Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

4-wheel-drive vehicles

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist its patients and staff with transportation during inclement weather. Information: 443-837-1549 or 800-745-6132.

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

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

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 at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at St. Matthew's Church in Bowie. Information: 410-960-7427, or email Gretchen Pierce,

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