Volunteering and helping out those around you is what drives community. Pitching in on a large project or lending a hand on something smaller can both be rewarding experiences. Best of all, volunteering can be done with a group of friends or on your own and is a great way to meet new people.

One-Off Opportunities

Time is precious and volunteering can be a mentally and physically draining activity. To get started, check out these low-commitment opportunities.

Carroll County Arts Council

The Arts Council aims to culturally enrich the community through presenting and promoting arts opportunities and events. They’re home to the popular PEEPshow and many opportunities for the kids including arts classes and a theatre troup.

Volunteers can work as ushers or concessionaires during special events like the PEEPshow, Art in the Park, and Festival of Wreaths or work as summer camp counselors. Those looking for a more immersive experience should check out the theater internship.

Peep show fun! 👀

Posted by Juli Megonnell on Saturday, April 7, 2018


Carroll County Food Sunday

Food Sunday helps distribute food to more than 400 families each week through their Westminster, Eldersburg, and Taneytown locations thanks to a nearly all-volunteer network.

Opportunities include greeting and interviewing clients, packing food, and sorting and organizing food.

THANK YOU!!!!State’s Attorney, Brian DeLeonardo and his office staff donating over 50 boxes, 1,000 plus pounds of…

Posted by Carroll County Food Sunday on Sunday, December 23, 2018


City of Westminster

The City of Westminster regularly runs official community and family programs that are always in need of volunteers. From Fallfest to the Oyster Stroll, there’s always something to help out with. Pro tip: many official events come with free admission and/or t-shirts!

Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County

Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to give the gift of stable and safe home- ownernship. 21 children in nine built/rehabilitated homes have been impacted in the past 10 years through the Carroll County organization.

Volunteers from all backgrounds and skill-sets–both construction and non-construction–are vital to fulfilling Habitat’s mission. Those without construction experience but interest are encouraged to spend time learning on the build with other volunteers.

It is estimated that about 30 percent of Carroll County households pay more than 30 percent of their income toward…

Posted by Carroll County Times on Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Regular Commitments

Once you’re ready to make volunteering a regular commitment, check out some of the more immersive and semi-permanent opportunities around Westminster.

Bear Branch Nature Center

The Bear Branch Nature Center, located at Hashawha where Carroll County sixth graders go for outdoor school, is home to trails, raptors, fishing, and educational opportunities.

Volunteers can assist with animal care, gardening, greeting guests, and bluebird box monitoring. Bear Branch also hosts some bigger festival events and family volunteering opportunities for those looking for an even bigger commitment.

Carroll County has some great parks. We've covered a lot of them here in this guide.Featured: Bear Branch Nature…

Posted by Carrollcounty.life on Monday, October 8, 2018


Boys and Girls Club of Westminster

The Boys & Girls Club provides after-school programs and activities for hundreds of Westminster area students.

Make your afternoons as rewarding as possible by spending them with students at the club working on homework, craft projects, fitness, and so much more. A minimum commitment of one hour per week for 12 weeks is required.

It’s talent show day at the Club! #lovethesekids #campisgreat

Posted by Boys & Girls Club of Westminster Maryland on Friday, July 27, 2018


Historical Society of Carroll County

Founded in 1939, the Historical Society is the central purveyor of Carroll County history with educational programs for all ages.

Positions are open to lead tours (at least one two-hour tour per week), help in the library (at least one half-day shift per week), and work the museum shop. Some administrative duties and special events opportunities are also available.

Found something in your attic and you’re not sure about it’s value or history?! Mark your calendars because this is the…

Posted by Historical Society of Carroll County on Friday, July 20, 2018


Humane Society of Carroll County

The Humane Society offers adoption and animal control services, but not without the help of their volunteer staff. Fill out an application and commit yourself to a few hours or days per week while cuddling up to some of Carroll County’s cutest animals.

The Humane Society of Carroll County is looking for a foster home for multiple kittens and a mother cat. https://trib.al/Jo7eUbA

Posted by Carroll County Times on Monday, November 19, 2018


Human Services Programs of Carroll County

Human Services Programs, or HSP, offer a plethora of programs to help Carroll County residents including family support, shelters for all situations, a community garden, and even tax preparation aid. Volunteers can work in any of these areas as well as some administrative fields.

We want to give a big #ThankfulThursday shout out to the members of Calvary United Methodist Church Gamber for holding a…

Posted by Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc. on Thursday, January 24, 2019


Carroll Nonprofit Center

The Carroll Nonprofit Center exists to help improve the county by offering a central space for nonprofits to run their organizations from, network with others, and hold meetings. Conference rooms can be reserved by any nonprofit in Carroll County no matter their tenant status with the center.

Carroll Nonprofit Center's very own Sandi and her Hugs and Stitches group have made sleep mats and donated them to The Shepherd's Staff! Thank you Sandi & Co!!

Posted by Carroll Nonprofit Center on Friday, December 16, 2016