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Volunteer Opportunities

Irvington Multi-Use Community Space


Are you interested in cooperative, community-driven, retail district revitalization? Cooperative Community Development, Inc. is a nonprofit focused on creating an architecturally beautiful, healthy, diverse, cohesive community of choice built on mutual respect. They recently acquired a building in the southwest Baltimore neighborhood of Irvington, to transform it into a multi-use office, retail, arts, and community space. We are looking for experienced architects and interior designers with an interest in community development, retail, and adaptive reuse to join these efforts.

Please email Julia DiMauro at with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Seasons Neighborhood Landscape Plan

Prince George's County

The neighborhood of Seasons Way in Lanham, MD is looking for landscape design support to address flooding issues and help create environmentally-friendly and welcoming greenspaces throughout the community.

NDC is seeking a mix of landscape architects and designers to help create a landscape beautification and stormwater management plan. The team will participate in community engagement sessions to get to know the neighborhood in more detail. Lend your skills to a project that will have a major impact on residents throughout the Seasons Way community!

To volunteer or for any questions, please feel free to contact Angelica Arias,

Making Good in Our Community


Making Good In Our Community has been building community and creating safe, welcoming spaces for neighbors in Belair-Edison for over 14 years. A large inner block lot behind the 3500 block of Cliftmont Avenue and Juneway was an unmaintained lot often used for dumping, and has been transformed into a community space with a playground, seating and picnic area. To enable year-round programming, Making Good In Our Community would like to add interior space by constructing a small building on the lot.

We are looking for architects with a creative knack, who are excited about designing low-budget, high-impact community spaces.

Please email Julia DiMauro at with questions or to express your interest in the project

Floorplan Consulting for a New Harm Reduction Center


This is a flash opportunity looking for a quick turnaround!

A collective of harm reduction advocates, community organizations, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work work together serving a high-risk community in midtown, offering harm reduction services and providing a space to connect folks to resources and support.

They are moving to a location with an open floor plan and are in need of a quick consultation to discuss how to best utilize their new space. The project scope would consist of one in-person meeting and a sketched floorplan showing where they could build three small offices into the open space.

If you are interested in this project or would like to know more, please reach out to Julia DiMauro,

NDC’s annual awards honor the many dedicated volunteers, community partners, and local leaders who make our places great.

Put simply, NDC wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Join us on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 from 4-8 p.m. at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD as we celebrate the bright stars that lead visionary work this year.

We partner with passionate professionals on exciting projects.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. If you want to support NDC’s work and have experience in the below disciplines (or something related), we’d love to collaborate.

  • Architecture

  • Urban Planning

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Historic Preservation

  • Community Organizing

  • Community Design

  • Stormwater Design

  • Social Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography

There’s an amazing symbiotic relationship between our volunteers and community members. The local designers and experts who dedicate their talents to community projects learn from the community about the area’s needs and challenges, while residents get exposed to key design and implementation processes. Volunteers report their experience to be engaging and enriching!

Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.
Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.


“Working with NDC has taught me to listen to every unique voice in a design process and to always include those voices in design decisions.”

Carol Currotto, Interior Designer

“NDC provided me with an opportunity to work on a project with community stakeholders. I’ve always believed that to have a better understanding of where you are working, you need to go to those communities and talk with the residents.”

Jasmine Forbes, City & Regional Planner