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Every year hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours to help CMR fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable residents of Montgomery County.  Just a few hours a week or a month can make a difference in someone's life.  Do you speak Spanish or another language? Can you hammer a nail, work a computer, or like to work with children?  These are just a few skills donated by our volunteers.  Enrich your life by helping others.  Consider volunteering for one of our Programs.  Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. We make every effort not only to accommodate the schedules of our volunteers but to match their interests with an appropriate program.

Volunteer Services

If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities, please contact Andrea Kempner-Wink, Director of Development and Volunteer Services at 301-637-0172 or

Click here for our volunteer application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Part-time Office Assistants and Specialists needed to help answer phones, file, and assist with basic data entry at CMR’s main office. Specialists - or those who want to learn – event-planning and social media, graphic art, customer service, fundraising, and other skills. Or serve on a committee!

FOR THE HOLIDAYS: In November and December, help distribute baskets, wrap gifts, or plan a food drive to prepare a holiday basket. CMR is a member of Montgomery County's Holiday Giving Program and we provide several hundred baskets and holiday presents for families in need. See more at Holiday Giving Program.

Present a workshop about nutrition, budgeting, resume writing,, basic handyman skills, negotiation, and researching resources. Let us know what skills you would like to share.

Donate Supplies: CLEANING PRODUCTS: Cleaner for floors, windows, tub, tile and toilet, dish soap and laundry detergent. PERSONAL TOILETRIES: Full size products for men or women: shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, alcohol-free mouthwash, feminine hygiene products.

TEACHER ASSISTANTS: Must be 18 years or older, training provided.

CHILD CARE WORKERS AND TUTORS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN: Must be 14 years or older; approved for SSL hours.

Provide lawn care during the growing season with grass cutting, pruning, leaf collection, gardening, etc.

Visit an Elderly Ministries Program senior. Make twice-monthly or monthly visits for conversation, activities, to take shopping or similar social interaction.

Be a Friendly Caller by making weekly phone calls to one or more senior clients. Confirm home care services went well, check on client’s well-being, and provide a friendly voice. Bilingual volunteers encouraged to apply.

Serve as an intake coordinator to interview clients, assess their needs and make referrals for services. Training is provided. Volunteers are asked to work the same 4-hour shift each week, M-F, 9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm. Must be at least 18 years old.

Donate toiletries (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes and alcohol-free mouthwash) or grocery and pharmacy gift cards.

Become a Spanish English interpreter between non-English speaking patients and medical staff. Volunteers must be over 18 years old and be able to work a three to four hour shift, at least twice a week.

Serve as a part-time office assistant. Spanish/English speakers are needed to help answer phones, file and assist with basic data entry.

Medical professionals who are licensed in the State of Maryland in the following areas are especially desired to provide a few hours each month to see patients at the Kaseman Health Clinic:

• Primary Care, Nurse Practitioners (CRNP)
• Primary Care, Physicians (MD), Internal Medicine
• Primary Care, Nurses and Medical Assistants
• Dermatology
• Rheumatology
• Gastroenterology
• Physical Medicine
• Cardiology (for consultation and reading of EKG’s)
• Opthalmology (priority is retinal exams for diabetic patients)

Donate cleaning supplies and/or paper products to the Clinic for the following items: Tall Kitchen Trash Bags, Small Trash Bags, C-Fold Paper Towels (#2 Box), Rolls of Paper Towels, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Scouring Powder, Facial Tissue, Toilet Paper, Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Disinfecting Wipes, Windex, Bleach, Pinesol, Dish Washing Liquid, Napkins, Paper Cups, and Bottled Water.

Volunteer Stories

At the end of August, a bright blue Clark Construction trailer was delivered to the Jefferson House so Clark Vice President Steve Hughes and Senior Supervisor Hale Chopp could fill it with equipment and supplies for the complete kitchen renovation of the historic home built in 1869. On Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:00 a.m., Hale was on site to begin demolishing the kitchen. Fourteen hour days followed. Hale's childhood friend Jeff Merritt drove each day from La Plata to work by his side.

This is a story about a dedicated board member and volunteer who has made a difference in many CMR lives. Nancy Gray has served on CMR's Board of Directors since 2005. After retiring in 2012 from the accounting industry, Nancy wanted to get more involved with CMR and our Elderly Ministries (EM) program. She became a "friendly visitor" to one of our EM clients. Originally our Program Director paired Nancy with Mrs. W. They developed a strong relationship that continues even now that Mrs.