Winter 2017
Service in Action
Recognizing Service and Volunteerism Throughout   Maryland

Volunteer helping at last year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service hosted by
Montgomery County Volunteer Center.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 2017
January 16, 2017
Participate in one of these local volunteer opportunities!
All events will take place on Monday, January 16, unless otherwise noted.

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center will host family-friendly service activities at Church on the Rock in Millersville. To learn more,  visit the website or c ontact Lisa Spallitta at  or 410-222-4017 .

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is hosting a county-wide Day of Service. A number of organizations will have on-site volunteer opportunities for individuals and families at the Howard County Government Office Building in Columbia. Opportunities will also be available off-site.  Learn more.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center and partner agencies are hosting several family-friendly service activities throughout the county. Activities will include packaging food for the hungry, making dog toys for an animal shelter, creating blankets for hospice, and crafting appreciation cards for military troops. Learn more.

A STAR! in Western Maryland, in collaboration with local nonprofits, will be volunteering with Glories Happy Hats to make hats for children who are terminally ill and blankets for cancer survivors. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring acceptable items to donate to Blessings in a Backpack. This open event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 928 N. East Street in Frederick.  United Way of Frederick County will also be onsite all day to connect interested individuals to volunteer opportunities.

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) invites community members to celebrate the life of Dr. King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Conference at Buck Lodge Middle School from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will performances by the Fundacion Ellena Ballet Folklorico, Buck Lodge Dance Team, and more. Attendees can also take part in service activities, such as making care packages for the homeless, and enjoy games and arts and crafts. To learn more, contact Alyson Moore at or  301-779-2851, ext. 325 .

The Literacy Lab invites volunteers to help unload and organize furniture  from 4 to 6 p.m. at Second Chance, a nonprofit organization that provides job training and workforce development to those facing employment obstacles in the Baltimore area. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and are required to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and warm clothing. Those i nterested  should email Stef Mircovich at to complete volunteer forms prior to the event.

The Maryland State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service is currently accepting applications for the Senior Corps Foster Grandparent Program, which engages adults 55 and older in tutoring and mentoring children and youth. Learn more.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Atlantic Region is currently accepting service project proposals for 2017. AmeriCorps NCCC is a team-based community service program that mobilizes hard-working young adults to support short-term projects. An AmeriCorps NCCC team may help  communities prepare and respond to disasters; improve infrastructure, such as low-income housing and public parks; protect the environment by restoring streams or wildlife habitats; conserve energy through weatherization projects or recycling programs; or contribute to urban and rural development by supporting services to seniors, youth, or homeless individuals. Nonprofits, state and local agencies, schools, state and national parks, Indian Tribes, and faith-based and other community organizations may apply Learn more and submit a concept form .

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism also funds opportunities for service in Maryland. Check out our funding opportunities   and sign up for our funding opportunity   newsletter   to learn more.