Service Opportunities

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In order to get involved or serve with any of the opportunities below, please contact the V.O.I.C.E. Volunteer Coordinator at 301.687.7598.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community Environment

The A STAR! AmeriCorps V.O.I.C.E. operates a volunteer clearinghouse for FSU students, faculty and staff. The V.O.I.C.E. program serves as a liaison with community organizations to post the most current volunteer opportunities available.

V.O.I.C.E. is funded in part by the Corporation for National Service and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism

Weekly Service Sites

Allegany County Animal Shelter

The Allegany County Animal Shelter serves as the municipal shelter for Allegany County and is located in Cumberland. For many years, the shelter served as the final destination for nearly 85% of the animals that entered it. In late 2010, a group of passionate citizens led the charge to change the nature of the shelter with a goal of doing as much as possible for every animal, every day. It was the first step on the journey to becoming A Shelter of Hope.

Volunteer opportunities are available every weekend. Needs include: cleaning of cages, walking dogs, and interacting with cats.

Frostburg Grows

The Frostburg Grows Project, funded by the EPA and American Rivers involves conversion of unused mined land to an innovative 5-acre greenhouse and shade house complex designed to train community members for high quality jobs while producing local food and tree seedlings. Goals of the program are to provide training that will help create additional job opportunities, reduce food insecurity, provide local healthy food to the residents of western Maryland, and serve as a model for Appalachia.

Service Opportunities are available every Thursday and on select Saturdays. Needs include: Gardening, building structures, and harvesting produce.

One-Time Opportunities

Frostburg Block Party

Wednesday, September 9th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Music, games, food and fun will fill the streests of Frostburg during the annual Block Party

Campus and community organizations and vendors will be on site with a live DJ, giveaways, a moon bounce and more. Come check out the volunteerism section including VOICE and Echostars.

Day to Serve: Community Cleanup

Friday September 11th.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Volunteers will be meeting at Frost Hall to puck up trash and other litter throughout town in honor of national service day. For more information, please contact Pat Travers at the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.7598

Sponsor A Family: Thanksgiving Baskets

Monday, November 23rd
8:00 am to 12:00 am

Through our Annual Sponsor-A-Family Program, departments and organizations on campus can help make a difference in a family's life in Western Maryland by providing a food basket to a family in need. Over the past 12 years, the Sponsor-A-Family Program has provided Thanksgiving baskets for over 500 families in Western Maryland. Last year alone, we helped over 80 families have a wonderful meal.

All baskets will be delivered on the Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving. For more information on this program or to sign up your group to donate a basket, please contact Pat Travers at the Office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.7598.

Annual Book Giveaway

Saturday, April 11th – Wednesday, April 15th
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Join us for our Annual Book Giveaway. To volunteer or for more information contact the office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210

Relay for Life

Friday, April 29th 2016 6:00 pm to
Saturday, April 30th 6:00 am

Remember, Celebrate, Fight Back! Come support those that are battling cancer and join our Relay for Life at Frostburg State University. To sign up visit

Beautify the 'Burg 

Saturday May 7th
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join your fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members in taking part in beautification projects throughout the city of Frostburg. Projects include: street clean ups, painting, planting flowers, general yard work and much more. Sign up as an individual or with your team/organization. For more information contact the office of Civic Engagement at 301.687.4210
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