Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

Arundel House of Hope

The organization plans to open a new wellness and care center by the end of the year and needs medical volunteers. Call Phil Bailey at 410-863-4888, ext. 112 or e-mail

Friends of Colonial Players

Working in the box office, ushering at performances, set painting and construction, working as a stagehand, creating costumes, and helping with lighting and sound are some of the many volunteer opportunities available. Information: or e-mail

Winter Relief Program

Shelter program in effect through April at various churches and shelters needs volunteers to assist at the Intake Center, 514 N. Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, and be transportation escorts. Information: 410-863-4888 or e-mail

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 those residents to maintain control over their lives and personal dignity. Long-care facilities include nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

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.

Support groups

Volunteers 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for 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 as potential 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. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at St. Matthew's Church in Bowie. Information: 410-960-7427,, or e-mail Gretchen Pierce,

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