Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns for our clients, staff members, and volunteers HopeWorks is NOT accepting volunteer applications at this time. More information about our volunteer program will be available in early 2022.

For any questions or concerns about the changes to the volunteer program, please email Erin Reid at ereid@hopeworksofhc.org.

HopeWorks’ Volunteer Program is supportive of the organization’s two-pronged mission: providing support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and developing the community engagement necessary for primary prevention.

The purpose of the volunteer program, at its heart, is to build capacity – a process that involves developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources that individuals, organizations, and communities need to thrive; building the leadership of our volunteers is central to this work.

The Application Process

HopeWorks accepts and reviews volunteer applications twice a year; from July 1 to August 15 AND
January 1 to February 15.

Please note that currently, we are accepting applications for Childcare Volunteers on a rolling basis.

The application process begins by completing the Volunteer Application Packet. After the review and successful processing of their application and background check volunteer candidates are invited to attend HopeWorks’ two-day Step 1 Training. The training is designed for learning about the root causes of sexual and intimate partner violence. Step 1 Trainings are held in September and March and are mandatory for volunteer applicants age 18+.

Questions? Call (410) 997-0304 or email us at volunteers@hopeworksofhc.org.

Volunteer Positions

Childcare Volunteers

Childcare Volunteers help provide much-needed on-site childcare for our clients. Volunteers can play games, read stories, and create art while supervising children during parent counseling sessions or engagement events. Volunteers are needed during the day and evenings, Monday-Friday and occasionally on the weekends. Must be at least 16 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Community Engagement Department apply.


Due to the pandemic, Childcare Volunteers are not needed at this time.

Legal Services Volunteers

The Department of Legal Services welcomes volunteers who would like to provide support to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Opportunities include working as a Volunteer Legal Advocate, where volunteers provide support and complete outreach services during the civil domestic violence docket at the District Court, a Criminal Case Support Advocate, and legal internships. Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the legal department apply.

Office Volunteers

HopeWorks is always in need of dependable volunteers who have experience with general office duties. Volunteers will help answer phones, perform data entry, assist with copying, help prepare for workshops, and file as necessary. Office Volunteers are most often needed weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Must be at least 18 years of age.


Due to the pandemic, Office Volunteers are not needed at this time.

Special Event Volunteers

Special Event Volunteers attend upcoming events, assist with set-up for workshops or trainings, and manage the registration table at the Candlelight Vigil, Dragonfly the Poetry Reading, or other special events. Special Event Volunteers also help with organizing holiday projects and assisting with fundraisers.

Outreach Volunteers

Outreach Volunteers assist the Community Engagement department by staffing booths at community health and wellness fairs, providing up-to-date information about the agency and our services. Outreach Volunteers also assist at special events. Outreach Volunteers also request and host HopeWorks at Home events, virtual parties where friends, family, and the community members can attend special workshops and trainings.

Engagement Advocates

Engagement Advocate Volunteers are trained to facilitate select workshops. Prior public speaking or facilitation experience is helpful but not required. Engagement Advocates are able to serve as Outreach and Special Event Volunteers.

Our Earth Volunteers

Our Earth Volunteers tend to the HopeWorks Peace Garden, a 1,000 square foot plot of land located at Freetown Farm. Our Earth Volunteers will work with HopeWorks staff, members of HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project, and the Howard County Community Ecology Institute to cultivate and maintain the garden. Must complete the Step 1 Training and additional training provided by the Our Earth Project coordinators. No gardening experience required.

Pantry Volunteers

Pantry Volunteers are needed to assist in maintaining HopeWorks’ pantry. Volunteers will work with our Pantry Manager and clean, organize, and take inventory of the items we need for our clients. Must complete the Step 1 Training. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the advocacy department apply.

*Days and times for these opportunities vary. Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Community Engagement Department apply.

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272



9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

(410) 997-0304