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Upcoming Opportunities

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 or call 410-715-3179. Hope to see you there! In the event of inclement weather, check here for cancellations or delays.

Columbia, MD

2/20/18 6:00 PM +more

Partner Staff Orientation

Are you or your organization new to the Volunteer Center and our HandsOn Connect volunteer management system or just want to learn more? Join us for an introductory session to learn how to effectively utilize the system to recruit and manage your volunteers including a discussion of things to consider when creating and entering opportunities. We'd also like to hear what you'd like to get out of the session in order to better meet your needs. When you register, answer two brief questions to help us better serve you.

Columbia, MD

2/21/18 3:00 PM

Art Gallery Assistance

HoCo Open 2018, the Howard County Arts Council's popular annual salon-style show, will be ending on February 23. Artists will be coming to the Howard County Center for the Arts on High Ridge Rd. to pick up artwork between 10 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, 2/24 and between 12 PM and 4 PM on Sunday, 2/25. Volunteers will help artists during the checkout process by helping them locate their work in the gallery, making sure loan forms are signed, and making sure that the appropriate artist or other approved persons are picking up artwork. You would be reporting to our Gallery and Programs Coordinator, Katie Wofford. Please respond to Katie by email or by calling 410-313-2787.

Ellicott City, MD

2/24/18 10:00 AM +more

Label Sewers

Project Linus of Howard County is in need of adults to sew labels onto donated blankets. Very basic sewing skills are all that is needed. We meet at the Bain Senior Center in Columbia on the second and fourth Mondays from 9 - 11:30am.

Columbia, MD

2/26/18 9:00 AM +more

No Boundaries Production Volunteers

No Boundaries Drama production seeks volunteers for assistance with the production of Aladdin. These positions are needed prior to the opening of any production. There is flexibility in scheduling commitment. The performances are the Weekend of June 1-3 and tech week is May 29-31. Hours are evening on Tuesdays from 5-8pm. BUILD CREW Set builders work on stage to construct the sets and scenic pieces that are designed specifically for each musical. Volunteers with some construction background are appreciated, but anyone with an interest in learning is welcome. Even if you can make it only one or two weeks, that’s great. PAINTING CREW Painters paint the sets and scenic pieces designed specifically for a play or musical. COSTUME CREW The costume crew assists in making or gathering all of the costumes seen on stage. We are always in need of individuals with hand and/or machine sewing skills, but this can also involve gluing, scrounging second hand stores, dyeing and much more. Opportunities exist for hand and/or machine sewers. BACKSTAGE RUN CREW These volunteers work behind the scenes to prepare the set for the actors prior to each show. Responsibilities vary in complexity and physical demands. The backstage crew also checks the stage for cleanliness and order, sets the stage for the opening scene, makes scene changes of set pieces during the show and cleans at the end of the show. COSTUME DRESSERS Dressers assist actors with complicated costumes before and during the show or whenever costumes must be changed quickly. Dressers create efficient and systematic ways of helping an actor (or possibly more than one actor) dress in the shortest time possible and assist in keeping costumes neat and orderly. Applicants must be ages 16 +, complete application and background check.

Ellicott City, MD

3/6/18 5:00 PM +more

Celebration of the Arts Gala Volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking volunteers to assist with the 21st Annual Celebration of the Arts on March 24, 2018 at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including: Event Set-up & Break-down Event Host/Hostesses Box Office Ticket Sales Silent Auction Assistants (including gallery installation, data entry, auction check-out, gift wrapping, etc.) Performance Ushers Reception Busers This is a great opportunity to get involved and support one of the signature art events in Howard County while having fun at the same time! The Celebration is a multifaceted event, showcasing and promoting the arts and raising funds in support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations in Howard County.

Columbia, MD

3/24/18 5:00 PM

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Pre-service Training

Voices for Children recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to become Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). A new training session will begin April 9, 2018 and run for 7 Monday evenings. Please visit Voices for Children to complete our on-line application or contact us at 410-740-0933 if you have any questions or need more information. Potential volunteers must complete an application and an interview before beginning training. CASA pre-service training focuses on the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, an understanding of the court process and familiarity with community resources. After successful completion of training and thorough background checks, CASA volunteers are assigned a child through the Howard County Circuit Court. Volunteers must agree to make at least a one year commitment to the program after they are assigned to a child.

Ellicott City, MD

4/9/18 6:30 PM +more

FREE FOOD & T-SHIRT! Walk MS: Columbia

Families, corporate groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to volunteer. We are always looking for youth clubs, corporate groups, and service-oriented community groups to lend a hand before, during, and after our events. Positions include: Set up Registration Greeters Rest stop (hand out snack & drink) Photography Medical support Tear down ...And more! Some volunteer positions require a criminal and/or DMV background check, and some may involve driving or heavy lifting. But if you want to help, we guarantee we can find a place for you! All volunteers receive an official volunteer t-shirt and food. Students in need of service hours are encouraged to apply.

Columbia, MD

4/14/18 7:00 AM


Video parts of rehearsals or our performers who are out and about at community events; we’ll then post these on our website.

Columbia, MD

Through 8/16/18


Interview performers, directors or other technical staff for their unique stories.

Columbia, MD

Through 8/16/18

Phone Calls

Follow up phone calls to groups, our VIP list, etc. Make sure people have received information about the show and would be interested in bringing a group.

Columbia, MD

Through 8/16/18

Make a List

Every show has specific appeal to different people. Make a list of any groups, businesses, organizations, etc. in the area who may be interested in a particular show; reach out to the right people in that group.

Columbia, MD

Through 8/16/18


Attention Volunteers:

  • Looking for a way to volunteer? You're in the right place. Click on the Search button above to view our current volunteer opportunities. From that page you can filter the search results based on location, key word, issue, skills, age range, availability or other criteria. Click on the Opportunity Calendar link to view date & times specific opportunities in a calendar view.

  • Identify all the ways you can volunteer: attend Volunteering Made Easy. On January 18th or February 20, learn how to use to explore the possibilities. The session is free, but registration is required. View the opportunity for details and to register.

  • Looking to lead? Join us for a Volunteer Leader Training to learn about organizing and implementing great volunteer projects from start to finish! The session is free, but registration is required. View the opportunity for details and to register.

Attention Organizations:

  • To get the most from being a registered partner attend a Partner Staff Orientation; whether you are a new partner or want a refresher. Offered once a month, learn how to optimize the use of to increase visibility, recruit more volunteers and identify skilled volunteers. Sessions are free, but registration is requested. View the opportunity for more information or to register.

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Giving in Times of Disaster

To provide the best assistance to survivors and impacted areas:

  • Do not self-deploy as a volunteer. Local resources to support you will be limited.
  • Follow instructions provided by local authorities - which may be ever-changing.
  • Send money, not material goods - every disaster, every survivor has unique needs.
  • Give locally - local nonprofits are more familiar with local needs and resources.
  • Volunteer locally to obtain training and prepare to serve.
  • Think long-term. Recovery continues long after the TV cameras and media leave.

Learn more about volunteering and giving wisely in times of disaster on our disaster assistance page.

View opportunities related to disaster assistance.

We're glad you've stopped by to discover how you can make a difference by volunteering here in Howard County, Maryland!

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is a program of Columbia Association.


Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046