Volunteer opportunities may be limited due to COVID-19. Please take a minute to explore some of the current options available.
Want to do something meaningful in the City of Rockville? Whether you’re looking to adopt a stream, offer your professional skills, or lend your talents in other ways, you’ll find there are opportunities to get involved in causes that matter to you right in Rockville.
Volunteers provide quality services to the citizens of our community. Volunteering often leads to personal and professional growth and development, which may include:
- Learning a new skill or trade.
- Gaining valuable work experience.
- Meeting new people.
- Helping people/animals in need.
- Networking and making professional contacts.
VOLUNTEERING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
The City of Rockville is dedicated to helping its community. We’ve compiled a list of city and county resources for residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit the city’s COVID-19 resources page.
Many Montgomery County residents, seeing their neighbors and members of the community in distress, are looking to volunteer during these difficult times. Learn ways you can help.
Virtual Volunteering and Service Learning Hours (SSL) for MCPS Students
MCPS SSL guidelines have been modified to meet the service-learning needs of our students during this time period, and we are excited to announce that students can now earn SSL hours for some limited remote/virtual service completed from home under the supervision of an approved nonprofit organization. These virtual/remote SSL opportunities may be offered to our students until schools return to normal status.
Please carefully review the temporarily amended MCPS SSL guidelines for virtual/remote volunteering that have been created to ensure that virtual/remote service maintains the safety and privacy of students and adheres to the proper supervision needed for SSL as a state graduation requirement.
Questions? Email Donna Kleffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-Guided Litter Cleanup (SSL, All Ages)
Volunteer to compete a self-guided litter cleanup to help keep Rockville trash free and earn SSL hours while doing it! Choose one of Rockville’s parks or stream valleys to complete your hours. You must provide your own equipment. Register here and instructions will be provided during the checkout process with details on how to complete your hours. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult during your cleanup and all children and adults who are participating must register. Montgomery County Health guidelines and restrictions along with safety precautions must be followed at all times. Register Here.
Spanish-Speaking Food Pantry Volunteer (All Ages)
So What Else operates a food bank Monday-Friday as part of our Covid-19 Emergency Response Plan. Giving out around 50,000 meals every day, Our food pantry is looking for volunteers fluent in both Spanish and English to provide translation services for the Spanish-speaking clients at our food pantry. More Information Here.
Twinbrook Food Distribution Hub (SSL, All Ages)
The new Interfaith Works Food Distribution Hub, in the same building as the Interfaith Works Clothing Center, at 751 Twinbrook Parkway, offers two opportunities for residents to volunteer:
- Thursday mornings: Organize produce bags.
- Fridays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Food distribution (outside).
All volunteers are required to wear a mask and gloves.
To register and for more information, visit the Interfaith Works Hub at Twinbrook.
Give a Helping Hand Find Opportunities Here
Serving on a City Board or Commission: The Boards and Commissions provide the Mayor and Council with informed public opinions, thoughts and ideas that shape the City of Rockville. Join a Board or Commission Today!
Montgomery County Volunteer Center: The Center offers opportunities across the County for people of all ages some opportunities qualify for SSL hours. Find Opportunities Here!
MLK National Day of Service Website: The spirit of service of Dr. King continues during the year. You can also search for opportunities in your area at the National Day of Service Page.
So What Else: A non-profit organization providing FREE positive, enriching out-of-school programs for children ages five through 18. Some of the services are emergency hunger relief and youth development in order to continue serving our students.More Information Here.
Delivering Meals and Groceries to Vulnerable Seniors: The Meals on Wheels website lists ways to volunteer with this critical organization.
Helping Schools: Community members can check with their area’s school system to see if they need volunteers. Volunteer With MCPS.
Giving Blood: Blood donations have decreased dramatically. Local Red Cross or other blood donation websites provide ways to help.
Staying in Touch: One simple way to help is to check on neighbors, friends and family – especially those who are older or may be alone. A phone call, text, or a conversation through the door could brighten their day.
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE
Rockville is a community of neighbors looking to help in this time of need. We’ve put together some ways for you to give back to the community and help those neighbors in need.
Support local restaurants by grabbing takeout or delivery on Tuesdays. You can find a list of nearby restaurants on www.mocoeats.com.
Give to the Rockville Emergency Assistance Program
The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in how it is affecting your neighbors through financial hardship. If you have the means and would like to partner with the City of Rockville to help your neighbors in need, considering donating to the Rockville Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). 100% of donated funds go to help Rockville families!
If you would like to make a donation via check, please make the check payable to the City of Rockville with "Rockville Emergency Assistance Program (REAP)" in the memo line and address your envelope to:
111 Maryland Avenue, 1st Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Volunteering and Being a Good Neighbor
Many Montgomery County residents, seeing their neighbors and members of the community in distress, are looking to help and volunteer during these difficult times. Learn ways you can help.
Donate a Meal to Volunteer Firefighters
The fire service has a long tradition of preparing meals together but during this emergency, they have insufficient time to shop and cook. If you are a restaurant or caterer who would like to prepare meals for our on-duty personnel, please email email@example.com with your contact information. Community members interested in donating a meal can easily donate money online, we cannot accept home-prepared food at this time. All money donated will be used for meals.
Give to the Recreation and Parks Fund
Help provide financial assistance to someone who may not be able to afford summer camp or other recreational activities in the coming months due to the loss of a job or other financial hardship. You can contribute online when you register for a recreation program by "Add Up or Add On" on the registration form. Round your payment to next easy denomination, and enter this additional amount on Recreation Fund Donation line. Call 240-314-8620 for more information. Donate online.
Donate Food at The Senior Center
Many Seniors in our area are struggling with food during these difficult times. You can donate dry goods at the senior center. this is an ongoing activity: Please bring your donations to the Rockville Senior Center located at1150 Carnation Dr. Rockville, MD 20850.
Host a Food Drive in Your Community
When you host a food drive you will enable our neighbors experiencing hunger to get the food they urgently need. Together we can fight hunger and feed hope. Learn how to host a food drive.
Help to Fight Hunger with Nourish Now
Discover how to help Hungry Families in Montgomery County and volunteer opportunities with Nourish Now.
Help a Neighbor in Need this Winter Season!
This year, local families need our support — now more than ever. Learn How to help families in need with So What Else Programs.
Donating Medical Supplies and Equipment
Donating or Volunteer Safely with Food Banks and Pantries
Information about giving, donating and volunteering at food banks and pantries can be found on the City’s website. People can also visit Feeding America or Food Pantries to find an organization near them.
Donating to Nonprofits
Cash donations are the best way to support nonprofits. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) lists organizations supporting COVID-19 response efforts. Guidestar and Great Nonprofits also have search engines to locate organizations that need help.