Volunteer Opportunities & Wish Lists

Volunteers play a crucial role in sustaining the quality of life in Gaithersburg. By giving of their time and talents, they help to feed the hungry, house the homeless, increase literacy, provide mentoring for young people, and so much more. Many local agencies are currently seeking volunteers. Explore the opportunities below. In-kind donations are also needed. They appear at the end of the list. For more opportunities visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center: www.montgomeryserves.org

Gaithersburg Coalition of Providers, Area Nonprofits, and Schools

  • Family Services, Inc., Ed Bohrer Parent Resource Center at Gaithersburg Elementary School

    General Volunteer: Reception and secretarial duties; must be able to work well with adults and children; bilingual Spanish/English preferred. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Receptionist: Greet and welcome people, help them fill out intake forms, answer the telephone, organize files, make copies and sort information. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

    Contact: Rita Vallejo Restrepo at 301-926-4895, or fax at 301-947-4449, or e-mail at rita_vallejorestrepo@mcpsmd.org

  • Friends of Wells Robertson House (FWR)

    Save the Date
    Annual Denim and Diamonds Gala
    To benefit Wells Robertson House
    April 24, 2015
    For more information, contact lplmp@aol.com or 240-654-3572

  • Gaithersburg Meals on Wheels, Inc

    Delivery Driver: Need drivers to deliver hot lunches and cold suppers at lunchtime to the elderly and shut-ins in the Gaithersburg area. Meals are picked up at Asbury Methodist Village: 333 Russell Ave. between 10:45 - 11:30 a.m., Monday- Friday. Containers are provided for carrying meals and delivery takes about one hour, 8 - 12 clients on each route. Children are welcome to accompany parents. Training is provided. Hours Needed: Monday - Friday; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or once every two weeks.

    Contact: Call 301-216-4200, or call Mary Casamento at 301-253-4626 or email at mississippimary@aol.com

  • GUIDE Program at Family Services, Inc.

    Tutor: Assisting student with their homework and specific subject as requested. Monday – Thursday after 3 p.m. for at least one hour.

    Contact: Nancy Horst at 240-683-3580 x 204

  • HIP Services

    Counselor Aides: Filing, organizing, printing and assembling packages together. Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Contact: Claudia I. Medina at 301-916-5946, or email at cmedina@hiphomes.org, or fax at 301-916-5982

  • Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore

    ReStore Volunteer: Donation intake, merchandising, customer service, loading merchandise, cleaning, maintenance. Other volunteer opportunities are available upon further discussion. Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    Contact: Jonathan Warshaw at 301-990-0014 x 31 or email at jonathan.warshaw@habitat-mc.org or fax at 301-990-7536

  • Housing Opportunities Commission/Forest Oak Towers

    Volunteers: Assist senior citizens with learning how to use and navigate a computer. Bi-weekly, 2 hours.

    Contact: Marsha Weber at 301-740-1414 or email at marsha.weber@hocmc.org

  • Interfaith Works, Inc

    Painters/Home Décor: Paint an entire duplex house for a group of clients. This includes three bedrooms, dining room, stair way, living room and bathroom. Needed asap.

    Contact: Fatmata Kamara at 240-753-4726, or email at fkamara@iworksmc.org, or fax at 301-515-0270

    Meal Donors for the Carroll House Shelter: Volunteers to make meals at home and bring them to the shelter. Volunteers can stay and serve the residents or drop off donations at any time. 32 residents eat dinner at 5 p.m. daily. Meals can be dropped off anytime.

    Contact: Sara Cherner at 301-587-7270 or email at scherner@iworksmc.org, or fax at 301-587-7275

  • Manna Food

    Warehouse Volunteer: Volunteer 18 years or older to help with the following:

    • Food Distribution: performing a variety of tasks geared towards creating boxes of fresh food that our clients will receive on that same day. It involves, taping boxes together, cutting boxes apart, sorting through food, putting food in boxes, and helping move boxes out to client cars.
    • Pre-Sorting donations of non-perishable food items.
    • Housekeeping tasks related to the daily upkeep of Manna's warehouse.

    The work is physical and you should be comfortable standing for a couple of hours; you may engage in some light to moderate lifting (5 – 25+ pounds) as well as bending and reaching.

    This is an ongoing need.

    Contact: Volunteer Manager at 301-424-1130 x 25, or fax at 301-294-7968, or e-mail at volunteer@mannafood.org

  • Meals On Wheels, Inc.

    Delivery Driver: Gaithersburg Meals On Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot lunches and cold suppers at lunchtime to the elderly and shut-ins in the Gaithersburg area. Meals are picked up at Asbury Methodist Village, 333 Russell Ave. between 10:45 and 11:30 a.m., Monday–Friday. Containers are provided for carrying the meals, and delivery takes about one hour, with 8-12 clients on each route. Volunteers are asked to drive once a week, or once every other week. Children are welcome to accompany parents. Training is provided.

    Contact: Please call 301-216-4200, or Lisa Koenig at 301-869-0190, or email lisamkoenig1@gmail.com

  • Mental Health Association

    Representative Payee: Each Representative Payee volunteer is matched with a low income person with disabilities who needs help with budgeting, paying routine bills and keeping track of financial matters. Once trained, a volunteer is matched with a client and appointed by the Social Security Administration to handle their financial matters. A volunteer’s basic responsibility is to manage the client’s monthly benefits in their best interest and to keep the client’s financial records in order. Volunteers receive ongoing support and supervision from the program staff. Volunteers are expected to commit to working with a client for at least one year.

    Contact: Emily Kamin at 301-424-0656, ext. 541, or fax at 301-738-1030, or e-mail at volunteer@mhamc.org

  • Mobile Medical Care, Inc

    Providers at Germantown Clinic: Licensed MDs, PAs and NPs needed to see uninsured patients at MobileMed’s Germantown Clinic. Monday afternoons, Tuesdays- Thursdays, and Friday mornings

    Contact: Ajia Hagen at 301-841-0836 or email at ahagen@mobilemedicalcare.org

  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless

    Cook (Hot and Bagged Meals): We serve 3 meals a day, every day, between 60-200+ men in the HBCAC Assessment Center. There is no obligation to prepare the entire amount, any donation is appreciated. If the meal is made for the entire shelter we can arrange to have you serve if you would like.

    Contact: Naira Mardukhayeva at 301-917-6658 or email at nmardukhayeva@mcch.net

    Back to Work Mentoring: Volunteers with professional experience are needed to assist clients at our men’s shelter with all aspects of preparing themselves to go back to work. This includes interview preparation, resume help, and GED tutoring.

    Collection Drives: Hold a collection drive at your school, congregation or in your neighborhood for the MCCH programs needs. For more information on specific items.

    Front Desk Greeter: Greet visitors, answer and direct phone calls, and help coordinate donation drop-offs. Office support work and data entry possible as well. Must be at least 18 years old, hours flexible.

    Gift Wrapping Volunteers: Help wrap gifts for clients. Normal business hours, starting mid-December.

    Groups for Beautification Projects: Organized groups that can provide labor, tools, mulch and planting materials to help with yard maintenance projects. Spring/fall.

    Projects for Special Events: If you have any upcoming events such as a B’nai Mitzvah, confirmation or other special event we can combine speakers for your class and shelter tours with a collection drive or meal preparation.

    Outreach Volunteers: Attend community events to educate the public about the issues of homelessness in Montgomery County and to recruit volunteers for our programs.

    Contact: Teri Brenits at 301-917-6660 or email at teri@mcch.net

  • Rainbow Place Shelter

    Evening Volunteer: Heat and serve dinner to clients, pack bagged lunches, clean kitchen/dining area, miscellaneous tasks as directed by staff, and some contact with clients. Monday – Friday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. After 3/31/13 no more volunteers needed until next season 11/1/14.

    Shelter Shut Down:

    • Big Shelter Shut Down Day: Heavy lifting, cleaning, putting away/ storage of everything. April 1, 12 – 3 p.m.
    • Daytime Assistance: Cleaning, laundry, storage of remaining items, sorting donations. April 2, April 4; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Contact: Erica Anderson at 301-762-1496 or email at rainbow@rainbowplace.org or fax at 301-762-5823

  • The Senior Connection

    Escort Drivers for Senior Citizens: Volunteers from Gaithersburg/Germantown to provide escorted transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store and offer companionship to seniors often living alone. Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. for medical transportation. Monday – Sunday any hours for grocery shopping and other errands. Schedules are flexible. Minimum age 21.

    Contact: volunteer@seniorconnectionmc.org

  • Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities

    ESOL Teacher and/or Substitute Teacher: Looking for energetic, outgoing, responsible, committed and experienced ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) instructors. Able to design a general class plan to cover all units required during the term and meet MSDE adult ESOL standards. Tuesday & Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

    Contact: Katherine Diaz, Coordinator, 301-740-2523 x972 or Katherine.diaz@catholiccharitiesdc.org

  • Stepping Stones Shelter

    Cleaner/Yard Worker: Vacuuming, dusting, organizing, sweeping, disinfecting, etc. is needed all throughout the shelter. Seasonal outdoor jobs include raking leaves, mowing the lawn, planting, watering plants, etc. We have small tasks that need to be done daily as well as deep cleaning that should be done on a fairly regular basis. Monday - Friday, flexible hours. Some weekends.

    Clothing Closet Organizer: Sort through clothing donations and put away in proper places within the clothing closet. Fill clothing requests for residents. Monday - Friday, flexible hours between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Donation Drive: Conduct a drive at your school, church, organization or neighborhood to collect needed items for the shelter and our residents. Drive ideas include but are not limited to: paper products, gift cards, cleaning supplies, diapers, bedding, or even birthday kits (cake mix, icing, candles, cups, etc.). We need these items to keep our shelter running and also to give to families when they move out. A full needs list can be found on our website. This is an off-site activity. You can do this whenever you choose.

    Donations Sorter: Sort through donations from community members. Put donations away in proper places in the shelter. Fill item requests for current and past residents. Monday-Friday, flexible hours between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Meal Provider: Provide an evening meal for the residents. Would like to find individuals, groups or congregations willing to “adopt a day” of the month to bring in a meal (i.e., every second Tuesday of the month). Dinners must serve 15 - 20 people and can be prepared at home and brought at the shelter. Can be ongoing or a one-time meal donation. Sunday - Thursday evenings, meals served at 6 p.m.

    Contact: Liz Trabucco at 301-251-0567 or email at liz@steppingstonesshelter.org or fax at 301-762-0040

    For more information visit: www.steppingstonesshelter.org

  • Women Who Care Ministries

    Administrative Volunteer: Volunteers that help answer with phones, filing, and general office work.

    Board Members: Seeking interested people to join Board of Directors.

    Food Drive Volunteers (MCPS/SSL Approved): Seeking volunteers to assist in helping us feed local hungry families.

    Food Sorter (MCPS/SSL Approved): Seeking eager people to help sort, shelve, and distribute food to the needy.

    Grant Writer: Person(s) to assist with grant writing and grant research.

    Photographer: Need a person to take pictures at our events and for other projects.

    Web Designer: Seeking someone to help update website.

    Contact: 301-740-2777 or email at wwcmvolunteers@yahoo.com

  • City of Gaithersburg - Parks Recreation and Culture Department

    Arts Barn Volunteer Positions:

    • Art Camp Assistants: Assist art teachers with performing art camps or visual art camps. Training is provided. Summer 2013 - between 6/17/2013 and 8/16/2013. Each camp lasts one week. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Concession Stand Assistant: Assist with selling concessions-soda, candy, chips, cookies and wine and beer for select adult shows. Volunteer is able to see the performance complimentary. Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Must be over 21 to sell wine and beer.

    Contact: The Arts Barn at 301-258-6394 or email at artsbarn@gaithersburgmd.gov

    City Hall Concert Pavilion Volunteer Positions:

    • Safety Assistant: Help monitor the children attending the concert - Keep them from climbing trees, inappropriately going onto the stage, walking out of the pavilion area on to Summit Ave., etc. Thursdays, June 6th - August 8th (excluding Thursday, July 4th) 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Jingle Jubilee-Costume Characters, Character Guides, Santa Line Helpers: Wear costumes and hand out giveaways to children, help guide characters around the pavilion, help monitor the line and make sure no one cuts line. Saturday, December 7, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Contact: The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture at 301-258-3650 or email at parksrec@gaithersburgmd.gov

    Kentland’s Green Volunteer Positions:

    • Oktoberfest - Information Booth and other positions TBD: Sit at the Gaithersburg information tent and talk to people about our upcoming programs and activities. Prior knowledge about City programs and event preferable and other duties applicable to position. Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Contact: The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture at 301-258-3650 or email at parksrec@gaithersburgmd.gov

    Senior Center Volunteer Positions:

    • Computer Instructor
    • Event Assistant
    • Learn to Speak English/Spanish Instructor
    • Open to other talents willing to share with others

    All volunteers must enjoy working with older adults; be responsible, respectful, patient and willing to share their skills. Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Actual hours will vary.

    Contact: Senior Services at 301-258-6380 or email at seniorcenter@gaithersburgmd.gov


Wish List of Items Needed for Area Agencies and Schools

  • The Dwelling Place, Inc:

    • Hygiene Items
    • Diapers
    • Kleenex
    • Baby Wipes
  • GUIDE Program at Family Services:

    • Textbooks
    • Reading Books
    • Tutoring Materials
    • Etc.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County ReStore:

    • Upright Dust Pan
    • Work Gloves
    • Furniture Sliders
    • Sharpies
    • Whiteboard Markers
    • Rags
    • Color Duct Tape
    • Windex
  • Gaithersburg HELP:

    • Canned Food Donations
  • Hip Services:

    • AmpliVox Sw212 Wireless Rechargeable MITY-VOX
    • Best-Rite Mobile Porcelain Dry-Erase easel
    • 30” x 25” Post-it Super Sticky Easel Pad
    • 3” x 2” Best-Rite Blue Rubber- Tak Bulletin Board with Euro Trim Frame
    • Sustainable Earth by Staples Compostable Hot and Cold Cups 12 oz.
    • Plastic Spoons 1000 Pack
    • 9 Pocket Magazine Floor Rack by Safco Luxe 4135
    • Safco Mode Wood Coat Tree with Umbrella Rack
    • Round 11.5” Wall Clock, Black
    • Keurig OfficePRO Single Cup Commercial Brewer
    • 22” x 32” Trademark Global David Lloyd Glover “Mission Carmel Bell Tower” canvas art
    • 35” x 47” Trademark Global David Lloyd Glover “Pink Falsies Wooden Steps” canvas art
  • Interfaith Works, Inc:

    • Blankets
    • Bottled Water
    • Bedding
    • Paint
  • Interfaith Works, Carroll House Shelter:

    • Cereal
    • Breakfast Bars
    • Shelf-Life Milk
    • Coffee
    • Creamer
    • Gift Cards to Grocery Stores, Target and Fast Food Restaurants
    • Toiletries
  • Interfaith Works, Community Vision Program:

    • New Digital Camera with Direct Cable to PC (No Special Reader Needed)
    • Toner Cartridges (HP CE320A, HP CE 321A, HP CE322A, HP CE323A)
    • Ponchos
    • Umbrellas
    • Lysol Wipes
    • 20lb. White Copy Paper
  • Manna Food Center:

    • Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
    • Canned Tuna/Salmon in Water
    • Canned Chicken
    • Chili
    • Canned or Dried Beans
    • Nut Butters
    • Dry-Roasted or Raw Nuts and Deeds
    • Canned Fruit in Juice
    • Dried Fruit
    • Brown Rice, Quinoa, Buckwheat and Other Whole Grains
    • Whole-Wheat Pasta
    • Rolled Oats and Plain Instant Oatmeal
    • Low Sugar, High Fiber Cereal
    • Boxed or Evaporated Milk
    • Vegetable Oils
    • Tea and Coffee
    • Vegetarian Soups and Chili
    • Infant Cereal
    • Baby Food/Formula
  • Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless:

    • Gift Cards
    • Holiday Gifts for Adults
    • Holiday Meals
  • Rainbow Place:

    • Clothing
    • Paper Goods
    • Food
    • Medications
    • Personal Items
    • Gift Cards
    • Stamps
    • Etc.
  • Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Charities

    • Sponsors for Student Tuition Scholarships and Books
    • Sponsor for ESOL Announcements
    • Sponsor for Graduation Student Ceremonies
    • Sponsor for Family Literacy Program Supplies
  • Stepping Stones Shelter

    • Paper Towels
    • Toilet Paper
    • Trash Bags
    • Liquid Hand Soap
    • Diapers and Wipes
    • Swiffer Mop Pads (Refills)
    • New Bed Pillows

    Full needs list at www.steppingstonesshelter.org

  • Wells Robertson House

    • Clothes (seasonal) for Adult Men and Women
    • Bath Towels
    • Socks and Underwear (Female/Male)
    • Personal Hygiene Items like Razors, Soaps, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Combs, Wash Cloths and Note Books (one subject)
    • House Supplies like Canned Goods, Coffee, Plastic Cups, Plates, Large Pots, Pans, and Silverware
    • Bedroom Items like Twin Comforters, Sheets, and Pillows
  • Women Who Care Ministries

    • Easy Mac
    • Small Cans of Tuna
    • Small Cans of Apple Sauce
    • Small Fruit Cups
    • Small Non-perishable Puddings
    • Individual Kid-size Cereal Bowls
    • Nutrigrain and Granola Bars
    • Small Non-Perishable Boxes of White/Chocolate Milk
    • For Offices:

    • Deep Freezer
    • Two Laptops
  • Paper good product donations needed at several area shelters. Contact: Maureen at 301-258-6395 or communityservices@gaithersburgmd.gov.


SSL Opportunities

  • Carroll House Shelter: Middle and high school students can cook meals and bring them to the shelter to serve. They can also hold food drives (canned goods and breakfast food drives) at schools.

  • Family Services, Inc.: Groups and high school students for 5k/1 Mile Fun Run Race.

  • Rainbow Place Shelter: High School volunteers for evening volunteer position.

  • Stepping Stones Shelter: Groups, middle and high school students, for food drives and donation drives with supervision from parent/guardian.

  • City of Gaithersburg:

    • Benjamin Gaither Center: Groups for holiday entertainment and Special Events such as Active Aging Expo.
    • City of Gaithersburg Events and Programs: SSL hours available for ages 14 and older.