Volunteer Opportunities 9.19.17

Help the Homeless

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are to serve as Guides for Anne Arundel County’s 10th Annual Homeless Resource Day being held at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Also, volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed to help break down on Oct. 28, 2017 from 3-5 p.m. This is a “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to access benefits, medical care, substance use resources and mental health counseling as well as a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self-sufficiency. The community’s support has been, and will continue to be, an important part of the effort to address issues confronting homeless individuals and families. Be a part of this unique initiative to eliminate homelessness in Anne Arundel County. Visit the website to register at www.aacounty.org/hrd. Questions? Contact us at 410-269-4749 or justin.bieler@maryland.gov.


Care for the Future of our Planet

IEDRO is a nonprofit whose mission is to locate, rescue and digitize every piece of historic environmental data before it is lost forever. The old data when digitized and provided to the world’s scientists, researchers and educators will help save more lives throughout the world. Needed are volunteer part-time office manager, writers, JAVA & PYTHON Programmers, grant writers, translators (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, Farsi), newsletter deputy editor, keying volunteers, presenters/lecturers, meteorologists, hydrologists, climatologists, earth scientists, teachers/educators, PowerPoint experts, and those familiar with twitter, Facebook, blogs and other modern communication devices and systems. We also may need travelers to developing countries to set up data rescue sites. For more information, email rick.crouthamel@gmail.com or call 410-867-1124. http://iedro.org/get-involved/volunteer-application-form/


Assist at a Fun Event

Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 5:00 – 10:30 p.m., Hope Re-imagined Esperida Gala: Volunteers are needed to help with this annual fundraiser being held at The Byzantium at SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Rd., Annapolis. Some of the tasks include: Set-up/Decoration, Registration, Auction Area Support, Auction Check-Out, and Tear Down. Sign up at www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar. Questions? Contact Kristin Lolmaugh at klolmaugh@arundellodge.org or 443-433-5907. For more information about the event, visit the web site at http://www.arundellodge.org/events/


Help Out at ReStore

Habitat Chesapeake’s ReStores exist to support Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s mission of providing decent, affordable housing to hardworking, low-income families. Profits generated from ReStore sales help to build and rehabilitate homes throughout Central Maryland. They are looking for long-term volunteers to assist with daily operations of our Glen Burnie ReStore! Duties would include cashier and customer service, truck driver assistants, and associates to help fix minor damages on donated items (such as a broken chair leg, uneven table, etc.), to increase the value of the donation to resell. Hours are very flexible, as we are open 7 days a week, from 9am-6pm. Let us know what day of the week works best for you! Apply today at www.chesapeakerestore.org/volunteer. Questions? Contact Leslie Clarke at lclarke@habitatchesapeake.org or 443-297-5226.


Fight Hunger Locally

Terps Against Hunger organizes and facilitates food packaging events at the University of Maryland to support local children and families suffering from hunger. All of the meals packaged at UMD are distributed locally. They have carefully built an expansive network of experienced and trusted distribution partners to efficiently and effectively distribute meals, including: The Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City, Manna Food Center, The Salvation Army, and many more. Join them in the fight to end hunger. They would be nothing if it was not for amazing volunteers! Collectively, thousands of volunteers have come to Terps Against Hunger events to pack meals, making a significant difference. Volunteering is fun, energizing, and a great way to serve your community. And you can join them. For more information contact Jonathan Fix at 240-723-5289 or


U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Annapolis Flotilla

Volunteers are needed to assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs, including public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environment protection and more. For more info, call(410) 626-7224 or see Web site: HERE.


Wellness House of Annapolis

The mission of The Wellness House of Annapolis is to help people affected by cancer and their family members recover their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of support, education and hope in a “home-like” environment. All of our services are offered free to cancer patients and their care givers. There are many different volunteer opportunities at Wellness House of Annapolis. All services are offered to members for free by our amazing volunteers. We need assistance with greeting and orienting new members, answering phones and scheduling, preparing rooms for services, tracking member services for the day, and more. Hours are flexible and 4-hour shifts are available during the day or evening on Mon. – Thurs. For more information contact us at 410-990-0941 or admin@annapoliswellnesshouse.org. See website at: http://annapoliswellnesshouse.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.

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Volunteer Opportunities 9.12.17

Hello Volunteers,

Day to Serve is an annual, month-long community service initiative in which Maryland joins Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia in encouraging its residents to get out and volunteer. For the fifth consecutive year, the three states and Washington, D.C. will track the number of volunteers, hours served, pounds of food donated, and more in this friendly competition.

We hope that we can help you find a way to join in on Maryland Day to Serve.  Check out
the ideas below or search our website for more.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, 11 am, Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Friendly, outgoing volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed for a variety of positions before, during and after the 1 or 2-mile walks which are being held at Susan B. Campbell Park (at the dock downtown) in Annapolis, MD. Registration starts at 11 a.m., ceremony is at 12 p.m, and the walk starts at 12:30 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities include route guides, registration, advocacy ambassadors, cheerleaders, set-up and break down teams, parking guides, and more. For more information and to volunteer, contact Coordinator, Dawn Lewis at dlewis@alz.org or 410-561-9099, Ext. 231 or register here.
The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization which seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of research, to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. A variety of Volunteer Opportunities are available throughout the year including: office & clerical assistance such as data entry and mailings, community outreach representatives including those to attend Health Fairs and speakers, helpline specialist, and family support group facilitators. www.alz.org

2017 SAP World Championship Regatta,  Sept. 19-29, 2017

Volunteers are needed for the 2017 Regatta being co-hosted in Annapolis by the Severn Sailing Association and Eastport Yacht Club. The 2017 SAP World Championship Regatta will have 90 boats representing 11 countries plus the USA. As this is a World Championship we needs lots of hands on deck to help get boats launched and brought back on shore in addition to a number of other tasks including: Boat Launch Assistants, Dinghy Dolly Runners, Check In / Registration, Measurement & Equipment Inspection, Spectator Boat & Captain, Setup / Clean Up, and more.
For more information and to signup online, see web site at: www.eastportyc.org/volunteer-shoreside. Questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator Carol Vilardo at SpecialEvents@Eastportyc.org.

Yes, Annapolis has an Opera!

Volunteers, ages 16 and older, are needed to help in a variety of ways including: social fundraisers for our annual vocal competition; with clerical projects, like mailings and office tasks; providing housing for one of our performers; assisting with transporting singers to and from the airport or train station; serving refreshments, post-performance receptions, and more. Call 410-267-8135 or admin@annapolisopera.org for more information or see web site: http://annapolisopera.org/contribute/volunteer/.  

Concerts  For All 

The Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, established in 1951, is part of a network of neighborhood community concert associations throughout the United States. It is run by volunteers who are dedicated to presenting a wide variety of high caliber artists catering to a diverse range of audience tastes at affordable prices. All concerts are held at Severna Park High School and continue through May. New volunteers are welcome and may call 410-647-4881 for more information.  http://aacconcerts.weebly.com/.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

This full-time professional ballet company and training academy performs at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts four times each year in Annapolis and also performs full-length, mini-performances, and lectures or demonstrations throughout Maryland locations. Its School of Classic and Contemporary Dance provides professional training to children from age two and up, and including adults; from beginners through professionals. Volunteers are needed for a variety of administrative, fundraising, and special event capacities in Annapolis. Contact Laura Lansing at 410-224-5644 or e-mail btmmgr@balletmaryland.org.

The Complete Player Charity

The mission of The Complete Player is to develop and prepare students and athletes for success in academics, sports, and in life by “Opening Academic and Athletic Doors.” They are seeking volunteers to serve as instructors and assistants during our Academic Enrichment programs. They have programs for 3rd-8th grade students with some programs taking place during school hours and some during after-school hours. Programs consists of Math and Character Development and Business and Leadership development. For more information and to volunteer, contact Andy Schindling at tcpcharity.as@gmail.com   or 301-580-1546.  www.tcpcharity.org

Strong Families = Happy Families 

The Strengthening Families Program provides training in parenting, children’s skills, and family relationship skills to promote happy and healthy families. Strengthening Families is a 14-session evidenced-based program that provides parent training for adults and life skills sessions for adolescents ages 11-17 and children ages 6-10.  Sessions are run several times during the year in different areas of Anne Arundel County. The program is looking for volunteers to help administer and guide blossoming families to reach their fullest potential. Volunteers should be equipped to teach practical family-life skills to neighbors in need. For more information contact Heather Eshleman at 410-222-6724 or hdeshl00@aacounty.org.



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

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

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Volunteer Opportunities 9.6.17

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AACPS is seeking AVID tutors. Trainings are being held 9/22, 10/17, 11/13, 1/9 and 2/7. AVID tutors are needed to facilitate small groups of students who have been accepted to the program. Tutors will help students be successful by assisting them with problem-solving techniques, working collaboratively with other students, and serving as role models. AVID tutors minimum commitment is of one hour per week, during regular school hours, for at least one semester. For more information about the program and to sign up for training, contact: Dot Arida at 410-222-5458 X1 DARIDA@AACPS.org. www.aacps.org/avid.


Here Kitty, Kitty!

Cats R Us, Inc. is a nonprofit feral cat rescue group that operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. The main focus is TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return), so stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized by veterinarians. This is a NO KILL facility and these cats will stay with CRU as long as it takes for them to find their forever home. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8 and older, 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. For information, contact info@catsrusrescue.com. http://catsrusrescue.org/.


Your help at the Seafood Festival Supports Camp Letts!

The Maryland Seafood Festival is this weekend: Sat., Sept. 9, 10am-9pm and Sun., Sept. 10, 2017 10am – 7pm. Do you enjoy the Maryland and want to earn free admission for a few hours of work? They are looking for friendly volunteers, age 18+, to help put on a great 50th Seafood Festival at Sandy Point. Volunteers receive free parking at Anne Arundel Community College and admission to the Seafood Festival. VIP Tent/Hostesses, Parking Attendants, Set Up and Break Down Helpers, and Miscellaneous other help is needed. Go to abceventsinc.com/maryland-seafood-festival/be-a-volunteer/ to review descriptions and then once you’re ready to sign up, go to: abceventsinc.com/volunteer to complete the form. Proceeds from the Festival benefit Camp Letts and the Arnold and Pasadena Y’s.  www.mdseafoodfestival.com 


Run for the Shelter

Volunteers are needed to assist on race day Sun., Sept. 24, 2017 starting prior to registration at 7:30 a.m., for the Annual Annapolis Run for The Light House. The Annapolis Run for The Light House provides scenic half-marathon, 5K and 1.25 mi. walks through Quiet Waters Park and nearby neighborhoods. The ½ Marathon goes at 8am, 5K at 8:45am. Volunteers are needed to assist prior to and on Race Day. For more info, contact the Events Coordinator 443-569-4209 or events@annapolislighthouse.org.

The mission of The Light House is to help rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition towards self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties associated with the food program, children’s programs, front desk help and adult education programs. Pro bono professional volunteers are also needed with specialized skills such as accounting, dentistry, licensed therapists, law, and carpentry. For more information and to volunteer, see web site: www.annapolislighthouse.org/volunteer-opportunities.

Save the Bay!

Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA), a nonprofit organization in Annapolis, MD, uses the law to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Our goal is to achieve a Bay with clean water, abundant native plants and animals, and opportunities for people to enjoy the Bay safely. CLA coordinates a network of attorneys who provide free legal services to individuals, environmental organizations, and community groups working to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. Chesapeake Legal Alliance needs attorneys who want to volunteer their time on a variety of matters including litigation, legislation, strategic planning, zoning and land use, regulatory comments, corporate, enforcement, contracts, permit review, mergers, and not for profit filings. Our clients include citizens, civic associations, waterkeepers, community groups, environmental organizations, homeowner associations, land conservation groups and municipalities. For more information or to volunteer, call 410-216-9441, email info@ChesapeakeLegal.org or visit www.ChesapeakeLegal.org 


Make a Difference for a Child


The”For-One-Child” Mentoring Program is in need of volunteers to mentor children in grades 2-5 in several Annapolis area elementary schools. The commitment is one hour per week (flexible times) for one year to show up in the life of a child who needs that extra encouragement and guidance. Male mentors are assigned to boys and women are assigned to girls. This program is about building relationships.
The mentoring takes place in the school typically during lunch and recess times. If you are interested in hearing more about it, please contact Kathy at Katherine.mogelinski@rockwellcollins.com or 410-991-6265. There are new mentor information sessions every first Wednesday of the month at 77 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Help make a difference in just one hour a week!



9/11 Day of Service

This is a great event for families and friends to volunteer together. Each year around Sept. 11th, the Volunteer Center celebrates a Day of Service. Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 – noon. We start with a brief ceremony at the Maryland WW II Memorial, then volunteers will participate in environmental service projects at Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control storm water runoff, we will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar or contact bill@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207.


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Volunteer Opportunities 9.1.17

Ride for the Rivers 2017, Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper needs volunteers for the Ride for the Rivers on Saturday, Sept. 23. This fundraiser is a 40 or 60-mile bicycle run that starts and finishes at Discovery Village in Shady Side. It’s followed by a great BBQ. Volunteers get admission to the BBQ and a T-shirt.  Proceeds help the Riverkeeper preserve and protect the West and Rhode Rivers.


For more info, contact:   Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper
jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org  /  cell: 443-758-7797


AARP Foundation Meal Pack Challenge, Sept. 10-11, 2017
Sun. & Mon., Sept. 10-11, 2017, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Meal Pack Challenge: For a startling number of older adults, poverty is a fact of life that threatens to put the American Dream out of reach. More than 20 million adults age 50 and older — 1 in 5 — struggle to meet their basic needs. This summer, AARP Foundation led a number of Summer of Service events across the country to pack meals. On Sept. 10-11, 2017, we plan an additional event to pack 1.5 million meals for older adults in need in Washington, D.C. Volunteer today to help pack meals in at National Mall – JFK Hockey Field.

Volunteer shifts last 90-minutes, starting at 8:00, 9:45, or 11:30 a.m., and 1:15 and 3:00 p.m. Visit the web site at http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/


Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 6:00 am, Rec Deeds TriChallenge Sprint Triathlon: This event is being held at Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena, MD 21122, and consists of a .25 mile swim in the Patapsco River, a 12.5 mile bike through scenic Pasadena, and a 3.1 mile run through the park and surrounding community. Packet pick up and transition area set up will begin at 6:00am at Fort Smallwood Park. The race will start at 7:30am.

Volunteers are needed starting at 6:00 a.m. on race day for set up and a variety of other activities associated with managing the event. Join us to help with registration, refreshments, course marking, the start/finish area and much more! Express interest online at www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar.

Questions? Contact Colleen Joseph at rpjose22@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313. For more information about the race and to register as a participant, visit the web site at: http://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/race-series-rec-deeds-trichallenge-sprint-triathlon.


The Bernie House

The Bernie House mission is to provide transitional housing for families fleeing domestic violence by reaching out with love and understanding to provide a safe home without violence for a family in crisis.

Volunteers are needed for:

1. Support with social networking posts regarding quarterly events and other information in areas such as Facebook, websites, magazines, newspapers, radio;

2. Someone with accounting experience, one who is familiar with Quickbooks; and,

3. A winning grant writer who is passionate about our mission to provide transitional housing for families fleeing domestic violence. This is a project that can be done from home. For more information contact Patricia Slaughter at pslaughter.theberniehouse@gmail.com or 443-951-5193. www.theberniehouse.org


Historic London Town and Gardens
The mission of Historic London Town & Gardens is to inspire a deeper understanding of our region’s history, environment, culture, and arts through living history, historical artifacts, experiential public gardens, and collaborative cultural & arts programs. The programs offered by Historic London Town and Gardens could not occur without our volunteers. They give their time and talent freely to explore, preserve, and interpret the history of one of Maryland’s earliest seaports.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including:

1. Facilitators of hands on and experiential learning with school groups in Maryland colonial history on Wed.–Fri;

2. Docents who offer guided tours of the historic area and William Brown House from Wed. – Fri. or can be stationed in the Brown House on Sat. or Sun. Occasional need for individual & group tour guiding Garden Tours and Historic Area Tours from Wed. – Fri.;

3. Volunteer Gardeners are needed generally on Tuesdays or Saturdays and/or can provide hands on learning activities and garden tours as needed;

4. Assist with special programs and events as needed;

5. Work on specific projects in carpentry, hearth cooking, colonial trades, photography, etc with a varied schedule; and,

6. Office/Administration Support to provide administrative assistance to staff on as needed basis. Shifts last from 2-6 hours depending on the task. For more information, contact visit@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 and visit website at: www.historiclondontown.org/. 


Rude Ranch Animal Rescue
Rude Ranch is a No-Kill nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals in the Maryland and DC area. Our goals are to find permanent loving homes for adoptable animals placed in our care; to provide a safe haven and rehabilitation to feral and neglected animals rescued from abusive situations and to put an end to needless euthanasia because of pet overpopulation.

We are seeking volunteers, age 18 and up, that want to help animals by volunteering at our spay/neuter clinic, the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook. We need people Mondays – Thursdays, between 8 AM – 3 PM. For more information, contact Exec. Director, Robert Rude, at info@ruderanch.org or 443-607-6496. Also, see web site at: www.RudeRanch.org.


South County Assistance Network

The South County Assistance Network, Inc. (SCAN) is a nonprofit organization of individuals from the faith community, business community, social services and other nonprofit organizations working together to provide assistance to those in need in our community. SCAN Food Bank, serving southern Anne Arundel County, is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12 noon at St. James Church, 5757 Solomon’s Island Road, Lothian, MD. For more information call 410-867-2838 or email: Scan.VolCord@gmail.com. See web site at: http://scanfoodpantry.org/

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Volunteering is Fun! 

Bay Community Support Services

Bay Community Support Services is a nonprofit organization that provides services and residential group homes to support individuals with disabilities throughout Central and Southern Maryland. They offer a wide-range of volunteer opportunities including- 1. Board of Directors 2. Service Committees 3. Group Home Lawn/Gardening at one of 13 group homes in Anne Arundel, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties. Help make a home beautiful for individuals with disabilities at a location near you4. Transport Vehicle Cleaning: This is a great volunteer opportunity for groups from youths to adults. For more information or to volunteer for any of the above opportunities, contact Brandy Blackstone at 301-863-8870, ext. 322.  blackstoneb@baycss.org  or www.baycss.org


Be Prepared!

Fall 2017 dates for Basic 20 hour CERT training. Volunteer to become a trained member of your community in emergency response.

The training will be held on Friday, Sept. 15 from 6pm-9pm, Sat., Sept. 16 from 8am-5pm, and Sun., Sept. 17, 2017 from 8am-3pm at the Fire Training Academy in Millersville. A disaster simulation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 from 8am-1pm 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. www.aaacert.org For questions and to volunteer as a victim on Sept. 24, contact training@aaacert.org



Help with Homework

The Homework and Reading Program at Eastport United Methodist Church offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children.
Volunteers help students with their homework; provide the opportunity to strengthen their reading, writing, comprehension, math and analytical skills; and engage in other educational activities such as a board game, a puzzle, or drawings. Participants meet twice a week on Tues and Thurs from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church, in Annapolis. Volunteers work with different kids so they may come as often as their schedules allow without being concerned about letting down a child. No special training or credentials are needed.

For more information, contact the Church at 410-263-5490 or eastportumc@verizon.net.


Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Sept 23

Volunteer opportunities are available to help with the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival (KKHF) 2017 being held at Annapolis City Dock on Sat., Sept. 23, 2017 from 10:00am-7:00pm. The annual Festival raises an awareness of the African-American heritage and the common challenges encountered by all ethnic groups striving to preserve their culture.

The KKHF needs volunteers NOW to help the Planning Committee with sponsorship, marketing and promotion of the festival. Volunteers are also needed to help on the day of the event. Two-hour or longer shifts are available. This event is held rain or shine. Questions? Contact the Volunteer Committee at (240) 801-5543, KuntaKinteCelebrations@gmail.com or visit www.kuntakinte.org.


Share your knowledge

St Mary’s ESL Program needs volunteers to teach English one night a week to adult ESL students for the Sept-May school year. The 8 levels of classes are held on Tues., Wed., and Thurs. evenings, 7:00-8:45 PM. Classes begin Tuesday, 12 September 2017 and go until 7 December 2017 at St. Mary’s High School in downtown Annapolis.

Students enrolling in the classes must register September 5 or 6, 2017, 7:00-9:00PM, also at St Mary’s High School. Each teacher is asked to commit to one class/one night a week and will be part of a teaching team. Spanish-language ability is preferred for beginner classes only. Those with ESL or any teaching experience as well as those with a keen interest in working with students to help them learn/perfect their English are encouraged to apply. Contact Bunny Wilson at 410-544 5584, bunnywilson@verizon.net. www.stmarysannapolis.org


Spa Creek Conservancy

Sat, Sept. 16, 2017, 11AM-4PM, Spa Creek Clean Water PaddleFEST 2017: Volunteers, participants, and sponsors are being sought for this fundraising event to celebrate and bring awareness to clean up efforts in Spa Creek.

Take an on-water guided tour, paddle at your leisure, enjoy food and drink and learn about the challenges to restoring the creek so that it will again be fishable and swimmable. Your participation supports clean-up efforts.

Volunteer help is needed prior to and on the day of the event for a variety of tasks, and volunteers will receive free food, beverage, dry bag and use of a paddleboard. To volunteer, contact web@spacreek.net. For more information about sponsorships and to sign up as a participant, see website: http://spacreek.net/index.php/events/special-events.


9/11 Day of Service- It’s almost here!

This is a great event for families to volunteer together.
Each year around Sept. 11th, the Volunteer Center celebrates a Day of Service. Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 – noon. We start with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial, then volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning there and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control storm water runoff, we will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar or contact bill@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207.

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Summer is for volunteering!

No Bad Apples

Do you have a talent for selecting produce?  The Anne Arundel County Food Bank gets wonderful donations of fresh produce but lacks the staff to sort through the produce to weed out those “bad apples.” Come alone or bring your produce-loving friends.  They need support once or twice a week, and it would greatly help the Food Bank and the local food pantries.  What a great way to help others!  If interested, please contact Susan at susan@aafoodbank.org or call the Food Bank at 410-923-4255.

Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, vehicles, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge.  They support individuals and other non-profits.

The Tiki Bar will be Open!

Sat. Aug. 26, 2017, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle & Party Event: at Anne Arundel Sailing School, 7001 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis. Great for the whole family, featuring some zany paddle board and cardboard boat races for all ages, music, food, and even a Tiki bar! Take a free hula class. Create some bicycle art. Bid on a selection of hand-painted paddle boards, created by local artists as well as other fun auction items! All proceeds benefit the Box of Rain Foundation. For more information and to register, visit boxofrainannapolis.org or call 410-657-3117.

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. Volunteers are needed to: 1. serve as mentors in our Charting Careers, Maritime Summer Camp, Step It Up Kids Fitness, Build a Boat, and other programs throughout the year: 2. serve as instructors in our programs; 3. provide transportation to and from programs. More info www.boxofrainannapolis.org or contact Karen Colburn at 410-657-3117 or kcolburn@boxofrainannapolis.org.

Creating Communities   

Consistent volunteers are needed during the school year for Creating Communities Tuesday Afternoon Learning Experience at Harbour House/Eastport Terrace and the Wednesday Afternoon Arts Club at Eastport United Methodist Church, each day 3:45pm-5:00pm, to help set up art supplies, STEM activities, help and mentor elementary school children and clean up. Creating Communities is also seeking new board members with community, volunteering and financial experience with a strong interest and passion for the power of the arts to transform the lives of low-income students living in Anne Arundel County. For more information and to volunteer, contact Rob Levit at rlevit@comcast.net and visit www.creatingcommunities.net.

Start the Adventure in Reading 

STAIR is a one-on-one reading program geared to help 2nd graders currently reading below grade level. STAIR has worked with Anne Arundel County schools for 12 years. For one hour, two days a week after school, tutors read, practice phonics, and work on fluency and comprehension with their student. Learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment and a bond is forged between tutor and student. STAIR has 7 sites in Annapolis and sites in Edgewater, Severn, and Crofton. They are currently looking for one and two day a week tutors as well as substitute tutors for all sites. Sites are open either Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Wednesday. Training is provided. Please contact Linda Barbour, Executive Director at executive_director@stairannapolis.org or 410.279.6480. Or visit www.stairannapolis.org for more information.


Sat., Sept. 9th, 7am, Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Join Rec Deeds for Special Needs & the Friends of Jug Bay at River Farm, 6020 Pindell Rd., Lothian, MD 20711 for the First Annual Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Enjoy the forested trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a 2 mile run followed by a 1 mile paddle in the Patuxent River. Once back to shore you will finish up the race with another 2 mile run. Race as an individual or grab a teammate for the race. Proceeds will go to support Rec Deeds for Special Needs as well as field trips at Jug Bay. Click here to register, Limited to the first 100 individuals and/or teams. Packet pick up 7am, race starts at 8am. Volunteers are needed to man water stations, be guides along trails, transition area assistance (carrying kayaks and paddle boards to launch site), in water safety team, check in desk and more. Volunteers may register at: www.jugbay.org/volunteer_calendar. Questions? Contact Melinda Fegler at RPFEGL00@aacounty.org or 410-741-9330.

Literacy Changes Lives

Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Tutor Training sessions are being offered Sat., Sept. 9 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM AND Sat., Sept. 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM 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 as soon as possible to reserve a seat. See website: www.icanread.org.

Created in 1977, AACLC’s mission is to provide free, convenient, and individualized reading, writing, math, and English language tutoring for low-income county adults and out-of-school youth. If you have a love for reading or math, enjoy learning new things, and want to give back to your community and to another person, please contact them!

Seeds Needs a New Home 

Seeds 4 Success works together with the community to provide children from low income communities with the skills and support to achieve success in school and life. The have 4 award winning after-school programs in Eastport and are a great asset to the community.  Unfortunately, they lost the office space that have been using and are look for a new home, ideally in Eastport or Annapolis. They need space for about 4 people or 2 offices.  If you can donate some office space to this great organization, please contact their Executive Director Najiba Hlemi at najiba.hlemi@s4sannapolis.org or 410-533-3847.

9/11 Day of Service

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This is a great event for families to volunteer together.
Each year around Sept. 11th, the Volunteer Center celebrates a Day of Service. Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 – noon. We start with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial, then volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning there and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control storm water runoff, we will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar or contact bill@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207.

Drivers Needed

The Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank is looking for 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 involved and there will be resources 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 and a DOT physical (Food Bank will reimburse you for the cost).  Support is needed in the mornings.  Multiple volunteers are being sought so that all week days are covered. For more information, contact Susan at susan@aafoodbank.org or call the Food Bank at 410-923-4255.

Heroes Run
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Heroes Run: Volunteers are needed to assist with the 9/11 Heroes Run starting at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The run is sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation and is intended to activate & unite communities to honor the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since, to include veterans, active duty, first responder, and families of the fallen. The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K +1 mile fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages, volunteers, friends & family. It is not about fitness level or experience but about activating, uniting, and honoring our heroes. For more information and to sign up as a participant or volunteer see website: 911heroesrunannapolismd

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” JFK
Lifeline 100 Century Ride & Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park, Sun., Oct. 1, 2017. Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) in partnership with Anne Arundel County Police and Recreation & Parks Dept. is hosting the Lifeline100. There will be 100, 65, 30, and 15 mile rides and a free children’s bike rodeo and family fun rides.  There will also be a free “Make Health Happen” community health fair 12:30 – 2:30 by the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition that day, all at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville; the fair will offer health screenings, fun activities for kids, families and more.  Volunteers, sponsors, and participants are being sought for this event. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, rest stops, SAG support, children’s rodeo, and more.  Civic or high school age community service groups such as the scouts are also welcome to volunteer. For more information, and to register as a participant or volunteer, visit the website at www.lifeline100.com. For information about BikeAAA visit www.bikeaaa.org or contact Jon Korin at president@bikeaaa.org.

A New Leap

Wouldn’t you like to help a program that promotes environmental literacy to young children (K-5) by inspiring them through direct instruction, socio-emotional learning (field experiences), and computer-assisted instruction?  The Learning & Exploring After-School Program (LEAP), under the umbrella of the Our Creeks & Conservancy nonprofit, strives to do just that.  But…it takes money.  LEAP is looking for a volunteer with experience in fundraising to help this great program plan for and execute fundraising activities to secure the funding to make this program a success.  If interested, contact Tatiana Klein at tatianajklein@gmail.com.

Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse is a nonprofit organization that unites community members in Northern Anne Arundel County to reduce alcohol and drug abuse among youth and young adults through collaborative efforts using evidence based strategies. Volunteers are needed to help with outreach activities. For more information and to volunteer, contact Pam Luby at pluby001@gmail.com or 410-347-7128. Also, see web site at: http://preventsubstanceabuse.org/coalitions/northern-lights-against-substance-abuse/.

Office Volunteers Needed   

The Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to staff the front desk, answer phones and greet people from 10-3 M-F at their office near Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Other tasks may be assigned if interested.  Contact Karen Cline for more information: 410-266-3960 or kcline@aaaccc.org.

Become a Watershed Steward

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is announcing orientation sessions for 2017-18 Class of Master Watershed Stewards to explain how to become a certified Master Watershed Steward. Stewards help their communities reduce pollution and restore their waterways by promoting environmental volunteer opportunities in local communities. Master Stewards must live, work or worship in AA County and attend a 10 session course from Oct – April. Orientation sessions are being held:

  1. Sun., Aug. 20, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Homestead Gardens, 743 Central Ave. Davidsonville
  2. Tues., Aug. 29, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Severn Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd.
  3. Wed., Sept. 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Annapolis
  4. Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 6:00-7:00 pm, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Rd., Millersville

Register on the website at www.aawsa.org/become-a-steward

Questions? Contact Suzanne Etgen, WSA Program Coordinator, at 410 222 3831 or SETGEN@AACPS.org.

Representative Payees Needed  

The Anne Arundel County Representative Payee Program seeks volunteers to provide banking and bill payment services to physically and/or mentally impaired Anne Arundel County adult residents who are not fully capable of managing their limited income retirement/social security checks.  All volunteer Representative Payees complete a thorough application process to include a state and FBI background check. Volunteers are reimbursed for their travel expenses. The program works in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, an Advisory Board, and the Social Security Administration. Questions? Contact janice.hicks@maryland.gov or 410-421-8439.

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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Wanna give back? Check out these ideas.

Volunteer at Bike Camp
Mon.- Fri., June 26-30, 2017, 8:15 a.m. – 4:50 p.m., Second Annual iCan! Shine Bike Camp: RISE for Autism is hosting its second annual camp for individuals with special needs at Old Mill High School, 600 Patriot Lane, Millersville, MD 21108. Volunteers are needed to commit to at least one session each day (there are multiple 1.5 hr. shifts throughout each day) Monday through Friday as a spotter to help our campers learn to ride a bike independently for the first time!  Spotters should be physically fit to jog or run alongside riders, especially the last couple of days of camp when campers are riding independently.  This is the perfect opportunity to make an immediate difference in the lives of individuals with special needs! Register online at signup.com/go/BRarn3
Questions? Contact Shannon at smajoros@riseforautism.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.  In addition, we offer intern and service learning opportunities for students. Visit the web site at: www.bellomachre.org/you-can-help/volunteer

Kids ‘n’ Kaboodle Children’s Fair
The 16th annual FREE fair for all the children of Annapolis is being held from Noon-4:00 pm, Sat., Jun. 3, 2017 at the Weems-Whalen Ball Fields off Spa Road in Annapolis  (Rain or Shine). The event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Children’s Museum with many other agencies participating. Volunteers and donations make this a day of creative fun and joyous laughter, with no cost for anything; Arts and Crafts, Hands on Career Stations, Games and Prizes, Free Food and Drinks, Live Animals, a Book Giveaway,  Live Entertainment, and much, much more are offered.  Volunteers are needed such as pony walkers, hamburger grillers, career exhibitors, face painters, game and craft facilitators, greeters, grounds people, and more.  Please call Dr. Deborah  Wood at Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 410-990-1993 or debbie@theccm.org

Volunteers are also needed on an ongoing basis throughout the year to help maintain museum exhibits, as a librarian, event coordinator, volunteer coordinator, handyman, museum docent, animal caretaker, and more. Contact Deborah Wood. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 4:00 daily. See website at www.theccm.org

Be the Audience
Volunteers are needed at North County High School (10 E. 1st Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD, 21061) to serve as an audience for ESOL students on Thurs. June 1, 2017: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and/or 1:00 – 1:45 a.m. and on Fri., June 2, 2017 from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  ESOL students have been studying the history of roller coasters and the physics of amusement parks; they are also working to create roller coasters.  We need audience member volunteers to listen to student presentations. If interested, please contact Morgan Heymann at mheymann@aacps.org or express interest at: http://www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar.

Learn the Secrets of the Gardens
The Hammond-Harwood House will once again host the Secret Garden Tour of Annapolis, on Sat. June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017 but they need volunteer help to staff the  gardens! The shifts range from 11:45am to 2:30pm and 2:30pm to 5:00pm on both days.  You can sign up for more than one shift. As a thank you, volunteers receive one free admission to the gardens. The Secret Garden Tour explores different private  gardens in downtown Annapolis. During this rare opportunity participants are given a behind the scenes look at some of the most stunning gardens in the area. All the gardens are in the Annapolis Historic District and to make walking easier, are concentrated in a 3 block square around the Hammond-Harwood House at 19 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis.

If you have any questions, please call 410-263-4683, Ext. 10. For more information, visit: hammondharwoodhouse.org/volunteer-sign-up-for-secret-garden-tour.

Volunteers are needed at the Jug Bay butterfly garden in Lothian, MD on Tuesdays, 8:30am – 12:30pm. The butterfly garden at Glendening Nature Preserve is in full swing!  Join fellow gardeners, butterfly watchers, and native plant enthusiasts in our garden maintenance group. Volunteers weed, water, prune, and otherwise maintain the Butterfly Garden at the Glendening Preserve’s Plummer House. Contact the Sanctuary at 410-741-9330 or check out www.jugbay.org/volunteer/become-volunteer  for more information on volunteer opportunities. Email Melinda Fegler at rpfegl00@aacounty.org.

Inspire Triathletes
Sunday, May 21, 2017,  6 am – 11 am. Anne Arundel County Friends of Trails is hosting the 11th Annual Emily Schindler Memorial Scholarship Triathlon. Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, registration, and during the event. Race Check-in 6 a.m., Race start at 7 a.m. The run, bike, and swim events take place at the Severna Park Community Center pool and the B&A Trail. The triathlon can be completed individually or by teams of 2 or 3 people. See web site at spcctri.wordpress.com/volunteer/  for information about the event and to volunteer. Questions? Contact Diane Evans  at dreevans@comcast.net.

Save the Turtles
The South River Federation is seeking volunteers at the end of May to help with relocating turtles while their habitat at the Annapolis Harbour Center is being renovated. To prevent any harm from coming to the turtles during construction, Anne Arundel County has asked the Terrapin Institute and the South River Federation to temporarily move the turtles to a different pond for the duration of construction.  Then, we will return them to their new and improved wetland home once it is complete.  At the end of May, we will need volunteers in the evenings to help us capture, measure and mark the turtles and move them to their temporary home. If you are interested and want to receive further information about dates and times, please email Jaclyn Fisher at jaclyn@southriverfederation.net.

Help at the Food Pantry
The mission of the Christian Assistance Program Food Pantry located in Odenton is to provide food to needy individuals in the Gambrills, Hanover, Odenton, and Severn areas of A. A. County. Volunteers are needed to help with the registration of clients with the pantry; registration requires organizational and people skills. On Tuesdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 3 – 5 p.m., baggers and carriers are needed to bag groceries and carry grocery bags to cars. Baggers must be able to lift up  to 15 lbs. and some bending and reaching is required. Carriers must be able to carry up to 25-35 lbs. of groceries up 8 steps. Both baggers and carriers work in teams of two people. For more information, contact Amy Gantt at aggantt2@aol.com  or 410-733-6022 and see web site at www.severnumc.com/CAP

For Garden Lovers and Learners
Historic London Town & Gardens is seeking volunteers who are interested in gardening on Saturdays between 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. No green thumbs required, just a passion to help! Each week will be different as the gardens change.  Contact Meenal Harankhedkar, Director of Horticulture, at gardens@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 x203.

Sew Smiles
Ryan’s Case For Smiles helps children and families cope with the traumatic stress of illness and injuries. They are always looking for people who can sew pillowcases or donate fabric. A hospital experience can be terrifying and traumatic for both a child and their family. While others strive to find a cure, we help with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now. Help us by sewing whimsical pillowcases to give children an emotional boost.  We also seek volunteers to organize local philanthropy events. For more info see http://caseforsmiles.org/get-involved/. Or contact Kristy Christman, Chapter Coordinator at caseforsmilesannapolisshore@gmail.com or 443-262-6310. www.caseforsmiles.org


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