Why Volunteer?

One of the greatest gifts we can give is our time. By volunteering with Southern Maryland Community Resources, you will help us to bridge gap for individuals with developmental differences so that they are included in the life of our community.

How to Volunteer

If you would like to learn more about volunteering opportunities currently available with SMCR, please call us at (301) 997-8143. Alternatively, you may express your interest by completing our volunteer form and then wait for us to contact you.

Why They Volunteered

Volunteering with SMCR not only provides an opportunity to serve others but also an opportunity to encounter individuals with developmental differences. Contrary to  the many misconceptions about them, individuals with developmental differences have many gifts to contribute to the rest of the community. Below are the testimonies of several of our volunteers from our award-winning Art to Heart Creative Arts program about their experiences volunteering with SMCR and what they learned from individuals with developmental differences.

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A St. Mary’s Ryken High School student dancing with an SMCR member during Heart to Art Creative Arts.

It was so touching to see dance, which I do every day, mean so much to someone. Sharing your gifts is an extraordinary experience and I am excited to continue this program.

I was overcome with inspiration because that day was the first time I recognized that ordinary tasks that I do every day are challenging for people with different abilities.

I have never been so proud of my students for their enthusiasm, willingness to share their passion, and openness to all people as when I watched them teach. These young women represent the best of what it means to be a Catholic teenager.


A music class for SMCR members during Art to Heart Creative Arts at St. Mary’s Ryken High School.

In doing the music class with SMCR, I learned about what it means to be human. I met people who were different from me, but we could still communicate and sympathize. We found ways to connect with music and we were able to just enjoy each other’s company.

I observed people who got handed the harder lot in life be happy and care free for an hour. It was amazing how much the little things mattered.

It was wonderful! This was a truly great experience; it is very amazing to be able to sacrifice just a small bit of time to make another so joyful and let that person know that he or she is loved.

An art class hosted at St. Mary’s Ryken High School during Art to Heart Creative Arts.

Working with the SMCR was an amazing experience. I can honestly say that I had a great time and seeing everyone’s smiling was truly rewarding.

My experiences with the autistic people were amazing. I learned that they are really unique and very enthusiastic. I wish that everyone was as friendly as these people. I think that these people needed to reflect how you should live your life. You should be enthusiastic towards everybody and you should laugh and cry. That is a complete life. I think these people live up to that.

“I learned most of them were really nice and some of them liked to just feel the vibration of the drums. I think they enjoyed playing the drums and learning the different sounds.

I learned they are so much happier than us. It was absolutely worth it. Just being there for them with things was so much fun. I was expecting this to be a lot harder but it was the simplest act to do. I personally did not do it for service hours but to see what it would be like.

I learned that when people with disabilities get out and are treated like an average person they have fun. It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun!