Centro de Ayuda

The organization provides a variety of social services to the Latino community in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, with support offices in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Volunteers are needed for a variety of functions. Information: 410-295-3434 or centrodeayuda.org.

Rude Ranch

An organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of homeless animals in the Maryland and Washington area needs volunteers to assist with spaying/neutering, monitoring animals recovering from surgeries, getting surgical instruments ready for use, fundraising and helping feed and care for resident cats and dogs. Information: 410-798-9559 or ruderanch.org.

Literacy council

Tutors are needed for combating adult illiteracy and ESL tutoring. After completing training, volunteers make their own schedule and locations with the assigned student, or volunteers can tutor at local detention centers. In addition, the council urgently needs help with student and tutor support. Information: 410-269-4419 or icanread.org.

Detention center

Volunteers 21 and older who pass a background check are needed at the Jennifer Road Detention Center to work in the library, assist with pre-GED classes and the education program, facilitate self-help workshops on parenting, job readiness, financial issues and more. Training is provided. The education program is held Wednesday and Thursday evenings; self-help workshop scheduling is flexible. Information: 410-222-7093 or email dcmcdo01@aacounty.org.

Hospice services

Heartland Hospice, a facility that provides care to patients with limited life expectancy, seeks volunteers ages 18 and older with a driver's license as friendly visitors to look in on patients in their homes or nursing homes, to serve as vigil volunteers, to sit with patients without immediate family and as bereavement volunteers to call on families of those recently deceased. Information: 410-977-8403.

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.