Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in your community?

We have volunteer opportunities for adults, teens and children in areas including:


One-Time Events

Opportunities for Individuals & Groups

Opportunities for Youth



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Each opportunity posted on our volunteer website describes potential volunteer’s age and paperwork requirements. To find opportunities that match your interest and to create an account, please visit www.HoCoVolunteer.org. Create An Account Today and Be Ready for Your Opportunity! Click here to review the Volunteer Manual!



Shawnte’ Berry
Volunteer Manager

Melissa Byrne
Volunteer Supervisor

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Howard County Recreation & Parks!
Share your Story

We want to hear how volunteering has impacted you! Please consider sharing your story so others may be inspired. We thank you for your service. Share your story form.

In consideration of my (and/or my child’s) service in a volunteer capacity, I do hereby grant and give to Howard County Recreation & Parks permission to use this testimonial/photograph or image in any advertising, promotion or other related action by the County relating to my/my child’s volunteer activities.

Emergency Volunteer Management Team (ES14)

Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks, in partnership with the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, has developed a team of professionals to provide coordination and centralized support for volunteers and volunteer groups during a disaster and/or crisis situation resulting from manmade causes or natural disasters. This level of support is referred to as Emergency Support Func-tion 14 or as we call it, ESF 14. 


During the Ellicott City flood of 2018, the ESF 14 Team implemented its Virtual Volunteer Management Plan. The Virtual Volunteer Management Plan is designed to simplify the process of recruiting, organizing, scheduling, and connecting volunteers. The virtual plan allowed ESF 14 team members to organize large numbers of interested volunteers more efficiently by eliminating the need for time-consuming traditional volunteer management methods and paper signups. By using online database systems, the ESF 14 team was able to manage over approximately 12,000 volunteer offers of assistance in response to the Ellicott City floods. Additionally, local businesses and resident owners were able to receive volunteer support and coordination more efficiently.

Ellicott City Flood

2018 Flood Recovery Volunteers
1,564 volunteers recruited; 144 called to serve; resulting in 846 service hours confirmed.

2016 Flood Recovery Volunteers
556 volunteers recruited; 283 called to serve; resulting in 566 service hours confirmed.