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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Volunteer Center Serving Howard County staff has been temporarily furloughed.
Send all questions to info@volunteerhoward.org. Volunteer opportunities will be monitored as staffing permits. 

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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.

5/30/20 11:00 AM + more

Student Musicians needed for Virtual Concerts!!

All student musicians: You can volunteer in our virtual concerts while staying at home during COVID-19 panedmic Weekly Virtual Concerts have been held since April. Kindergarten to 12th grade Student Musicians Wanted for Virtual Concerts! **All music levels and music genres are welcome ** Do you like to sing? Do you play any instruments? Do you want to help the community by lifting up seniors in the assisted living facilities? Come and join Howard County High School UNMUTE student musicians to share your love and music with seniors!! Showcase your Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Funk, Improv, Rock, Broadway, Folk, etc. talents!! Please stay at home to practice, record your performance video and send us the link to your YouTube performance video. Each student musician can submit up to two performance video in each virtual concert. Each performance should not exceed more than 15 minutes. We will present your wonderful performance video to senior residents who live in the assisted living facilities in Maryland. Student musicians can earn student service hours, light up lives and also help the community!! Let's U-N-M-U-T-E! (Please provide your email and cell phone number. We will contact you shortly with instructions about how to participate our virtual concerts.) Sign up below for a date to have your performance shared with senior residents. Any questions or comments, please email unmutemusician@gmail.com or call 301-247-3475.

5/30/20 11:00 AM + more

LENTIL Pop Up Food Pantry

ICA is proud to expand its FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM during the COVID-19 crisis from May 23 - June 28. ICA's POP-UP PANTRY will be distributing fresh food and grains at the MILLER LIBRARY in Ellicott City from 4-6 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers needed at 3:30pm for set-up until takedown at 6pm. Masks and Gloves provided. Questions? Call 410.567.6599 or email contact@icahoward.org We are thankful to so many for making this possible. All are welcome. As a community united, we can overcome any and all challenges.

5/30/20 3:30 PM + more

Happy Helpers Food & Clothing 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 then head to the distibution center. The distribution center is located at Our Daily Bread: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. You can meet here at 1:30pm. 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.

5/31/20 1:00 PM

Give Seniors a Lift - Volunteer Orientation

Learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of local seniors by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings and other needs. No set schedule is required. Simply provide the rides that are convenient to your home, office, and daily routines. Volunteers are welcome to bring their children along when volunteering for a fantastic family service experience. Volunteer Orientations are typically held in the Neighbor Ride office on Tuesdays at 9:30 am and one evening a month. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, however, volunteer orientations are temporarily cancelled. Please contact Patrice or Holly at volunteer@neighborride.org to be added to our contact list in order to receive updates on the status of volunteer orientations. In the meantime, be sure to check out our video to learn more about the Neighbor Ride Volunteer Experience. 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.

6/2/20 9:30 AM + more

Let the Music Play! (Virtual Opportunity)

Calling all musicians and vocalists! We LOVE music at Winter Growth and invite you to record and share your musical talents with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Videos can be sent to colleen.konstanzer@wintergrowthinc.org. Once received, we’ll upload the videos to our YouTube channel, where they can be accessed and enjoyed by our residents as well as by our Day Program participants who are sheltering at home. Thank you for the smiles you'll bring!

Through 6/30/20

Pen Pal (Virtual Opportunity)

We are looking for virtual pen pals to connect with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Write a note about a favorite vacation, share a silly story about a pet, tell us what life was like growing up in your neighborhood, or discuss anything else you’d like to share. The “letters” can be emailed to penpal.columbia@wintergrowthinc.org.

Through 6/30/20

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

Host a Virtual Bone Marrow Drive on Behalf of There Goes My Hero

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, There Goes My Hero is looking for volunteers to run virtual bone marrow drives. Volunteers can order kits online and people can sign up with simple cheek swabs. Joining the registry can save lives! Since TGMH is unable to do in-person drives at the moment, virtual drives have never been more important. Volunteers can help organize swabbings from the comfort of their own homes, and all expenses are paid. To sign up/learn more please contact Executive Director Mary Kaye DiUbaldo at mary.kaye@theregoesmyhero.org. We hope that you'll help us continue to make sure that blood cancer patients in need of a transplant can get one.

Through 6/10/20

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Virtual Opportunities

Student Musicians needed for Virtual Concerts!!

All student musicians: You can volunteer in our virtual concerts while staying at home during COVID-19 panedmic Weekly Virtual Concerts have been held since April. Kindergarten to 12th grade Student Musicians Wanted for Virtual Concerts! **All music levels and music genres are welcome ** Do you like to sing? Do you play any instruments? Do you want to help the community by lifting up seniors in the assisted living facilities? Come and join Howard County High School UNMUTE student musicians to share your love and music with seniors!! Showcase your Classical, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Funk, Improv, Rock, Broadway, Folk, etc. talents!! Please stay at home to practice, record your performance video and send us the link to your YouTube performance video. Each student musician can submit up to two performance video in each virtual concert. Each performance should not exceed more than 15 minutes. We will present your wonderful performance video to senior residents who live in the assisted living facilities in Maryland. Student musicians can earn student service hours, light up lives and also help the community!! Let's U-N-M-U-T-E! (Please provide your email and cell phone number. We will contact you shortly with instructions about how to participate our virtual concerts.) Sign up below for a date to have your performance shared with senior residents. Any questions or comments, please email unmutemusician@gmail.com or call 301-247-3475.

5/30/20 11:00 AM + more

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

Let the Music Play! (Virtual Opportunity)

Calling all musicians and vocalists! We LOVE music at Winter Growth and invite you to record and share your musical talents with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Videos can be sent to colleen.konstanzer@wintergrowthinc.org. Once received, we’ll upload the videos to our YouTube channel, where they can be accessed and enjoyed by our residents as well as by our Day Program participants who are sheltering at home. Thank you for the smiles you'll bring!

Through 6/30/20

Pen Pal (Virtual Opportunity)

We are looking for virtual pen pals to connect with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Write a note about a favorite vacation, share a silly story about a pet, tell us what life was like growing up in your neighborhood, or discuss anything else you’d like to share. The “letters” can be emailed to penpal.columbia@wintergrowthinc.org.

Through 6/30/20

Virtual Tour Guide (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY)

When Maryland's Stay-Home order was put in place, we decided to take the outside world in by sharing virtual field trips with our residents and day program participants via daily Facebook posts and Winter Growth Inc's YouTube Channel. We've traveled all over the world in the last 9 weeks and are planning to come "home" for a bit by featuring behind-the-scene tours of local businesses. We would love to "visit" a local brewery to see how beer is made, to learn about cake decorating from a pastry chef, to explore a laboratory where important research is being conducted and more. Contact us at colleen.konstanzer@wintergrowt hinc.org to let us know what virtual field trip you can take us on.

Through 7/31/20

Host a Virtual Bone Marrow Drive on Behalf of There Goes My Hero

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, There Goes My Hero is looking for volunteers to run virtual bone marrow drives. Volunteers can order kits online and people can sign up with simple cheek swabs. Joining the registry can save lives! Since TGMH is unable to do in-person drives at the moment, virtual drives have never been more important. Volunteers can help organize swabbings from the comfort of their own homes, and all expenses are paid. To sign up/learn more please contact Executive Director Mary Kaye DiUbaldo at mary.kaye@theregoesmyhero.org. We hope that you'll help us continue to make sure that blood cancer patients in need of a transplant can get one.

Through 6/10/20

 

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 
410-715-3172