Lots of ideas for Volunteer Month

Support the Arts
Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in Annapolis, offers premier artistic programming, innovative arts education and a unique cultural venue. 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 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 our programming, and are always happy to meet new people! For more information contact Julia Malecki at julia@mtpa-annapolis.org or 410-972-4769. http://www.mtpa-annapolis.org

Volunteer to Help Curb Substance Abuse
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, in collaboration with MADD and local coalitions, are looking for volunteers to support data collection and surveys, deliver promotional materials, participate in strategy sessions, and perform other tasks that will help to reduce and prevent substance abuse.  Come to an informational lunch on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 12:30-2:00 at Severna Park Library, 45 W. McKinsey Road, Severna Park, 21146 to find out what you can do to help.  Volunteer to do simple, short duration tasks or sign up for a larger role.  Opportunities are very flexible.  To come to the lunch, you must register.  Please e-mail Lauren at hdwine99@aacounty.org or phone 410-222-6724 by April 20th.

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. To sign up go to www.aacvc.org/SpecialEvents contact us at info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207. 

Urgent Need for Drivers
There is a pressing need for adult Volunteer Drivers for Red Cross Biomedical Services in Maryland.  These volunteers will be delivering blood and blood product to our processing center from the Glen Burnie Donation Center and various mobile blood drives. They also may be delivering urgently needed blood to hospitals in the Baltimore area. A background check will be required for all adult volunteers. For more information email Gloria.Coliton@redcross.org or call 410-627-5369. See web site at http://www.redcross.org/somd for more information about this and other volunteer opportunities.

Move More!
Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation & Parks, “Take to the Trails 7K” is June 3, 2017.This is part of the Move More Race Series and is being held at Rec and Parks Headquarters, 1 Harry S Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event starting at 7:45 a.m. to assist with race support, be a course monitor, register participants and give out race bags and refreshments, mark the course, and take pictures.  To volunteer, contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or carolyn.ryan@aacounty.org. For more information about the race and to register, see web site at: http://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/race-series-take-to-the-trails-7k

Champions for Children
Volunteers are needed to support 5K for Harmony House. The Social Services Board for Anne Arundel County is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th, at Quiet Waters Park to benefit AADSS’s Harmony House, one of their underfunded programs that assists in the reunification of parents and children that have been separated. The event is a 5K run/walk so there are several volunteer needs, including:

Support for packet pickups (4/28, 3:00pm-6:00pm) in Annapolis; Set up (7:15 a.m.) and clean up (11 a.m.); Traffic/parking/crowd control and Registration table (7:30 a.m.); Course monitors (8:30 a.m.); Face paintiers (9 a.m.); Awards ceremony help (10 am). Minimum age to volunteer is 15. If you are interested, contact Kathy Aytch at Kathy.Aytch@maryland.gov.

Spend time in a beautiful place
The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden is Annapolis’s only free public garden is looking for folks who would be interested in joining their volunteer staff as shop keepers in their small gift shop. The shop is open Mon-Fri. 9am – 3pm. Shifts are just 2 hours each and flexible. The shop is located in the Tawes State Office building across from the Navy Stadium on Taylor Ave in Annapolis. Retail experience is not required; on the job training will be provided. If you are interested in meeting new people in pleasant surroundings then contact the garden manager at 410-260-8184 or by email at jay.myers@maryland.gov to set up a time to see the shop and get a feel for what is involved.

Help Grant a Wish
The mission of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength, and joy. They are dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true. Wish Granters and Bilingual Wish Granters are needed now. These Wish Granters work in teams of two with wish children and their families and Make-A-Wish® staff to help make wishes come true and throwing a wish party for the child when the wish is granted. Make-A-Wish staff will handle the major details of the wish. We ask volunteers to be the direct point of contact with the family, and most importantly, to keep the child excited about the wish prior to its granting! This is a long term volunteer opportunity. The time commitment varies but almost always takes place evenings or weekends. Volunteers must be at least 18 yrs old and have reliable transportation. Background checks and a 1-day training session also required. For more information contact Stephanie at sfeinberg@midatlantic.wish.org or 301-945-5129. See web site at http://midatlantic.wish.org.

Sarah’s House
Sarah’s House is a supportive housing program for homeless women, children, and men in Anne Arundel County providing case management, childcare, transportation and employment services at Ft. Meade.  Volunteer orientations are offered periodically at Sarah’s House.  Volunteers can work directly with guests or behind the scenes. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and groups of all faiths and ages. Especially needed are volunteers for childcare while parents attend training classes and to help with tutoring children with their homework during the school year. Please RSVP to Bruce Clopein at 410-519-5085, or bclopein@catholiccharities-md.org. Visit www.cc-md.org/sarahs-house.

Or get to know Sarah’s House by attending their fun-filled Bull & Shrimp Roast on Sat., April 22nd, 6:30 pm at Our Lady of the Fields Church Hall, 1070 Cecil Hall, Millersville, MD. 21108. The event has something for everyone. Buy tickets at: http://cservice.catholiccharities-md.org/.

Every Step Counts 
Bello Machre’s “Every Step Counts Walk, Bike, 5K Run” is Sat. June 10, 2017, 8am-12pm. This fun event is being held at Anne Arundel Community College.  Many volunteers are needed to make this day a success including: help with greeting, set-up, route support, food service and clean-up, and more; families and group volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, visit the website www.bellomachre.org.

At Bello Machre, the volunteer possibilities are endless. Creativity and imagination, mixed with initiative and a caring heart, can make the volunteer experience memorable for everyone. Your caring heart will make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Lend your time and talents and open your heart to the individuals they serve. If you have a day or even a few hours – your support will bring a smile to someone’s face. We are also always looking for groups to help some of our homes with yard work. In addition, we offer intern and service learning opportunities for students who need to earn community service hours. Visit the web site at: http://bellomachre.org/you-can-help/volunteer for more information and to submit an online application. Contact Michele Marshall michele.marshall@bellomachre.org for more information.

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8 New Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that over 65 million people in our country volunteer at least once a year? One of the greatest aspects of volunteerism is that there are so many different ways to do it. Check out the ideas below to find something for you or search our website for more.

The Show Must Go On
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) is an outdoor community theatre presenting musical theatre (featuring live music) in a unique, outdoor setting in historic Annapolis. This is an all volunteer production and new volunteers are always welcome. To get involved as an actor, technician, crew, usher, costume assistant, ticket office staff, board member or more, visit summergarden.com/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities for a description of available opportunities and an online volunteer form or e-mail volunteer@summergarden.com

Help your Spanish speaking neighbors 
Centro de Ayuda’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency and the successful integration of the immigrant Hispanic population into the greater community of Anne Arundel County. Centro de Ayuda needs volunteers who will help Spanish speakers be more successful in business by teaching them the English skills that will make them more professional and so that they can provide better service to their customers. Volunteers will visit businesses in the Annapolis area and spend an hour and half, twice a week, with Spanish speakers eager to succeed in their new country.  Hours are somewhat flexible but will likely be mornings, as many of the businesses are restaurants.  Centro hopes you can commit to at least three months so that your students can achieve substantial goals.  You do not need to speak Spanish but some knowledge is helpful.  This is a wonderful organization that can really use your help.  For more information, visit their website at www.centrodeayuda.org.  If you are interested, please contact Jorge Gonzalez at 410-295-3434 or jorgegonzalezcoh@gmail.com.

 Maryland Therapeutic Riding 
Volunteers Needed for Derby Day Benefit: 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, 9am-12pm, volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup. 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! 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.
Located in Crownsville, Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) 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. Volunteers, ages 14 and up, assist with riding lessons and are needed throughout the week to assist with horse care, barn and facility maintenance, and also assist with special events, serve on committees including fund raising, and event committees.  All volunteers are required to attend a training session.  Call the Volunteer Manager Nichole at 410-923-6800 or email Nichole@mtrinc.org for info. Visit website at www.MTRinc.org to download an application.

Conduct Interviews 
Meade High School (1100 Clark Road, Fort Meade) needs adult volunteers to conduct mock job interviews with 11th grade students on April 18, 20, and 21, 2017. Students have been discussing topics such as: appropriate dress, eye contact, oral communication, courtesy, assertiveness, and resume writing. The program gives students a chance to practice their newly learned skills by offering a one-on-one interview with an adult from outside the school. We are looking for people who are willing to give some time to help this generation become more competent in their interviewing skills. No experience necessary. Instructions and sample questions are available. If you would like to volunteer, please go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49abad29abf85-meade or contact Jim Hopper at jhopper@aacps.org.

Historic Londontown and Gardens 
This Edgewater historic site seeks persons interested in history and/or horticulture to become docents, historic interpreters and gardeners at this 17th-18th century tobacco port. Volunteers give site tours, house tours or demonstrate colonial crafts and daily life. They may work in historic or ornamental gardens. For more information contact londontown@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 x200 or download a volunteer application from the web site www.historiclondontown.org.

Upcoming events:
Annual Plant Sale – Saturday, April 22nd and Earth Day Miniature Garden Workshop: Sunday, April 23rd www.historiclondontown.org/events.
A Privateer Party – Friday, April 28, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited to the Historic London Town and Gardens annual benefit. www.historiclondontown.org/privateerparty

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. To sign up go to www.aacvc.org/SpecialEvents contact us at info@aacvc.org

Give Blood
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April. Donating blood is a simple way to make a profound difference in the lives of patients. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring. Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Local Upcoming Donation Opportunities:
Glen Burnie Blood Donation Center, 7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 1007
4/1/2017: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4/3/2017: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
4/5/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m
4/6/2017: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m

Anne Arundel County Library Crofton Branch, 1681 Riedel Rd
4/7/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Annapolis Moose Lodge 296, 1890 Crownsville Rd
4/11/2017: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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

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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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