Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the groups and organizations below, which offer opportunities to volunteer and gain leadership experience.

Association of Community Services
The Association of Community Services (ACS) is a dynamic network of 100+ Howard County member organizations and individuals serving more than 100,000 Howard County families and individuals.
www.acshoco.org/ACS-is-the-how-in-Howard-County

Food on the 15th 
Help collect non-perishable food items and toiletries for senior citizens in Howard County.
www.foodonthe15th.org 

Free Bikes 4 Kidz Maryland Inc.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz is an organization geared toward helping kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes (and helmets!) to those most in need.
For more information, visit fb4kmaryland.org or contact Ted Cochran at tedcochran55409@gmail.com.

HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council
The Teen Advisory Council is composed of Howard County high school students (public, private and home school) who meet monthly during the school year to discuss teen use of alcohol and other drugs, and to develop educational messages that promote HC DrugFree's vision of a county where teens are drug-free by choice. Unless otherwise announced, meetings are held at The Barn at The Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Refreshments provided.
For more information, please contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040 or e-mail joan@hcdrugfree.org.

Howard County Food Bank
The Howard County Food Bank provides food to Howard County residents in need. CAC also sponsors fourteen (14) emergency food pantries that support families in need of emergency food assistance.
https://www.cac-hc.org/programs-services/food-assistance/

Howard County Government
County Council Members are looking for interns and volunteers and you can contact your councilmember directly or email them all at councilmail@howardcountymd.gov.
Contact Cindy Drummond for more information and tips on how to apply.

Howard County Library 
Howard County Library System (HCLS) welcomes students who want to volunteer. Teen volunteers develop new skills and gain practical experience as well as learn about the HCLS educational mission and vision. We are looking for students who are mature, dependable, polite, and love HCLS. Service Learning Hours may be available for students who volunteer. Students are responsible for checking with their school to verify that their hours will qualify.
For more information, contact Kathleen Plitt at Kathleen.plitt@hclibrary.org or visit https://hclibrary.org/support-us/welcome-volunteers/student-volunteer-page/.

Howard County NAACP Youth Council
For more than 25 years, the Howard County NAACP Youth Council has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented members of our community. You can contribute to the future of someone in need through donations of money, food, or time.
Learn more at http://www.howardcountynaacpyouthcouncil.org/ or by contacting Anthony Butler.

Howard County Recreation and Parks
Student Tutors and Homework Helpers are needed at the Roger Carter Community Center Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays 4:30-6:00. Volunteers will sign up for 4-6 week “shifts”. Responsibilities include assisting elementary school students with homework and serving as a positive role model. Sign up online or contact Jennene Blakely, Program Coordinator, 410-313-1693.

HCPSS Policy Review Commitees
Contact Cindy Drummond for information.

Inspire Young Voters:
Seeks student volunteers to participate in our in-school voter registration and "get out the vote" campaigns, starting second semester. They are especially in need of students to write, act in, and produce informational and motivational videos for use in schools, on Howard GTV, and online platforms. Contact Laura Mettle for more information.

Maryland Association of Student Councils
The mission of MASC is to foster a statewide environment for all secondary school students to express and exchange opinions and ideas, develop leadership skills, and promote student representation and involvement in all groups and organizations impacting the lives of students. To see that this is done efficiently and effectively, the Maryland Association of Student Councils hosts several events throughout the school year.
https://mdstudentcouncils.org/

Maryland Leadership Workshops
Through peer-led facilitation, MLW inspires middle and high school students in Maryland to be engaged and involved and empower them with the skills and confidence to make a difference in their schools and communities.
http://mlw.org/

Maryland Youth Advisory Council
As a coalition of diverse young advocates and leaders from across the State, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council addresses relevant issues by influencing legislation, spreading public awareness and serving as a liaison between youth and policymakers.
For more information, contact Christina Drushel Williams at christina.drushel@maryland.gov or 410.697.9242, or visit http://goc.maryland.gov/myac/.

Special Olympics Howard County
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old or a freshman in high school. To apply for a volunteer position, visit www.somdhc.org and complete a Volunteer Application. You must also complete an online Protective Behaviors Course, which can be found on the Volunteer page, and attend a Volunteer Orientation class. Pre-registration for the latter class is required by sending an email to Janet Larrimore, at JanetandWalter@comcast.net.

Volunteer Center of Howard County 
Click “Find An Opportunity' to view the current volunteer opportunities.

Winter Growth
The Winter Growth is a care center for senior citizens and is looking for musicians and singers to perform for their day residents. https://www.volunteerhoward.org/opportunity/a0C1N00000ad3xtUAA

Youth in Conversation
Join county-wide student dialogues to build community and common identities. Meeting are the second and fourth Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Oliver’s Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044 (also known as Kittamaqundi Community Church). A free dinner will be provided.
Send sign-up form (and questions) to Rebecca Dietz at 443 326-3816.