Volunteer briefs

Arts Council

The Arts Council of AAC needs volunteers age 18 and older to help in the office with answering phones and doing computer input for its membership database. Information: 410-222-7949.

Bay alliance

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay needs volunteers to staff the reception desk, answer phones, and provide clerical support and program and project support for the staff. Hours are flexible. Email office@allianceforthebay.org.

Correctional Center

Volunteers age 21 and older who pass a background check are needed at the county Correctional Center to serve as adult literacy tutors, to assist in the library and the sewing program, as a newsletter editor and as a photographer for special programs and events. The center also needs people to assist with recreational and sports activities, to teach CPR and to lead substance-abuse meetings. Information: 410-222-6350, ext. 3159.

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.

Help for troubled youths

Hearts & Homes for Youth needs volunteers age 18 and older for tutoring, mentoring, internships, recreation sponsors, renovation projects, 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.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

The organization seeks volunteers to join the "Tuck-In-Team." They will call patient caregivers on Thursdays from the Annapolis office and check whether they have enough medications and supplies to last the weekend. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, and training is provided. Information: 443-837-1549.

Lab Rescue

Volunteers are needed at the Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac to assist with Adopt-a-Lab Day on weekends, to transport dogs to and from vets and shelters, evaluate dogs before accepting them into the system, conduct home visits in connection with adoptions and provide foster homes. Volunteers also assist in recruiting veterinarians, writing grants, helping with computers and networks, accounting, public relations, posting fliers and more. Information: 301-299-6756.

Maryland Food Bank

Volunteers are needed for two- to three-hour shifts Mondays-Fridays at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road to help sort and box food. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Information: 410-737-8282, ext. 232.

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization, provides home-delivered meals for clients who are homebound with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers, who can be as young as 16 (15 or younger with an adult), are needed to deliver meals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Meal delivery takes about an hour. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers are asked to deliver once a week or once a month. Information: Tom Patrick at 410-327-3420, ext. 31, email tpatrick@mfeast.org or go to mfeast.org.

Operation Military Kids

The organization is the Army's collaborative effort with communities to support the children of deployed servicemen and servicewomen. Volunteer opportunities include camp counselors and workshop facilitators. Information: http://www.operationmilitarykids.org. needs the www

Rebuilding Together

Plumbers, electricians, roofers, tilers, painters, installers of drywall, carpeting and floors, and general workers are needed for this all-volunteer nonprofit that repairs and revitalizes homes of low-income elderly and low-income disabled homeowners, as well as homes of low-income families with children. Also needed are volunteers to assist with fundraising, serving on the various committees of the board of directors and computer work. Information: 410-923-9992.

Special Olympics

Volunteers age 16 and older are needed as coaches in the evenings to assist with special events and regional competitions, fundraising and more. Information: 410-553-6311 or soaamd.org.

Support groups

Volunteers age 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Volunteers must be licensed nurses or social workers with knowledge of the progression of the disease and have strong communication and group-support management skills. Training and background checks will be provided. Information: 410-561-9099.

Train guide dogs

Volunteers are needed to raise puppies to become guide dogs and prepare them for formal training. The volunteers, who can be as young as 13 with parental supervision, take the puppies into their homes for 14 to 18 months and teach them manners and social skills. In addition to working and playing daily with their dogs, the volunteers attend classes and puppy evaluations. Puppy classes are 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at St. Matthew's Church in Bowie. Information: 410-960-7427, volunteer.guidingeyes.org, or e-mail Gretchen Pierce, gpierce@guidingeyes.org.

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland needs volunteers for a variety of positions, including office assistant, the board of directors and committee members, handyman, placing and picking up donation canisters, assisting at events, assisting with recreational activities, yard work and more. Information: 410-224-4205.

Arundel House of Hope

Organization needs medical volunteers. Call Phil Bailey at 410-863-4888, ext. 112, or email pbailey@arundelhoh.org.

Breast cancer

Save the Coconuts, a local organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight the disease, needs volunteers for tasks associated with fundraising. Information: 410-353-1552.

Friends of Colonial Players

The organization has many volunteer opportunities, including working in the box office, ushering, set painting and construction, stage crew, costumes, handling properties, helping with lights and sound, stage managing, arranging parties and other socials. Information: cplayers.com or email hr@cplayers.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.

Jr. League of Annapolis

Volunteers are needed to work on projects supporting children and families, including the Teen Empowerment and Mentoring Program in conjunction with the Anne Arundel Medical Center's Women's and Children's Division, the September Back to School Book Bag project, fundraising, serving on the board of directors and supporting other programs and services. Information: 410-224-8984, jlannapolis.org or email admin@jlannapolis.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 also 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.

Maritime Museum

The Annapolis Maritime Museum needs volunteers to expand its environmental education program, conduct tours of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, restore wooden boats and help with the winter and summer concert series. Information: 410-295-0104 or amaritime.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. 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.

Head Start

Volunteers 18 and older are needed at seven sites throughout the county to serve as classroom assistants and for informal mentoring of students and families, and as story time readers. Medical and background checks are required. Also, translators (primarily Spanish) are needed to assist Head Start teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. Information: 410-626-1900, ext. 1032.

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. For information, call 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

Wildlife sanctuary

The Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary treats and cares for injured and orphaned animals and, if possible, releases them back into the wild. Volunteers who can commit to working at least one morning a week are needed to feed, water and clean for various animals. Information: 410-798-0193 or wildlifesanctuary.us/dws.

Youth Services Bureau

Mentors are needed for youth ages 5-18. Training will be provided and a background check is required. Volunteers are also needed for educational and cultural activities for children. Information: 410-626-1800.

American Red Cross

Volunteers ages 14 and older are needed to help with blood drives. Volunteers greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Participants must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. People older than 18 must undergo a background check. Information: Terry Karloff, 410-764-4602, ext. 1 or 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

Annapolis Language Bank

Volunteers with second-language capability are needed to help communicate with visitors who have difficulty speaking English. Information: 410-263-1183.

The Arc

Volunteers are needed at the Arc of Central Chesapeake Region to help with fundraising, office assistance, special events and to serve on the board of directors. The Arc is also looking for volunteers to join its Quality Enhancement Committee.

Information: 410-269-1883 or thearcccr.org.

Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for a variety of positions at several locations. Information: 410-721-4304 or cancer.org.

Chesapeake Arts Center

The Chesapeake Arts Center seeks volunteers 16 and older to serve as ushers and at the box office for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Studio 194 theaters. Volunteers are also needed to help in the gift shop, with mailings and other activities. Information: chesapeakearts.org or 410-636-6597.

County clearinghouse

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County is a clearinghouse for information about volunteering throughout the county. Help is needed to assist with the database, newsletter and new youth service activities and with maintaining online volunteer matching applications. Call Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207, e-mail fay@volunteerannearundel.org or go to VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

Electronics Museum

The National Electronics Museum at 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum seeks volunteers 14 and older for education and outreach, special events, as an administrative assistant, collections assistants and for visitor services. Training will be provided. Information: 410-765-0230.

Alzheimer's support groups

The Alzheimer's Association, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through supporting research and to enhance care and support for sufferers, their families and caregivers, is seeking volunteers to lead support groups once a month. Training will be provided.

Information: 410-561-9099, jose.jimenez@alz.org or alz.org/maryland.

Arts Council of AA County

Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to answer phones and input information for the membership database. For more information, call 410-222-7949.

Dyslexia tutoring program

Dyslexia Tutoring trains volunteers 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 and a willingness to understand persons with language disabilities.

Tutors are trained through a 20-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching, reading, spelling and writing. Interested people will also undergo a background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. Information: 410-889-5487 or dyslexiatutoringprogram.org.

Emmaus Center

Emmaus Center, a nonprofit that serves poor and homeless people, offers clinical and pastoral counseling and creates opportunities for employment. Volunteer receptionists, 18 and older, are needed to greet walk-ins and answer phones.

Information: 410-766-7729, emmauscenter@gmail.com or emmauscenter.net.

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, bi-weekly or monthly. Information: chesapeakerestore.org.

Help at 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 dcmcdo01@aacounty.org.

Watermen's museum

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates Captain Salem Avery House, a Shady Side watermen's museum, is seeking volunteers ages 16 and older to act as docents and greeters, lead children's activities, help with research, coordinate events, do landscaping and act as flower arranger, kitchen assistant, landscaper, library assistant, museum educator, photographer, seamstress, video editor and in other capacities. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board of directors. Times may be flexible.

Information: 410-867-4486, volunteers@shadysidemuseum.org or averyhouse.org.

Cats R Us Inc.

This no-kill facility, which operates two 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 or sitting with cats. Training is provided for shelter and adoption workers.

Information: 410-263-1719 or go to catsrus.petfinder.com.

Eastport Girls Club

The club is seeking high school seniors or adult volunteers to serve as weekly tutors to club participants in grades 5-12 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Training will be provided, and a background check is required.

To schedule an interview or learn more, call 410-919-3347.

Healing Arts

American Healing Arts Alliance Inc., a nonprofit educational alliance of healing arts and sciences organizations, educators, practitioners, students and individuals, is seeking volunteers 18 and older to help with monthly programs and events. The organization sponsors peace-building educational programs.

Help is needed with volunteer recruitment, event planning and logistics, fundraising, coordinating entertainment, grant-writing and press releases.

Information: Alice Yeager, 410-956-0055, e-mail ahaainc@earthlink.net or go to americanhealingarts.org.

Annapolis Opera

The Annapolis Opera needs volunteers 16 and older to help with publicity, school outreach, ad sales, bookkeeping, computer work, support for vocal competitions and auditions and more. Information: 410-267-8135 or annapolisopera.org.

Head Start

Volunteers 18 and older are needed at seven Head Start sites throughout in the county to serve as classroom assistants, informal mentors for students and families, and as story time readers. Medical and background checks are required. Also, translators (primarily Spanish) are needed to assist Head Start teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. Information: 410-626-1900, ext. 1032.

Camp Blaze

Camp Blaze, a family education network that provides information and life skills, is seeking volunteers.

Information: Cheryl Carnwath, 410-703-8528 or e-mail, cheryl@campblaze.org. Or visit http://www.campblaze.org.

Information or to volunteer: Cheryl Carnwath, 410-703-8528.

Help at 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 e-mail dcmcdo01@aacounty.org.

Hospice services

Heartland Hospice, a facility that provides hospice 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.

Ombudsman program

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteers to assist in protecting the rights and promoting the well-being of residents in long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities include assisted-living and nursing homes. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

Quiet Waters Park

Volunteers 15 and older are needed for a variety of tasks to support the operation of the park and events throughout the year. Information: 410-222-1777.

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 are needed to drop off donations Monday through Friday for the Salvation Army's 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.

Secure the Call

Secure the Call, a local agency that redistributes used and unwanted cell phones as 911 emergency-only phones, needs volunteers 18 and older to place collection barrels. Information: 301-891-2900.

Wildlife sanctuary

The Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary treats and cares for injured and orphaned animals and, if possible, releases them back into the wild. Volunteers who can commit to working at least one morning a week are needed to feed, water and clean animals. Information: 410-798-0193 or wildlifesanctuary.us/dws.

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