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Volunteer

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 andreakwink@cmrocks.org

Click here for our volunteer application.

Volunteer Opportunities

EVENT ASSISTANCE: Volunteers needed on day of scheduled events to staff registration tables, help with auctions, food and beverage tables, set-up and tear-down, serve on an event committee to help plan event, fundraise, collect donations or provide administrative support.

FOR THE HOLIDAYS: In November and December, 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 about the Holiday Giving Program.

WORKSHOP PRESENTER: Would you like to teach a life skill to our clients? Workshops about nutrition, budgeting, resume writing, basic handmany skills, negotiation, and researching resources are life skills that would be useful to our residents. Let us know what skills you would like to share.

Desired Donated Supplies include: 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.

The Language Outreach Program needs the following for fall or spring sessions of its language and literacy classes. Classes are taught on Tuesday and Thursday nights at five locations in Rockville for 2 1/2 hours. This program is approved for SSL hours. Knowledge of a language other than English is not required. Volunteers are needed for the following:

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.

DELIVERY PERSON: Pick up food from Manna Food Center for 3-6 of our clients and deliver to their home one day per month. Position requires valid drivers license, working vehicle, and ability to lift and carry 40 lbs.

INTERPRETER: Mandarin/English. Needed on occasion to help program director communicate with elderly native Chinese clients via phone or in person.

HOME REPAIR WORKER: Volunteers (skilled and willing to hammer) are needed to help with simple home repairs for frail seniors.

LANDSCAPING ASSISTANCE: Volunteers are needed to provide ongoing lawn care service for frail seniors with small yards. One time opportunities with fall raking and flower bed preparation also available. Snow removal is an added area where we always get requests for volunteers.

INTAKE COORDINATOR: Volunteers (over 18 years old) needed to help interview clients, assess their needs and make referrals for services. Training is provided. Volunteers are asked to work a four hour shift at least twice a month.

DONATIONS: Toiletries (soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes and alcohol-free mouthwash), grocery and pharmacy gift cards.

SPANISH INTERPRETERS: Spanish/English speakers are needed to serve as liaisons 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.

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEERS: The Clinic occasionally hosts health fairs and health education events. Volunteers are needed to help register participants and distribute materials.

PART-TIME OFFICE ASSISTANTS: Spanish/English speakers are needed to help answer phones, file and assist with basic data entry.

Cleaning Supplies Needed: Host a drive for cleaning supplies and/or paper products for 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.