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

Guide to Giving

Connect and create change in our community by giving your time and talents or through donations of money, food, or gifts during the holiday season and beyond.

Features volunteer and donation needs of 50+ local nonprofit agencies for the holiday and beyond! Before you, your family or your business begin collecting items, check the guide to see what is on the wish lists of local agencies


Click here view or download .pdf version of the guide.


How to connect with agencies and opportunities in the guide



  • Use the Guide to Giving Opportunities button to view and express interest in volunteer opportunities listed in the guide.

  • Click on an organization name below to view and connect with the opportunities they have posted with us.

  • Interested in helping in a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day? View Holiday Opportunities - Food Insecurity for agencies that may need volunteers. Please keep in mind that these organizations need help every day and that opportunities to volunteer on these specific days fill up quickly.

  • Interested in collecting food to help a family in need enjoy a special meal at holiday time? Look for notations below agency requests in the guide indicating that they can identify those families. They're also listed On this Holiday Opportunities - Food Insecurity listing.

This information is derived from nonprofit and public agencies that serve Howard County and the region. When you contact the agency, please mention that you found the opportunity through the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County’s Annual Guide to Giving.


More ways to Find an Opportunity

Use these links to search all the opportunities in our system for the given impact area. NOTE: Opportunities are constantly changing or filled. If you don't see an opportunity, check back or search "All Opportunities."




Participating Organizations

(click on organization name to learn more and link to all their posted opportunities).



Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046