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2021 Family Volunteer Day
Howard County Rec & Parks - Special Events

Description

2021 Family Volunteer Day | Various Locations | Sat, Nov 20

Looking for a fun way to spend quality time as a family, club or community group? We have exciting projects for 2021! Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. **Please bring your own work gloves & mask and be prepared to practice social distancing while volunteering.**

VISIT THE SCHEDULE TAB TO SIGN UP FOR THE LOCATION OF YOUR CHOICE
*Pre-Registration Required* by Nov 19

2021 PROJECTS

Belmont Garden Winterizing, 9am-12pm, Ages 8+
We will be winterizing the gardens, removing over 3,000 annuals planted in the spring. Cutting back dormant perennials and raking leaves from the garden beds. There are also bulbs we dig and save to over winter for planting the next season.

Robinson Nature Center Beautification, 10am-1pm, Ages 6+
Beautify the woodlands and waterways of liter. Assist with a trash clean up throughout the flood plain and woodlands of the Center and along the Middle Patuxent River.

Savage Park Tree Planting, 9am-12pm, All Ages

Assist with planting native trees around playground, ball fields, and other recreational areas to slow and absorb stormwater runoff and provide shade to park patrons.

Additional info:

Outdoor opportunity volunteers:
Remember to dress for the weather conditions and wear closed-toe shoes. Please bring gloves and wear long sleeves. In the event severe weather, outdoor FVD Opportunities may be cancelled.


Requirements

Minimum age: 2


Schedule

Dates: 11/20/2021 - 11/20/2021

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Address

MD



Location Description:

Various Locations, specific locations will be listed in each opportunity individually.


Contact Info

Melissa Byrne

mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4704


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2021 Haunted Experience | Rockburn Branch Park | Oct 15-16, Oct 22-23 & Oct 29 | Ages 12+

Looking for a fun way to earn service learning hours while volunteering with your friends?

Volunteers, come dress as "scary characters" at the haunted experience and in the fields.


Volunteer for one or more nights. Pre-registration is required.

October 15, 16, 22, 23, & 29 Volunteer hours are:
- Friday's from 6-10:30pm;
- Saturday's from 5:30-10:30pm.

Requirements:
Wear old clothes (black or dark colors), you will be given costumes and make up on site. Dress warmly or in layers. It is much colder in the woods. Bring a jacket. Closed toe shoes only. No flip flops.


Rockburn Branch Park (Montgomery Rd entrance).

Additional information will be emailed after volunteers have registered to volunteer for this event.

Additional info:

All volunteers are required to review the attached Volunteer Manual prior to volunteering.

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Requirements

Minimum age: 12


Schedule

Dates: 10/15/2021 - 10/30/2021

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Address
Rockburn Branch Park 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd
Elkridge MD, 21075



Location Description:

Rockburn Branch Park - 6105 Rockburn Branch Road, Elkridge, MD 21075 (Montgomery Road entrance). Once you have entered through the gates at the park, park in the parking lot immediately on your left. The parking lot is just beyond Pfeiffer's Corner School House. The staff will meet you there and bring you to the Haunted House.


Contact Info

Shawnte Berry

sberry@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4624


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Opp Available Positions: 25


2021 Historic Ellicott City Autumn Clean Up
Howard County Rec & Parks - Comm. Centers & Fac. - Roger Carter Community Center

Description

2021 Historic Ellicott City Autumn Clean Up | Roger Carter Community Center | Saturday, Nov 13 | 7:30-11am | All ages

Do your part to beautify our Community. Lend a hand by assisting with litter pick up in historic Ellicott City and at our historic properties. All are welcome!

Volunteers, please bring gloves and wear comfortable shoes.

This event will run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather.


Schedule

Dates: 11/13/2021 - 11/13/2021

3 Positions available!


Address
3000 Milltowne Drive
Ellicott City MD, 21043



Location Description:


Contact Info

Adam Sterner

asterner@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-2764


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Opp Available Positions: 3


2021 Holiday Mart
Howard County Rec & Parks -

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Description

2021 Holiday Mart Volunteers | Gary J. Arthur Community Center | Sat, Dec 4 | 10am-5pm | 13 yrs+

Join us for the 49th annual Holiday Mart juried arts & crafts show. Find seasonal gifts and merchandise created by 130 juried artisans. Enjoy door prizes and a children''s craft corner. Discerning shoppers know this is the place to find unique handcrafted items and home decor. You''re sure to find something for everyone on your list and don''t forget yourself! Hot and cold beverages, lunch and snacks available for purchase. Coat and package check available. Vendors were juried in advance.

Volunteers meet at 9:15am in front lobby. Dress warm, some job duties are near the front entrance doors and can get chilly.

Jobs include:
- Handing out brochures or door prize tickets,
- Helping with door prize raffles,
- Assisting with free gift wrap station or hot cocoa station and more.

Additional info:

Weather may cause us to cancel this event and there is no make up date at this time.

Volunteers meet at 9:15am in front lobby. Dress warm, some job duties are near the front entrance doors and can get chilly.


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: - 12/04/2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Address
2400 State Rte 97
Cooksville MD, 21723



Location Description:

Gary J. Arthur Community Center


Contact Info

Christine DiGioia

cdigioia@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4843


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Opp Available Positions: 0


2021 Lead the Way, Fall Service Days
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

Fall 2021 | Oct-Dec | 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.

Visit the schedule tab to select.

PARTY IN THE PARK at BALTIMORE HUMANE SOCIETY | Sat, Oct 9 | 11am-3pm
Loc: Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Rd, Reisterstown 21136
Pre-register by Oct 1
TO SIGN UP, VISIT THE SCHEDULE TAB TO REGISTER AND ALSO VISIT, https://volunteersignup.org/FXEM9, to choose your service placement.
Fundraiser held on the grounds of BHS! Volunteers needed for various tasks such as parking, trash clean up, activities and registration! Please note this event welcomes all ages (this event will be serving alcohol).

SPOOKY WOODS at TERRAPIN ADVENTURES | Fri Oct 22 & 29, Sat Oct 23 & 30 | 5-8pm
Loc: Terrapin Adv, 8600 Foundry St, Savage 20763
Must pre-register!
TO SIGN UP, VISIT THE SCHEDULE TAB.
Wear a costume appropriate for young audenices & help work the stations guests will visit while taking a family-friendly walk through wooded trails!

FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY with HOCO REC & PARKS | Sat, Nov 20 | 9am-12pm
Loc: Various Locations, Visit link for details
Pre-register by Nov 19
TO SIGN UP, VISIT THE SCHEDULE TAB TO REGISTER & ALSO VISIT, shorturl.at/dtJ45, to choose your service loc.
Spend quality time as a family serving your own community! Locations around HoCo.

SHARP'S at WATERFORD FARM | Sat, Dec 4 | 1-4pm
Loc: 4003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville 20833
Pre-register by Dec 1
TO SIGN UP, VISIT THE SCHEDULE TAB to choose this placement.
End of the Season wrap-up! Glean popcorn fields for donation to the HoCo Food Bank, prepare the rosemary, lavender, sages and tarragons for their winter nap.

Notes:

- Masks Required;
- 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, send service to mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov for validation.


Requirements

Minimum age: 10


Schedule

Dates: 10/01/2021 - 12/31/2021

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


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Melissa Byrne

mbyrne@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4704


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2021 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

2021 MPEA Conservation Stewardship Projects | Details Below | Ages 13+

The MPEA Conservation Stewardship Project (CSP) addresses the issue of invasive exotic plant species in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). These species reduce native floral diversity by competing for sunlight, resources, space, and provide insufficient food & habitat for native wildlife. CSP events help combat this problem through the removal of invasive plants & the restoration of ecologically appropriate species, and include an educational component concerning the target species/area of the day. Registration required. No experience necessary, volunteers 18+ (13-17 with guardian present) welcome.

Follow Links Below to Sign-up for Individual Events:
6/29 | Wavyleaf Basketgrass Removal II
9/28 | Tree & Shrub Planting
10/16 | Japanese Barberry Removal
10/26 | Autumn Olive Removal I
11/23 | Autumn Olive Removal II


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Allen Dupre

adupre@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4035


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2021 Mt. Bike Skill Course Maintenance Volunteer | Rockburn Branch Park | Ongoing | Ages 13+

Do you like mountain biking or enjoy working outdoors?

Volunteer your time and talent to assist the Park Operations Division with maintaining the Rockburn Branch Park Mountain Bike Skills Park. Volunteers should have an interest in biking and trail maintenance; be a self-starter and able to follow directions and work with a team.

Duties: Under the guidance of Park staff and utilizing hand tools that will be provided, volunteers will assist with routine maintenance tasks of the Mt. Bike Skills Park to include, but not limited to:

- Clearing debris
- Repairing tread surfaces
- Re-shaping turns
- Watering and compacting tread
- Sweeping tread surface

Time Commitment: Organized volunteer work days will be scheduled throughout the season April through December.

Additional info:

Age requirements: 13+ (13-16-year old's need to be accompanied by parent or legal guardian).


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 04/21/2021 - 12/31/2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Address
Rockburn Branch Park
Elkridge MD, 21075



Location Description:


Contact Info

Darrell Reid

dreid@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-3875


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

**The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will not be able to provide masks. Please bring your own and be prepared to practice social distancing while volunteering.**

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.

Volunteers will receive onsite training prior to working and will have access to pre-sanitized 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

This event is limited to eight individuals.


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 04/25/2021 - 11/28/2021

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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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Opp Available Positions: 4


2022 Hero Hustle
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

Hero Hustle | Gary J. Arthur Community Center | Saturday, Apr 23, 2022 | 10am - 11:30 am | Ages 13+

Help the Gary J. Arthur Community Center celebrate hero's. Assist with this superhero themed one-mile fun walk/run that includes fun obstacles, hero training, and a craft! Check in by 9:15am. Job duties include helping setup and break down and leading fitness/superhero themed obstacles and stations. For example: "how good is your balance?"- assist children as they walk a low balance beam and "Run fast like speedster" Timed sprints.

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 9:15am.

Dress for the weather and feel free to wear superhero attire: cape, costume, superhero t-shirt, etc.

Job Duties:
- Assist with set-up of the event
- Assist with fitness stations "hero stations" For example: "how good is your balance?"- assist children as they walk a low balance beam. and "Run fast like speedster" Timed sprints.

Inclement weather date April 24, 2022.


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 04/23/2022 - 04/23/2022

8 Positions available!


Address
2400 State Rte 97
Cooksville MD, 21723



Location Description:


Contact Info

Christine DiGioia

cdigioia@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4843


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2022 Spring Egg Hunt at GJACC
Howard County Rec & Parks -

Description

Spring Egg Hunt | Gary J. Arthur Community Center | Saturday, Apr 9, 2022 | 10am - 11:30am | Ages 13+

Help the Gary J. Arthur Community Center celebrate Spring and quality family time!
Volunteers will help hide eggs for the hunt and lead carnival type games for children. Check in by 9:30am, job duties include helping setup and breakdown the egg hunt and games such as ring toss, bowling, fish pond, parachute, arts & crafts, and more! Weather pending, egg hunt takes place outside and the games inside the gymnasium.

In the event of inclement weather, the egg hunt hunt will be moved indoors.

Job Duties:
- Set Up & Clean Up of the event;
- Hiding Eggs;
- Running carnival-type games (relay races, duck pond, cornhole, parachute, etc.).


Requirements

Minimum age: 13


Schedule

Dates: 04/09/2022 - 04/09/2022

6 Positions available!


Address
2400 State Rte 97
Cooksville MD, 21723



Location Description:


Contact Info

Christine DiGioia

cdigioia@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-4843


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Opp Available Positions: 6


HoCo "Rocks"! Ellicott City 50+ Center Rock Garden Art Exhibit
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Howard County Community "ROCKS", but we want to make it even "Boulder"!

Age-Friendly Howard County is a community initiative that is striving to make an even better place for people of all ages to grow up and grow older! By creating a more age-friendly, livable community, people of all ages will have their needs met which will allow for people to engage in their community in a healthy and safe way. Therefore, we want YOU to help us promote age-friendly by engaging in our rock painting opportunity.

This Age-Friendly opportunity will promote and encourage people to express themselves, have their voices heard, and help unify the community by seeing the impact of how a couple painted rocks by you will make such a beautiful community "rock garden" when placed with the others.

So let your creativity soar, get as creative as you want and have your voice heard through art!

Job Duties:
- Click the "sign up" button to let us know that you'll be contributing rocks to the Ellicott 50+ Center.

- Gather rocks from your own backyard or purchase them

- Design your rock to your liking

- Bring your rocks to Ellicott City 50+ Center. Look for the Rock Garden Exhibit sign outdoors. Place your rocks in the exhibit area outdoors (place your rocks in the designated areas of the parking lot).

Instructions for Painting DIY Rocks:
1. Purchase and/or collect your supplies.

2. Clean your rocks and allow them time to dry.

3. Paint your rocks. Get creative!

4. Seal your rocks.

5. Drop off your rocks at appropriate rock collection location. See location tab for details

Students can earn 2 service learning hours for painting 5 rocks.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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HoCo "Rocks"! Gary J. Arthur Community Center Rock Garden Art Exhibit
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Howard County Community "ROCKS", but we want to make it even "Boulder"!

Age-Friendly Howard County is a community initiative that is striving to make an even better place for people of all ages to grow up and grow older! By creating a more age-friendly, livable community, people of all ages will have their needs met which will allow for people to engage in their community in a healthy and safe way. Therefore, we want YOU to help us promote age-friendly by engaging in our rock painting opportunity.

This Age-Friendly opportunity will promote and encourage people to express themselves, have their voices heard, and help unify the community by seeing the impact of how a couple painted rocks by you will make such a beautiful community "rock garden" when placed with the others.

So let your creativity soar, get as creative as you want and have your voice heard through art!

Job Duties:
- Click the "sign up" button to let us know that you'll be contributing rocks to the Gary J. Arthur Community Center exhibit.

- Gather rocks from your own backyard or purchase them

- Design your rock to your liking

- Bring your rocks to Gary J. Arthur Community Center. Look for the Rock Garden Exhibit sign outdoors. Place your rocks in the exhibit area outdoors.

Instructions for Painting DIY Rocks:
1. Purchase and/or collect your supplies.

2. Clean your rocks and allow them time to dry.

3. Paint your rocks. Get creative!

4. Seal your rocks.

5. Drop off your rocks at appropriate rock collection location. See location tab for details.

Students can earn 2 service learning hours for painting 5 rocks.


Schedule

Ongoing Opportunity

Unlimited Positions available!


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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HoCo "Rocks"! North Laurel Community Center Rock Garden Art Exhibit
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Howard County Community "ROCKS", but we want to make it even "Boulder"!

Age-Friendly Howard County is a community initiative that is striving to make an even better place for people of all ages to grow up and grow older! By creating a more age-friendly, livable community, people of all ages will have their needs met which will allow for people to engage in their community in a healthy and safe way. Therefore, we want YOU to help us promote age-friendly by engaging in our rock painting opportunity.

This Age-Friendly opportunity will promote and encourage people to express themselves, have their voices heard, and help unify the community by seeing the impact of how a couple painted rocks by you will make such a beautiful community "rock garden" when placed with the others.

So let your creativity soar, get as creative as you want and have your voice heard through art!

Job Duties:
- Click the "sign up" button to let us know that you'll be contributing rocks to the North Laurel Community Center.

- Gather rocks from your own backyard or purchase them

- Design your rock to your liking

- Bring your rocks to North Laurel Community Center. Look for the Rock Garden Exhibit sign in the entrance area. Place your rocks in the appropriate drop-off container.

Instructions for Painting DIY Rocks:
1. Purchase and/or collect your supplies.

2. Clean your rocks and allow them time to dry.

3. Paint your rocks. Get creative!

4. Seal your rocks.

5. Drop off your rocks at appropriate rock collection location. See location tab for details.

Students can earn 2 service learning hours for painting 5 rocks.


Schedule

Dates: 10/01/2021 - 11/30/2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

dvaselaros@howardcountymd.gov

(410) 313-5951


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HoCo Curiosity Challenge
Community Resources and Services - Special Events/Projects

Description

Have You ever been curious about something? This month's community engagement theme is Wonder & Curiosity. Curiosity is one of the most reliable, yet neglected keys to happiness. By cultivating and exercising our innate sense of curiosity, a state of active interest or genuinely wanting to know more about something creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, laying the groundwork for greater opportunities to experience discovery, joy and delight.

Curiosity allows us to see things through a different lens; we use our powers or observation more fully. It makes us more engaged, more capable of embracing opportunities, making connections, and experiencing meaning.

Therefore, Office on Aging and Independence created a list of various things that may spark your curiosity.

With your sign-up, you will receive an email with the HoCo Curiosity list that may inspire your curiosity to learn more.


Schedule

Dates: 10/01/2021 - 10/31/2021

Unlimited Positions available!


Address

MD



Location Description:


Contact Info

Darlene Vaselaros

savi.peiris@gmail.com

(410) 313-5951


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