New Volunteer Opportunities 8.16.18

Mentoring 101

Have you been thinking about getting more engaged in your community or wondered what is involved in becoming a mentor? Children in Annapolis and surrounding areas are in great need of mentors and positive role models. Please join us for one of our free upcoming Mentoring 101 sessions! The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, will be hosting 2 sessions this fall. Sign up and learn what it takes to be a mentor and meet representatives from some of the local organizations. We will help you register with the mentor program that is the best fit for you!

Mentoring 101  –  Monday September 17, 201
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

Mentoring 101 – Monday October 1, 2018
Eastport – Annapolis Public Library
269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403

Questions? Contact Deidra at deidra@aacvc.org or 443-257-2582


Mail Call!

The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services’ central services department is looking for a customer friendly volunteer that enjoys handling the mail and interacting with friendly employees.  This position requires receiving, sorting, and distributing agency mail and assisting with distributing office supplies.  The volunteer needs to be able to sort various types of incoming and outgoing mail, be detail oriented, and be customer friendly.  Hours are part-time, 3 days a week, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. If you’re interested please contact Tanya Clements at 410-269-4460 or email tanya.steeleclements@maryland.gov.


Playlist Pub Crawl 

Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Playlist Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 29th from 12-5 pm. The Playlist’s Awesome 80’s Edition benefiting Music 4 Vets will feature a costume contest, Instagram scavenger hunt and discounts at participating bars along West Street. Volunteers are needed to help staff stations at each location and to help with registration. If you’d like to volunteer, email: info@music4more.org

To buy tickets to attend the crawl, go to: https://whatsuptix.com/events/playlist-pub-crawl-a-benefit-for-music-4-vets. Discounts are available for groups over 10.


Share Maryland History

The Maryland State Archives is  expanding their volunteer program, especially for Reference Services. Reference volunteers help provide access to Maryland’s historical records from its founding to recent years, and learn valuable skills regarding proper records handling, materials circulation, and local genealogy. However, they also encourage volunteers to get experience in other aspects of archives, such as document conservation, transcription, etc. There are also volunteer opportunities for court record research, preservation, imaging, online media and more.

The program is quite flexible and welcomes anyone who is eager to lend a hand from high school students to senior citizens.  You volunteer just once a week or nearly every day.   

If interested see the website for more details: https://msa.maryland.gov/msa/refserv/html/volunprogram.html   


YARD SALE 

St. Andrew the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Mayo at Rt. 214 & Carrs Wharf  will be  having a Yard Sale on Saturday, September 22nd from 8 am – 12 pm.

They need volunteers to help set up the day before, on Friday 9/21 and then cleaning and putting away the tables at noon on 9/22. Volunteers will receive free lunch.  Call PJ Cunningham at 301-442-1834 to sign up.


9/11 Heroes Run

The 9/11 Heroes Run (5K) honors and remembers the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since, to include veterans, active duty, first responders, and families of the fallen.

Volunteers are greatly needed to help with pre-race festivities, walk up registration, packet pickup, t-shirt and swag bag pickup, water stations, and the vendor areas. Lunch is provided.

Please register at   http://911heroesrunannapolismd.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=9453

 

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Thank you for volunteering! 8.8.18

Ring, Ring

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities is seeking volunteers for the Telephone Reassurance Program.  This program is designed to help older adults and individuals with disabilities remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.  Volunteers help to do this by placing reassuring telephone calls, social support and safety checks.  This helps residents to feel safer in their homes, it reduces isolation, and it helps them feel more connected to their community.
The Telephone Reassurance Program operates 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Volunteers are being recruited to make calls Mondays through Fridays from the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities’ North location at 7320 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.
Volunteer training will be offered in September.  To learn more about the program or anyone needing accommodations, call Patty Lortie at 410-222-4375.  TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.  All materials are available in alternative format upon request.

Adopt a Garden

Downs Park in Pasadena, MD is seeking gardeners who would like to adopt-a-flowerbed in Mother’s Garden.Mother’s Garden is a focal point within the park that is also reserved for weddings and photo shoots. Additional project specific work such as replacing broken bricks, removing invasive plants, tending to the rose arbor, etc is also available. For more information or to volunteer, contact Park Ranger David DeVault at 410-222-6230 or by email at rpdeva00@aacounty.org.

Become a Master Watershed Steward

Is there a flooding or drainage problem in your neighborhood or place of worship?
Do you want to lead your community or school to reduce pollution?
Want to get off the sidelines and make a real change?
Master Watershed Stewards serve Anne Arundel County communities by installing landscaping projects that reduce pollution and organizing campaigns to encourage habits that make a difference. Collectively, these community-based actions reduce pollution at its source and improve the health of the entire Chesapeake Bay. Click here to learn more about the 2018-2019 certification course.
Want to work with kids?  The certification course includes an education track to support student stewardship, empowering you to bring a message of conservation to your local school or youth group.
Attendance at one information session is required prior to submitting an application. Upcoming dates are:
Tuesday, August 14th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Faith Baptist Church,7378 E Furnace Branch Rd, Glen Burnie
Wednesday, August 22nd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Edgewater Library,25 Stepneys Ln, Edgewater
Tuesday, August 28th, 12 – 1:30 pm
Eastport Library,269 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis
Tuesday, September 11th, 6:30 – 8 pm
Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Cntr, 975 Indian Landing Rd, Millersville
CLICK HERE to register for a session.

Join the Walk 

Learn about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the mission, how you can help and even start your own team at the Arundel Walk New Teams Social.
Tuesday, August 21, 5:30 pm – 7:30 at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, 175 West Street, Annapolis.
The Walk date is Sunday, October 21st. But at this event you can register a team or join a team, get fundraising tips and enjoy some delicious food with great people.
RSVP to Dawn Lewis by Thursday, August 16, dlewis@alz.org or 410-561-9099 ext. 231

Tell Your Story

 Everyone has a story to tell and Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts wants to hear yours! MTPA is excited to bring this popular Baltimore tradition to Annapolis. This open mic event gives anyone an opportunity to share a 5 minute true and personal story centered on a theme. Come listen to unexpected and beautiful stories told by your neighbors!
THEME: THE FIRST TIME
To celebrate the “first time”, they want to hear about your “first time”. First time you fell in love, first time you left the country, first time you rode a bike, ANY great “first” story!
Wednesday, August 15 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
MTPA Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts

3 Park Place, Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Please email mattie.fenton@mtpa-annapolis.org if you are interested in volunteering to tell your story or attending. There will also be a list at the door if listening to others sparks a little courage in you! Uniting our community through storytelling!

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 | info@aacvc.org
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Things Get Solved, if YOU Get Involved 8.3.18

Clean a Creek or a Beach or a Stream

As a result of the recent storms and the Conowingo Dam release, our local creeks, streams and beaches are overrun with debris.  Mixed in with the branches and tree trunks is all kinds of trash from plastic bottles to tires and styrofoam to tables.

The bay needs lots of help on this but YOU CAN HELPNo appointment necessary. All you need is a trash bag and some gloves. If you have some spare time this week or weekend, please go to a nearby waterway and do what you can to clean up.  Gloves and closed toes shoes are recommended, a net would also be helpful.  Every little bit makes a difference.  Fill a trash bag or two and know that your efforts are appreciated!

Be Ready

Anne Arundel – Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has announced its Fall 2018 dates for Basic CERT Training. Volunteer to become a trained member of your community in emergency response. The training will be held on Friday, September 28 from 6pm-9pmSat., September 29 from 8am-5pm, and Sun., September 30, 2018 from 8am-3pm at the Fire Training Academy in Millersville. A disaster simulation will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8am-12pm at the same location. Everyone completing the course receives a nationally recognized certification and the opportunity to join Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT as a member. Visit www.aaacert.org for more information and for a registration link. For questions and to volunteer as a victim on October 6, contact bjmorgenstern@comcast.net.

Havana Nights

The Arundel Lodge is looking for event support for the 2018 Havana Nights annual fundraising event to be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Byzantium, 2747 Riva Road, Annapolis. Volunteer help is needed for tasks one week prior to the event, event set up, and during the event.   They especially welcome volunteers who have general administrative skills or event experience, or are customer service oriented, as well as volunteers who are supportive of the mission to improve the lives of children, adults (including Veterans) and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders.
The time commitment is a few hrs 1 week prior to Sept 15 and/or 3-5 hrs the day of event between 10 am and 11 pm. Volunteers can help with loading and unloading event supplies, event setup, decorating, running activities such as raffle or silent auction, registration, break down and clean up.  Contact Deborah to volunteer: dwienhold@arundellodge.org or 443-433-5943.

Out of the Darkness

 
The Annapolis Out of the Darkness Walk will be Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, 10 am – 2 pm, starting from Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.   This event of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. They are looking for volunteers for setup, registration, route support, and clean-up for Community Walk fundraiser in Annapolis. Email Traci Moxson at annapolisootd@gmail.com to signup.

Mentor a Homeless Child

Train to be a mentor for youth and homeless youth. Housing plays a pivotal role in the well-being of children and families.  Stable housing is a critical factor for positive child and youth development.  Unfortunately, the number of homeless families with children has increased in recent years due to the lack of affordable housing. On top of that, the current economic recession and the housing crisis further increase the likelihood of homelessness among children and youth. Those at i5 City want to reach Homeless and those at risk of becoming Homeless by having a Mobile Shower unit and a Mobile Food Pantry to bring into the community every week. They started a Mobile Drop-in/ After school program in January to start reaching the youth that is at risk of becoming homeless. We notice that having a mentor that can actually be with each youth to better help the youth navigate each day to make positive life decisions and make a stronger impact to change a young adult life.  They will be doing Trainings every 4 months to do new intakes.  These Trainings will explain what Homeless Youth is and how to identify Homeless and at-risk homeless youth, Human Trafficking awareness, Boundaries, Self Care, Opioid and First Aid.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor and committing only 4 hours a week to be that positive voice for the young adult’s life please come to the training and we will let you know how you can get involved. i5 partners with many other agencies to make a change in our community. Please email Derric at derric@i5serve.com, if you have any questions and together you can make an impact and change our lower-income community. The trainings are on 8/11/2018 from 9:30am to 2pm and 8/18/2018 from 9:30 am to 2 pm.  Food will be provided at the training.    www.i5serve.com

Back-to-School Backpacks

This is the 20th year of the Back to School program in A.A. County. The Dept. of Social Services in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools matches donors to children from low-income families in local elementary schools to provide the backpacks and school supplies they need to start the school year. Donors are needed (individuals, groups, and businesses) and will receive information on the child/children they are helping with a list of needed supplies for their grade. School supplies are placed inside backpacks and delivered to elementary schools during August, so each child has what they need on the 1st day of school. Contact 410-269-4462 or community.programs@maryland.gov for details about donating supplies, money or otherwise assisting in providing backpacks to school children in need. For a donor application and more information, go to: www.aacounty.org/departments/social-services/index.html.
Volunteers are also needed to deliver backpacks and school supplies. August 20-31st.  Contact james.maybin@maryland.gov to help with delivery.

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 | info@aacvc.org
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Helping Others Makes the World a Better Place 7.25.18

Back-to-School Backpacks

This is the 20th year of the Back to School program in A.A. County. The Dept. of Social Services in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools matches donors to children from low-income families in local elementary schools to provide the backpacks and school supplies they need to start the school year. Donors are needed (individuals, groups, and businesses) and will receive information on the child/children they are helping with a list of needed supplies for their grade. School supplies are placed inside backpacks and delivered to elementary schools during August, so each child has what they need on the 1st day of school. Contact 410-269-4462 or community.programs@maryland.gov for details about donating supplies, money or otherwise assisting in providing backpacks to school children in need. For a donor application and more information, go to: www.aacounty.org/departments/social-services/index.html.
Volunteers are also needed to deliver backpacks and school supplies. August 20-31st.  Contact james.maybin@maryland.gov to help with delivery.

Big BAD Fish

Help kickoff the 1st annual Big Bad Fishing Tourney on Saturday, August 25th.The event will be held at thePatuxent Wetland Park, 1426 Mt. Zion Marlboro Rd, Lothian, MD and is intended to help manage invasive fish populations on the Patuxent River. Contestants will be fishing for Snakeheads and other invasive species. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, check in, games, information tables, cooking, plating, serving, and fish collecting and weigh in. Morning volunteers will arrive at 6 am. The afternoon volunteers will arrive at 11 am. Sign up: www.jugbay.org/volunteer_calendar. Or contact Melinda for more info: rpfegl00@aacounty.org.

Cooking for Smiles

Bello Machre is seeking culinary volunteers. You can use your talent and passion for cooking to bring smiles to faces, joy to hearts, and delicious food to many plates in your community!Volunteers are needed to assist with Bello Machre’s bi-monthly employee cooking classes. Employees who care for the individuals who live in our homes enjoy expanding their menu offerings by learning to make new easy, healthy, and fun family meals. Volunteer duties include brainstorming with our team for recipe ideas, creating recipe cards, and shopping for ingredients. We would like for this volunteer to also assist with the set up and hosting of the events – maybe even teaching the class!  For additional details, please contact Michele Marshall michele.marshall@bellomachre.org.

ReBuild!

Are you looking to make a greater impact in your community while building your resume and contacts?   Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, an affiliate of the nation’s largest non-profit providing home renovations, has been in the county since 1991, renovated over 650 homes and put back over $12M in repairs.  Their new expansion into Neighborhood Revitalization is monumental, as they work with HOAs, Residents and Community Leaders to provide a lasting program of both social and physical change – turning the trajectory of a neighborhood-in-need to one on the rise. RTAAC is actively recruiting energetic Board Members who wish to advocate in the community for the great work being accomplished.  RTAAC has targeted Board Member slots open (banking, realtor, building, etc industry related) as well as organizational slots (government liaison, marketing, grants, fundraising).  If you would like the opportunity to raise the profile and productivity of a non-profit doing great things – please write today for more details: information@rebuildingtogetheraac.org

Playlist Pub Crawl 

Volunteers are needed for the inaugural Playlist Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 29th from 12-5 pm. The Playlist’s Awesome 80’s Edition benefiting Music 4 Vets will feature a costume contest, Instagram scavenger hunt and discounts at participating bars along West Street. Volunteers are needed to help  staff stations at each location and to help with registration. If you’d like to volunteer, sign up here: http://signup.com/go/tUHQYmx
To buy tickets to attend the crawl, go to: https://whatsuptix.com/events/playlist-pub-crawl-a-benefit-for-music-4-vets. Discounts are available for groups over 10.

Go Green for Blue Crabs 

Have fun, be “Bay Responsible” and help the Annapolis Rotary and Annapolis Green make the 73rd Annual Crab Feast a Zero-Waste event again this year. With your help, NOTHING from the 2500-person feast will go to the landfill. EVERYTHING will be recycled or composted. Friday, August 3rd starting at 4pm, enthusiastic folks are needed to staff the waste stations and help folks put their left-overs and everything else in the right receptacle. They also need people to hang signs and banners during setup, and help with the very fast and efficient cleanup at the end.Volunteers are needed at the Annapolis Green table during the event too – to explain the Bay Responsible program and take sales orders for the compost that will result from the feast.  To volunteer, email bay@annapolisgreen.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 | info@aacvc.org
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Have YOU volunteered lately?? 7.18.18

Hop(e), Skip and Jump

The last leg of the Move More Race Series is the Hop(e), Skip & Jump 5K/Fun Walk, Sat., Jul. 28th, 7:00-11:00 a.m. The Hop(e), Skip & Jump event is being held at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville and the race starts at 8:00 a.m. Support Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks and Recreation Deeds for Special Needs by volunteering at this event. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event starting at 7:00 a.m. to assist with race support, course monitoring, registration, course marking, and taking pictures. Volunteers should arrive at 7:00 a.m. to register and get assignments. To sign up, contact Ryan Stewart at 410-222-7313 or rpstew99@aacounty.org. More info at https://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/race-series-hope-skip–jump-5k-and-fun-walk


Can you Count Fish?

Yes you can! July has warmed up the water in Spa Creek and it’s time to begin the annual fish counts. Two Fridays a month from July to Sept, the Spa Creek Conservancy will be seining at Truxton Park Boat Ramp and recording the types and number of fish and other critters that you pull up from Spa Creek. Be prepared to get a little wet and help for about an hour. Remaining dates are July 20, August 10 and 17, September 7 and 14.

Volunteers are needed to count the fish and record the findings. All are invited to watch and/or participate. The seining begins promptly at 4pm at the boat ramp at Truxtun Park. Click here for more information or email web@spacreek.net.


Swim, Bike, Run or VOLUNTEER

The Inaugural Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon being held on Saturday, July 28th is the cooperation between our city, county, and state officials. The event will start in downtown Annapolis and end at the Naval Academy Stadium. It will be one of the most scenic triathlons in the Mid-Atlantic! Volunteers are needed Friday, July 27th and Sat. July 28th in a variety of areas, such as packet pickup, racer check in, assisting in the transition areas, course monitoring, first aid, serving beer and much more. They even need people on paddle boards or kayaks for the swim course. See the volunteer sign up sheet for all of the options and to claim your spot: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MD/Annapolis/SailorsTriathlon. Sign up with a friend or a group to help make this first annual event a huge success! There is also a fun after party with music by the Dublin 5 band and all volunteers are invited. http://www.sailorstriathlon.com


Internship Opportunity

Bello Machre is now accepting applications now for their 2018 Fall Internship Program! Bello Machre’s Educational Outreach Program offers college and university students diverse internship and service-learning opportunities in a friendly work environment. They welcome all disciplines of study. Whether students are interested in a career of human resources, marketing, public relations, finance, or direct care, they can apply their academic knowledge and skills in a real-life professional workplace. Students benefit from working with a talented, skilled, and compassionate workforce. In addition, each student’s learning experience can be tailored to fit his/her busy schedule and academic requirements. Upon the successful completion of his/her internship, the intern will receive a one-time stipend of $500 to defer any costs or expenses. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to michele.marshall@bellomachre.org before August 31st.


Even Plants Have a Census

The Biogeochemistry Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is conducting their annual census of the Global Change Research Wetland, a marsh that SERC scientists have been studying for over 30 years. There are a variety of projects happening, but all of them involve counting and measuring plants in the marsh. They look at the impacts of increased carbon dioxide on plant growth, and combined impacts of increased carbon dioxide and nitrogen on plants. They also look to see whether native and invasive plants are responding to nutrient input in similar or different ways, and the impacts on plants when the soil that they are growing in is warmed. In the beginning, volunteers usually act as data recorders, and then start taking some of the measurements as they become more comfortable. They’d love to have you join in for one or more days!

SERC is looking for volunteer citizen scientists on weekdays from July 23 through August 3 from 8AM to 4PM. Volunteers are needed for a minimum of one full day, but it would be great if people could help out over multiple days. The work involves working in the tidal marsh (on boardwalks) at SERC to count and measure all of the plants in the experimental plots and working in the lab to sort samples and conduct analyses. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Contact Alison Cawood to volunteer: CawoodA@si.edu 

https://serc.si.edu/


Many Ways to Help

Langton Green Inc. has ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout their agency. They provide residential and vocational services for intellectually disabled adults and have a wide range of opportunities for volunteer participation. Due to the nature of their services they can offer very flexible scheduling as well as volunteer work in a wide range of activities from social and recreational activities in their homes, as well as specific projects within their vocational training programs, and ongoing work in agricultural programming on their 13-acre farm on Generals Highway. There will also be some planting opportunities coming up and eventually harvesting opportunities in a field that they are planting for the Maryland Food Banks Farm to Food Bank program.

Contact: farminfo@langtongreen.org.

https://langtongreen.org


Music in the Garden

Historic London Town and Gardens is looking for volunteers. You can serve as a greeter, parking attendant, or 50/50 raffle attendant for London Town’s popular summer concert series, Sundays, July 29 thru August 20 from 4:30pm – 7pm (concerts start at 5pm). The first concert features the Eastport Oyster Boys, and other great music follows all season. While the concerts are free, they encourage donations and sell memberships at the entrance table. Please sign up for a volunteer spot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabad28a3fd0-summer

www.historiclondontown.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 | info@aacvc.org

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The perfect summer to do list: 1. Walk on the beach 2. Ride a bike 3. Read some good books 4. VOLUNTEER 7.11.18

Space  Out

The National Electronics Museum needs volunteers for its Pioneer Camp 2018.  The Camp will be “All About Space.” Kids ages 8-11 will spend two full days learning all about space! Campers will learn about satellites, telescopes, stars space travel and more! The campers are going to make their own telescopes and planets as they explore the final frontier. Camps are July 18-19or August 8-9, 9 am-1 pm. To volunteer to help out at one of the camps, call Alice Donahue at 410-765-0230 or email donahue.nem@gmail.com.  www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org.

Join the Green Team

Have fun, be “Bay Responsible” and help the Annapolis Rotary and Annapolis Green make the 73rd Annual Crab Feast a Zero-Waste event again this year. With your help, NOTHING from the 2500-person feast will go to the landfill. EVERYTHING will be recycled or composted.  Friday, August 3rd starting at 4pm, enthusiastic folks are needed to staff the waste stations and help folks put their left-overs and everything else in the right receptacle. They also need people to hang signs and banners during setup, and help with the very fast and efficient cleanup at the end. Volunteers are needed at the Annapolis Green table at the event too – to explain the Bay Responsible program and take sales orders for the compost that will result from the feast.  To volunteer, email bay@annapolisgreen.com

Superheros Needed 

2nd Annual 2018 Superhero Camp: Join the ANNAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT and The LAA Flagship Class of 2017 to help our local children build a strong, healthy, self-esteem, while discovering their inner-awesome superpowers. The mission of character education is strong in Anne Arundel County and the Annapolis community. Character Counts! The 2nd annual  Summer Superhero Camp has a goal of nurturing character, courage, and confidence in local children. Volunteers are needed Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, August 6, 7, 8 (9:00am-3:00pm) either for a half-day, full-day, or all three days at the Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Drive. There is a group of 25 children that could use your mentoring to assist in reading, doing related activities and skits, all supporting a healthy self-esteem, and being there for them as a caring adult. Please call or email Dona for details and to schedule your volunteer time: 410-224-3878/Dona@janenotplain.com

Take a Field Trip

We Care and Friends hosts the School on the Water program to provide Anne Arundel County children 7 to 13 years old, who are at risk of failure in school or socially, with learning, mentoring and fun experiences on the waters surrounding Annapolis as well as cultural activities.  What started as an 8 week summer program has now been extended to the full year.

Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer, volunteers are needed to accompany the children on field trips

. Trips go to museums, bowling, skate zone, golf, baseball games, parks and more.  If you can help out one day or more, please contact Rachel at 443-370-9112 or rsagriffin@yahoo.com.

Find out more at www.wecareandfriends.org


Swim, Bike, Run or VOLUNTEER

The Inaugural Annapolis Sailor’s Triathlon being held on Saturday, July 28th is the cooperation between our city, county, and state officials. The event will start in downtown Annapolis and end at the Naval Academy Stadium. It will be one of the most scenic triathlons in the Mid-Atlantic! Volunteers are needed Friday, July 27th and Sat. July 28th in a variety of areas, such as packet pickup, racer check in, assisting in the transition areas, course monitoring, first aid, serving beer and much more.  They even need people on paddle boards for the swim course. See the volunteer sign up sheet for all of the options and to claim your spot: https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/MD/Annapolis/SailorsTriathlon.  Sign up with a friend or a group to help make this first annual event a huge success! There is also a fun after party with music by the Dublin 5 band and all volunteers are invited.

S.O.S

The Office of the Secretary of State (SOS) is in need of volunteers to join their team. They are seeking individuals with strong customer service skills to assist with basic Administrative duties including: data entry, scanning, scheduling, Internet research, etc. Training is available.

Come join the friendly, high energy staff and be a part of the inner workings of this important government office! To learn more about SOS and how they are improving lives every day, visit www.sos.maryland.gov. You’ll be amazed! The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and a minimum time commitment of one (1) or more 2-4 hour shifts weekly is expected. Contact Michael Schlein at 410-260-3863 orMichael.Schlein@Maryland.gov for more information.=


Hop(e) Skip & Jump!

The last leg of the Move More Race Series is the Hop(e), Skip & Jump 5K/Fun Walk, Sat., Jul. 28 2018, 7:00–11:00 a.m. The Hop(e), Skip & Jump event is being held at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville and the race starts at 8:00 a.m. Support Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks and Recreation Deeds for Special Needs by volunteering at this event. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event starting at 7:00 a.m. to assist with race support, course monitoring, registration, course marking, and taking pictures. Volunteers should arrive at 7:00 a.m. to register and get assignments. To sign up, contact Ryan Stewart at 410-222-7313 or rpstew99@aacounty.org. More info at http://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/move-more/index.html.


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 | info@aacvc.org
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Volunteering is Patriotic! Happy 4th! – 7.4.18

Summer Concerts 

Historic London Town and Gardens is looking for volunteers. You can serve as a greeter, parking attendant, or 50/50 raffle attendant for London Town’s popular summer concert series, Sundays, July 29 thru August 20 from 4:30pm – 7pm (concerts start at 5pm).  The first concert features the Eastport Oyster Boys, and other great music follows all season. While the concerts are free, they encourage donations and sell memberships at the entrance table. Please sign up for a volunteer spot here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabad28a3fd0-summer.

Take a Field Trip

LAST MINUTE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 
We Care and Friends hosts the School on the Water program to provide Anne Arundel County children 7 to 13 years old, who are at risk of failure in school or socially, with learning, mentoring and fun experiences on the waters surrounding Annapolis as well as cultural activities.  What started as an 8 week summer program has now been extended to the full year.
This Thursday and Friday, July 5th and 6th, volunteers are needed to accompany the children on field trips. Thursday will be to the Botanical Gardens & a Smithsonian Museum in DC, Friday will be to Monster Golf in Columbia.  If you can help out either day, please contact Rachel at 443-370-9112 or rsagriffin@yahoo.com.
Next week we will have info on more opportunities with School on the Water. www.wecareandfriends.org

Back to School Backpacks

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is getting ready for their Annual Back-to-School Distribution to Guatemalan Children. Volunteers are needed to help in Marydel, MD on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. Marydel is on the Eastern Shore. They will distribute clothing, groceries, and school supplies for needy Guatemalan children. This terrific event is a favorite of volunteers. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Margie Englert at 443-433-2416 or email mjenglert95@gmail.com.

Annual Wetland Plant Census

The Biogeochemistry Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is conducting their annual census of the Global Change Research Wetland, a marsh that SERC scientists have been studying for over 30 years. There are a variety of projects happening, but all of them involve counting and measuring plants in the marsh. They look at the impacts of increased carbon dioxide on plant growth, and combined impacts of increased carbon dioxide and nitrogen on plants. They also look to see whether native and invasive plants are responding to nutrient input in similar or different ways, and the impacts on plants when the soil that they are growing in is warmed. In the beginning, volunteers usually act as data recorders, and then start taking some of the measurements as they become more comfortable. They’d love to have you join in for one or more days!
SERC is looking for volunteer citizen scientists on weekdays from July 23 through August 3 from 8AM to 4PM. Volunteers are needed for a minimum of one full day, but it would be great if people could help out over multiple days. The work involves working in the tidal marsh (on boardwalks) at SERC to count and measure all of the plants in the experimental plots and working in the lab to sort samples and conduct analyses. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.

Contact Alison Cawood to volunteer:  CawoodA@si.edu


Stop the Invaders

Did you know that the Yellow Flag Iris is as destructive as it is lovely?  These plants grow like wildfire along streams and rivers, and are commonly found in ponds, irrigation ditches and other riparian areas where they create all sorts of trouble.

The Anne Arundel Weed Resistance will have an event to remove Yellow Flag Iris in Arnold on Tuesday, July 10th from 5pm to 7pm.  If you would like to attend this  please pre-register and dress for the weather. Long pants, hat, sturdy shoes, and work gloves are recommended. Please bring a shovel if you have one to dig out the rhizomes. Make sure you bring a water bottle and bug spray. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

For questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (443) 534-8551 or email at annearundelwr@gmail.com. www.anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org

Shell Shaking

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Shell Shakingdays will be Fridays, Jul. 6, 20, & 27, Aug. 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM. Hearty volunteers are needed at the Maryland Oyster Restoration Center at 4800 Atwell Rd., Shady Side, Maryland 20764. “Shell shaking” involves cleaning oyster shells by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them. This is critical in oyster restoration efforts, as without cleaning the oyster shells, we could potentially lose millions of healthy larvae as they attach to debris, rather than the shell, and are later washed out into the silt. These events are a bit of a workout, but a fun hands-on experience. With lifting involved, it is not recommended for individuals with a bad back or other health concerns. Water will be provided, but please wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle for refills. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Go to CBF Event Calendar to sign up

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 | info@aacvc.org
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