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Volunteer Coordinator - Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps

PURPOSE AND SCOPE: This is an 11-month, full-time (40 hours/week) position as a member of the Volunteer Maryland (VM) AmeriCorps program serving as a Volunteer Coordinator at Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc. Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps Members, ACM’s, are responsible for building capacity and developing and implementing a volunteer program. The outcome will be an increase in capacity for Bridges to serve the Howard County community. The VM service year will begin on September 16, 2020 and conclude on August 3, 2021; Volunteer Coordinators are expected to complete 1,700 hours of service during the term. SITE SPECIFIC PROJECT SCOPE: The AmeriCorps member will work with all of Bridge’s programs and staff to help enhance and expand volunteer involvement. The AmeriCorps member will supervise volunteers during special events, volunteer work groups and during housing turnovers. The AmeriCorps member will manage current volunteers in coordination with the Program Managers, and Site Supervisor. BENEFITS: VM AmeriCorps members receive a living stipend of $14,028 (pending funding), health insurance if they are not already covered. They may also qualify for a child care allowance. Other benefits include mileage reimbursement for site-related travel, student loan deferment, professional training, valuable networking opportunities, working with a dedicated team of AmeriCorps members and staff, and making a real difference in a local community. After completion of a successful service year, members receive an education award of $6,095 through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award- CNCS. May access over 600 national service employees through AmeriCorps Alumni services. Some members may qualify for Public Service Lean Forgiveness, per Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-public-service-loan-forgiveness-en-641/ ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS: (45 CFR § 2522.200) To serve as a Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps member, an individual must: o be at least 17 years of age o have a high school diploma or its equivalent o be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; o satisfy the national service criminal history check of the national sex-offender registry  state repository check (Maryland and state of residence),  and FBI fingerprint check; o complete pre-service training requirements ORIENTATION AND TRAINING: Volunteer Maryland provides approximately 20 days of training in program development, volunteer management, marketing, communication, leadership skills, history of National Service, AmeriCorps prohibited activities and unallowable activities. Training is held the first two weeks of the service year, with monthly training days throughout the rest of the year. Additional training opportunities are also available through AmeriCorps, service sites and Volunteer Maryland. The Site Supervisor provides orientation to the VM AmeriCorps member service site. Bridges to Housing Stability will provide site specific orientation and training. ATTITUDES & ABILITIES: - Please forward a resume with work and volunteer history to maryann@bridges2hs.org For more information – link to full description. For information on AmeriCorps Maryland visit https://gosv.maryland.gov/americorps-programs/

Columbia, MD

Through 8/3/21

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/

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/20

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.

Glen Burnie, MD

8/8/20 11:00 AM + more

Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Weed Warrior Volunteer

The volunteer will work independently to control invasive plant species within the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area through manual removal of target invasive species by pulling, cutting, digging, etc. Volunteers will also monitor all vegetation for invasive species and their growth, spread, new invasions and other impacts on the habitat. Work will be conducted in specific areas, using specific methods that are dependent on the time of the year. Prospective volunteers should possess the ability to lift up to 25 lbs, and the ability to work outdoors alone. This position will require a ~3 hour training session in summer or early fall (date TBD).

Clarksville, MD

Through 8/15/20

Executive Assistant

Provide executive-level and administrative support for the day-to-day activities of the Executive Director. Duties may include but are not limited to: handling communications (follow-up email, phone calls, etc.). Volunteers will work remotely and/or from the organization's office based on specific needs. Scheduling is flexible (Monday - Friday) between 10am - 2:30pm.

Columbia, MD

Through 2/28/21

Elkster 5k

Join the Elkridge Elementary School PTA, students and staff/teachers for our annual 5k race. We're looking for volunteers to help us marhsall the race course and direct the runners. This is a very low key and easy event to earn some service hours. Volunteers need to be 18 years of age per HCPD requirements for our road stations, but we can use 5 - 6 HS age students to help as well. Details at www.elkster5k.com October 31, 2020 8am - 10am 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.

Elkridge, MD

10/31/20 8:00 AM

JA Company Volunteer Lead

The JA Company Program/Rising Women Program teaches high school students about business, entrepreneurship, and economics by having them create, market, and operate their own company. Students sell stock to raise capital, elect officers, buy materials, market their product or service, pay a dividend to stockholders, and liquidate their company. By organizing and operating an actual business, students learn to understand and appreciate the responsibilities each individual has in running a business. A group of 1 to 5 volunteers are assigned to a JA Company Program team of students to deliver at least 12 sessions. Time Commitment The group meets once a week after school from 5-7PM for 12 sessions. JA provides all the training and materials you’ll need to be prepared, including an overview of the curriculum, training on classroom management and tips for effective student communication. Fall and Spring training sessions are held. Sign up for one of the Training Sessions below. 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.

Columbia, MD

10/21/20 5:00 PM

Social Media

We are in need of someone who can create social media platforms like YouTube Channel, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin.

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/20

Conservation Stewardship Project

The Conservation Stewardship Project (CSP), a joint program of the Howard County Master Gardeners and the Howard County Recreation & Parks, addresses the issue of invasive exotic plant species in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). Invasive exotic plants reduce native floral diversity by competing for sunlight, resources, and space, and offer poorer quality or insufficient food and habitat for native wildlife; they may also increase soil erosion and reduce water quality, or present a nuisance to visitors. During the CSP events, volunteers help combat this problem through the removal of invasive plants and the restoration of native, ecologically appropriate species. Each event also includes an educational component concerning the target species or area of the day. The meeting location varies by month. Contact adupre@howardcountymd.gov for details. 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.

Clarksville, MD

9/22/20 9:00 AM + more

Dining & Hospitality Aide

Brooke Grove has 8 different dining rooms in its nursing center and rehabilitation facility, all on different schedules. Volunteers are needed to support the nursing team with table set-up, serving residents or patients from a cart or kitchen, and clean-up. Occasionally volunteers may also be asked to answer call bells or serve food to residents who remain in their rooms. Volunteers are needed for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days/week. This role works well for students and it can easily be combined with other volunteer roles if an extended volunteer time is desired. All prospective volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation, held the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8pm (except December). Occasional daytime sessions are also offered. If you have an interest in attending, email volunteers@bgf.org.

Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD

Through 12/31/20

Web Support

Design and post upcoming projects. Provide links to registration page for payment. Update payments to match fees for new projects and workshops. Create a page for Meet our Board (will provide pictures and short bios). Create a page for Meet our Founder and President (will provide picture and short bio). Update Gallery with new pictures and videos to attract new customers. Record and post testimonials average once a month. Assist to create our first newsletter. Meet with Marketing team to obtain website updates. Proficiency skills in WordPress and programming required.

Maryland City, MD

Through 12/31/20

Friendly Visitor

Do you find it easy to make conversation with others? Many Brooke Grove residents receive few visitors and would be grateful if someone would have the interest and take the time to engage them in conversation. Our residents have had rich, interesting lives in times of great change.... there are so many things one could take about! This is a very flexible role in terms of scheduling; we just suggest that you avoid mealtimes.

Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD

Through 12/31/20

Resident Dining Assistant

Some residents of Brooke Grove's nursing home are unable to feed themselves due to dementia, a stroke or other illness that has caused restricted the use of their hands. You can help our nursing team by feeding these residents for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A free day-long class is offered to those interested in pursing this role. You must first attend volunteer orientation, held the last Tuesday of each month (except December) from 6:30 - 8pm. Once this has been completed, you will be able to schedule your feeding class with our staff trainer. This role is limited to those 18 years and older, or high school students who have received their CNA. If interested, please email volunteers@bgf.org.

Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD

Through 12/31/20

Childcare Volunteer

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention. If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this position may be right for you. Childcare Volunteers help provide much-needed on-site childcare for our clients. Volunteers can play games, read stories, and create art while supervising children during parent counseling sessions, residential or advocacy appointments, or engagement events. Volunteers are needed during the day and evenings, Monday - Friday and occasionally on the weekends. All Childcare Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers must complete the Volunteer application, background check, an in-person interview, Step 1 Training and the Childcare Volunteer Training. HopeWorks is seeking multiple volunteers to fill this ongoing volunteer positions. After successfully completing training, volunteers may sign up to provide childcare for clients on either an on-going or one-time basis, depending on the client and their needs. • Volunteer would report to Volunteer Program Coordinator and the Deputy Director. • Hours are as needed and flexible. Childcare Volunteer applications can be found at Wearehopeworks.org/volunteer applications are accepted year-round.

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/21

Visitor with Pet

Do you have a friendly pet? Brooke Grove welcomes friendly pets and their owners to become volunteers who visit with residents of our nursing center and patients in our rehabilitation facility. Current vaccination records must be kept on file in the Volunteer Services office. Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult family member. You must attend Volunteer Orientation before being scheduled: it is offered the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 8pm. To register, email volunteers@bgf.org. 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.

Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD

8/25/20 6:30 PM + more

Volunteers with Dogs or Cats

Do you have a friendly, sociable dog or cat and some time to visit older adults? Paws4Comfort volunteers take their own dogs or cats and visit nursing homes, assisted living residences, 50+ centers, and adult day care facilities to bring friendly animal visits to those who can no longer keep their own pets, but still enjoy animal companionship. (Pets must be at least one year old, and must have lived with you for 6 months.) New pet evaluations are held the first Thursday of each month at The Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia, Md. Call Ingrid Gleysteen, 410-313-7461 (voice/relay), for more information or find the application form here.

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/20

Office Volunteer

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention. If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for public service and a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this position may be right for you. Office Volunteers assist in the day-to-day working os HopeWorks office. Office Volunteers are integral in helping our clients succeed and move forward towards a life free from gender and sexual violence. Office Volunteers main responsibility may include front desk coverage, pantry organization, file and educational material management, and more. Volunteers are needed during normal business hours-- Monday through Friday 9 am- 5 pm. All Office Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application during the specified application season, complete a background check, and attend both the Step 1 training and the Office Volunteer training. HopeWorks seeks multiple volunteers to fill both ongoing and one-time Office Volunteer opportunities. After successfully completing training, volunteers may sign up for differing office opportunities. Volunteers will report to the Volunteer Program Coordinator and the Deputy Director Hours are as needed and flexible. Volunteers may apply two times a year-- January 1- February 15 AND July 1- August 15. The volunteer application can be found at wearehopeworks.org/volunteer

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/21

Legal Services Volunteer

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention. If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this position may be right for you. Legal Services Volunteers help provide much-needed advocacy services for potential clients within the Howard County Court System. Interested volunteers do not need to have prior experience with the legal system but must have an interest in providing support and resources to clients in crisis. All legal Service Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteers must complete the Volunteer application, background check, an in-person interview, Step 1 Training and the Legal Service Volunteer Training. HopeWorks is seeking multiple volunteers to fill this ongoing volunteer positions. After successfully completing training, volunteers may sign up to shadow a legal advocate or volunteer in order to determine if this area is the best fit for them. Volunteer would report to Volunteer Program Coordinator and the Deputy Director Hours are scheduled based on volunteer's availability. Hours for volunteering are M-F 1-3 at the Howard County District Court in Ellicott City, MD. Legal Service Volunteer applications can be found at Wearehopeworks.org/volunteer applications are accepted year-round.

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/21

Mentors & Guest Speakers

Mentors and guest speakers for KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed (KEYS) life skills program.

Columbia, MD

Through 10/31/20

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 being held by appointment. Contact us at volunteer@neighborride.org for more information. In the meantime, be sure to check out our video to learn more about the Neighbor Ride Volunteer Experience.

Columbia, MD

Through 10/31/20

Activity Assistant

The Activity Assistant will help the Activity Leaders with Learning and Sensory programs, serving breakfast lunch or dinner, and cleaning up. Additionally the assistant could help with one on ones, room visits, walking, playing board games, helping clients with computer/ipad interests and questions, spending time in the courtyard with clients, if weather permits and any interest a volunteer might have. To volunteer at Winter Growth, please do the following: Express interest on this site (below). Visit our website at wintergrowthinc.org/volunteer to fill out and submit our volunteer application form and reference form. Our Volunteer Coordinator will then contact you and talk about volunteer opportunities at Winter Growth. We look forward to talking with you. Please note: Volunteers will need to possess the ability to work independently and follow detailed instructions. Have a great day!

Columbia, MD

Through 10/31/20

Become a Foster Parent

Loving foster homes are needed throughout Howard County and Maryland, especially for teenagers! Training and support is provided. To become a certified foster parent, you must complete the following: 30 hours of pre-service training Background clearances for all household members 18 and over Physical exam for all household members Proof of vaccinations for all pets Home Inspection References for you and your spouse/partner School references for school age children Income verification Please contact us to receive information about our foster parent orientation. When we meet you will learn more about our program and what it means to be a foster parent. We also offer information sessions across the state of Maryland each month for interested parents. Thank you for supporting KidsPeace!

Columbia, MD

Through 4/30/21

Knit and/or Crochet

Do you knit or crochet? Brooke Grove is looking for volunteers to join our knitting and crocheting group(s). We knit blocks, then crochet them together to make afghans and also make scarves we donate to local organizations; for example, in 2019 afghans were donated to Fisher House at Walter Reed National Medical Center and scarves were donated to a local charity that services seniors. The group meets Thursdays in our nursing center from 10am - 1pm and in assisted living from 2-4pm. We need volunteers for both groups. Please email volunteers@bgf.org if you have an interest in one or both groups.

Sandy Spring, MD

8/6/20 11:00 AM + more

School Field Trip Program Assistant

For more details about this volunteer opportunity posted in the 2019-2020 Guide to Giving, please Express Interest and the organization's volunteer coordinator will follow up with you.

Woodstock, MD

Through 10/31/20

Coaches/Mentors, Race Day, Advisory Council

Coaches/Mentors Race Day Advisory Council For more details about these volunteer opportunities posted in the 2019-2020 Guide to Giving, please Express Interest and the organization's volunteer coordinator will follow up with you.

Fulton, MD

Through 10/31/20

Mentor

Mentor for our ongoing mentorship program that resumes in January 2020.

Columbia, MD

Through 10/31/20

Development Coordinator

S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to alleviating hunger among people with gluten and other food allergies and sensitivities. We’re seeking a relationship-focused Development Coordinator (DC) to lead S.A.F.E.’s development efforts to help S.A.F.E. grow. The DC will help S.A.F.E. raise awareness of our mission, promote organization events, and implement programs. Our ideal candidate will have development experience with a track-record of building and sustaining relationships with supporters. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are vital to the success of this position. This position is virtual-based with at least monthly meetings either in-person or by phone. For more information, please see the attached Development Coordinator Position Description or click Express Interest for other inquiries. To apply, email your cover letter and a resume to info@safefoodpantry.org

Columbia, MD

Through 10/30/20

Drop-in Gardening

Gardening on Wednesday mornings from 9:30am - noon Spring thru Fall, weather permitting. Gloves and tools are provided. Please register or call ahead.

Woodstock, MD

Through 10/31/20

Grounds Maintenance

Are you someone who enjoys outdoor projects, gardening, or tidying up? We welcome volunteers to help with outdoor yardwork projects and/or indoor maintenance projects to help keep our historic building and 23-acre property a safe and welcoming environment. This is an as needed opportunity. Let us know if you're interested and we will contact you when we have an opportunity. Thank you!

Baltimore, MD

Through 10/31/20

Online Research

Are you someone who enjoys researching topics? Do you have an investigative mind or a love of learning? Our Institute for Shelter Care is seeking detail-oriented volunteers who are proficient in internet research to help collect information on a variety of topics around human trafficking and further inform the field on the best practices in shelter services. This is an as needed opportunity. Let us know if you're interested and we will contact you when we have an opportunity. Thank you!

Baltimore, MD

Through 10/31/20

Inspiring Letter Writers

Write uplifting messages for cancer patients in cards provided for pick-up at a designated location, such as a school or shopping center. These handwritten notes are included in cancer care kits that are donated to those currently undergoing cancer treatment.

Through 9/30/20

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

Road to Recovery Volunteer Driver

Road To Recovery is an American Cancer Society program designed to help improve the quality of life and reduce barriers to care for cancer patients undergoing active treatment by transporting them to and from cancer-related treatment appointments. The Road To Recovery Volunteer driver can help provide people with transportation to and from their cancer-related treatment appointments. Drivers donate their time and the use of their personal vehicles to help ensure that people with cancer get the treatments they need. Volunteer drivers are also there to show support and provide information and resource referrals coordinated through the American Cancer Society. Keep in mind that most rides are needed during Monday - Saturdays, primarily between 7 am and 7 pm. Drivers should have regular availability during that time frame. Responsibilities include: Complete necessary Road To Recovery training and updates. Follows program guidelines and maintains required volunteer eligibility requirements. Utilizes Service Match to manage availability and ride requests. Coordinates with the patient at least one to two days prior to the accepted ride request and provides ride as agreed upon. Completes all necessary transportation documentation information. Reports all changes with contact information, availability, insurance coverage and driving eligibility to the Society in a timely manner. Reports traffic accidents and violations to the Society within 24 hours of occurrence. Abides by the Society’s privacy and confidentiality policies. Volunteer Driver Qualifications Drivers must be between the ages of 18 and 84 and have: A good driving record A current driver's license Proof of adequate automobile insurance Access to a safe and reliable vehicle Schedule availability Regular desktop, laptop, or tablet computer access To learn more or sign up to volunteer, please visit www.cancer.org/drive or contact Anna Somers at anna.somers@cancer.org or 703-213-5386.

Through 12/31/25

Community Engagement Volunteer

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention. If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this position may be right for you. Community Engagement Volunteers are an integral part of our gender and sexual violence prevention programming. Community Engagement Volunteers have the opportunity to assist educators and coordinators with event set up, organizing holiday projects, assisting with fundraisers, staffing booths at community health fairs, and even gain facilitation experience. Community Engagement Volunteers may volunteer on three levels of advocacy ranging in time commitment: Special Event Volunteers, Outreach Volunteers, and Engagement Volunteers. All Community Engagement Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers must complete the Volunteer Application, background check, Step 1 Training and the CED Volunteer Training. HopeWorks seeks multiple volunteers to fill both ongoing and one-time Community Engagement opportunities. After Successfully completing training, volunteers may sign up for differing community engagement roles. Volunteers will report to the Volunteer Program Coordinator and the Director of the Community Engagement Department. Hours are as needed and flexible. Volunteers may apply two times a year-- January 1- February 15 AND July 1- August 15. The volunteer application can be found at wearehopeworks.org/volunteer

Through 12/31/21

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

Like to Drive?

Like to Drive? Then we have a volunteer opportunity for you. Neighbor Ride is supplemental volunteer transportation program for Howard County seniors. You, as a volunteer driver will use your personal car and have complete flexibility to choose the rides that work for your schedule and location. Rides can be chosen via email, phone or from our online portal. We ask that you drive on average three rides a month. We provide a door-to-door service, but after dropping off the passenger, you can decide to wait, run errands, or return home. Volunteer orientations are being held by appointment. Contact us at volunteer@neighborride.org for more information. In the meantime, be sure to check out our video to learn more about the Neighbor Ride Volunteer Experience.

Through 10/23/20

 


Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046 
410-715-3172