COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Volunteer Center Staff is on temporary furlough with no access to email or voicemail due to Columbia Association's closure. 

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County staff has been temporarily furloughed.
Website information was last updated June 19, 2020.

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Current Needs

Happy Helpers Sandwich-Making

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.

8/8/20 11:00 AM + more

COVID-19 Recovery

Support Marylanders serving Marylanders project through the Maryland Department of Aging. MD VOAD is coordinating/recruiting volunteers for PPE distribution and provide delivery services for seniors. Interested? Register at https://dart-md.communityos.org/

Through 12/31/20

Gardening & Farming

Volunteers with gardening and farm experience are needed to help tend the 6.4 acre organic farm on Harriet Tubman Lane (Columbia, MD).

Through 10/31/20

Disaster Response/Recovery Volunteer

Seeking volunteers to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts (hurricane, tornado, clean-up, rebuilding) including COVID-19. To VIEW available opportunities and REGISTER your willingness to serve go to https://dart-md.communityos.org/

Through 12/31/20

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Virtual Opportunities

Knitters & Crocheters

Volunteers needed to knit or crochet handmade scarves. Scarves can be any color or pattern, but must be able to fit in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag when folded (about 6"x60".) Scarves can be mailed to or dropped-off at 515 South Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, or they can be dropped off at the Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044. If you drop them off at the Bain Center, please clearly mark them for Meals on Wheels.

Through 10/31/20


Attention Volunteers:

  • Give & Volunteer Wisely 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.


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