Short Term Opportunities

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Federal Furlough Generates Volunteer Interest  

We received some calls and emails from furloughed employees looking for ways to serve during this difficult time. While we all hope that the shutdown will soon be over our nonprofits have identifed some immediate short term opportunities to serve that we have listed here. You can also find date specific projects on our Calendar and opportunities marked as Occasional on our Advanced Search page.

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Project Details

City Contact
A Wider Circle Sort Donations Help sort donated items Silver Spring

Baby's Bounty MC Inc

Data Entry

Data entry help
Sort items and record inventory

Gaithersburg Jesi Roman
Chesapeake Natives, Inc. Gardening

Potting plants, preparing garden beds, greenhouse maintenance.  Saturdays and Wednesday 9:00am-1:30pm throughout October.

Upper Marlboro Selwyn Ramp
Community Ministries of Rockville Lawn Care

Lawn mowing and leaf raking for blind client of Community Minstries of Rockville's Elderly Ministries program. Client's home is in the City of Rockville and sits on a small lot.


Andrea Kempner-Wink

Cornerstone Montgomery


Part-time administrative support - letter writing, filing, scanning important documents, scheduling appointments.

Development Research & Prospect Volunteer - assists in identifying, researching, and analyzing foundation and individual prospects for major gift goals.  Computer skills required.  Background in Internet-based research preferred.

Bethesda Diane Wagner
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County Outreach

I would love to find volunteers who could help us do outreach to senior service centers, adult day care centers, senior housing centers to help us educate the community about our program.  A volunteer could help us do outreach to find long term volunteers who would be interested in visiting a lonely adult weekly for a minimum of one year.

Rockville Tammy Schmidt
301-424-0656 ext. 507
Gaithersburg Community Museum File

Need help with preservation of documents and information. We have several file cabinets (ranging in contents from possibly the late 1800's, to the late 1980's) that need to be sorted through and scanned.  Volunteers should be over 18 and competent with basic computer functions. 

Gaithersburg Jean Drzyzgula
Germantown Historical Society Handyman

Carpenter needed to rebuild a wood stair to basement and cap a cistern in the basement. Also need a painter to paint exterior door frame.

Germantown Susan Soderberg
Great and Small Lawn Care

Help us maintain our fences by removing overgrowth from the fence lines.  Weed-whacker and loppers are available on-site, or bring your own tools if you prefer.  Long sleeves and gloves recommended. 

Boyds Rachel Neff

Phone surveys to farms and restaurants to find out if they want to participate in a new food recovery initiative where we work to eliminate food waste by purchasing all end of market produce, cooking it up and redistributing it along with leftover restaurant foods we repackage for individual choice as food banks.

Silver Spring Jessica Weiss 301-537-7422
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland Sort Donations

Volunteers may come help us out in our ReStore! Volunteers are needed in the store and on the truck Monday through Saturday, in four hour shifts. Sign up now at

Gaithersburg Adeela Abassi
Hope Connections for Cancer Support Administrative

Administrative Help - database entry, statistics, answer phones, greet visitors
filing, call to confirm addresses and appointments
Internet research, marketing, mail merge, design flyers, spreadsheet updates

Bethesda Laurie Schwartz


House with a Heart Pet Santuary

Clean Up Fall cleanup Gaithersburg Martine
Interfaith Works Sort Donations

Volunteers are needed at the Interfaith Clothing Center to organize and sort donations, greet donors, cleaning up around the center.  

Rockville Erin Kauffman
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Jconnect Administrative

Research and update/enter agency and volunteer opportunity information
Contact agencies via phone, and/or email/web to update and enter Agency information and volunteer job details into database

Rockville Sam Rosenbaum
Jubilee Association of Maryland Inc Friendly Visits
Office Maintenance

Friendship exchange with clients
Landscaping and yard cleaning projects, Office assistants, Household cleaning, Meal preparations for clients

Kensington Kendra Tappin
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington/Finance Park Mentoring

Volunteers are needed almost everyday to help facilitate the program.  The volunteer commitment is one day; 5 hours.  The first hour is spent in an orientation, providing all information that is needed for the day.  The remaining 4 hours is spent with the students; guiding them through the day.  

Fairfax, VA Rachel Wunder
KID Museum Outreach

We need volunteers to help hand out free admission flyers at weekend events and during weekdays at the Metro and other urban centers. to promote the World of Montgomery Festival.

County-wide Jill Chessen
Lead4Life Create Surveys

We need someone to assist us in creating 3 surveys.  1. Youth in a diversion program to see what additional needs they have or may desire. 2. Create a survey for Scotland Community to see if they are interested in a workforce development program and when they would participate in a program like that. 3. Redo a survey for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Olney 301-672-4319 or
League of Women Voters of Montgomery County Computer Help

We have a computer that recently wouldn't boot up. It turns on and gets to the Windows page and gets stuck there. If you are a computer fix-it person, we could use your expertise on this matter.

Rockville Cindy Snow
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Event Support

LLS is hosting three Light The Night walks in the area (Reston, 10/5; Rockville, 10/12; DC, 10/19). As you can imagine, organizing walks for 10,000 is a lot of work. We'd love to have an extra pair of hands come in and help, and have a variety of tasks. 

Alexandria, VA Melissa Dentch
Manor Care Assisted Living Friendly Visits

Sit and socialize with our piano, board game or just talk.

Bethesda Jean Levin
Maryland Hunger Solutions Crafts Maryland Hunger Solutions is looking for volunteers to cut out paper apples for use in our statewide "Paper Apple Campaign".  Baltimore

Sarah Niskanen

410-528-0021 ext. 24

Montgomery Housing Partnership Website Help
Data Entry

For an experienced website designer, we have a short-term opportunity to assist with the design and migration to a new website 

Inputting survey data collected. We can accomodate up to 6 people doing data entry, using laptop computers at the MHP office. Shifts are available Monday thru Friday, from 10 am - 6 pm beginning October 7.

Donor database entry. This exercise would also require making telephone calls. Availability Monday through Friday, 9 am - 6 pm.

Silver Spring

Lesia Bullock 

Nourish Now

Organize Office
Sort Donations

Help move Nourish Now.  We need help organizing food and furniture in the new space to maximize efficiency and workflow in our new space.  We can always use volunteers to help with the driving. Also we have a need for people to help inventory, repackage, and coordinate the final destination for food items received. There are a number of data entry, outreach, cleaning and other coordinating tasks for volunteers to assist with. 

Rockville Nick

Our House Database Entry
Farm Work
Mailing and Data Base Administration
Our House Inc is an alternative juvenile justice residency facility that also plays host to a number of farmers who work with the trainees.  

Help put our farm to bed: Weeding, Pulling tomato stakes from the ground, Cleaning out and organizing hoop houses, Organizing storage areas, planting areas and packing house, Possibly planting and harvesting

Brookeville Richard Bievenue
Marc Grossman

202 412 5698
Rainbow Place Mailing

We are in need of 6-8 volunteers to help us stuff envelopes for a mailing. We plan to do this on Friday, October 11 from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Rockville Erica Anderson
Real Food for Kids Montgomery Data Entry

Typing up member lists from sign-in sheets into an Excel chart.

Silver Spring

Lindsey Parsons 216-337-9344

Rock Creek Conservancy Clean Up

Meadowbrook Trash Cleanup
Monday, Oct. 7, 10:00 am to noon
Help clean up Meadowbrook Park, from East-West Highway to the Rock Creek Park boundary at the Maryland/DC line.

Bethesda Karen Zeiter
Rockville Community Nursery School

Professional Skills

Review and rewrite staff handbook, employment agreement document review, staff evaluation guidelines
All of the above are items I need guidance on. RCNS is a small private cooperative nursery school that operates from 8:30-2:30.
The best time to reach me by phone is from 8:30-9 or after 1.

Rockville Kim Mahoney
Rockville HELP Website Help

We are in need of a Website person who can get our site current. We already have a website but we need some one to give us some time to add pictures and information as well as give us ideas to make it more attractive.

Rockville Carmen
Sierra Club Maryland Chapter Outreach

Wednesday nights phone banks 6:30-9 & during week days from 10:30 - 4. Call and invite people out to upcoming events
Bring: cell phone if you have minutes

College Park Laurel Imlay

Office: 301-277-7111
Stepping Stones Shelter Organizing
Organizing the clothing closet, general cleaning of the shelter, handyman/woman projects. Rockville

Liz Trabucco

The George B. Thomas Learning Academy - Wheaton Center Saturday School Organize

Volunteer can organize Saturday School Materials for staff and students and take inventory of supplies.

Wheaton DeAngela
Humanity TV Website/Computer

Short-term volunteer opportunities exist for experienced video editors, website developers, search engine optimization and/or social networking experts, Adobe After Effects professionals, and those skilled in advanced audio mixing.

Gaithersburg Steve Friedman

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Collect Acorns

We need people to help us collect acorns for the state tree nursery. We will provide the gloves and sacks.  We also could use someone to create a video for us.


Kimberley M. Knox
Women Who Care Ministries Administrative

We need assistance with answering phones, making copies, filing, shelving and stocking food, participating in food drives (weekends); website updates, photography, designing marketing tools such as business cards, brochures, etc.

Gaithersburg Roberta Littlejohn
Your Dog's Friend Computer

Coding word press plug-ins/ Woo Commerce extension on website registration forms. 

Organizing class evaluation on Survey Monkey

Potomac Erin Foley