Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a place to volunteer? Volunteer opportunities are available across the Towson University campus and throughout the greater Baltimore region.

The following opportunities are offered through various campus departments and community organizations. Please contact the organization directly for more information.

For the most up to date volunteer opportunities during COVID-19, please check out our TU Serves webpage.

Not sure how to get started? Contact  to set up a community service consultation.

On Campus Opportunities

Student Organizations

Towson University is home to over 200 student organizations, many of which are service-oriented. To connect with one of these groups, browse their profile on Invovled@TU or meet them at Student Activities’ twice annual Involvement Fair.

Off Campus Opportunities

Health and Wellness

The 4K For Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to change lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer.

The 4K has 6 teams of 18-25 year olds who run or cycle across the country every summer, uniting communities along the way who have been impacted by cancer. 4K participants fundraise a minimum of $4,500 for UCF before embarking on this journey of a lifetime.

During the trip, individuals gain personal and professional skills including but not limited to writing, conflict management, leading amongst peers, advertising, young adult cancer education, public speaking, etc. There are various leadership positions available with the opportunity to receive internship credit or community service hours. 

When: Early to Mid June to Early August (Specific dates vary every year)

Where: Cross-Country

Contact: http://4kforcancer.org/4kforcancer@ulmanfund.org

Serving people in prison and individuals returning home after incarceration
Seeking volunteers on an ongoing basis. Most of the work is administrative in nature, but others are specifically oriented toward helping us plan and run the annual fundraising celebration that occurs in September. The tasks would include: scheduling appointments, assisting the Executive Director, assisting Board Members, assisting the event planning committee, contacting funders, assisting with the website, and following up with former clients.
When: 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday
Where: 2505 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218
Contact: Michelle Kelly at 410-889-5072 or mkelly@alternativedirectionsinc.org

Seeking volunteers to mentor children whose parents are incarcerated.  If you have a passion for mentoring children from challenging situations or are planning on a career in criminal justice, social work, or psychology, this is an ideal program to get involved with

Contact: Visit http://alternativedirectionsinc.org and complete the Contact Us form.

Seeking: a volunteer musician to play instrumental music for patients receiving chemotherapy and infusions. Volunteer is expected to play comforting music, and recognizable songs are a plus! Help make patients’ cancer experiences more enjoyable during a challenging time.

Seeking: a volunteer artist to guide patients through developing small pieces of art during their medical transfusions. This is a great volunteer opportunity for both studio art and art education students Gain experience working with a diverse patient population and designing your own projects.

Time commitment is flexible, but would prefer 2-3 hour shifts, 1-2 days per week.

Location: 2401 W. Belvedere Ave Baltimore, MD 21215

 Contact: Samantha Horn, MPA, 410-601-4531, Shorn2@lifebridgehealth.org

Seeking volunteers to provide excellent customer service as they greet donors and serve refreshments to blood donors at area blood drives. There is an application to complete and a training to attend. Volunteers over 18 years of age must pass a background check.

Where: Glen Burnie or Timonium

Contact:  Kristi Giles, kristy.giles@redcross.org

Providing a temporary home, a safe refuge, and care for unwanted and homeless animals
Seeking volunteers to work one-on-one with animals in shelters and adoption event Volunteers who enjoy talking to people, have a strong desire to help homeless dogs and cats find a home, and can give at least one weekend day each month. The Baltimore Humane Society attends adoption events at all sorts of venues including pet stores, Wal-Mart, farmer's markets, fairs, and festivals. These are great opportunities for us to make the public aware of our work and to find potential homes for our homeless dogs and cats. Requirements: willing to give up your day; have a car; take two dog handling classes and one event training class.
When: flexible
Where: flexible
Contact: Wendy Goldband at 410-833-8848 ext. 202 or goldband@bmorehumane.org

 Also seeking videographers to film and produce short adoption videos for individual dogs and cats up for adoption. This is a volunteer position. No compensation. However your name will be credited on all the videos which are sent out to 1000's of people and posted on our YouTube channel, Facebook page, etc.
When: Preferably available Monday thru Friday afternoons. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation.
Where: 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136

Contact:  volunteer@bmorehumane.org

Reducing the harm and effects of domestic violence while working toward its elimination in Howard County.

Seeking volunteers who wish to be engaged in learning and helping to better communities by preventing violence, helping with supply drives, etc.

Contact: Mya Carey, mcarey@wearehopeworks.org

Providing hearing and speech services, offers an information resource center and advocates for people of all ages with communication disorders/disabilities.

Seeking an HR Volunteer or Intern proficient in Word 7 and Excel with accurate data entry and attention to detail. Update Employee Handbook, Policies & Procedures, I-9s, Welcome packets, Open Enrollment of Health Benefits (month of June), HR personnel file set-up/filing, credentialing tracking, and the occasional STD and Workers Comp cases. Work with teaching staff, clinical professionals (SLP, OT, PT, and Audiologists), Independent contractual ASL interpreters, and support staff. Must have a criminal background check for child care through MD CJIS and FBI plus a negative PPD (TB) Test documentation within last 12 months.

When: Ongoing: Working with HR Manager in a 1-person nonprofit HR Dept.

9 a.m.--4:30 p.m. M-F (flexible with class hours and demands)

Where: Seton Business Park 5900 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

Visit our website (http://hasa.org/getinvolved/volunteer/) for up to date volunteer opportunities.

Contact: Lauren Albers for more information lalbers@hasa.org

Enriching the lives of our patients and their loved ones is our primary goal at Heartland Hospice. To achieve this mission, we seek the compassionate assistance of volunteers and invite them to join us on the journey of a lifetime! Because they are the heart of our organization, we welcome volunteers with various skills/talents and availability to provide the following to our patients and families during regular visits: companionship and socialization, emotional & spiritual support, reading of materials (sacred scriptures, literature, magazines, mail), music enrichment, arts & crafts, grief support, relief sitting for caregivers, running errands and patient legacy projects. We also have opportunities for administrative assistance in our office setting.

These opportunities are available throughout Baltimore City/County and Howard, Harford & Anne Arundel Counties.

For more information, please visit the Heartland Hospice website.

For questions or to apply to be a volunteer, please contact Gordon Creamer at # 240.205.5872 or via email at 4678officestaff10@hcr-manorcare.com

Team Fight is a community of athletes who walk, run, swim, bike and move to raise awareness & support for the 70,000 young adults who are diagnosed with cancer every year. Whether you're male or female, young or old, and of all athletic backgrounds - join us in playing an active role in the fight against cancer!Over the years members of Team Fight have helped raise over a million dollars to help change the lives of those affected by cancer through the many direct services offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund, including its national scholarship program, nationwide Cancer to 5K survivor training program, Patient Navigation services, the UCF House, and much more. Cancer changes lives... and so can you!

When: Team Fight events take place throughout the year.  Participants choose their own race, competition or other activity to represent Team Fight and help raise awareness and support for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Where:  Various locations throughout the Baltimore-Metro region and throughout the country.   Specific locations depend on the event selected by the participants.

Contact: 410-964-0202 (x116), teamfight@ulmanfund.org, or http://ulmanfund.org/teamfight/

Volunteers develop a friendship with an individual with a developmental disability.  Volunteers commit to communicate once a week, by phone, a note, a visit to their home, and eventually out into the community.

Contact Debbie Staigerwald at 443-722-9012

Save lives. Provide hope. Help those impacted by blood cancer.

Seeking passionate volunteers to help with bone marrow drives, special events, or general office work.

Where: Greater Baltimore area

Contact: Stephanie Cupp stephanie.cupp@theregoesmyhero.org 

Poverty and Homelessness

Volunteers prepare and serve meals, sort and distribute donations, and assist with administrative tasks at the center. 

Contact Sierra Jackson, sierra.jackson@vincentbaltimore.org

Increasing the financial security of low-income individuals and families by providing direct services and leading a coalition of partners.

Seeking Tax Volunteers to meet individually with clients at one of 15 sites across the city & review
tax documents, Prepare tax returns using TaxWise® software, Connect clients to empowering savings opportunities like U.S. savings bonds, CDs and credit union accounts
Qualifications: Must successfully complete free tax preparation training & pass IRS certification test Must be willing to maintain client confidentiality Abilityto build rapport & discuss sensitive financial information with care Basic computer skills No prior tax experience is required, but an ability to prepare a basic tax return or basic numeracy skills are helpful
Time Requirement: A minimum of three 4-6 hour volunteer shifts during tax season
(January to April) Our greatest need is Saturdays in February when our tax sites are busiest

Contact: Evan Leiter-Mason evan@cashmd.org

Promoting self-sufficiency and the successful integration of the immigrant Hispanic population into the greater community of Anne Arundel County.

Seeking volunteers for their Homework Club and assist students of the ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages) with their homework in English, Math, Science and other subjects. The Homework Club takes place at Bates Middle School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00pm and at Center of Help offices on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. You do not need to speak or understand Spanish (although that’s a big plus).

Contact: Janeth Crooks Janeth.crooks@centerofhelp.org

Our diverse programs include community services and referrals, English language instruction, preventative and primary health and dental services and immigration legal services.

When: Mondays 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays - Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Time commitment varies based on program. We also have evening volunteer opportunities in our ESL program on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. All volunteers must be at the Center by 5:45 p.m.

Where: 430 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231 (Fells Point)

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator at volunteeresp@cc-md.org or 443-825-3433

Providing emergency assistance and supportive outreach to persons who are economically disenfranchised in an effort to assist them in realizing their self-worth and dignity as people of God.

Seeking committed volunteers to work in direct service in our lunch and food pantry programs and in support services for our administrative offices, reception desk and Technology Resource Center.

When: Monday through Thursday- 10am to 1pm, and occasional weekend volunteers for special projects.

Where: 101 W. 23 Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Contact: Angela Hall ahall@fcbmore.org

Bringing people together to build decent, affordable homes that change lives, empower families, and strengthen communities

Seeking volunteers for Building on Site, Youth Service Saturday (YSS), Youth Groups, Youth United, New Partnership/Club Formation

When: Times vary based on the volunteer opportunity

Where: Site locations vary based on the project

Contact: volunteer@chesapeakerestore.org

Non-profit Christian ministry serving families in need in the north Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City areas and also the Appalachian region by collecting and distributing donated school supplies, household goods and furniture, and clothing.

Seeking volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30am to 3pm to sort donated clothing, furniture, and yard sale items as well as to help with warehouse cleanup.

Contact: Hope for All at 410-766-0372 or hopeforall72@gmail.com. The phones are only staffed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays but you can leave a message and they will get back to you. Website: www.hopeforall.us.

Coordinating the procurement and distribution of food donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and government agencies to organizations providing free food to the state's hungry.
Seeking Kitchen Volunteers. We have a very crucial need for groups of 3-8 people to come work in the Community Kitchen to sort and pack prepared food. 
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon or noon-3 p.m.

Seeking a Warehouse Volunteer. We need groups of 12-25 people to sort and pack donated food items that will then go out to our agencies who serve those in need.
When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
Where: 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, Baltimore, MD 21227
Contact: Volunteer Programs at 410-297-5332 or volunteer@mdfoodbank.org 

To volunteer, please click on  the volunteer registration button at www.mdfoodbank.org/volunteer. Note that “youth” refers to volunteers under 18 years of age.

Bringing healthy food to Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and other life-threatening conditions.
Seeking a kitchen assistant to help prepare and package meals. They will be working in an industrial kitchen, but no experience is necessary. Volunteers should make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and tops with sleeves. Volunteers can come in groups of up to fifteen at a time.

When: Our kitchens are open every weekday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the latest and every weekend from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. On weekdays, volunteers are asked to start shifts at 9 a.m. or noon, but can stay as long as they want. General volunteer orientations are Mondays at 10 a.m., but other times can be arranged.
Where: 901 N. Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205

Also seeking a Delivery Driver who will work with Moveable Feast to determine when and where they want to deliver. They will then be assigned a route with typically two to four stops to which they are to deliver meals that they pick up from our location in Baltimore that morning.

The actual delivery route normally takes no more than an hour of a volunteer's time.
When: Deliveries are picked up from Moveable Feast Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon or 1 p.m. at the latest.

Where: 901 N. Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205 - This is where the orientation will be and where deliveries will be picked up, but the volunteer can determine where they want to deliver to, such as the Towson area in Baltimore County, etc.

Volunteer registration and more information can be found on our website (www.mfeast.org)

Help Baltimore’s longest running day resource center for women and children experiencing homelessness and poverty through: meal service support (we provide 3 meals a day, every day of the year); donations sorting; kit assembly (we create toiletry, feminine hygiene, and winter weather kits); workshop facilitation

When:  Meal services are 3 times a day (7am-9am; 11am-1pm; 4pm-6pm) and other opportunities are scheduled as needed

Where: 17 W. Franklin St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Julie Martin – Volunteer Manager: jmartin@cc-md.org; 667-600-3702

Serving the needy in Baltimore for over 30 years

Seeking volunteers in the soup kitchen, employment center, or GED tutoring sessions.

When: flexible

Where: 725 Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202

Contact: Kim Kahl, Volunteer Manager, at 443-986-9031 or kkahl@cc-md.org

Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, improving the quality of life in the Washington Village/Pigtown neighborhood and the surrounding Southwest Baltimore communities. We provide programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth.

Volunteers can come M-F and serve our guests during hot lunch and/or on W-F help out in our free clothing bank 

When: Typically Monday - Friday from 10a to 1p. Other opportunities can be accommodated on an as needed basis in our free clothing marketplace from 8a-10a or 1p-4p, this also depends on the number looking to come.

Where: 1118 Ward Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Contact: Chevonne Francois cfrancois@paulsplaceoutreach.org 

Striving to give people hope for a better tomorrow by providing them with the tools they need for a better today!

Seeking volunteers for a youth development program called The Power Project in order to increase the academic performance and motivation of young people in the neighborhood. St. Francis also has several other volunteer opportunities available for students looking for hands on experience putting their skills and talents to use, making positive changes in our city.

When: Monday - Thursday from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: 2405 Linden Ave Baltimore, MD 21217

Contact: Dorlene dorlene@stfranciscenter.org


Enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities through loving care, guidance, and opportunity.

Seeking groups or individuals that are able to spruce up some yards at homes by raking leaves.

When: Flexible

Where: Anne Arundel County
Contact: Michelle Marshall michelle.marshall@bellomarche.org

We are dedicated to restoring the natural beauty and improving the environmental quality of the historic Bread and Cheese Creek through education, and by mobilizing volunteers for monitoring, restoration, and advocacy.

 Contact: Email info@BreadAndCheeseCreek.org for information on upcoming events.

The Office of Technology Services takes campus computers and reconditions them to make them usable again. They can take volunteers Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Cook Library to file, update spreadsheets, and organize the computers. Students can email Julie Leary at .

Volunteering with the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is a great way to improve your local community and the environment. Whether planting trees, installing rain barrels, developing conservation gardens or helping with paperwork, there are plenty of ways you can contribute. Sign up today to learn about our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Contact: View the calendar of events on our website for details on upcoming opportunities. (https://gunpowdervalleyconservancy.org/volunteer/)

Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs of environmental studies and natural science to children and adults of the greater Baltimore area.  Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

Nature Preschool Volunteer:  serve as teaching aides to help facilitate nature-based play in a safe, calm learning environment. Duties include reading to children, assisting with outdoor exploration, engaging with children, and helping set-up and clean-up. Volunteers must be able to hike up to two miles/day. Per licensing agreement, volunteers must comply with State regulations. Also attend an orientation and periodic preschool staff meetings/events.

M/W/F 8:30am to 12:00pm *must provide own transportation

 Contact for more information or interest: Ben Fertik, fertikb@explorenature.org