Volunteer with MakingChange
Our volunteers are excellent listeners, empathetic individuals and experts in their fields.
We’re looking for people who see the value in educating others about personal finances and who recognize how financial stability can shape communities and change lives. We’ll look at your areas of interest and credentials to help you choose from among our featured opportunities. We also have opportunities for volunteers in our tax preparation assistance program. Let us know what interests you most.
Your decision to support MakingChange with your time and experience is an easy one. We will provide the training (or pay for it, when required) and we can work around your schedule. Click on the volunteer opportunities below to learn more.
We seek multilingual volunteers, especially individuals who speak Spanish or Korean.
Volunteer Financial Counselors will work with the MakingChange staff to provide clients with virtual or in-person individual, couple and/or group counseling on personal finance topics, such as budget planning, credit management and debt reduction, retirement planning, and estate planning.
What you will do
Tax Preparation Volunteer
MakingChange provides free tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. No specific experience is necessary — just a willingness to complete the IRS-approved training program and the desire to help moderate- to low-income families in our community. If you speak Spanish or Korean, we are especially in need of your help.
The hours are flexible and we typically ask for a commitment of three to five hours per week during the tax season from late January to mid-April. We have two locations: one in Columbia and the other in Laurel. Learn more about the program.
Check back here for announcements related to the upcoming tax season and whether assistance will be provided at our usual locations (Multiservice Center in North Laurel and the Nonprofit Collaborative in Columbia) or virtually. Information should be available in December.
Social Media Manager
MakingChange is a Howard County-based nonprofit that provides free one-on-one financial counseling to individuals, as well aHere’s a way to support the mission of MakingChange, even if you don’t have experience with educating others about personal finances. To guide you in the type of content we want to share online, it is important to have a general familiarity with concepts like making a budget, managing debt, improving credit and preparing to buy a home. You will need to be familiar with Twitter and Facebook, and ideally have knowledge of platforms for scheduling posts in advance. At this time we do not have any requirement for frequency of posting, but we are looking for someone who can spend time each week to nurture our social media presence.s customized financial education in group settings through our partnerships with local employers, community organizations and governmental agencies. Learn more about our services below.
We’re looking for a volunteer who believes attitude is everything. The ideal person for this role is pleasant, compassionate, works well with a broad range of people and can be sensitive to the personal nature of talking about one’s personal finances. Regular duties include responding to telephone inquiries, providing clients and others with contact information for referrals, following up with people looking for information regarding our counseling services and educational programs, and performing clerical work. Previous experience as an administrative assistant is a plus.