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Featured Service-Learning Projects

Browse Featured Volunteer Opportunities by County:

Calvert County

Organization: Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry

  • Volunteer Position: Food Pantry Assistant
  • Dates: Weekday mornings and evenings
  • Student Capacity: 30-50
  • Description: Volunteers at the food pantry serve on the schedule every other week and dedicate their time in service with a specific team. The food pantry is open on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., and 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteers provide service doing the following tasks: shopping for clients' groceries, loading groceries into vehicles, dividing bulk resources and traffic support.
  • Contact Person: Debbie Weber, 410-257-3444 or dweber@chesapeakechurch.org

Organization: Project ECHO

  • Volunteer Position: Turkey Trot Race Marketing Committee Member/Event Assistant
  • Dates: Committee meets every other Monday at 3 pm, beginning August 31. The Turkey Trot is Thanksgiving Day; help is needed day before and day of event
  • Student Capacity: 5-10
  • Description: The Marketing Committee Member responsible for spreading the word about the Turkey Trot. The Event Assistant sorts materials for the race e.g. t-shirts; bib numbers; and timing chips.
  • Contact Person: Trish Gipson, 410-535-0044 or trishgipson@projectecho.net

Organization: 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

  • Volunteer Position: Walk Planning Committee Member/Event Assistant
  • Event date: September 19 (must sign up in advance of event)
  • Student Capacity: 20-30
  • Description: As a Committee Member, volunteers will help with the planning stages of the event. On the actual day of the event, volunteers are needed to help make the walk run smoothly.
  • Contact Person: Ben Donnelly, 703-766-9007 or bedonnelly@alz.org

Organization: Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

  • Volunteer Position: Education Volunteer
  • Dates: Flexible, M-F
  • Student Capacity: 5 - 10
  • Description: Assisting our staff and docents with the 4th grade field-trip program "Kid's Work," and other educational programming offered at the park; such as story times, workshops, and camps. The majority of time spent is outdoors. This is an opportunity to learn about out-of-classroom educational experiences and interpretation.
  • Contact Person: Sarah Stevens, 410-586-8536 or sarah.stevens@maryland.gov

Organization: Patuxent Habitat for Humanity

  • Volunteer Position: Construction Volunteer
  • Dates: Flexible; Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm
  • Student Capacity: 8-10
  • Description: Help Calvert County Veterans with critical home repairs. Assist in the building process on-site, or help coordinate the construction process. Construction knowledge is beneficial but not necessary.
  • Contact Person: Laurie Walker, laurie@patuxenthabitat.org

Charles County

Organization: Accokeek Foundation

  • Volunteer Position: Certified Organic Ecosystem Farm Assistant
  • Dates: Saturdays. Four hour shifts from 9 am to 1 pm.
  • Student Capacity: 20-30
  • Description: Volunteers will assist farm crew from 9 am to 1 pm with daily farm chores such as planting, weeding, pest management, and harvesting, and volunteers that commit to the full 4 hour shift will be eligible to take home produce as a thank you.
  • Contact person: Casey Lowe at 301-283-2113 or volunteers@accokeek.org

Organization: Charles County Arts Alliance

  • Volunteer Position: Event Assistant at the Charles County Fair
  • Dates: Flexible schedule September 16-20 (must sign up in advance of event)
  • Student Capacity: 10-15
  • Description: Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up, meeting/greeting visitors, and breaking down the space for The Arts Alliance at the Fair.
  • Contact Person: Judy Crawford at 301-392-5900 or info@charlescountyarts.org

Organization: The Center for Children

  • Volunteer Position: Kid’s Christmas Party Volunteer Committee
  • Dates: Ongoing: Event date December 20
  • Student Capacity: 50-75
  • Description: Assist with soliciting and collecting Christmas toys & gifts from local businesses and organizations. Staff event and help out with activities, crafts, photos, and food.
  • Contact Person: Blair Johnson, 301-609-9887 or bjohnson@center-for-children.org

Organization: The Humane Society of Charles County

  • Volunteer Position: Dog or Cat Enrichment Volunteer
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Student Capacity: 20-35
  • Description: Help cats socialize by petting and playing with them. If you prefer dogs, help them get training and exercise. Assistance is also needed to clean pet areas.
  • Contact Person: Anna Barba, 301-645-8181 or abarba@humanesocietycc.org

Organization: Sagepoint Senior Living

  • Volunteer Position: Activities Assistant          
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Student Capacity: 10-15
  • Description: Assist with social activities, such as parties, entertainment, and games. Facilitate a class or club. Help out with daily or weekly activities like computer help or exercise.
  • Contact Person: Erin Young at 301-934-1900 or eyoung@sagepointcare.org

St. Mary's County

Organization: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home

  • Volunteer Position: Oral History Project Volunteer
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Student Capacity: 5-10
  • Description: collecting information for oral history interviews with residents Katie Richards at 301 884-8171, ext. 664 or krichards@hmrmd.com

Organization: Friends of Cedar Lane

  • Volunteer Position: Activities Assistant
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Student Capacity: 20-35
  • Description: Assist with social activities, such as parties, entertainment, and games. Facilitate a class or club. Help out with daily or weekly activities like gardening or bingo.
  • Contact Person: Joanna Colvin, 301-475-8966 ext. 20 or jcolvin@cedar-lane.org

Organization: Greenwell Foundation

  • Volunteer Position: Beautify Greenwell
  • Dates: Ongoing
  • Student Capacity: 15-20
  • Description: Work in an outdoor setting weed whacking, cleaning, and constructing various ramps/structures, such as picnic area covers or outdoor classrooms. We offer opportunities for gardening, construction, painting, and maintenance.
  • Contact Person: Kelley Russo at 301-373-9775 or krusso@greenwellfoundation.org

Organization: Patuxent Habitat for Humanity

  • Volunteer Position: ReStore Assistant
  • Dates: Shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm.
  • Student Capacity: 20-30
  • Description: Work at ReStore, the retail section of Habitat for Humanity. Help customers with purchases, move furniture, support the store through internet marketing. Construction of our new store is an ongoing project. Experience is not required.
  • Contact Person: Laurie Walker,301-863-6227 or laurie@patuxenthabitat.org

Organization: Historic Sotterley Plantation

  • Volunteer Position: Special Events Volunteer
  • Dates: Ongoing (must sign up in advance of event)
  • Student Capacity: 30-45
  • Description: Volunteers assist with annual Sotterley events by helping sell event tickets, provide event information and directions, manage concessions, act as runners, direct parking and help with maintenance. Ghosts of Sotterley October 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31, 2015; Wine Festival for volunteers 21 and up; Christmas Workshop dates TBD.
  • Contact Person: Stacey Svendgard, 301-373-2280 or coordinator@sotterley.org

For more opportunities, please visit Volunteer Southern Maryland at vsmd.csmd.edu.