Spring into a New Volunteer Opportunity

Be a Mentor
Seeds 4 Success is an organization which believes that every child in Annapolis has the opportunity to build a bright future. For the past 9 years, they have delivered quality academic and social programs which are positively impacting the community. The mentor program at Seeds 4 Success involves adult volunteers who are committed to supporting and guiding a young person through the development of a 1:1 mentoring relationship. The mentoring program supports young people by helping them develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. Mentors are supported through training, an online platform which allows S4S to monitor the progression of mentor relationships, and open access to a dedicated support staff. To learn more about the programs and how to get involved please send an email to volunteer@s4sannapolis.org. www.s4sannapolis.org

 Plant Trees
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is hosting a Wetland Planting in the Patuxent River Watershed on Sat., April 1st, 9 am-1 pm. Volunteers are being sought to help plant trees and shrubs at Maryland Sunrise Farm (the former Naval Academy dairy farm) in Gambrills, MD. Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre farm, the largest organic farm in Maryland. Volunteers will plant newly graded wetlands in what was a deeply eroded stream channel. These wetlands will filter sediment and nutrients from the adjacent farm fields. By cleaning and infiltrating the water, flooding and pollution, to the Patuxent River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay will be reduced. Register online at www.cbf.org/events/calendar  Questions? Contact David Tana at 443-482-2156 or MDRestoration@cbf.org.

Help Those Learning a New Language
Volunteers are needed at North County High School (10 E. 1st Avenue, Glen Burnie) to serve as an audience for ESOL students on Fri., March 24, 2017: 12:55-2:00 p.m., and Mon., March 27, 2017, 8:10-9:10 a.m.; 9:40-10:40 a.m.; and 12:55-2:00 p.m. ESOL students have been studying the poverty situation in Malawi and are creating lanterns. During your visit, they are going to be giving presentations about the lanterns they created, the process they went through and the reasons they have created the lanterns. They will also be auctioning the lanterns and donating the profits to a school in Malawi. If interested, please contact Morgan Heymann at mheymann@aacps.org or express interest at: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar.

Walk for the Animals
The SPCA of Anne Arundel County’s 26th Annual “Walk & Run for the Animals” is Sun., April 30, 7:30 am-1:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of roles for this fundraising event at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. Each spring over two thousand friends of the SPCA and their pets come together for this event.  Enjoy a walk or 5K run in the park as well as our large outdoor vendor festival. The 5K Run starts at 7:30 a.m., and the Walk begins at 9:00 a.m. The festivities include scenic trails, fun-filled doggie activities, the annual Cars & Critters car show, face painting, and an array of vendor booths. For more info call 410-268-4388, volunteer@aacspca.org or www.aacspca.org/event.

Also, volunteers, age 18 and up (or 13-17 with a parent), are needed throughout the year to walk dogs, socialize cats, provide foster care for “in-need” animals, help with adoption shows, bathe and brush dogs or help with any other available opportunities. Training sessions are held once each month. See contact info above or visit www.aacspca.org.

Aye, Aye, Captain
The Foundation for Community Betterment is hosting the 2nd Annual Bay Bridge Paddle on April 29th from 8am to about 1pm. Volunteer power boat owners are needed to serve as Safety Boat Captains to be stationed along the race course across the Chesapeake Bay for monitoring and safety. Learn more about the event at www.baybridgepaddle.com. Complimentary event after-party beverages for all captains! Please call 410-353-9237, email daryl@communitybetterment.org to volunteer. www.communitybetterment.org

 Be a Tour Guide
Friends of Hancock’s Resolution operates and preserves the Historic Hancock Resolution farmstead in Pasadena, which dates to 1785, and had an important role in the War of 1812. Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to give tours of the house and gardens to visitors from 1 to 4 pm on Sundays, April through October. Training is provided. Volunteer gardening assistants are also needed and days/times are flexible. Other volunteer projects include assisting with historical research, archeology, public education and fundraising. See website page: historichancocksresolution.org/get-involved/volunteering for volunteer jobs and a form for registration. Questions? Call 410-255-4048. www.historichancocksresolution.org/

Other upcoming events at Hancock’s Resolution: Opening Day for Hancock’s Resolution, Sunday, April 2, 2017; Spring Farm Festival; Sunday, April 23, 2017 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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“Green” Volunteering Ideas

Here are some upcoming “green” volunteer opps to get you outside and caring for our bay and environment. If you don’t mind getting a little dirty, there is definitely something here for you.  green gold

Clean a Stream
This year, Project Clean Stream officially kicks off on April 1, 2017 for its 14th year. Every spring, local waterways and woodlands receive a clean start as thousands of volunteers come together for the annual Project Clean Stream, the largest annual volunteer cleanup event in the Chesapeake Bay region. Project Clean Stream brings together volunteers across the vast Chesapeake Bay watershed in a day of service to clean up trash from rivers, streams, creeks, and parks. Cleanups are scheduled from March 1 to June 10, 2017. Visit  https://www.allianceforthebay.org/events/project-clean-stream/ to learn more and to register projects or volunteer. Project Clean Stream is also a great opportunity for businesses to get involved in Bay restoration and to volunteer in their communities! Through Project Clean Stream, the Alliance works directly with businesses to coordinate cleanup sites and provide a positive and meaningful experience as stewards of the environment-improving water quality as they care for their neighborhood creeks, streams, and rivers. If your business is interested in getting involved with Project Clean Stream, contact our Business Partnerships Manager, Corinne Stephens at cstephens@allianceforthebay.org For other questions about the event, contact Ted Wolfe at twolfe@allianceforthebay.org

Save the Bay Day   – April 22, 2017 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena
Volunteers are needed for various tasks to beautify and clean up the park, such as planting flowers, raking leaves, mulching, sprucing up the playground, painting, weeding, and more.  This project needs over 200 volunteers so bring your family, friends and groups.     Volunteers will get a t-shirt compliments of Comcast and Comcast Cares Day.  Also, snacks and water are provided while working and all are invited to stay for pizza lunch.  This is the Volunteer Center’s BIG GREEN project this year and we’d love to see lots of helpers. For more information or to see how you can get involved, contact us at info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207

A Day at the Beach
Volunteers are needed to help keep Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis clean and beautiful for all visitors to enjoy. Throughout the year they organize several beach clean-ups to remove all of the trash and debris that washes ashore on our beach areas. Sandy Point also has some trails and a large day-use area that occasionally need a helping hand to keep clean. They welcome anyone interested in doing a good deed to help our environmental efforts while enjoying the park. The park will provide free trash bags and gloves to any visitors as they volunteer. Contact Nancy Gardner, Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, at nancy.gardner@maryland.gov or 410-974-2149. See web site for more information at https://ec.volunteernow.com/custom/1528/

Get Outside
Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks kicks off the Move More Race Series with the Rec Deeds Challenge 5K Run & Family Fun Walk, Sat. April 1, 2017, 7:45-11:00 am. Recreation Deeds for Special Needs is a non-profit organization established to provide camp scholarships, adaptive equipment, training and volunteer support for those with disabilities. The Recreation Deeds Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk fundraiser is being held at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122 and the race starts at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with race support, be course monitors, register participants, give out race bags, mark course, and take pictures.  Volunteers should arrive at 7:45 a.m. to register and get volunteer assignments. For more information, contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or carolyn.ryan@aacounty.org.

Plant Trees
Wetland Planting – Patuxent River Watershed, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sat., April 1, 2017:
Volunteers are being sought to help CBF and partner organizations plant trees and shrubs at Maryland Sunrise Farm (the former Naval Academy dairy farm) in Gambrills, MD. Sunrise Farm is an 800 acre farm, the largest organic farm in Maryland. Volunteers will plant newly graded wetlands in what was a deeply eroded stream channel. These wetlands will filter sediment and nutrients from the adjacent farm fields. By cleaning and infiltrating the water, flooding and pollution to Towser’s Branch, the Patuxent River, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay will be reduced. Project Partners include Maryland Sunrise Farm, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the AA County Soil Conservation District, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Funding for this event and for future restoration projects on the farm are through the Trust Fund provided by the MD Dept. of Natural Resources. Register online at – http://www.cbf.org/events/calendar. Questions? Contact David Tana at 443-482-2156 or MDRestoration@cbf.org.

Plant Flowers
Volunteers are needed to plant flowers along the County Trails.  Spring is just around the corner and that means its spruce up time for flower beds!  A few good volunteers are needed who love to garden and have a few hours each week or month they can spend weeding, watering and pruning.  With over 60 beds and gardens along the B&A Trail alone, there are many opportunities.  If you would like to make flower beds along the B&A Trail glow with color and vibrancy, you can help. For more information visit  www.friendsofaatrails.org/become-a-volunteer or email friendsofaatrails@gmail.com.

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Check out some new places to volunteer

Clean a Stream, Save the Bay
The National Aquarium Chesapeake Bay Conservation Team is planning Project Clean Stream at Masonville Cove on Sat., March 25, 9AM-12:30 PM.  Join your neighbors and community partners to clean up the stream and living shoreline that connect Brooklyn and Curtis Bay to Masonville Cove. Get outside and make a difference in your community while learning about the causes and effects of marine debris and how you can help! Data collected during this event will contribute to Project Clean Stream. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Volunteers under 18 years old will need adult supervision. Pre-registration is required for all conservation events. Register online at http://aqua.org/care/conservation-events or contact the Conservation Dept. at 410-576-1014 or conserve@aqua.org

Share a Love of Sailing
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) has volunteer opportunities throughout the sailing season (April-October).  They need experienced skippers to take out guests with disabilities, crew to assist in the boarding and sailing, and staff to get guests registered and outfitted in life jackets.  They operate weekdays and weekends during the season from Sandy Point State Park.  Prospective volunteers can visit the CRAB website and volunteer at www.crabsailing.org.  All volunteers will have background checks performed before starting service. Questions? Contact ed@crabsailing.org

Interviewers Needed
South River High School (201 Central Avenue, Edgewater) needs adult volunteers to conduct mock job interviews with 11th grade students on March 16, 20, and March 21. Students have been discussing topics such as: appropriate dress, eye contact, communication, courtesy, assertiveness, and resume writing in small group workshops and their English classes. The program is designed to give students a chance to practice their newly learned skills by offering a one-on-one interview with an adult from outside the school. They are simply looking for people who are willing to give some time to helping this generation become more competent in their interviewing skills, but you are also welcome to ask the students to apply for any openings that you may have.  No experience is necessary. Instructions and sample questions are available as well as an evaluation sheet. If you would like to volunteer, please go to: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0448a8ad2ba3f85-south1 or contact Linda Lamon at 410-956-5600, ext 289 or llamon@aacps.org

Walk for the Woods
Walk for the Woods 2017 is April 22, 7am-3pm. Scenic Rivers Land Trust is again partnering with Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks to host a day of guided hikes and public access to the Bacon Ridge Natural Area, which is County owned but currently not completely open to the public. A variety of guided hikes, including bird watching, mushroom hunting, amphibian finding, and naturalist hikes are scheduled throughout the day. See the website at www.srlt.org/walk-faq for more information about the Walk. Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. For more information about volunteering and how to sign up, see the document posted on our web site at srlt.org/images/2017WFTWoodsVolunteerDescriptions_final.pdf. Questions?  Contact Sarah Knebel at sarah@srlt.org or 410-980-6837

Be a friend to our trails
Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of dedicated volunteers helping to promote, protect and enhance the multimodal trails of Anne Arundel County. The organization encompasses the B&A Trail, the BWI Trail, the Broadneck Trail and the WB&A Trail as well as new trails being designed or constructed. Friends support the Trails, County Staff and Park Rangers of the Department of Recreation and Parks and work with many partners, all of whom are dedicated to the trail systems in the county. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. For more information visit  www.friendsofaatrails.org/become-a-volunteer or email friendsofaatrails@gmail.com

Share the Spotlight
The Annapolis Film Festival will be March 30-April 2 this year and there is still time to be a part of it. They are seeking volunteers, age 18 and up, for a variety of tasks associated with the Festival. If you have volunteered in the past, or are considering doing so for the first time, visit annapolisfilmfestival.com/support/volunteer to sign up or email volunteer@annapolisfilmfestival.net for more information.     It’s fun!

Protect and Serve
The Anne Arundel County Police Department has 2 programs for volunteers.
1) Volunteers are needed for its Reserve Officer Program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc. Volunteers must be over 21, undergo a criminal background check, hours are flexible, assignments available all days of the week. A minimum of 16 service hours/month is required and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations.

2) The Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the AAPD. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a MD driver’s license with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month. For either program, call the Coordinator at 410-222-0042 or get an application from the County Police website at http://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/police-volunteer-opportunities

Transform Lives
Chrysalis House, Inc. is one of the leading agencies in MD providing addiction treatment and prevention services to women and their at-risk children. Transformations happen here. They are currently in need of the following types of volunteers: Daycare Assistance, Group Facilitators (Computer, Employment, & GED Skills), Grounds keeping/ landscaping,  gardening, and Building maintenance and upkeep. If you are willing to spare a few hours a week or a month, you can play a role in their vision to assist more drug and alcohol recovering women and their children. You must be drug and alcohol free, 18 or older and be willing to sign a statement of confidentiality. In addition, all volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check.  If interested in volunteering at Chrysalis House, please fill out our Volunteer Application available on the website at: http://www.chrysalishouses.org/work-with-us  and submit to  lweisman@chrysalishouses.org

Be a Friendly Visitor
The mission of Heartland Hospice is to enrich lives by providing high quality services and products. That begins with every life we encounter: our employees, our patients and those who love and care for them, the communities in which we operate, our stakeholders and those who are yet to become our customers. The Heartland Hospice volunteer program places volunteers as friendly visitors with patients in the Anne Arundel County Area. Volunteers can make a difference by spending time with patients, providing respite for caregivers, talking to patients, bringing in music to listen with patients, or reading to patients. For more information, contact Kyra Grady at kyra.grady@hcr-manorcare.com or 410-719-8670. www.heartlandhospice.com/volunteers

Positive Strides
Positive Strides’ mission is to provide guidance and assistance to youth athletes who suffer a catastrophic, life altering and/or career ending sports-related injury with mental, physical and financial support. They seek volunteers to help Positive Strides to provide mental, physical and/or financial support to athletes who have suffered such sports-related and career ending injuries. The goal is to provide a vast array of services that will help point injured athletes in the right direction and steer them to look at the positives in life before facing depression and addictions. For more info and to volunteer, contact Ryan Brant at rbrant@positive-strides.org or 443-214-5991. www.positive-strides.org

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New Volunteering Ideas – February 2017

Move More!
Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks kicks off the Move More Race Series with the Rec Deeds Challenge 5K Run & Family Fun Walk, Sat. April 1, 2017, 7:45-11:00 am. Recreation Deeds for Special Needs is a non-profit organization established to provide camp scholarships, adaptive equipment, training and volunteer support for those with disabilities. The Recreation Deeds Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk fundraiser is being held at Downs Park, 8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122 and the race starts at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to assist with race support, be course monitors, register participants, give out race bags, mark course, and take pictures.  Volunteers should arrive at 7:45 a.m. to register and get volunteer assignments. For more information, contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or carolyn.ryan@aacounty.org.
PS- There will be 5 more events in this Series, stay tuned.

Bargain hunters needed
Are you a bargain hunter who has time to shop for HOPE? Hope For All is looking for one or two people who can use their couponing skills to find great deals on the things needed to supplement our inventory of personal care items: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. If you’re up for the shopping challenge, contact Leo Zerhusen at the address below.

Hope For All also continues to seek volunteers to help Tues, Weds, Thurs and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon-ish, assisting with pickups and deliveries of furniture, clothing, or other donations that help homeless families in Anne Arundel Co. Groups are welcome. Please call 410-766-0372 or email hopeforall72@gmail.com. www.hopeforall.us

Giddy Up for Derby Day
Volunteers Needed for Maryland Therapeutic Riding’s Derby Day Benefit on May 6, 2017, 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. On Saturday volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of tasks to include event registration, silent and live auction monitors, cashiers, set up and clean up, and more. Fri., May 5 from 12-6 pm, Sat., May 6 from 9 am-11:30 pm, and Sunday, May 7 from 9am-12pm Volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old to assist with set up and clean-up and 18 years old to volunteer during the event. Groups are welcome! Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) in Crownsville is a Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons and other equine based therapies for children and adults with special needs.  If you are interested in volunteering for this event or for more information, please contact Nichole at Nichole@mtrinc.org or 410-923-6800, or sign up at www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar

You will love these kids!
Box of Rain’s mission for our kids is to nurture self-esteem and a sense of self-worth through accomplishment; develop life skills that strengthen character and opportunities for social engagement; encourage civic responsibility that leads to positive contributions to our community; and create pathways to independence and career success. The Foundation is currently seeking a Part-time (2-4 hours/week) Volunteer Coordinator who will be responsible for recruiting, organizing, and managing volunteers for Box of Rain’s programs and events, This is an unpaid volunteer position. For more information contact info@boxofrainannapolis.org or 410-657-3117. www.boxofrainannapolis.org

And the award goes to…..
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, founded in 1993, supports over 1,000 AmeriCorps members each year through its grant-making program. In addition, the office advocates for effective volunteer program management and recognizes volunteer service across the state on behalf of the Governor of Maryland. We seek volunteers to help our office recognize individuals and groups who contribute to improving Maryland’s communities. For more information and to volunteer, contact Lola Abdulai, Outreach Coordinator, at gosv.md@maryland.gov or 410-697-9261. gosv.maryland.gov.

Get down to Jug Bay
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian is a wonderful place to visit or volunteer.  And lucky for you, several Volunteer Training Days are coming up. Participants will learn about volunteer, stewardship, and citizen science opportunities at Jug Bay. Training will be followed with a hike on Nature Preserve trails. Volunteers must be age 15 and older, but many opportunities are family friendly. Registration is required. Upcoming trainings are Friday, March 3, 1-3 pm, Sat., March 18 1:30-4pm, Fri. Apr. 14 1:30-4 pm, and Sat., May 13; 9-11:30 am. Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Melinda Fegler at RPFEGL00@aacounty.org or 410-741-9330. See website: www.jugbay.org/volunteer_calendar to learn more and to sign up for training or other volunteer opportunities

 

 

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‘Tis the season to love your community by Volunteering

In this month of Valentine’s Day and Random Act of Kindness Week, you can spread love and kindness by volunteering. It’s a great way to show you care about the community – and it’s healthier than candy. You will find some good options listed below or visit our website for more ideas. We hope you will find a match with one of our non-profit partners.

 Are you a good driver?
The Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank is looking for a few drivers to haul food, furniture, and other items between their facility in Crownsville and various locations within Anne Arundel County.  There is no heavy lifting and resources will be at each end to load and unload the vehicle.  The Food Bank is looking for volunteers who can drive the Food Bank’s 16′ box truck.  You do not need a Commercial Driving License, just a good driving record.  Support is needed mostly in the mornings, flexible schedule. Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose agency in Maryland that provides food, medical equipment, furniture, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge.  They support individuals and other non-profits. If you are interested, please contact Susan Thomas at 410-923-4255 or susan@aafoodbank.org. www.aafoodbank.org

Love the Arts
The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County is a non-profit foundation which encourages and invests in the visual arts, performing arts, and historic preservation for the people of Anne Arundel County. Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to help in the office with answering phones and computer input for membership database. Contact April Nyman at april.nyman@acaac.org or 410-222-7949.

Also, attend their Evening of Jazz Gala, Sat. March 11, 6:30 -10 p.m. For more info on the volunteering or the gala: www.acaac.org

Mr. Paca’s Backyard
Adult volunteers are needed as we start a new outreach program, “Mr. Paca’s Backyard Outreach Program”, to area schools on Feb. 15 & 16, Apr. 5, 6,7 & 26, May 9,10, & 12. Times vary at the area schools; contact Janet Hall at 410-990-4514 or janet.hall@annapolis.org to choose times and school locations. The program is rooted in the principal that young kids learn through play. It is designed to engage and enrich lives of our area’s young children. This play-based experience is specifically aimed at the educational needs and abilities of preschoolers. It includes story time, music with dance, an art project, a snack time that promotes healthy eating by making foods fun and interactive. All our volunteers receive training for the programs. If you enjoy our history, our culture and sharing time with visitors or children, please consider joining our team of volunteers!  www.annapolis.org/support/volunteer

Are you bi-lingual?
Arundel Lodge is a nonprofit organization that works toward a world where behavioral health disorders are not a limit to achieving a meaningful life in the community. We envision being an essential member of a community network that helps prevent behavioral health disorders and provides the care and support people need to lead healthy, productive lives. Currently we are seeking a bilingual volunteer to represent Arundel Lodge at outreach events, such as health fairs, in Hispanic communities. For more information, please contact Tanya St. John at tstjohn@arundellodge.orgwww.arundellodge.org

Special Delivery
Annapolis Film Festival has a “special” request for help with distribution of AFF 2017 POSTERS AND POSTCARDS to businesses in these areas: Annapolis, Severna Park, Bowie, Crofton, Millersville, Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Edgewater, Kent Island. (We would recommend busy restaurants, coffee shops, popular bars, any community centered businesses, churches, schools, dry cleaners, community boards, etc) Volunteers would distribute and note the locations for follow up prior to festival. We need them to go out ASAP! The POSTERS AND POSTCARDS are at our Festival Headquarters in Annapolis. To learn more, contact volunteer@annapolisfilmfestival.net

Spruce Up Annapolis
GreenScape is a volunteer effort that encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the city of Annapolis. Volunteers clean up and plant flower and vegetable gardens in public spaces throughout the City. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in Annapolis. The next organizational meeting will be held at 6:00 pm, Wed., Mar. 1, 2017 at the “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center located at 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. E-mail Marisa Wittlinger at mdwittlinger@annapolis.gov for more information

Be the Interviewer
North County High School in Glen Burnie needs adult volunteers to conduct mock job interviews with 11th grade students on March 7th and 8th and May 15th and 16th, 2017. Students have been discussing topics such as: appropriate dress, eye contact, oral communication, courtesy, assertiveness, and resume writing in their English classes. The program is designed to give students a chance to practice their newly learned skills with an adult from outside the school; we are simply looking for people who are willing to give some time to help, no experience is necessary. Instructions and sample questions are available as well as an evaluation sheet. If you would like to volunteer, please go to: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0E4DAFAB2DA4FF2-mock1  or contact Barbara Dziedzic via email at bdziedzic@aacps.org.

Bookfair for STAIR
Come one! Come all! On Saturday, March 4th, STAIR (Start The Adventure In Reading) will hold a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble from 9 am to 10 pm. Come buy books, toys and games or more! Or enjoy a snack and drink at the Cafe. Everything you buy qualifies as long as you mention STAIR at the checkout. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to STAIR. Can’t make it! You can still help STAIR by ordering online and entering Bookfair ID Number 12001707 at checkout. For more info contact Ted Mussenden at assistant_director@stairannapolis.org. Click here to print the flyer.

Also, volunteers are needed to help “Meet & Greet” customers as they enter and roam the store. Several shifts available. If you can volunteer for this event please click here.

Rock ‘n’ Roll
A large number of volunteer opportunities are available to support the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll DC Marathon on March 11, as well as the Health and Fitness Expo being held on Wed.-Fri., March 8-10, 2017 in Washington, DC. Volunteering for the Race Crew means you will not only be supporting nearly 25,000 aspiring runners and walkers, but also the community. Help is needed to make this event spectacular, and with about 1,100 Race Crew volunteer positions available there is a spot for everyone, including sports teams,  school and corporate groups, or just friends and family. For more information and to sign up online go to http://www.runrocknroll.com/dc/the-weekend/volunteer/  or contact Volunteer Coordinator Karen Willard at dc@rnrracecrew.com or 858-768-6956. For information about the events see web site at: http://www.runrocknroll.com/dc/

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.
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New Volunteer Opps – Jan 2017

Volunteering is for everyone, including on-the-go, busy professionals and students, as well as those with some time to spare. Below is a list of opportunities complied from our recent newsletters to make it easier for YOU to find flexible and interesting ways to get involved and help the community thrive. Our mission is to connect volunteers to meaningful opportunities with our non-profit partners and we hope you will be a part of that.

Advocate for Bicycles
Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) has a number of volunteer opportunities: 1. Website Designer – If you have technical and design skills with a passion for safe cycling, we’d love your help as we look to upgrade the look and content of our website 2. Graphic Designer – Help with new BikeAAA handouts and signage 3. Annapolis Bike Rack Initiative – Work with businesses and government to get more bike racks in Annapolis 4. Bike to Work Day Coordinator – Many have helped at meet-up points and in Annapolis. We need someone to work with county and others to plan and coordinate Anne Arundel County Bike to Work Day activities on May 19. Please email president@bikeaaa.org if you would like to help with one of the opportunities. BikeAAA is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on creating a healthier, more livable Annapolis and Anne Arundel County by promoting safe bicycling for transportation, recreation and fitness.  bikeaaa.org

Show Up for One Child
AACPS -For One Child Mentoring Program.
Can you commit to “Showing Up” for one child one hour each week for one year? Be the adult that an unsure child can depend on to instill a sense of value and purpose through his or her journey to adulthood. The program is currently serving 2nd and 3rd graders of Annapolis area schools who are identified as needing support and encouragement. Male mentors are assigned to male students; female mentors to female students. Initial mentoring sessions are during the school day. Contact: Kathy Mogelinski at KBM@arinc.com or 410-991-6265

Tutor and Change a Life
Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Math tutoring opportunities are also available. Tutor Training sessions are being offered from 9 AM-4 PM, Sat., Feb. 25 & Sat., Mar. 4, 2017 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include both Basic Literacy and English Language Learner instruction. We have a class size limit of 35. 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 asap to reserve a seat.  www.icanread.org

Ombudsman Program
The Ombudsman Program (Resident Advocate) is a free, confidential service that advocates for residents’ rights and good-quality long-term care and receives and resolves complaints made by or for residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes. They also work to educate the public on long-term care facilities and services.  The Ombudsman Program needs compassionate individuals to visit nursing homes and assisted living homes and advocate for residents. Each interested individual will be interviewed to discuss the position and the individual’s background. If the program is a good match for the volunteer, then they will be provided with training and supervision. For more information and to volunteer contact Wendy Harris at agharr44@aacounty.org or 410 222-4464. For information about the program, see website: www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/ombudsman.

Film Festival Fun
The Annapolis Film Festival will be March 30-April 7 this year. They are seeking sponsors and volunteers for this spring’s festival. They can help you choose the sponsorship level that best suits your company or organization’s marketing objectives. Visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.com, click on “Support” and then “Sponsor” to learn more, then call or email Susan Baum, our Development Coordinator, at  Susan.Baum@annapolisfilmfestival.net or (410) 212-0662 to help you secure your place among the stars. They are also seeking volunteers, age 18 and up, for a variety of tasks associated with the Festival. If you have volunteered in the past, or are considering doing so for the first time, visit http://annapolisfilmfestival.com/support/volunteer/volunteer-application to fill out and submit an application. It’s fun!

Play, Educate and Mentor with T.E.A.M.
The Tennis, Education and Mentoring (T.E.A.M.) Program’s mission is to encourage local youth for future achievements using tennis, education and character development regardless of economic circumstance, race or gender. We need volunteers who have some tennis experience, would like to help the children with basic academic skills and would like to be a mentor to children. For more information and to volunteer, contact Scott Thompson at 410-982-7543, scott@teamjuniortennis.com.
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Jane NOT Plain – Volunteer Support for Students
Help local public school students build strong self-esteem with your volunteer assistance.  The mission of Character Education is strong in Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  BATES MIDDLE and OAKWOOD ELEMENTARY schools are partnering with JNP (Jane NOT Plain) to welcome students into their after-school C.I.A (Club Inner Awesome) programs. The club’s focus is to nurture character, courage, and confidence, while helping them to discover their inner-awesome superpowers (healthy self-esteem)! Volunteers are needed weekly either on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons to assist in reading to, reading with, helping with activities, and generally supporting a child’s healthy self-esteem. General info about JNP can be found at www.theJNPproject.org, or by calling Dona at 410-224-3878.

Lend a Hand, Give some Hope
Arundel House of Hope’s programs encompass a variety of services for individuals experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County. These include transitional housing, 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.  www.arundelhoh.org

Cuddle a Cat
Cats R Us operates two small no kill cat rescue shelters in Annapolis and Arnold. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8+, are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, to attend adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, to make cat/kitten home deliveries, or to sit and spend time with wonderful cats. An adult should accompany volunteers younger than age 16. Training will be provided for shelter and adoption workers. Parental consent forms are required. For information, contact 410-263-1719 or info@catsrusrescue.com. http://catsrusrescue.org

Support the Arc
The Arc advocates for and supports County citizens with developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors, help with fund raising, assist in the office, and to help with special events. Volunteers, 16 years and older, are also needed as gardening assistants at the Arc’s sensory garden in Annapolis, including plant care, patio maintenance, planting trees/shrubs, etc. and to help with leaf and yard maintenance at 30 homes the Arc manages throughout the County. Contact Angie DeMorland at (410) 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883, or e-mail: ADemoreland@thearcccr.orgwww.thearcccr.org

P.S. – When you do find out about a great volunteer opportunity from us, 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.
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Time for Giving Time

As the holidays draw near, we become thankful for what we have and mindful of others who have less.  We open our hearts and our wallets to provide good meals, clothing, and toys to those less fortunate and in need.  And the impact is tremendously positive.

But equally important is the gift of time.  There is a huge need for volunteers for the holiday season – so much so that the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center produces a holiday volunteering guide (www.aacvc.org/Resources).  We want you to download and share the guide, we want you to engage your family in volunteering, and we want you to make a difference so that all can have a happy holiday season.christmas1

Here are some examples of ways you can help out this holiday season (locations are primary locations; volunteering may also include other areas of the county):

Volunteer to pick up food donations.  The Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank (Crownsville) needs volunteer drivers to drive the Food Bank’s trucks or your own vehicles to pick up food collected at schools and businesses throughout the county and to deliver them back to the Food Bank.  Done driving…spend a little time there sorting food.  There’s a lot to sort, it’s easy, and take it from me, very therapeutic.  To volunteer, call 410-923-4255 or email Request@aafoodbank.org.

Make it personal.  Volunteer to spread joy and cheer to the less fortunate in our county. The Anne Arundel County Holiday Sharing Program matches donors to more than 5,000 seniors and/or families in need during Thanksgiving & Christmas.  Donors shop for food, clothing, and toys for the holiday and personally deliver to the household.  Many office volunteers are needed to help run the program. To donate or volunteer, call 410-269-4462.

Make a difference in the life of people with developmental disabilities.  Volunteer at Bello Machre (Glen Burnie) and spend time with an individual scrapbooking, cooking, watching movies, or playing video games.  This simple gesture is very meaningful and will enhance your holiday season as well as theirs.  Contact Sarah Tentilucci at 443-702-3064 or volunteer@bellomachre.org.

Have fun collecting and wrapping holiday gifts for Chrysalis House residents.  Chrysalis House (Crownsville) provides addition treatment services for women and women with children in a residential setting.  If interested, contact Loren Weisman at 410-974-6829 or lweisman@chrysalishouses.org.

Make a difference in homelessness.  Hope for All (Glen Burnie) serves families in need in Anne Arundel County, distributing donated household goods, furniture, and clothing.  Volunteer to assist with pickups and deliveries during the holiday season.  To inquire about volunteering, call 410-766-0372 or send an e-mail to hopeforall72.gmail.com.

Help the homebound.  Volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (Arnold).  Help prepare and deliver food and maybe spend a few moments in conversation with someone who enjoys a visit from someone new.  Contact Terry Lehr at 410-431-5257 or e-mail at SEoffice@mowcm.org.

Brighten the life of a lonely person this holiday season by volunteering with your child and/or pet for visits to homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and adult day-care centers.  People & Animals Who Serve Anne Arundel County (P.A.W.S) has over 76 facilities throughout the county that you can visit.  Call 410-222-0738 or e-mail pawsaac@yahoo.com.

Make sure everyone has enough to eat this holiday season.  South County Assistance Network (Lothian) needs volunteers to stock shelves and bag food at their food pantry on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-12.  Contact Trish Pumphrey at Scan.VolCord@gmail.com or call her at 410-867-2838.

For other holiday volunteering opportunities, read the Capital’s Volunteers Needed column, produced in coordination between the Volunteer Center and the Capital.

There is no greater gift that you will receive this holiday season than a HUG, a SMILE, and a sincere THANK YOU.  From the Volunteer Center, we thank you for volunteering.

Bruce Morgenstern is the President of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Center at info@aacvc.org.

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