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 are seeking multilingual volunteers to help MakingChange reach more clients.
Tax Assistance 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 are bi- or multi-lingual, we are especially in need of your help.
The hours are flexible and we typically ask for a commitment of three (3) to five (5) hours per week during the tax season from late January to late April. For the 2022 tax season, we will be operating on a hybrid delivery model offering assistance both in person and virtually. We have two locations: one in Columbia and the other in Laurel. Learn more about the program.
Social Media Manager
MakingChange is a Howard County-based nonprofit that provides free one-on-one financial and housing counseling to individuals, as well as a way to support the mission of MakingChange. The Social Media Manager will be a valuable member of the MakingChange team highlighting the services that we offer and engaging potential clients, funders and partners. You will need to be familiar with Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn 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 keeping MakingChange connected with clients, funders, partners and governmental agencies. Learn more about our services here.
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 and other challenges that they are facing. 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.