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Recently Posted Opportunities

Camp PALS Counselor

PALS Programs designs immersive experiences where young adults with Down syndrome and their peers have fun, grow as individuals, and build transformative friendships. Camp PALS is a week-long, overnight sleepaway camp run at 14 locations across the country from June-August. Camp PALS welcomes applications for individuals between the ages of 16-30. Volunteer counselors are paired one-to-one with Campers and spend the week on teams at college campuses as they build new friendships, explore new regions, and take part in dynamic programming. Counselors have no out-of-pocket costs during the week other than transportation to and from Camp. Applicants should be ready to be both challenged and inspired. We are looking for volunteers who are welcoming, genuine, passionate, supportive, and fun. We are especially looking for male applicants! Locally camp will be held and University of Maryland Baltimore County July 5-13. Applications can be submitted here, and any questions can be directed to rosemary@palsprograms.org

Baltimore, MD

Through 5/31/19

Northfield Elementary School- JA in a Day

JA in a Day enables business volunteers to bring the JA elementary school financial education curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a great way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Typical time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ellicott City, MD

3/22/19 8:30 AM

Mystery Reading Event Support

Howard Community College Arts Collective and HoCoPoLitSo are hosting “whodunit” mystery plays with passionate voices by a talented collection of student, staff, faculty, and community actors, followed by revealing post-reading discussions. Ushers are needed to guide patrons and offer customer service at the Monteaboro Recital Hall, Howard Community College Interested volunteers can Express their Interest to serve or obtain more information at Arts Collective Volunteers.

Columbia, MD

1/25/19 6:30 PM +more

Youth Fighting Hunger - Allergy Friendly Food Drive

Are you aged 18 or younger, individual or a group, interested in helping families in need eat safely? We’re looking for youth ages 18 and younger to sponsor a food drive for SAFE by collecting food from neighbors, friends, and the community while earning service hours. Together we can provide safe and allergy-friendly food to those who struggle with food allergies and sensitivities! Sign up on our website to receive more information about hosting a food drive to benefit SAFE!

Columbia, MD

Through 12/31/19

East Baltimore's MLK Day of Service

Join us for our 8th Annual community service event in East Baltimore honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hosted by Southern Baptist Church and the New Broadway East Community Association and organized by The 6th Branch. We can't wait to see you there! We will be conducting projects with doing light demolition, overgrowth removal, and large scale trash clean-up. This is a family friendly event! Also, it is January so please dress in layers and be prepared for the cold. If you are planning on attending the day of service, follow this link to register and fill out the online waiver which is located in the ticket field. https://the6thbranch.z2systems.com/np/clients/the6thbranch/event.jsp?event=4160&&fbclid=IwAR1irWJI9_SwWxWpHWt4LPl8BU27raJXhI-z8Ym2wGdIN7w4ePBQvW3IGoU If you have any questions please email Colin Lyman at colinlyman@the6thbranch.org.

Baltimore, MD

1/21/19 8:30 AM

Volunteer Center Roundtable - Tap Root

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and the Association of Community Services (ACS) will host Kristin Teti from the Taproot Foundation on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 3:30-5 pm. Taproot Foundation specializes in connecting highly skilled pro-bono volunteers with nonprofit organizations to foster and create social change in both the organization and volunteer. Attendees will be introduced to the process and opportunities, as well as what organizations should consider and have in place prior to engaging with Taproot. Make plans to join us! RSVP by 2/5.

Columbia, MD

2/12/19 3:30 PM

Ilchester Elementary School JA in a Day -

JA in a Day enables business volunteers to bring the JA elementary school financial education curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a great way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Typical time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ellicott City, MD

3/15/19 8:30 AM

Talbot Springs JA in a Day

JA in a Day enables business volunteers to bring the JA elementary school financial education curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a great way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Typical time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Columbia, MD

1/29/19 8:30 AM

Volunteering Made Easy

Volunteering Made Easy Audience: Community members interested in learning how to identify and participate in volunteer opportunities that meet their schedule and interests. Cost: Free, but registration is required Discover how to connect with local and regional organizations that are recruiting volunteers for general opportunities as well as skilled project specialists. If you've wondered if volunteering was right for you or if you always wanted to volunteer but weren't quite sure how to begin, this one-hour session is for you. For questions, contact Pam at pam@volunteerhoward.org or call 410-715-3179. Hope to see you there! In the event of inclement weather, check here for cancellations or delays.

Columbia, MD

1/24/19 5:30 PM +more

The I Can, I Will Workshop - MLK Day of Service

Everyone can do something. HopeWorks of Howard County will present the “I Can, I Will Workshop,” an interactive workshop where participants will talk about all the things—big and small— that we can do to create peaceful, healthy relationships and communities. Each participant will create an inspiring violence prevention message to take home as a keepsake. No art experience needed. All materials supplied.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 9:15 AM +more

Fire and Fall Prevention Training - MLK Day of Service

Attend this fire and fall safety seminar for senior members and their families. It is nationally accredited and created by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The Presentation: The NFPA has developed 16 key fire and fall safety messages which comprise the core of the “Remembering When” presentation. Community members who attend these presentations are encouraged to discuss and share their personal experiences with aging, fire, and falls. Optional Home Visit: Community members may schedule a home visit at the presentation. A home visit is done by both a Risk Reduction Educator and Firefighter within the department. When a community member who is 65 years of age or older requests a home visit, the team will take a small tour of the house and discuss fire or fall risks that may be present in the home. We do not enforce any changes, but we may make suggestions for a safer environment. Smoke Alarm Installation: As a part of this program, HCDFRS offers free smoke alarm installations to those in our aging community who are in need.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

Stop the Bleed Training - MLK Day of Service

Severe bleeding is the most common cause of preventable trauma death. Learn how to reduce the impact of hemorrhage in victims of traumatic injury as a bystander in Stop the Bleed Training. Become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

Hands Only CPR Training - MLK Day of Service

Learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Volunteers will be educated in a non-certification class that teaches cardiac arrest awareness and the steps to take when saving a life.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 9:00 AM

HFH Chesapeake Restore

Volunteer to assist as needed at the Restore in observance of the 2019 MLK Day of Service.

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:00 AM

Youth Ambassador

Are you interested in getting involved in your community? Are you between the ages of 13 and 18? Become a Youth Ambassador for SAFE! What is SAFE? S - supplying gluten free and allergy friendly food with integrity A - acting efficiently and effectively to provide for underserved populations F - finding workable, customer friendly solutions E - educating and encouraging the community to embrace wholeheartedly those with different dietary needs Why become a Youth Ambassador? The youth ambassador will work to increase awareness of SAFE Food Pantry among both teen volunteers and families in need. The youth ambassador’s mission is to both energize students to volunteer with SAFE Food Pantry, and heighten community awareness of SAFE Food Pantry to serve more people/families needing free allergy friendly food. Want to get involved or have questions? Express an interest to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator directly

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

Through 12/31/19

May 25 Volunteer Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, May 25 for a volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects. REGISTER HERE www.eventbrite.com/o/friends-of-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens-8632128868 WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am. We will meet at the maintenance yard near the park entrance. WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line). WHAT: Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants from ponds, picking up trash and working on other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. BRING WITH YOU: Be prepared to work outside! If you plan to work in the ponds, we recommend you bring a change of clothes. Please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. Please also bring your own water bottle and sunscreen. OTHER: We encourage families and students to join us. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. DONATIONS: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We work alongside the National Park Service to maintain the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations. You can make a donation by selecting the "donate" ticket when you register on Eventbrite, or drop some cash in our donation box inside the park's visitor center when you come to volunteer. QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org or 202-695-0352.

Washington, DC

5/25/19 9:00 AM

4/13 Earth Day Event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, April 13 for our annual Earth Day volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects. REGISTER HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/413-earth-day-volunteer-event-tickets-54349315265​ WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am. We will meet at the maintenance yard near the park entrance. WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line). WHAT: Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants from ponds, picking up trash and working on other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. BRING WITH YOU: Be prepared to work outside! If you plan to work in the ponds, we recommend you bring a change of clothes. Please wear closed-toe shoes and weather-appropriate clothes. Please also bring your own water bottle and sunscreen. OTHER: We encourage families and students to join us. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. DONATIONS: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We work alongside the National Park Service to maintain the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations. You can make a donation by selecting the "donate" ticket when you register on Eventbrite, or drop some cash in our donation box inside the park's visitor center when you come to volunteer. QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org or 202-695-0352.

Washington, DC

4/13/19 9:00 AM

Volunteer Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Join us on Saturday, March 23 for a volunteer service event! We will spend the morning removing invasive plants, collecting litter and working on other park-beautification projects. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-23-volunteer-event-at-kenilworth-aquatic-gardens-tickets-54292403039 WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:45am. We will meet at the maintenance yard near the park entrance. WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line). WHAT: Volunteers will spend the morning removing invasive plants from ponds, picking up trash and working on other park projects. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. BRING WITH YOU: Be prepared to work outside! Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Please also bring your own water bottle and sunscreen. OTHER: We encourage families and students to join us. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. DONATIONS: Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. We work alongside the National Park Service to maintain the park. Our volunteer events are free but we appreciate all donations. You can make a donation by choosing the 'Doante' ticket on Eventbrite or by contributing to our donation box in the park visitor center the day of the event. QUESTIONS: Contact David Drawbaugh, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, at david@fokag.org

Washington, DC

3/23/19 9:00 AM

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED MLK Day of Service at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Join Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to celebrate MLK with a day of volunteer service at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! This incredible national park showcases historic ponds with spectacular water lilies and lotus, tidal marsh and habitat for abundant wildlife. Join us as we protect, restore and promote this jewel along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jan-19-mlk-day-of-service-tickets-53869830112 WHEN: Saturday, January 19th, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Registration opens at 8:30am, please arrive no later than 8:50am. WHERE: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave Northeast, Washington, DC 20019. By Car: Enter the park at the Anacostia Ave entrance to access the free visitors parking lot. By Metro: Kenilworth is accessible via the Deanwood Metro stop (orange line). WHAT: Volunteers will work OUTSIDE either removing invasive plants, tending flower beds or picking up trash along the park trails. The event will run rain or shine—please dress accordingly and plan to work outside. BRING WITH YOU: Please wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and long-sleeved shirts. Be prepared to work outside! Please also bring your own water bottle. OTHER: Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone, parent or guardian. This event is eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. QUESTIONS: Contact David, Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens' Volunteer Coordinator, at david@fokag.org.

Washington, DC

1/19/19 9:00 AM

Youth Food Bank Volunteer

Volunteer at the Food Bank on MLK Day! Are you between the ages of 13-18? Are you interested in volunteering on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service? Join S.A.F.E. Food Pantry at the Howard County Food Bank on January 21st from 10:00am - 1pm and help us accept, sort, and organize food donations for our neighbors in need. Please note a parent or guardian must accompany you if you're 13-15 years old. Why MLK Day? The MLK Day of Service is a national initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Each year, thousands of Americans gather together to give back, empower each other, and strengthen their communities. Learn more about the national campagin by visiting serve.gov. For questions about registration, email Stephanie Guzman, S.A.F.E. Food Pantry Volunteer Manager at volunteer@safefoodpantry.org

Columbia, MD

1/21/19 10:30 AM

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 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

Columbia, MD

Through 2/15/19

YouTube Channel Developer & Manager

Develop YouTube channel and update accordingly. Take high resolution pictures and videos of activities and events for the Youtube Channel. (Some existing pictures and Videos will be provided).

Maryland City, MD

Through 12/31/19

Community Engagement Volunteers

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 2/15/19

Coordinator for Project Linus

Project Linus, Howard County Chapter, is searching for a Coordinator. This position is for an adult able to commit for a long-term position, free during the day, and is open to flexible hours. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join us in our work of getting handmade blankets ready to send to children in local hospitals and shelters. Volunteer will perform easy administrative functions in the running of our chapter, especially at twice monthly chapter meetings when labels are sewn on the donated blankets and lots of socializing takes place, and how to sort the blankets for delivery to the recipient hospitals and shelters. Knowledge of crafts (knitting, crocheting, quilting, etc.) helpful but not required. Desire to help children who are sick or traumatized is essential.

Through 3/1/19