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

Frequently Asked Questions

For Organizations

How do I partner with Volunteer Center Serving Howard County?

Check out our page on how to become a partner, which includes information about the benefits of partnership. Once your organization is registered, you will be granted access to your partner portal to submit volunteer opportunities and manage volunteers.

I have just become a Volunteer Center Serving Howard County partner organization. How do I learn more?

You can learn more about how to best create and enhance your volunteer programs through our trainings, communications, and consultation opportunities. Additional information can be found on the Training and Education page.  

A good first step is to attend one of our free monthly Partner Staff Orientations which cover the use of our HandsOn Connect volunteer management software, the features offered and how you can take advantage of the system's functionality to meet your organizations volunteer needs.

Several times a year we also offer trainings/roundtables on topics of interest to organizations using volunteers.

We periodically send an agency newsletter to keep our partner organizations informed of these and other opportunities.

How do I post volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Center Serving Howard County's website?

To post volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Center Serving Howard County's website, you need to register to become a partner organization with Volunteer Center Serving Howard County. Registered Partner Organizations have access to a partner sharing portal where they enter their volunteer opportunities and manage their volunteers. 

I just submitted my volunteer opportunity submission. Why hasn't it shown up on the website yet?

Our staff members must first review and approve each project before it gets posted. You will receive an e-mail notice once the project has been approved and posted. If it has not shown up on the website within three business days, please contact us.

How will volunteers express interest in my opportunity?

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County's website functions as a search engine for volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can search for opportunities based on location, interest and skills. When a volunteer expresses interest in an opportunity, both the opportunity coordinator and the volunteer will receive each other's contact information. We highly recommend that the organization's staff contact the volunteer within 3-5 business days (sooner, if possible). Volunteer Center Serving Howard County also tracks volunteer feedback to ensure that the process works smoothly.

I have received a notice that my organization's project(s) are expiring. What should I do?

The e-mail will include a prompt to update your opportunity. You may just need to review the opportunity and extend the end date or you may wish to enter a new opportunity.


Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046