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"Savoring Summer" - August Community Engagement Opportunity
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Don't let the Summer of 2022 come to an end without fully embracing all the fun, engaging, and educational activities Howard County has to offer during the month of August. If you feel like you wasted the entire summer, this is your last chance to get outside, engage, and participate in a plethora of exciting opportunities throughout Howard County that is sure to create lasting memories.

Don't waste another beautiful summer day . . . Sign-up to receive a list of fun, educational, and diverse activities for people of all ages.

Click on the Sign-up button and you will be emailed your "Savoring Summer" list of engagement opportunities that is sure to entice the interest of people of all ages!


Schedule

Dates: 08/01/2022 - 08/31/2022

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:

Various places throughout Howard County


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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2022 Lead the Way, Service Days
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

2022 Lead the Way, Service Days | Various Dates & Locations | 10-16 yrs

If you have a desire to help others, service provides an avenue that benefits you, your community & your world. Volunteerism is the gift of giving without the expectation of anything in return. Volunteers gain experience & benefit from learning the value of service. For young people there is the additional benefit of earning service hours toward HS completion. Join in & be part of something bigger.

2022 OPPORTUNITIES BELOW (to sign up, visit schedule tab)

APRIL 8, LIGHT THE NIGHT 5K , Oakland Mills HS (event runs 6:30-8:30pm)
With YOUR help from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention MD Chapter (AFSP), HoCo Department of Recreation & Parks, HoCo Department of Health, & Bullseye Running, Light the Night 5k for Suicide Prevention will be more than just a race. This event will serve as a county-wide acknowledgment that we support & care for those impacted by suicide.

MAY 14, GIVING GARDEN, Sharp''s at Waterford Farm (10am-1pm)
Giving gardens are in full force & we need help planting! This is the garden where food is planted, harvested then donated to food banks. There are also herbs and veggies that need to be planted in the greenhouse. **There is a picnic area on the farm so you may bring a lunch and drink to enjoy once work is complete.** BRING, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and wear clothing that can get dirty.

JUN 4, JUNIOR COUNSELOR PROGRAM PREP, HoCo Recreation & Parks HQ (9:30am-12pm)
The Junior Counselor Program is for teens to work on site as a shadow camp counselor. There are lengthy trainings and supplies that need to be organized. We will be organizing these supplies.

JUL-SEP No events will be scheduled
OCT-DEC Coming soon!

Notes:

- Dress for activity & wear close toed shoes;
- Report, on time, to the listed location;
- Transportation is not provided;
- Supervision is provided;
- Upon completion of service, validation forms needing signature can be emailed to mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov.

Past Service Day Fun!
Food Collection supporting HoCo Food Bank
Donation Collection supporting Knit Group of HoCo
Earth Day HoCo
Project Day supporting Terrapin Adventures
Program Prep supporting Junior Counselor Program
Party in the Park supporting Baltimore Humane Society
Spooky Woods supporting Terrapin Adventures
Family Volunteer Day HoCo
Greenhouse & Winter Work supporting Sharp''s at Waterford Farm
Light the Night 5k


Requirements

Minimum age: 10


Schedule

Dates: 01/05/2022 - 12/31/2022

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Melissa Byrne

mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4704


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2022 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

2022 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects | Various Dates/Locations | 9-11:30am | Ages 18+ (or 13-17 with guardian present)

*To Register, Follow the Links Below*

The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Conservation Stewardship Project (MPEA CSP) addresses the issue of invasive exotic plant species in Howard County Recreation & Parks' Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Invasive exotic plants reduce native floral diversity by competing for sunlight, resources, and space, and offer poorer quality or insufficient food and habitat for native wildlife; they may also increase soil erosion and reduce water quality, or present a nuisance to visitors. During the CSP events, volunteers help combat this problem through the removal of invasive plants and the restoration of native, ecologically appropriate species. Each event also includes an educational component concerning the target species or area of the day.

The MPEA, established in 1996, is 1,021 acres in size and contains a diversity of habitat types. There are upland and bottomland hardwood forest, fields, wetlands, ponds and riparian habitats. The primary components of the MPEA's mission are natural resources management, education, research and recreation.

Registration is required. Participants should bring drinking water and wear long pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and any additional garb appropriate for the weather. Ticks, Poison Ivy, and stinging insects may be encountered. Tools provided.

*Follow the Links Below to Register for Individual Opportunities*
January-June Opportunities
July-December Opportunities


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 03/01/2022 - 12/31/2022

11 Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Allen Dupre

adupre@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4035


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Opp Available Positions: 11


2022 Pet Parade Volunteer
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

Pet Parade Volunteer | Centennial Park, South | Saturday, Oct 15, 2022 | 1-5pm | Ages 17+

The volunteer will assist in executing the event, including setup and clean up. This includes physical labor such as lifting boxes of supplies and setting up table and chairs. The Recreation Coordinator assigned to the Event will supervise all work. This event is outdoors and volunteers should be prepared to be outside the entire event and dress appropriately for the weather.

Requirements:
- Expected to have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with the public / participating parties of this event;
- Must be able to lift and carry up to approximately 30lbs;
- Plan to arrive no later than 1pm and remain on site through clean-up at 5pm (actual event time is 2-4pm);

Job Duties:
- Communicate with event coordinator in advance to confirm details and establish inclement weather procedures;
- Arrive on time to assist in setup and breakdown (may include physical labor: raise / lower 10 x10 tents, tables, chairs, place signs, loading, unloading supplies);
- Provide marketing support at HCRP tent such as: greeting the public, help to answer questions, maintain a friendly demeanor, hand out provided materials);
- Assist event staff as guest judges for costume contest (only if needed);
- Carry out other tasks as necessary.

Please Wear:
- Solid color shirt (black, purple or orange). Jacket is ok if weather is chilly;
- Dress for the weather and wear close toed shoes.

In the event of inclement weather this event may be cancelled or moved to an online zoom format, in which case volunteers would no longer be needed.
In the event that minimum registration is not met, this event may be cancelled.


Requirements

Minimum age: 17


Schedule

Dates: 10/15/2022 - 10/15/2022

6 Positions available!


Address
Centennial Park, South 0000 Route 108 / Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Karen Ehler

kehler@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4635


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Opp Available Positions: 6


2022 Summer Concerts - Event Volunteer
Howard County Rec & Parks - Special Events

Description

2022 Summer Concerts - Event Volunteer | Various Locations & Dates | Concerts 5-9pm | Ages 17+

Volunteers will assist in executing the event, including setup and clean up. The assigned Recreation Coordinator will supervise all work. This event is outdoors, and volunteers should be prepared to be outside the entire event. Dress appropriately for the weather (blue shirt and closed-toed shoes preferred).

To sign up for any/all, visit the SCHEDULE TAB
Dates & Locations:
- 6/29/22: Gary J. Arthur Community Center **U.S. Army National Guard "Live Fire" - FREE Rock Concert - 7/13/22: Centennial Park **Bach To Rock - Music School Showcase FREE Rock Concert
- 7/20/22: Centennial Park **Risa Binder - FREE Country/Pop Concert
- 8/10/22: Centennial Park **Damon Foreman & Blue Funk - FREE Funk/Blues/Rock Concert

Job Duties:
- Communicate with event coordinator in advance to confirm details and establish inclement weather procedures. (In the event of inclement weather prior to the event, this activity may be cancelled);
- Plan to arrive no later than 5pm, clean up should conclude by 9pm, (actual event time is 7-8:30pm);
- Set up and break down of event (this requires physical labor) including but not limited to *set up and break down of 10 x10 event tents, *tables & chairs, *placement of signs, *loading & unloading supplies;
- Provide support during the event by presenting and maintaining marketing materials at HCRP marketing tent, greeting the public and answering questions in a friendly manner, as well as giving out materials as needed;
- Carry out other tasks as necessary.

Special Qualifications/Skills:
- Must have the ability to work well and communicate effectively with the public and participants of the event;
- Must be 17 years of age or older;
- Ability to lift and carry up to approx. 30 lbs.;
- First AID / CPR knowledge (not required but a welcomed).


Requirements

Minimum age: 17


Schedule

Dates: - 08/10/2022

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Karen Ehler

kehler@howardcountymd.gov

(443) 822-7946


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Opp Available Positions: 1


Description

Trail Construction Event | David Force Park | Various Dates | 9am - 1pm | Ages 13+

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP) is seeking a small group of volunteers to help establish a new trail corridor at David Force Park in Ellicott City by cutting in new trail tread surface from a rough-in corridor, under the supervision of staff.

Visit the SCHEDULE TAB to select the event date during which you would like to volunteer.

Volunteers will receive onsite training prior to working and will have access to tools for the duration of the event.

Group will meet at the park kiosk at the Pebble Beach Drive access.

Please Remember:
- Wear long pants and close-toed shoes (required);
- Eye protection is recommended;
- Bring your own gloves, masks, at least 2 liters of drinking water & snacks.

*Volunteers must be 18 years old or 13+ with guardian present*

Weather may cause this opportunity to be cancelled.

Each event is limited to eight individuals.


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 01/04/2022 - 11/27/2022

Schedule Slots Available!

This opportunity has a schedule. Click view schedule below to see available times.


Address
David Force Park 2995 Pebble Beach Drive
Ellicott City MD, 21042



Location Description:

Group will meet at the park kiosk at the Pebble Beach Drive access.


Contact Info

Meagan Poe

Mpoe@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4697


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