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Attention Volunteers:

  • To help those impacted by disasters, be aware that volunteers and the donation items 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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Upcoming Opportunities

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

10/17/18 10:00 AM +more

Afterschool Soccer Coach Needed for Living Classrooms East Harbor Campus

Do you love soccer and helping out with the community? Living Classrooms is looking for a volunteer soccer coach to help with our afterschool soccer program! Our soccer team meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:10pm, with matches on Thursdays from 3:00-6:00pm. The afterschool soccer program runs from September 12th-November 1st. Please come out and give our students a great experience by teaching them about athletics and the power of teamwork! Location: East Harbor Campus, 802 S. Caroline St., Baltimore, MD 21231 Questions? Email Erin Myers, emyers@livingclassrooms.org for more information!

Baltimore, MD

10/17/18 3:00 PM +more

Move artworks from Howard County Center for the Arts to ManneqART Museum

Help dismantle the exhibit of 20 artworks at the Center for the Arts on Ridge Road, packing carefully and loading trucks. Light physical activity/lifting required. Unload artworks at the ManneqART Museum in Laurel

Laurel, MD

10/17/18 4:00 PM

Mentors/Tutors Information Session

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc is actively seeking volunteers! We welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences to participate in the organization! A-OK Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for elementary school children and middle school youth in Howard County schools and in community afterschool programs. Information Sessions are held regularly to learn more about A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring and available volunteer opportunities. Upcoming Information Sessions: Thursday, October 18th at 2pm Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia or Tuesday, November 13th at 11am Hawthorn Center 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia ​​​​​​​To register please send email to: susan@aokmentor.org NeighborRide available upon request. *Volunteer work with A-OK requires weekday, daytime hours. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.

Columbia, MD

10/18/18 2:00 PM +more

The Mall in Columbia, After Hours Set Up Art Presentation

Help load in artworks that are created on mannequins and set up signage.

Columbia, MD

10/19/18 9:30 PM

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

10/22/18 9:00 AM +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

10/23/18 9:00 AM +more

9th Annual Trick or Trot 5K/1 Mile Walk

2018 Race Day: KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot Volunteer Volunteer! Click on a link below to access the volunteer sign up sheets. Volunteers are needed for both Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Pre-Race Packet Pick-up Party Friday, October 26 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445aba72fa46-20181 Race Day Saturday, October 27 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445aba72fa46-2018 Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the 9th Annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K and 1 Mile Walk on Saturday, October 27th! We need many volunteers to help with race logistics and to cheer on runners. Depending on the number of volunteers able to support this race, we may need to move you to another designated position. Please fill in where you can, we greatly appreciate your time! The race course begins and ends in Camden Yards! IMPORTANT: Most volunteers need to meet at the Race Registration Area. The Race Registration Area will be located out in front of the warehouse in front of Gate A. There will be free event parking beginning at 6am in Lots B and C. A map will be emailed out to all volunteers closer to the event. Dress Code: Please dress comfortably. The proceeds from this event support KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs and directly impacts the underserved youth of Maryland. Your support helps us continue our unwavering commitment to our foster youth! Thank you for volunteering! We are looking forward to a great event! If you have any questions about volunteering please do not hesitate to contact Christine Guido at 410-790-9295 (cell) or via email at Christine.M.Guido@gmail.com.

Baltimore, MD

10/26/18 6:00 PM +more

Customer Service Representative/Usher

Meet and greet local literary patrons and local poets at HoCoPoLitSo's season opener, Ordinary Wonder: Three Poets on Writing and Reality. Assist patrons before and after a literary reading with poets Michael Collier, Elizabeth Spires and David Yezzi on the campus of Howard Community College.

Columbia, MD

10/26/18 6:30 PM

Volunteer at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, October 27th for our volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants to help native plants thrive and pick up litter. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oct-27-volunteer-event-at-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens-registration-42915827395?aff=ebdssbdestsearch WHEN: Saturday, October 27th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am. We will meet up at the maintenance yard within the park. 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, picking up trash, cutting lotus, remove invasive species, and other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. Litter Removal Cut Lotus Invasive Removal 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 with a 3:1 ratio. 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 protect the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations to help take care of the park. You can make a donation by choosing the donation ticket on Eventbrite or the day of in the donation box at the park's visitor center. QUESTIONS: Contact Tina O'Connell, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at tina@fokag.org or (202) 494 - 0456.

Washington, DC

10/27/18 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

10/30/18 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

11/13/18 6:00 PM +more

Thanksgiving Meal Helpers

Visit with Winter Growth's residents and assist with serving the holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 12-2pm.

Columbia, MD

11/22/18 12:00 PM

Holiday Gift Wrappers

Gift wrappers needed: 11/24 from 10am-6pm 12/7 from 10am-6pm 12/9 from 10am-6pm Minimum 2 hour commitment. Location: Barnes & Noble (4300 Montgomery Rd., Ellicott CIty, MD 21043) Please call (410) 772-9300 or e-mail info.namihc@gmail.com to sign up.

Ellicott City, MD

11/24/18 10:00 AM +more

Girls on the Run Fall 5K

Course marshals, set-up, cleanup, and on-site volunteers for the Girls on the Run Fall 5K in Columbia MD on Saturday, December 1, 2018 between 6 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Columbia, MD

12/1/18 6:00 AM

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is a program of ColumbiaAssociation.