In addition to the Holiday Guide to Giving 2014, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a program of the Columbia Association, can match you with a nonprofit or agency that can utilize your skills and talents. A good way to begin is to go to volunteerhoward.org and fill in the Basic Search window. Provide a keyword based on your interest. I used the keyword "leader" and found a leadership training opportunity and two volunteer possibilities. I also tried the keyword "writing" and found two volunteer possibilities. Some of the other types of volunteer jobs I saw listed were board of directors/committees, greeter and refreshments volunteer, scheduler, tax counselor, activity assistant and lunchroom assistant.