What are You doing for Others ? 1.18.18

What are You doing for Others ?
MLKMLK Day may have been a few days ago, but we can consider his teachings everyday of the year. He challenged people with the question, “What are you doing for others?” and we propose that you ask it too. Many of you will have a long list of answers and some may be looking for ways to do more. Either way, we have some ideas for you.
See below for ideas or our website for more.
http://www.aacvc.org


AngelWing Project

The AngelWing Project, Inc., (AWP) is a non-profit performing arts organization that promotes the development of the performing arts in the local community. They are an organization that will positively impact our community by providing uplifting, entertaining shows and events to inspire appreciation for and participation in the arts. They will encourage and promote new artists with a passion for the performing arts, and they invite those who want to develop these skills and talents in this area to get involved. They are looking for volunteers, (experienced or novice) to help put on top notch productions.

They need actors, writers, technicians, stage crew, set designers, costume designers. Questions? Contact Angela Wilson at angelwingproject07@gmail.com or 443-433-6250. For more information see web site at http://www.theangelwingproject.org/.


Anne Arundel Weed Resistance

 Anne Arundel Weed Resistance will be removing Invasive Species of Plants at Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary on Sat., February 10, 2018 from 10am to 12pm. Please dress appropriately for this volunteer pulling event. Appropriate clothing is long sleeve shits, long pants, a hat, leather gloves (if you have them), and sturdy closed toe shoes. You are welcome to bring any hand tools, such as pruners and loppers, to this pulling event. Water and refreshments will be provided for volunteers. If you do not have any hand tools or work gloves, they will provide them for you. You do not need to have previous training in order to attend this pulling event. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Alisha Parzanese at 443)-534-8551 or annearundelwr@gmail.com with any questions. Volunteers may sign up online at the Volunteer Center website at:  www.aacvc.org/calendar.


Christian Assistance Program Food Pantry 

The mission of the Christian Assistance Program located in Odenton is to provide food to needy individuals in the Gambrills, Hanover, Odenton, and Severn areas of Anne Arundel County. We have a critical need for able bodied Carriers on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m. to carry grocery bags to cars. Baggers are also needed to bag groceries at these times. Baggers must be able to lift up to 15 lbs. and some bending and reaching is required. Carriers must be able to carry up to 25-35 lbs. of groceries up 8 steps to be placed in carts taken to clients’ cars. Both baggers and carriers work in teams of two people. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with the registration of clients with the Pantry; registration requires the least physical strength but requires organizational and people skills. Substitutes are also needed for back up of the above positions to fill in for regulars unable to meet their regular schedules. For more information, contact Amy Gantt at aggantt2@aol.com or 410-733-6022 and see web site at http://www.severnumc.com/CAP.


Ushers Needed!

 Maryland Hall is holding orientation sessions on Tues., Jan. 23, 4:00 – 5:30pm OR Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30pm, (attend only one session) in Room 205 for prospective volunteers who will usher at Maryland Hall performances or assist at special events. Ushering requires some standing and walking, excellent customer service, and attendance at an additional training session soon after the orientation training. Special events volunteers will help a variety of tasks including set up prior to and close up at the end of the fall Arts Alive Gala and spring Art Auction or gallery receptions. Express interest at www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Contact Reilly Kelbaugh at rkelbaugh@mdhallarts.org or 410-263-5544; extension 23. Also, if you have not filled out a volunteer application previously for Maryland Hall, please do so from their web site at https://www.marylandhall.org/volunteers.


Be a Reading Partner

Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students who are struggling with reading. Tutors use a highly effective, easy to use curriculum, receive in-person training and on-site support, and have an opportunity to make a tangible difference. To volunteer, you must be 14 or older, commit to as little as one-hour a week (M-Th, 8am-3pm), attend an in-person Tutor Orientation, and pass a background check. Devoting just one-hour each week to a student can make a tremendous impact. For more information and to apply, see web site at https://mdvol18.my-trs.com/. If you have questions or concerns before signing up, or if you would prefer to apply with the help of a staff members, then please contact (410) 585-7600 or volunteerBAL@readingpartners.org.


Gardens Bring Unity

Unity Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides grants up to $1,000 to community organizations, neighborhoods, and schools for community greening projects. The mission is to empower local groups to build leadership and partnership through the creation of neighborhood greening projects that enhance the quality of life throughout Anne Arundel County. Unity Gardens is in urgent need of skilled volunteers willing to dedicate a few hours a month. If interested, volunteers also may be considered for board membership. We are specifically in need of individuals with skills in: Event planning & promotion; Accounting/bookkeeping; Financial planning for non-profits/small businesses; Fundraising; Grant research / writing; and, Communication/social media. Please consider donating a small amount of time to help Unity Gardens continue to support valuable community greening projects in Anne Arundel County. If interested, provide a brief statement of your qualifications to unitygardensaa@gmail.com. Qeuestions? Call 443 333-9285. See web site at http://www.unitygardens.org


Reveal your Hidden Aspirations

Ganga Library’s Vision is to provide media pertaining to Alfred Nobel and Laureates in the form of an online, global, multilingual, comprehensive, interactive and nonprofit library to people, for the benefit of humankind.

Its mission is to globally meet the needs of people for obtaining ideas to solve scientific, social and planetary problems. The library will make every effort to procure or to create for its patrons, media pertaining to Alfred Nobel and Laureates and which they need for their education, teaching, research, social or visionary entrepreneurship, reading pleasure or to just satisfy their curiosity. Volunteer experts in a variety of disciplines are being sought to write articles or short biographies of Nobel winners, help with fund raising, posting information on the website, and more. Such volunteers may be located throughout the country or internationally. For more information, contact Dr. R.V. Nagaveni at info@gangalib.org or 202-340-6210; see website at: http://www.GangaLib.org.


Superbowl Weekend S(o)uper Bowl Food Drive

After the big Thanksgiving and Christmas food collections, this is always a light time for food donations, yet the need continues. Help restock the SPAN and ACAN, the local Severna Park food pantries. Donations spots will be all over Severna Park during Superbowl Weekend, Feb. 1 -3. Be a good neighbor and find a drop off location near you.
Click here more info on the food drive, or contact Julie Shay, JulieShay21@gmail.com.


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

http://www.aacvc.org

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Volunteer in 2018 1.10.18

Volunteer More in 2018

It’s not to late to make a resolution to “Volunteer More in 2018”. In fact, its one of the best ones you could make because it’s so easy to keep with the help of the Volunteer Center. And gives you a great way to give back to the community. So make your list, then check our list every week for exciting new volunteer opportunities – and keep that resolution! See below for ideas or our website for more.
www.aacvc.org


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Last day to donate coats is January 16th!

The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center is working with HOPE FOR ALL to make sure students and children in need have coats this winter.
• Donate new or gently used infant-adult winter coats
*Winter coats MUST BE CLEAN and washable. No dry clean only coats.
• Make sure you leave a note of hope in the pocket!
DROP OFF LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road – Lobby, Annapolis, MD
For more info: info@aacvc.org


Art for ALL 

Maryland Hall is holding orientation sessions from Tues., Jan. 23, 4:00 – 5:30pm OR Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30pm,, (attend only one session) in Room 205 for prospective volunteers who will usher at Maryland Hall performances or assist at special events. Ushering requires some standing and walking, excellent customer service, and attendance at an additional training session soon after the orientation training. Special events volunteers will help a variety of tasks including set up prior to and close up at the end of the fall Arts Alive Gala and spring Art Auction or gallery receptions. Express interest at www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Contact Reilly Kelbaugh at rkelbaugh@mdhallarts.org or 410-263-5544; extension 23. Also, if you have not filled out a volunteer application previously for Maryland Hall, please do so from their web site at  https://www.marylandhall.org/volunteers.


Bonjour! Hola! Ciao! 你好 !

The Annapolis Language Bank is looking for volunteers with a second language capability extend a warm welcome to area visitors who might have difficulty communicating in English. Volunteers also are called upon by Public Safety officials, health organizations, hospitals, the Red Cross, State, County and the City of Annapolis, and other organizations. If you or someone you know has a second language capability and is not currently listed as a Language Bank volunteer, we would urge a telephone call to the Communications Office, City of Annapolis, 410-263-7997 or E-mail: info@annapolis.gov. See web site at: https://www.annapolis.gov/790/Language-Bank.


Annapolis Maritime Museum

Are you a lover of the Bay and a history buff? Then come join the crew at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park. Volunteer guides are needed to lead tours of our historic waterfront facility in Eastport. They are looking for outgoing and dedicated individuals to guide and inspire visitors, Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Training and materials provided. Please call 410-295-0104 x 13, email museum@amaritime.org, or visit http://www.amaritime.org.


It’s almost Tax Time 

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) which helps seniors and low income adults with their 2017 income tax forms. Volunteers are not required to have a financial background in order to help with tax returns, although CPAs, attorneys, bookkeepers and persons with financial training are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteers will be stationed at one of the county’s seven Senior Centers and will be available by appointment from Monday, February 5 through Friday, April 6, 2018. Volunteers will be certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They help only with simple tax returns, which will be filed electronically. Volunteers do not do tax returns involving partnerships or corporations, self-employed persons, or rental properties. If you are interested in being a VITA volunteer, contact Isaac Jones, Jr., at 410-222-1818 or agjone00@aacounty.org for more details.


Arts On Stage

The mission of Arts On Stage, Ltd. is to artistically, culturally and educationally enrich the minds of children through live, professional theatre productions. They hope to stimulate, encourage, educate, and promote interest in live theatre of all types in children of all ages. Ushers are needed to work on an occasional basis during the school day at live theatrical performances. A small stipend is offered, as well as opportunity to watch the presentations. Primary tasks include greeting, seating, and assisting school groups and families. For more information and to volunteer, contact Debbie Best at debbie@artsonstage.org or 410-252-8717; see website at www.artsonstage.org/.


Arundel House of Hope

Arundel House of Hope’s programs encompass a variety of services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. These include transitional housing through the Fouse Center, Permanent and Community Housing, Supportive Housing through the Safe Haven Program, the Resource and Day Center, and the Winter Relief rotating shelter program. General volunteer needs include administrative support, transportation to and from appointments, job counseling and life skills coaches, computer maintenance help, and persons to serve on the board of directors. Additional volunteer opportunities vary by location but include facilities maintenance and repair, grounds maintenance, and support of the clinic. Donations of food and clothing items, cleaning, office and kitchen supplies, paper products, toiletry items, landscaping tools, and more are also needed. Interested volunteers can contact Mario Berninzoni at MBerninzoni@ArundelHOH.org or 410-863-4888. Web site: www.arundelhoh.org.


Help the Hungry

 The mission of the Maryland Food Bank is to lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders by ending hunger. Volunteers continue to be needed at the Maryland Food Bank and can participate in a number of opportunities including: repacking donated food in the warehouse, helping bag and flash-freeze meals in the Charles T. Bauer Community Kitchen, and working directly with partner agencies to distribute food to hungry Marylanders. The new VolunteerHub makes it easier than ever to volunteer at the Baltimore location. To find out more and sign up, visit the website at mdfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 410-737-8282.


South Sudan Hope Network

The mission of this nonprofit located in Annapolis, MD is to provide support to those who have been affected by war and continue to be affected by the devastation in South Sudan; their goal is to restore the lives and welfare of communities of those so affected. Volunteers are needed to assist with social media updates, to organize and work at events, for tax preparation assistance, marketing, grant search and procurement assistance, and for fundraising coordination. For more information and to volunteer, contact Monica Lindsey at 240-210-6440 or southsudanhopenetwork@gmail.com. See more information at https://www.facebook.com/SouthSudanHope/.


History Judges Needed

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 3:30 – 6:30, p.m., Annual History Night Competition: Meade High’s Social Studies Department is hosting their fourth Annual History Night competition on Tuesday, Jan. 23, beginning at 3:30 in the Media Center of Meade High School. Each year they ask local industry and community members to volunteers to judge students on their ability to interpret the annual theme. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise. Your participation and feedback will help prepare the students for the spring competition. Volunteers should be able to evaluate a variety of projects without previous knowledge and communicate constructive criticism in a positive manner to teenagers. If you are interested, contact Beth Tipper at btipper@aacps.org.


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

www.aacvc.org

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The New Year is Full of New Volunteer Opportunities 1.6.18

What’s Your Resolution?

Did you make some New Year’s Resolutions this week? Was one of them to “volunteer more”? Well, its one of the best ones you could make because it’s so easy to keep with the help of the Volunteer Center. And it’s a great way to give back to the community. So make your list, then check our list every week for exciting new volunteer opportunities – and keep that resolution! See below for ideas or our website for more.
http://www.aacvc.org


Save the Lights

Saturday, January 6th, 12 Noon, Volunteers Needed for Holiday Lights Recycling. Want to make the holidays a little less wasteful? Help Annapolis Green recycle the beautiful lit garlands now on Main Street. The Jaycees will take down & deliver the garlands to Annapolis Green at 92 Maryland Avenue, where a jolly team of volunteers (that’s YOU!) will separate out the lights from the greens (or browns) so that it all doesn’t end up in the landfill. The lights will be recycled thanks to a partnership with MOM’s Organic Market…And they are also taking any holiday lights anybody wants to recycle — whether they work or not. Drop them off any time before January 31. See www.annapolisgreen.com for details. Sign up online at www.aacvc.org/calendar or email bay@annapolisgreen.com.


Empower Others with Reading

Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Tutor Training sessions are being offered Sat., February 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM AND Sat., March 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. Enrollees MUST preregister and attend BOTH sessions. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon at director@aaclc.org, or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat. Website: www.icanread.org


Share Your Colors

The Crayon Initiative needs you to donate your unwanted crayons so they can recycle them into new ones. Then they will donate them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations invested in our children. Suzy Provine and the Glen Burnie Civitan Club are starting this initiative in Anne Arundel County. Let her know if you are interested in a drop box. The Glen Burnie Civitans are volunteers who help families, children and individuals with developmental disabilities in and around Anne Arundel County, MD. Contact Suzy Provine at suzy@provine.com or 410-733-3767. Also see thecrayoninitiative.org.


College Internship Opportunity

Bello Machre is seeking to fill two internship positions in its Human Resources Department by January 12, 2018. Candidates must be full time college students, age 18 and up, who are expected to serve at least 120 hours in one semester at the Bello Machre administration offices in Glen Burnie. The Human Resource Department is responsible for the entire employment process including hiring, training, benefits & insurance, and employee recognition.  Interns will assist in a variety of duties including conducting reference checks, observing interviews, updating employee records, planning staff recognition events, and writing articles for the employee newsletter.  For more information and to apply, contact Michele Marshall, Manager of Outreach & Volunteer Services, at 443-702-3064 or Michele.Marshall@bellomachre.org.    www.bellomachre.org


For the Love of the Arts

Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts will create and sustain a world-class performing arts center, offering premier artistic programming, innovative arts education and a unique cultural venue for the greater Annapolis region and the state of Maryland. MTPA has a variety of volunteer needs, from individuals looking to help with a one-day outdoor event, to professionals who would like to join a nonprofit Board of Trustees or volunteer their time and business expertise to help a local arts organization grow. With only one full-time staff member, they rely on volunteer services to help fulfill programming, and are always happy to meet new people! Currently, they are also seeking a grant writer that is passionate about the arts in our community. For more information contact Mattie Fenton at mattie.fenton@mtpa-annapolis.org or (410) 626-6055.
www.mtpa-annapolis.org.


Weed Warriors Wanted

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 10am to 12pm, Certified Weed Warrior Training. Invasive species of plants are impeding the environmental health of Anne Arundel County. They’re known to have a negative effect on habitat, food sources, disease, pest spread and soil chemistry. Please come out to learn what targeted invasive species of plants are in your community and how to manage their removal. We will be holding this Certified Weed Warrior training event at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am – 12pm. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers during this training event. Questions? Contact Alisha Parzanese at parzanea@go.stockton.edu or (443) 534-8551. Volunteers may sign up online at the Volunteer Center website at: www.aacvc.org/calendar. www.anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org


It’s Carnival Time 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 is OBI’s 20th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser.   Volunteers, attendees and sponsors are being sought for this community event and OBI’s largest fundraiser. Volunteers are needed on Friday, Feb. 2 from 3-8 PM to help with setup and on Feb. 4 from 11 AM-2 PM for clean-up. Volunteers of all ages are needed, and groups are welcome to volunteer together. For the Mardi Gras Celebration, the warehouse is decorated to resemble Bourbon Street. It is a great “street” party with live music, food, entertainment, bingo, and a silent and live auction. Mardi Gras is an event full of merriment, laughter, and joy. Visit the website to register or offer sponsorship support at www.obiworks.org. To volunteer for this or other opportunities, contact Megan Orzechowski, at 410.787.0700 or morzechowski@obiworks.org. Volunteers may also sign up on the Volunteer Center website at: www.aacvc.org/calendar.

OBI provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers opportunities are also available to assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques at the Millersville facility, once a week commitment preferred. Other volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee, and more. Contact Megan, info above. www.obiworks.org.


NAMI Improves Lives

National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI), Metropolitan Baltimore depends upon volunteers to keep its organization going strong. There are so many ways you can give your time to help NAMI Maryland. You can help with advocacy, fundraising, training, education, community outreach or administrative assistance in the office. Whether you have a lot of free time or only a little, they can use your help. Let them know what your volunteer interests are by calling 410-435-2600 or e-mailing Jaime Ebersole at jebersole@namibaltimore.orghttp://namibaltimore.org


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org http://www.aacvc.org

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Give the Gift of Time 12.21.17

Urgent Need for Volunteers to Help the Homeless on  Christmas Eve

 Sunday, Dec. 24th,  10 am – 3  pm

Happy Helpers for the Homeless will be handing out over 2,000 Christmas presents to the homeless in Baltimore. Everything will be distributed from under the bridge at the corner of Guilford and East Madison starting at 12:30 pm. Lots of volunteers needed for this event!They also will need volunteers with SUV’s or big cars to help transport the presents to Baltimore.

Contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or email happyhelpersforthehomeless1@yahoo.com for more information about volunteering on all projects and events. see Happy Helpers web site at http://www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com/. 


 

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The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center is working with HOPE FOR ALL to make sure students and children in need have coats this winter.

Donate new or gently used infant-adult winter coats

Winter coats MUST BE CLEAN and washable. No dry clean only coats.

Personalize your coats!

Make sure you leave a note of hope in the pocket!

DROP OFF LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road – Lobby, Annapolis, MD 21403

For more info: info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207


Take the Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge, January 23-27, 2018
The 2018 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge is right around the corner, and Special Olympics Maryland is looking for energetic volunteers to help make the event a success! Volunteers are needed throughout the week to assist with event set up, logistics, and in the “plunge zone.” Interested volunteers wanting to help can register online at http://www.somd.org/volunteer/. Group leaders interested in group volunteer experiences should email volunteers@somd.org for more volunteer opportunities. Also for additional information about “The Plunge” as well as other volunteer opportunities throughout the year, see Special Olympics Maryland website at: http://www.somd.org/ or call 410-242-1515.


Tax Return Time! 

AARP Anne Arundel County 2017  Tax Return Preparation

AARP will provide free tax preparation for seniors and low income clients at 10 sites in AA County from Jan.-Apr. 2017. Volunteer tax counselors are needed to help prepare tax returns on computers at each of the sites. In addition, volunteer appointment takers and greeters are needed to schedule client appointments and assist clients at such sites. Tax training for volunteer preparers and client facilitators will be held on several dates from January 9-30, 2017; AARP membership is not required. For more information, contact Bob Welenc at 410-487-1730 or bob4taxprep@gmail.com. Web: http://aarp.org.


 

Holiday Homeless Drive

Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy need volunteers Dec. 26-28, 2017 at Farmers Market Truman Parkway off Riva Rd. in Annapolis from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. They need lots of volunteers to sort, fold, and pack donations for the homeless. This has been a great team-building exercise for schools, teams, groups and families in the past, and graoups are encouraged again for the coming drive. FREE lunch is provided for volunteers, as well as treats and holiday music and camaraderie. Dec. 29, 2017- Delivery to all shelters: Meet: 8am drive at Annapolis Park n Ride.

For many years Giving Back (GBLL) has provided backpacks filled with new sweatshirts, warm thermals, hats, gloves, and socks to the homeless on the streets of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
GBLL will be collecting coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, sleeping bags, blankets, thermals, sweats, new underwear and baby items such as diapers, baby seats, clothes and formula. Contact us to help at info@homelessdrive.org. Also, see website: www.homelessdrive.org/.


Build a Blanket

 The Love Blanket Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides blankets for local hospitals, such as The Children’s National Hospital in DC and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital in Baltimore. They use donated T-shirts to create unique blankets for children and adults living with illness. Volunteers are needed to help make blankets and totes out of t-shirts. No sewing skills necessary, only tools needed are sharp scissors and ability to tie knots. The blankets and totes are made by cutting the t-shirts into squares, then cutting strips and tying the strips together. The t-shirts and instructions are provided. Because of health reasons, we require that volunteers be non-smokers and have no pets. Questions? Contact Robin Chiddo loveblanketproject@gmail.com or 202-528-2208; see web site at-http://www.loveblanketproject.org.


Pick a Gift

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center located in Glen Burnie, is looking for friendly, high energy, outgoing volunteers that have a go get ’em attitude to help out in the Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is a vital part of the hospital, as it provides a place for patients, families, visitors, and staff to get a break, and enjoy the pleasure and comfort of shopping for themselves and others. Volunteering in the Gift Shop will allow you to increase your retail and social skills, including learning the importance and value of high-quality customer service. Job duties include: greeting and assisting customers, taking telephone orders, dusting and stocking shelves, unpacking shipments, pricing merchandise, and other duties as needed to assist the gift shop buyer/manager. This is an active position with lots of moving around, and some lifting. Volunteers will not be handling cash or a cash register. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. No exceptions!

Volunteer shifts are a minimum of 2 hours long, one day/week. The Gift Shop is open 7 days a week, 7:30am-10pm. Interested? Apply here: https://www.mybwmc.org/volunteer-opportunities or contact Lacey Nalla, Volunteer and Patient Family Advisors Manager at lacey.nalla@umm.edu or 410-553-8047.


Have an Adventure in Reading  

Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) needs reading tutors !! STAIR is a one-on-one reading program geared to help 2nd graders currently reading below grade level. STAIR has worked with Anne Arundel County schools for 12 years. After school for one hour, tutors read, practice phonics, and work on fluency and comprehension with their student. Learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment and a bond is forged between tutor and student. STAIR has seven sites in Annapolis and sites in Edgewater, Severn, and Crofton, MD.

They are currently looking for one and two day a week tutors as well as substitute tutors for all sites. Sites are open either Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday. Training is provided. Please contact Linda Barbour, Executive Director at executive_director@stairannapolis.org  or 410.279.6480. Or visit the STAIR website at www.stairannapolis.org for more information.


Get Back to Nature

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is seeking adult volunteers, age 18 and up, for its education program at its 2600 acre location on the Rhode River about 7 miles south of Annapolis. They host over 20 research laboratories and have over 5,000 school children and chaperones visit a year! They need both day and long-term helpers for our K-12 field trip program, canoe and kayak guides, helpers for our Blue Crab Hydraulics and Remotely Operated Vehicle programs. No experience is necessary, we’ll train you, but you must be at least 18 years of age. For long term volunteers you’ll be given a mentor, a Smithsonian badge (pending background check), and enrichment opportunities such as lunch n’ learns with scientists, field trips to museums and places around the region, and a science book club. Contact Karen McDonald to learn more McDonaldK@si.edu or call (443) 482.2216 you can also visit the web site at www.serc.si.edu.


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

www.aacvc.org

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‘Tis the Season to Give and Give Back 12.14.17

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The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center is working with HOPE FOR ALL to make sure students and children in need have coats this winter.

  • Donate new or gently used infant-adult winter coats
    • Winter coats MUST BE CLEAN and washable. No dry clean only coats.
  • Personalize your coats!
    • Make sure you leave a note of hope in the pocket!

DROP OFF LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road – Lobby, Annapolis, MD 21403

For more info: info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207


Join the Resistance!

Anne Arundel Weed Resistance
Sat, December 16 from 10am – 12 pm. Please join the Weed Warriors at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville, MD, for fun and games to learn about invasive species of plants and their mistaken native look-alikes! Refreshments will be provided. When attending these events, please bring your work gloves, hat, water, bug spray, sunscreen, and pruners and loppers if you have them. Tools will be available to borrow for those who don’t have them. Dress for the weather. After a brief presentation and discussion, you’ll walk, discuss invasive plant species we encounter, and practice removal techniques. Sign up at: http://www.aacvc.org/Opportunity. Also, see web site at http://www.anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org. Questions? Contact Alisha Parzanese at volunteer@anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org or 443-534-8551.


Ring in the New Year Early 

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:00-5:00 pm, New Year’s Eve Celebrations: Get a head start saying goodbye to 2017 and heralding in the New Year. Chesapeake Children’s Museum will be open 10 am – 3 pm with crafts to help you celebrate: crowns, noisemakers, and Chinese yo-yos! Free with admission. Then head over to Weems-Whalen Field off of Spa Road for the City of Annapolis’ Children’s Celebration. CCM will be providing Crafts from 3:00-5:30 p.m, then there will be a Fireworks show!

Volunteers are needed to help make this day a memorable experience for the kids, both at the Museum and at Weem’s-Whalen field. Volunteers are also needed on an ongoing basis throughout the year to help maintain museum exhibits, as a librarian, event coordinator, volunteer coordinator, handyman, museum docent, animal caretaker, and more. For more information contact Debbie Wood at debbie@theccm.orgor 410-990-1993. See the CCM web site at www.theccm.org.


Get in the Playhouse  

The mission of Gigi’s Playhouse is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis has free educational programs throughout the week and on the weekends at designated times. Volunteers are used to support the program by interacting with the kids and assisting the program leader. If you are a therapist or educator and are interested in starting or running a program, let them know! They also are looking for Literacy Tutors interested in helping a child learn to read! The Playhouse has exciting events that are run by volunteers. Coming up are the Grand Opening on February 3rd and a BrewHaHa on March 23rd. There are also several committees to join: IT, Board Development, Programs, Finance, Fundraising, and Strategic Planning. For more information, contact rbucceri@gigisplayhouse.org or 410-703-6592. https://gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/


 Be a Partner in Care

Partners In Care, a private non-profit, needs volunteers to drive older members of the community to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other necessary errands.  Volunteers also provide light honey-do repairs in the home and neighborly assistance such as reading and writing, friendly visits, and more.  They offer a unique culture of service exchange where neighbors help each other and in return ask for assistance when the need arises. Monthly orientation sessions are offered.  Questions? Contact Linda Dennis at lindadennis@partnersincare.org or 410-544-4800. For more information see web site www.partnersincare.org.


Walk in the Woods  

Do you have flexible time during the weekday? Volunteers are needed for the next month to help record stream flow measurements. The timing of the field outings will be based on rain events. All you need is a pair of boots that can get wet and muddy and a willingness to walk through the woods. Staff will handle the “in-stream” portion. To sign up, email Sarah Giordano at Sarahg@southriverfederation.net.

They are also seeking applications for volunteer Citizen Scientists that are interested in supporting the staff in their ongoing projects and programs. The two major programmatic focuses are Restoration and Water Monitoring, with both practical and research applications. Interested citizens who are committed to helping improve the health of the South River are welcome. Previous experience in environmental work is not necessary. If you would like to assist with this effort, please contact the South Riverkeeper or Project Coordinator at 410-224-3802.   http://www.southriverfederation.net/


Take Down the Lights  

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 6-7 and 13-14, 2018. Lights on the Bay Lights Dismantling: The SPCA is looking for able bodied individuals to help take down the lovely Christmas displays that were part of their first year hosting of The Lights on the Bay. This opportunity is located at Sandy Point State Park. There are 2 shifts each day. Shift 1 – 9:00am to 12:00pm, and Shift 2 – 12:00pm to 3:30pm. If you can do both fantastic, if you can only do one that is just fine too! Just make sure to let the volunteer coordinator know in your email what times you are available. Sign-up online at: https://www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Contact Jessica Barlow at jessica.barlow@aacspca.org.


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

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Volunteer the Whole Year Through 12.5.17

NOTES Email HeaderThe Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center is working with HOPE FOR ALL to make sure students and children in need have coats this winter.

Donate new or gently used infant-adult winter coats

Winter coats MUST BE CLEAN and washable. No dry clean only coats.

Personalize your coats!

Make sure you leave a note of hope in the pocket!

DROP OFF LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road – Lobby, Annapolis, MD 21403

For more info: info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207


Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis is a community-based, 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the growth and development of children ages 5-18 through participation in all aspects of the theatrical experience, including performance, workshops, technical elements, community involvement, and apprenticeships. CTA seeks volunteers of all ages to be involved in its family-based theatrical productions. Be a part of one or several committees. Build and paint sets. Sew costumes. Collect props. Work backstage. Sell tickets. Usher audience members to their seats. There are all kinds of jobs for both adults and kids, whether you’re artistic, technical, or business-minded. You don’t even need to have a child in the show. With shows coming up they are currently looking for volunteers for: Ushers, Concessions, Stage Crew, Tech Crew, Hair & Make-Up, and much more! Please email volunteers4cta@gmail.com today to get involved. See web site at: www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org/.


Blessed in Tech Ministries, Inc.

Their mission is to restore empowerment and integrity back to clients’ lives with knowledge and newly acquired skills for success as the foundation for a second chance after rehabilitation. It is their goal to aid all those that need a change in their lives by focusing on all aspects of their life; natural, spiritual, mental and financial. They are looking for at least two professional individuals interested in working with compassion to help others succeed. Their primary population is low-income communities, however, we serve, at-risk youths, homeless, disabled, unemployed, seniors and ex-offenders. The immediate need is for reception and intake of potential clients with some case management experience as a plus. They are conveniently located in the Annapolis Department of Social Services, Community Resource Center, 80 West Street, Suite A, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, Mon.- Fri., 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information and to volunteer, contact Delores Bullock at blessedintech@gmail.com or 410-384-8200. www.blessedintech.org.


Chesapeake Arts Center

Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed to serve as ushers, ticket attendants, and help with concessions and will call for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Studio 194 Theatres. Volunteers can also help in the office, conducting daily administrative duties, distribution of flyers/newsletters in the community, mailings, and more. Extra volunteers are also needed to help with special events such as the Gala, gardening help for the front garden is also needed. Email Debbie Hofler, dhofler@chesapeakearts.org, or Call 410-636-6597 for more information. www.chesapeakearts.org.


Winter Relief Help

Through an all volunteer effort, Winter Relief has operated as a seasonal Emergency Temporary Shelter since 1992. Hosted at different Anne Arundel County religious facilities each week from late October through April, the shelter is a safe and comfortable refuge for those experiencing homelessness. Each facility provides services, meals, and spiritual guidance to the guests during their designated week. It is a unique opportunity for people in the community to reach out and share their blessings with those less fortunate.

Asbury United Methodist Church at 87 West Street, Annapolis
is hosting Winter Relief Dec. 11 -18 and needs volunteers for the following shifts:
Monday the 11th, 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m (1 person )
Thursday the 14th, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (1 person)
Saturday the 16th, 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m (1 person)
Sunday the 17th, 6:00 a.m. to 12 noon (1 person)
Monday the 18th, 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. (2 people)

Call 410-268-9500 or e-mail 1asbury@verizon.net for more info or to volunteer.


Something for Everyone

The mission of the organization is to provide facilities, education, training, and encouragement to all members of the community who are interested in participating in the dramatic arts and further to educate the community to the appreciation of the dramatic arts by providing a variety of dramatic entertainment. Colonial Players of Annapolis has volunteer opportunities for a variety of interests: box office, ushering, set painting and construction, stage crew, costumes, handling properties, helping with lights and sound, Stage Managing, arranging parties and other social events, promoting shows and the theater, and much more. For more information about volunteering, visit www.thecolonialplayers.org and click on “Get Involved|Volunteer”, email hr@thecolonialplayers.org, or call 410-268-7373.


National Remember Our Troops Campaign

The National Remember Our Troops Campaign is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to honoring all military service members, all veterans, and their families, for their service and sacrifice, supporting those in need to the best of our ability, and letting them know they are not forgotten. More specifically, they provide recreational therapy for wounded troops and disabled veterans. They offer employment programs for unemployed veterans, transitional housing for homeless vets… They are proactive combating major stress, PTSD and suicide among service members and veterans… and we honor the families of service members killed in the line of duty. For more information about volunteering visit the website at www.nrotc.org/, contact Tom Ruley at admin@nrotc.org or call 410-687-3568.


Love and Compassion for Others

Mission statement: “Bringing health and wholeness to people through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.” Programs provide walk-in clients with groceries, clothing, some health services, Christian counseling and spiritual support. They welcome volunteers (age 15 and up) to help with sorting, storing, and packing donated food and other goods at the Annapolis Compassion Center, 230 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, contact Volunteer Director Kim Naumann at 410-636-0123 or email knaumann@lutheranmissionsociety.org. www.LutheranMissionSociety.org


Everyone Deserves a Home

With a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available, you are able to choose the type of work you wish to contribute at Habitat Chesapeake. Volunteering is more than just a day on a construction site or at the ReStore warehouse. It is one of the many key pieces to building dozens of affordable homes and improving communities each year in Central Maryland. Along with the support of generous donations, volunteers allow the ReStore to profit, family partners to grow, the office to operate efficiently, and Habitat Chesapeake homes to be built. Explore the many ways to volunteer with Habitat Chesapeake at the web site – https://www.habitatchesapeake.org/get-involved. Questions? 410-366-1250 or info@habitatchesapeake.org.


Pets Bring Happiness

People & Animals Who Serve Anne Arundel County (P.A.W.S.) — “Sharing comfort, companionship and hope.” Cold noses are warming hearts all over Anne Arundel County Maryland. Dedicated volunteers and their pets are needed to team up to brighten the days of residents in long term care facilities, sharing friendship and life experience. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 1 hour per week visiting a facility of their choice. Friendships are established and the very strong human-animal bond brings happiness to everyone. Residents, families, nurses, doctors, and volunteers all appreciate the power of the unconditional love pets can bring. Write to pawsaac@yahoo.com or phone 410 222 0738 for more information. http://www.pawsaac.org


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

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Volunteering = Giving 11.28.17

By now, you’ve probably heard that it is Giving Tuesday. So if you are in the giving mood, please consider the Volunteer Center. We too are a non-profit and would really appreciate your support today or any day.
Remember, giving to the Volunteer Center also helps the 400 other nonprofits that we serve every day.
Donate through our Facebook page and double your impact.
All donations will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on #GivingTuesday.

DONATE HERE


Cold Noses, Warm Hearts

P.A.W.S stands for People and Animals Who Serve. They work to share comfort, companionship and hope with those who need it. Cold noses are warming hearts all over Anne Arundel County Maryland. Dedicated volunteers and their pets are needed to team up to brighten the days of residents in long term care facilities, sharing friendship and life experience. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 1 hour per week visiting a facility of their choice. Friendships are established and the very strong human-animal bond brings happiness to everyone. Residents, families, nurses, doctors, and volunteers all appreciate the power of the unconditional love pets can bring. Write to pawsaac@yahoo.com or phone 410-222-0738 for more information. http://www.pawsaac.org/home.html.


Happy Helpers for the Homeless

This nonprofit organization provides food, toiletries, and clothing to the hungry and homeless. Volunteers, as young as 6, are needed Saturdays (11:30am-2:30pm) and Sundays (1:00-4:00pm) to assist in distributing items and bag lunches in downtown Baltimore and Glen Burnie. Volunteers can meet in Glen Burnie to caravan up to Baltimore. Register for Sat. or Sun. meal preparation and delivery at http://www.aacvc.org/Calendar.

Volunteers are also needed for these events:
• Sat., Dec. 9, 2017 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Christmas in Marydel: They will be holding a Christmas Party on Maryland’s Eastern shore. Clothing, groceries and presents will be given out. This is an all-day event! Please be sure to bring money for lunch or you can bring your own lunch. .
• Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, Annual Christmas Party for Anne Arundel County’s Homeless: Our Christmas Party for Anne Arundel County homeless will be held at Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie.
• Sun., Dec. 24, 2017 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Christmas Eve in Baltimore: They will be handing out over 2,000 Christmas presents to the homeless in Baltimore. Everything will be distributed from under the bridgeat the corner of Guilford and East Madison at 12:30 pm. Lots of volunteers for this event!They also will need volunteers with SUV’s or big cars to help transport the presents to Baltimore.
• Holiday Donations -now through Dec. 20 Happy Helpers is collecting: Clothing, Food (especially turkeys or hams and trimmings), Christmas presents: backpacks, hats, gloves, socks, meal gift certificates, toys, books, thermal underwear, sweatshirts, toiletries. Best day for drop offs is Saturday 11:30 – 1pm in Halethorpe. Contact Bobbi.
Contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or email happyhelpersforthehomeless1@yahoo.com for more information about volunteering on all projects and events. see Happy Helpers web site at http://www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com/.


The Baltimore Community ToolBank

The Baltimore Community ToolBank stewards an inventory of hand, power, and gardening tools for lending at nominal charges to charitable organizations to increase the impact of their mission-related efforts in the community. Volunteers are needed (individually or in groups) to help with a variety of tasks relating to warehouse and tool organization and maintenance; these include tool assembly, repair and maintenance, and inventory and warehouse management and tool lending program support.

To learn more or indicate your interest in volunteering, please contact Program Manager Rachel Thompson at rachel.thompson@toolbank.org or by calling (410) 244-5565. See website: www.baltimore.toolbank.org/.


MORE Interviewers Needed – THIS WEEK

Volunteers are needed to conduct Mock Interviews for 11th-grade students at Arundel High School. Help them cultivate real world experience, taking the topics introduced in 11th-grade English of résumé writing, interviewing, and networking and practicing them with an adult from outside the school. You can sign up for a few hours or volunteer all day. Instructions and sample questions are provided.
Arundel High School, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills – Nov. 30 & Dec 1, 2017: three shifts are available between the hours of 9:35 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Greatest need is Thursday morning. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b44aeac22a1fd0-mock or contact Sherri Billheimer at SBillheimer@AACPS.org.


BWI Pathfinders

Volunteers are needed to staff airport information desks, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Volunteers are required to commit to one weekly 4-hour shift. Currently, the Pathfinder program is looking to fill early morning (5 a.m. to 9 a.m.), evening (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and weekends. Uniforms, comprehensive training/mentor program, reference materials, and garage parking are provided. Volunteers assist with directions, airline and flight information, ground transportation, hotel information and other important services. For a volunteer application and information about the program call 410-859-7826. See website: https://www.bwiairport.com/at-bwi/resources/volunteering-at-bwi


Help Prevent  Climate Change

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist in digitizing the historic weather data recently received from El Salvador. Their newest website is: WeatherWizards.ORG which is a citizen-scientist/crowd sourcing site designed to get critical historic weather data digitized for the use of all the world’s scientists. IEDRO estimates that the world loses 500,000 critical weather records every day, particularly in underdeveloped countries, to improper storage, loss and material deterioration.
These data tell the stories of past weather events such as extreme winds, precipitation and storms, and thus could have been used to better predict drought, floods, the spread of disease (i.e. malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever), and the impacts of climate change. Without the rescue of and access to this data, regions across the globe see unnecessary loss of infrastructure, agriculture, the economy and human life. Contact Rick Crouthamel at r.crouthamel@iedro.org or 410-867-1124. To learn more about IEDRO’s mission visit our website at IEDRO.com.


Maryland Concert Series

Volunteer Ushers and Greeters are being sought for a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings on Dec. 2, 2017 & Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and April 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm. All Maryland Concert Series events are held at North County High School in Glen Burnie, MD. Volunteers are also allowed to stay for the concerts. Their mission is to provide quality, live entertainment to Northern Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas, at a reasonable cost. For more information about volunteering as an usher or greeter, contact Theresa Fries at theresafries@aol.com or 443 254-1315. www.mdconcertseries.org


Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, lays wreaths on veteran’s graves across the globe. Last year, they laid 1.2 million wreaths at over 1200 locations. Crownsville Veteran’s Cemetery has 20,000+ interred and are carrying out over 1000 funerals a year. It is the only open Veteran’s cemetery in Anne Arundel County. Crownsville has been laying between 200-300 wreaths on veteran’s grave for 15 years. Their goal this year is to have 8000 wreaths. The Anne Arundel community can make this happen. Wreath donations and volunteers to help lay wreaths are being sought: Visit web site at: https://wreaths.fastport.com/donateLocation.html?page=16144 to sponsor a wreath for $15 or volunteer to lay wreaths on the day of the ceremony, Sat., December 16, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Contact Jill or Scott Harris, Site Coordinators, at crownsvillewaa@outlook.com or 410-703-4123.


P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, please tell our non-profit partner that we sent you. Better yet, drop a quick note to info@aacvc.org and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org

www.aacvc.org

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