Family & Youth Group Volunteers
Creating a Volunteer Team is the best way for families or groups including youth to register to volunteer together. The Team leader creates the team, registers the team members for a volunteer opportunity and is responsible for keeping the team informed and ensuring their attendance.
Creating a Volunteer Team makes it easy for groups to volunteer with children and for one person to coordinate a group that wants to volunteer together.
Signing up for a volunteer opportunity as a team lets the organization know how many volunteers will be serving and reserves the required number of spaces for your team.
- Team members do not need to be registered with The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County in order to volunteer with a team.
- Contact information for Team Members can be either a unique email, a phone number (does not need to be unique) or for a company team, a company affiliation.
Families and youth groups
Children under 13 years cannot register independently, but can be a team member.
Creating a volunteer team allows a parent or adult leader to register youth under 13 years for a volunteer opportunity.
Normally a unique email is needed to register. Contact information for Team Members can be either a unique email or a phone number (does not need to be unique).
Learn about being a Volunteer Leader at one of our free Volunteer Leader trainings held several times a year. Click here for more information.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Step 1: Register
The Team leader must create and account (register) on this site in order to Sign Up for or Express Interest in a volunteer opportunity.
Step 2: Create a Volunteer Team
Login to the site (you will then be on the My Account page) and click on the Create New Team link in the left menu.
Complete the form adding all team members and click the Create Team button.
- Note: for each team member you will need either a unique email or a phone number (does not need to be unique). You will also need to input age for minors.
- Once your team has been created you can manage the team through the My Teams link in the left menu.
NOTE: It is important to create your team before you sign up for the opportunity.
Step 3: Find Volunteer Opportunities
There are several ways to find volunteer opportunities for groups.
► Opportunity Calendar
The Opportunity Calendar lists Date & Time Specific Volunteer opportunities (you’ll find the link above the Basic Search Box on the Find an Opportunity page). Often these are events that need larger numbers of volunteers.
► Filtered Search
Search the listing of posted volunteer opportunities using Additional Filters to select opportunities that have been marked as appropriate for groups and or the appropriate age for your group.
From the Find An Opportunity page
Enter the appropriate zipcode and, if you have a desired time frame, a Date From and Date To in the "Basic Search Box"
Under "Additional Filters" click the + on "Appropriate For"
Click on the down arrow to select the appropriate Age of Volunteer.
You may also want to check the box for "Groups". If you don't get any results with both filteres, try removing the group filter and searching again.
Select any other filters you wish to search by such as When are you available.
Groups looking for opportunities for youth should check our Youth page for additional helpful information on Youth volunteerism.
Check our Resources page for links to other organizations involved with volunteering.
Step 4: Express Interest/Sign Up
When you find a volunteer opportunity listed on our site you can register your Team for the opportunity by clicking the “Or express interest (signup) with a team” link at the bottom of the opportunity. You will be prompted to select your team and then select the team members you want to sign up for the opportunity.