7:30pm at Columbia Association Headquarters (6310 Hillside Court, Columbia). Please contact Jessica Bellah at Jessica.Bellah@columbiaassociation.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest and your service.

Columbia, MD

5/31/18 8:00 AM +more

HCAS Picnic

2 Volunteers needed to help with set-up, clean-up, check-in, and games. Volunteers should arrive by 4:30 pm, and the event ends at 8 pm.

Ellicott City, MD

6/1/18 5:00 PM

Savage Fest 2018

The 31st annual Savage Fest promises a day of fun for all ages and a chance to meet friends old and new. Originating in Savage Days festivities from the 1920s, Savage Fest conveys the charm and vibrancy of the small town of Savage, MD. The celebration takes place on Baldwin Common with live music, dance performances, pony rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts, a variety of vendors, food and more. Help is needed with tasks including festival setup and breakdown and manning information and activity booths and games during the festival. Details of the specific tasks are here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4dadaf2ba0f94-savage1 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! Using the link above, please indicate what time(s) and task(s) are of interest to you. More: https://www.savagecommunityassociation.com/savagefest

Savage, MD

6/1/18 5:00 PM +more

9th Annual Community Fair

Join us for the 9th Annual Community Fair hosted by the Department of Community Resources and Services through the Achieve 24/7 Initiative. The event will feature a variety of activities for children, youth, and families. Activities will range from physical and sports activities to art activities. Assistance will be needed facilitating activities, directing guest to appropriate spaces, and assisting vendors as needed. The event will take place at Oakland Mills Middle School. Volunteers are needed from 9am until 3pm. For more information, please contact Soneka Kamuhuza (443) 380-0731

Columbia, MD

6/2/18 9:00 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

6/5/18 9:00 AM +more

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

6/6/18 6:00 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

6/26/18 9:00 AM +more

Summer Book Club Volunteers

Students at all three of our community centers will be reading a variety of books this summer, and volunteers are needed to help lead discussions with small groups of students! Volunteers are asked to commit to the entirety of the program at their chosen site (missing 1 or 2 dates, with notice, is okay - we know people have vacations and other summer plans!). All Book Clubs will be starting the week of July 2nd and will continue into mid-August. Book Clubs: The Park House (200 S. Linwood Ave, 21224): Tuesdays, from 10:00-11:00am Thursdays, from 9:00-10:00am The POWER House (316 S. Caroline St, 21231): Mondays, from 10:00-11:00am Wednesdays, from 10:00-11:00am The UA House at Fayette (1100 E. Fayette St, 21202): Mondays, from 9:30-10:00am Tuesdays, from 9:30-10:00am Wednesdays, from 9:30-10:00am Thursdays, from 9:30-10:00am To sign-up or view event dates/times, visit: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e49acaa2ea7fa7-summer Note: If you cannot commit to multiple days in a week, we will ask that you at least commit to one day per week!

Baltimore, MD

7/2/18 9:00 AM +more


Camp Inclusion is a summer day camp in Howard County designed for students with and without special needs ages 12-21. Every summer, we recruit high school and college aged students looking for volunteer hours & experiences to serve as our camp volunteers. Volunteers must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and experience working with children is preferred but not required. Camp operates the weeks of July 23-27, July 30- Aug 3, Aug 6-10, and Aug 13-17. We require that volunteers dedicate at least 5 days during this time to be considered for a volunteer position, preferably five consecutive days in a given week. Volunteer training will be held on Friday, July 20th. Camp Inclusion Volunteer Information and Application

Glenwood, MD

7/23/18 8:00 AM +more

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is a program of ColumbiaAssociation.