Youth Services Bureau

Mentors are needed for children ages 5 to 18. Background checks will be performed and training will be offered. Volunteers are also needed for educational and cultural activities. Information: 410-626-1800.

Medical center

Volunteers 18 and older are needed for a wide variety of services in the hospital, including in the emergency department, gift shop, reception desks and clothes box. Most of the volunteer positions are during the day, but some positions are for early evenings and weekends. Prospective volunteers are required to attend a one-hour orientation. Registration and information: 443-481-5050 or aahs.org/about/volunteer.php.

Blood drives

The American Red Cross needs volunteers 14 and older (some positions 18 and older) to greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Interested persons must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. Those older than 18 require a background check. Information: 410-764-4602, ext. 1; 800-272-0094, ext. 1; or myredcross.org.

Cats R Us Inc.

This no-kill facility, which operates small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas, seeks volunteers to provide foster homes. Also, volunteers 8 and older are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, attending adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, making home deliveries and sitting with cats. Training is provided for shelter and adoption workers. Information: 410-263-1719 or catsrus.petfinder.com.

Friendly visitor

Volunteers are needed for the Friendly Visitor Program coordinated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. A 90-minute training program takes place at the end of the month. The department matches a homebound person 55 or older, or an adult with disabilities, with a volunteer visitor who comes to the person's home. Call Susan Law at 410-222-4464, ext. 3022; or email aglaw@aacounty.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.

Ombudsman program

The Department of Aging and Disabilities needs volunteers to assist in protecting the rights and promoting the well-being of residents in long-term care facilities. The program also helps residents maintain control over their lives and dignity. Facilities include nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

South River Federation

Volunteers are needed for special event planning, administrative assistance, seasonal work projects such as oyster garden planting, data collection, water sampling and more. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Information: 410-224-3802 or southriverfederation.net.

Salvation Army

Volunteers are needed at the 511 S. Crain Highway location to serve lunch to the homeless from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 410-768-0477. Volunteers also are needed to drop off donations Monday through Friday for Salvation Army food pantries in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Suggested items include nonperishable canned goods and boxed food; toiletries are also welcome. Groups that hold food drives can arrange to have the food picked up. Information: 410-263-4091.

Watermen's museum

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates the Captain Salem Avery House, a Shady Side watermen's museum, is seeking volunteers 16 and older to act as docents and greeters, lead children's activities, help with research, coordinate events, do landscaping and act as flower arrangers, kitchen assistants, library assistants, museum educators, photographers, seamstresses, video editors and in other capacities. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board of directors. Times are flexible. Information: 410-867-4486, volunteers@shadysidemuseum.org or averyhouse.org.