As an organization that runs 24/7 with minimal staff, we are incredibly grateful for our teams of dedicated volunteers. ECHO House is a 40-bed residence, so there are always areas where we need help, sometimes desperately. Every year we log tens of thousands of volunteer service hours at the shelter, thrift shop, and fundraising events. Our volunteers range from high school students to retirees and everyone in between. If you have a little time, a big heart, and a desire to be of service, we certainly have something going on that you’ll enjoy doing.

Shelter Monitor/Office Assistant

ECHO relies heavily on volunteers to keep the shelter running smoothly every day (and night) of the year. With only one ECHO staff member regularly on site, volunteers are needed to answer doors and phones, assist residents, and perform daily tasks around the shelter and in the office. The hours you give can be based around your schedule and there's no experience necessary.

Project ECHO Thrift & Gift Shop

ECHO’s thrift shop is currently only open to the public three days a week, but volunteer opportunities are available everyday. There’s no experience necessary and schedules are flexible. Most volunteers started out as shoppers, so stop by, check us out, and feel free to introduce yourself. We can’t wait to meet you! For more information, email us at shop@projectecho.net or come in for a tour during our weekly volunteer Open House every Thursday at 4pm.

Meal Providers

Individual community members, families, civic groups, and ministries prepare or purchase meals for our residents nearly every day of the month. It’s a blessing for our homeless to know that they won’t have to go hungry. Our monthly meal provider calendar still has occasional slots that need to be filled and we would love to have a backup list for when we're short on meals.


Have you heard of our 5K Race Series? It's the only one in Calvert County. Check out the volunteer opportunities for our next event!

Have you heard of the Point in Time Count or the annual Community Resource Day? If you're looking for a meaningful way to do more within your community, we'd love to be part of that!

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

  • Front desk receptionist / office assistance
  • Teaching, tutoring, mentoring
  • “Adopt a Room” – an organization or family can adopt a room or area of the shelter that needs updating with paint, flooring, finishings, etc.
  • Gardening / exterior maintenance projects at ECHO House or ECHO Shop
  • Spring cleaning / interior maintenance projects at ECHO House or ECHO Shop
  • Sorting donated items at ECHO House or ECHO Shop

For more information on how you can get involved with any of the above volunteer opportunities, please call 410-535-0044 or email us at volunteer@projectecho.net.

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