Volunteer Opportunities

Talbot Special Riders

Volunteers are needed for Talbot Special Riders, a year-round therapeutic horseback riding program that helps challenged individuals from Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester to learn to ride and build self-esteem. Except for three paid instructors, volunteers participate as sidewalkers or horseleaders. Training is provided. Location is now at Timber Grove Farm near Harmony. Volunteers select a 3-hour timeframe that best fits their schedule. For more information or to come to observe, call Gloria Gibson at 410-745-9762 or visit www.talbotspecialriders.com.

Partners In Care

Volunteer to suit your schedule. Pick and choose dates and times you want to volunteer with Partners In Care. Join our Neighbor helping Neighbor organization and help older adults in our community. Our volunteer drivers are covered under volunteer insurance when taking older adults to medical appointments and shopping. We are a time and talent exchange program and will help YOU when YOU need help. For more information, call Pam O’Brien at 410-822-1803. Partners In Care is a Standard of Excellence approved non-profit.

Upper Shore Aging, Inc.

Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman

The Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program certifies volunteers to advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Upper Shore Aging, Inc. is seeking volunteers for Talbot, Caroline, and Kent counties. Volunteers must have excellent listening and communication skills, be friendly and respectful of residents and staff, and observe standards of ethics and confidentiality. Volunteers commit to a training program and several hours each month to perform facility visitations. For information call Upper Shore Aging, Inc. at 410-778-1182 or email tcardillino@uppershoreaging.org.

CASA of Caroline, Inc.

Want to help a child find a safe, permanent home? Consider volunteering with CASA of Caroline Inc. A CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who works with children that have been placed in foster Care. CASA is the only agency that enables a volunteer to work directly with a foster child caught in the system. Caroline County has too many children living in foster care, not because they have done anything wrong, but because they’ve been abused. These children get lost in the complexities of the system. Children need a voice and someone who can promote and protect their best interests. CASA volunteers make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Many children are still in need, still waiting for the abuse to stop, still hoping to find a safe home. Help make a difference – one child at a time. Speak up for a child in court. Training classes are starting soon. Call 410-479-8301 or visit www.carolinecasa.org.

St. Martin’s Ministries

St. Martin’s Ministries offers wonderful volunteer opportunities in various capacities at St. Martin’s Barn and St. Martin’s House in Ridgely. St. Martin’s Barn is in need of assistance in the food pantry, thrift shop and office. St. Martin’s House is seeking volunteers to assist with transportation, childcare and office duties. Detailed volunteer information and applications are available online at www.stmartinsministries.org. For more information, contact Kim Hopkins at 410-634-2537.

Rebuilding Together Caroline County

Rebuilding Together Caroline County has an ongoing need for volunteers to improve the homes and lives of low income homeowners. Volunteer for repairs; hauling materials or donations; selling useable building materials and working appliances; accepting donations; photographing jobs in progress or guiding applicants through the application process. Visit www.rebuildingtogethercaroline.org.

Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA)

As a nonprofit organization with a small staff, the success of many DCA programs is dependent upon the support of volunteers. Individuals, who have a heart for the arts, but not necessarily the funds to support them, can have major impact by participating as a volunteer. There are many tasks to do; special skills are not needed. DCA uses volunteers as hostesses at receptions; to help with the logistics of running programs and events; to serve as ushers at performances and more. Extra sets of hands would be greatly appreciated. If interested in becoming a volunteer, call 410-228-7782 or email receptionist@dorchesterarts.org.

Heritage Museums and Gardens

The Heritage Museums and Gardens in Cambridge is the home of the Dorchester County Historical Society. Volunteer opportunities abound and include greeters, docents, library assistants, collection management assistance, exhibit construction help, programming and events, gardening, housekeeping and more. Interested? Call 410-228-7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.

Coastal Hospice

Coastal Hospice is a non-profit that provides compassion, comfort and care to those nearing the end of life and their families. It’s a vital part of the Shore community and Dorchester County. Volunteers visit with patients and their families in their homes or at a facility. Volunteers also assist with office duties, community education, health fairs and events. To volunteer, call 410-742-8732.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater NWR seeks volunteers to assist with various activities on the Refuge. Volunteers are needed to help staff the Visitor Center, assist with special events, lead interpretive bus tours or trail walks, gardening, carpentry projects, and more. For more information, contact Michele Whitbeck at 410-221-8157 or michele_whitbeck@fws.gov.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank

Learn about how you can make a difference in Dorchester and Talbot counties by volunteering with Habitat Choptank in construction, on a committee, at the ReStore or with a special project. For more information or to attend a volunteer session, call 410-476-3204, email manager@habitatchoptank.org, or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice relies on volunteers in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties to assist with administrative tasks, help with events, visit patients and provide grief support. Volunteers also operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises funds for Compass Regional Hospice. For more information, call 443-262-4112 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org.

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary

Volunteers are needed by the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary at the Nearly New Shop in Chestertown, the Hospital Gift Shop and at the hospital. Volunteers scheduled in three-hour shifts. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Chester River Health, contact Jack Edson, Auxiliary President at 410-348-2159 or visit www.chesterriverhealth.org.

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre

The historic theatre welcomes volunteers as ushers, bartenders and in many other capacities. No experience is necessary and training is provided. For more information, call 410-810-2060.

Historical Society of Kent County

Volunteers for many different types of activities are needed at the Historical Society of Kent County, including: The Little Shop on the Corner, Docents for the Geddes-Piper House; The Fall House Tour, Event coordinators; Window Displays; Bakers; and Teachers. Call the Historical Society at 410-778-3499 or email Karen at admin@kentcountyhistory.org.

Upper Shore Aging, Inc.

Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman

The Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program certifies volunteers to advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Upper Shore Aging, Inc. is seeking volunteers for Talbot, Caroline, and Kent counties. Volunteers must have excellent listening and communication skills, be friendly and respectful of residents and staff, and observe standards of ethics and confidentiality. Volunteers commit to a training program and several hours each month to perform facility visitations. For information call Upper Shore Aging, Inc. at 410-778-1182 or email tcardillino@uppershoreaging.org.

Friends of Old Wye Mill

Interest in history, old machinery and early trades of Maryland? Here is your chance to help promote, maintain and run one of the oldest grist mills in the country. Learn the ancient and honored trade of the Miller. Leave a message at 410-827-3850 or email oldwyemill@atlanticbbn.net. Students will also be assisted with service learning hours, too.

Chesapeake Cats and Dogs

CCAD is looking for volunteers to keep its Adoption Center open on weekends for your choice of a 2- or 4-hour shift. A few evening shifts are available (1 to 2 hours) for feeding, light cleaning and socializing with the cats. Dog Fosters are always needed to provide temporary homes for dogs until they are adopted. Cat cuddlers, as well as help with fundraising events are always encouraged! For more information, visit www.ccadcatanddogrescue.org or call 410-643-9955.

ACE Mentor Program of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

The ACE Mentor Program provides career direction for high school students in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The program, which is available at Easton High School, St. Michaels High School and Sts. Peter and Paul High School also provides local internships and scholarships for those interested in pursuing these career fields. Are you interested in volunteering and creating excitement about the industry and the opportunities available to our youth? If so, contact Andy Cheezum at 410-822-6000 ext. 126 or visit www.facebook.com/easternshoreace.

Upper Shore Aging, Inc.

Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman

The Maryland Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program certifies volunteers to advocate for residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Upper Shore Aging, Inc. is seeking volunteers for Talbot, Caroline, and Kent counties. Volunteers must have excellent listening and communication skills, be friendly and respectful of residents and staff, and observe standards of ethics and confidentiality. Volunteers commit to a training program and several hours each month to perform facility visitations. For information call Upper Shore Aging, Inc. at 410-778-1182 or email tcardillino@uppershoreaging.org.

Tilghman Watermen’s Museum

Additional volunteers are needed in the beautifully restored new facility to share the history of Tilghman Island and its traditions. Qualifications: a love of the area and a desire to share that with others. Assist visitors in a primarily self-guided tour of the Museum’s Exhibits. Three hour shifts weekends from June through November. Contact: Jay Shotel at 410-886-2297 or jrshotel@gmail.com or visit tilghmanmuseum.org.

Talbot Historical Society

The Talbot Historical Society (THS), located at 30 South Washington Street in downtown Easton, is seeking volunteers to be docents at its new museum or galleries, and volunteers to staff the Tharpe Antiques shop. Training is provided for each job. Contact Karen Clements at 410 822-0773 or office@hstc.org to receive additional details.

University of Maryland Extension Talbot County 4-H

We’re the University of Maryland Extension Talbot County 4-H and we’re not just for farming youth. Robotics, health and fitness, the environment and citizenship are among the topic areas we offer. Share your ideas and experience as we plan new outreaches. Team up with others to bring hands-on activities to youth of all ages in a wide array of settings. Or, join the crew behind the scenes as they organize and assemble materials. The effort is worth it as we see youth discovering new interests that will open doors into their futures. To find out more, contact Tom Hutson, 4-H Educator, at thutson@umd.edu or 410-822-1244. All programs are equal opportunity and access.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank
Learn about how you can make a difference in Dorchester and Talbot counties by volunteering with Habitat Choptank in construction, on a committee, at the ReStore or with a special project. For more information or to attend a volunteer session, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

Friends of the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center

Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center (TCCAC) is initiating a group, “Friends of the TCCAC,” to help provide fundraising support, event planning, volunteer support, and to raise public awareness about the role the TCCAC plays in the community. TCCAC provides services to Talbot County children and families victimized by sexual abuse. Becoming a friend of the TCCAC is a way to support the hope and healing services at the Center. Persons interested in joining the Friends of the TCCAC should contact Kami Morris at 410-820-7141.

Partners In Care

Volunteer to suit your schedule. Pick and choose dates and times you want to volunteer with Partners In Care. Join our Neighbor helping Neighbor organization and help older adults in our community. Our volunteer drivers are covered under volunteer insurance when taking older adults to medical appointments and shopping. We are a time and talent exchange program and will help YOU when YOU need help. For more information, call Pam O’Brien at 410-822-1803. Partners In Care is a Standard of Excellence approved non-profit.

Talbot Mentors

Be a friend to a child. Be a mentor. An hour or two of time each week can mean a world of difference to a child. Staff provides ongoing support and activities to ensure successful relationships. View video at tinyurl.com/TM-film. Contact Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or www.talbotmentors.org.

Talbot Humane

Talbot Humane is an open admission animal shelter and adoption center, serving the community’s most vulnerable animals for over 80 years. TH is always looking for new, active, animal-loving volunteers to help provide care to the over 1,200 animals, including dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, pigs, and chickens. Volunteers help walk and socialize shelter dogs, care for cats at the shelter and the Cat Adoption Center at PetSmart in Easton, run off-site community events, and help with a whole host of other things. Visit www.talbothumane.org for more information or stop in to pick up an application. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Susan Langfitt at 410-822-0107 or susan@talbothumane.org.

St. Michaels Museum

Openings for a few walking tour guides – a 45-minute short tour and a 90-minute walking tour. A written guide and coaching from veteran guides will make it easy to get started. Individuals should be outgoing and interested in people and history. Current guides report: “It is fun and rewarding.” For details, call Chip Britt at 410-745-0530.

The Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Part of the mission of Komen Maryland is providing free breast health educational programs and materials across the Eastern Shore. Volunteers are currently needed on the Mid-Shore to offer ‘Breast Health Basics’ to businesses, schools and groups. An application, phone interview and brief training session is required. Information and an online application are available at www.komenmd.org. Or, contact Lori Yates at lyates@komenmd.org or 410-253-9492.

Habitat Choptank ReStore

The Habitat Choptank ReStore, a discount home improvement store that benefits Habitat for Humanity, is seeking volunteers in the following areas: Warehouse, Cashier, Customer Service, Office/Administration, Donation Processing, Merchandising, and Truck Driver. Four-hour shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday. Contact 410-820-6186 or manager@habitatchoptank.org to schedule an orientation. Good customer skills a must!

Friends of Old Wye Mill

Interest in history, old machinery and early trades of Maryland? Here is your chance to help promote, maintain and run one of the oldest grist mills in the country. Learn the ancient and honored trade of the Miller. Leave a message at 410-827-3850 or email oldwyemill@atlanticbbn.net. Students will also be assisted with service learning hours, too.

Talbot Village Connections

Talbot Village Connections, an emerging not for profit senior care program, is seeking volunteers for the following roles: drivers for appointments, grocery shopping/ errands; companionship to a home bound senior and/ or telephone assurance calls; marketing; fundraising and data management. If interested, contact talbotvillageconnections@gmail.com or call 410-714-4010.

Talbot Hospice

Talbot Hospice volunteers support our patients and families in a variety of ways. Currently, there are needs for greeters, companions, gardeners, receptionists, drivers and other areas. The 16-hour training takes place twice annually. For more info, visit www.talbothospice.org/volunteer or call Lori Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681.

Tilghman Area Youth Association (TAYA)

Share your knowledge and talent with local children by leading interesting afterschool classes in a fun environment. Each weekday, TAYA provides a one-hour enrichment class along with time for exercise, play, and homework. TAYA also needs tutors to provide free tutoring to students during this afterschool time. TAYA provides healthy snacks to the kids and dinner in our community, and often need help with food transportation. TAYA also seeks volunteers to organize community events and fundraisers and assist with community gardening efforts. Contact Ann Farley at tayadirector@gmail.com or 410-253-0967.

Serving the Mid-Shore

Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore

Want versus need. Balancing a checkbook. Do you wish someone had taught you these things as a youth? Now there is someone. YOU. All you need is enthusiasm to share your knowledge and life experience. JA provides training, curriculum, and a ready-to-learn classroom of students. Contact info@easternshoreja.org or call 410-742-8112 to volunteer.

Character Counts Mid Shore

Character Counts Mid Shore (CCMS) is seeking volunteers to serve as Character Coaches for the upcoming school year in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties. Training and supplies are offered by CCMS and volunteers are placed in the school and grade of their choice pending availability. Lessons are based on the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. CCMS is entering its 18th year in the public schools and is reaching an average of 8,100 students per school year. The time commitment is 15 minutes per class once a week in the lower grades and once a month in the higher grades. To learn more visit www.charactercountsmidshore.com or call Executive Director Susan Luby at 410-819-0386.

Pets on Wheels of Delmarva, Inc.
Does your dog need a job? Want to make a difference? Pets on Wheels of Delmarva’s mission is: “To provide companionship and comfort by sharing our pets with residents of nursing homes, care facilities, schools, and libraries.” Pets do not need to be formally obedience trained, but must be friendly and well mannered. For more information, visit www.petsonwheelsofdelmarva.org or call Marie Dempsey at 410-364-5329.

SCORE, Mid-Shore Chapter

Share business expertise with start-up small businesses or growing small businesses across the Mid- and Lower-Shore of Maryland. SCORE (a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration) is America’s premier, non-profit business mentoring organization that provides free and confidential business advice to the small business community. To become a SCORE volunteer business advisor, contact John C. Franke, chapter chairman, at 1-877-572-0735. For further information, visit www.score.org.

CASA of the Mid-Shore

CASA of the Mid-Shore is seeking applications from individuals interested in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children in our communities. A CASA’s role is to support the child throughout the court proceedings; establish a relationship with the child to better understand his or her particular needs and desires; communicate to the court what is in a child’s best interest; and provide continuous attention to the child’s situation to ensure the child’s needs are identified and necessary services are put into place quickly. Contact 410-822-2866 x6 or jc@casamidshore.org to learn more.

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