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Volunteer awards

The Seventh Annual Mentoring Awards, presented by the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County, are scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2012. The keynote speaker will be DeDe Duncan-White, assistant athletic director at the U.S. Naval Academy and a 23-year Navy veteran who retired as with the rank of commander. She will describe how volunteers can reach out to build character and confidence. The evening will end with mentoring awards and special recognition for "Lifetime Mentor," Bishop Larry Lee Thomas. Event is free but donations to support awards will be accepted. RSVP by March 13 to Fay Mauro at the Volunteer Center, 410-897-9207 or fay@volunteerannearundel.org. Event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Roger "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center at Truxton Park, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis.

Hearts & Homes for Youth

Volunteers 18 and older are needed for tutoring, mentoring, internships, renovation projects, recreation sponsors, office assistance and beautification projects. The organization helps troubled children and youths who are abused, neglected or runaways to become independent and productive. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are needed at the Arundel and Baltimore ReStores for sales, stocking and receiving merchandise, picking up donations, answering phones and other duties. Individuals are needed who can help weekly, biweekly or monthly. Information: chesapeakerestore.org.

Light House Shelter

Volunteers 18 and older are needed for a variety of duties associated with the food program, children's program, cleaning and maintenance, office and administration, adult education programs and the overnight homeless program. Pro bono professionals are needed to serve the shelter and its clients with skills such as accounting, medicine, law and carpentry. Hours are flexible and training is provided. Information: 410-349-5056, ext. 14, or marshall@annapolislighthouse.org.

Greyhound Welfare

Volunteers 21 and older are needed by Greyhound Welfare to help with public outreach, the newsletter, screening adoption applications, adoption follow-up, dog transport, planning and implementing fundraising events and donation drives, ordering supplies, writing routine correspondence, picking up donations, coordinating veterinary care, fostering a greyhound during the transition period before an adoptive home is found, and more. Information: 301-949-0615 or go to greyhoundwelfare.org.

Healing-arts alliance

An alliance of healing arts and sciences organizations, educators, professional practitioners, students and supportive individuals that sponsors regional and international peace-building educational programs needs volunteers 18 and older to help with monthly programs and special events. Information: Alice Yeager, 410-956-0055, or americanhealingarts.org.

Dyslexia tutoring

Volunteers are needed to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Volunteers should have a high school diploma, good language skills, patience, a willingness to understand people with language disabilities and the desire to help someone who wants to learn to read. Volunteer tutors are trained during a 20-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, spelling and writing. They are subject to a criminal background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. Information: 410-889-5487.

Aid for youths

Hearts & Homes for Youth helps troubled children and youths who are abused, neglected or runaways become independent, productive adults by providing a broad spectrum of educational, residential, independent living and mental health programs. Volunteers 18 and older are needed for tutoring, mentoring, internships, renovation projects, recreation sponsors, office assistance and beautification projects. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212; or go to hh4y.org.

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