Give Thanks by Giving Back

Help the Homeless

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is an all volunteer organization that brings kindness and necessities directly to homeless and poverty-stricken men, women, and children every Saturday and Sunday no matter the weather and including holidays. They have several upcoming events that are great volunteer opportunities.

“National Family Volunteer Day” – Saturday, November 17th – 10:00 a.m. to Noon – Grace Point Presbyterian Church, 615 Donaldson Ave., Severn, MD  21144 – Preparing hundreds of sandwiches, making hundreds of holiday cards, and wrapping hundreds of presents.

Thanksgiving Day Distribution – Thursday, November 22nd – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  Glen Burnie Baptist Church, 7524 Old Stage Rd., Glen Burnie, MD – Helpers will depart from there to go to the Curtis Bay Distribution Site. – Distributing new blankets, toiletries, and groceries.

Christmas Party for Children in Extreme Need – Saturday, December 1st – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  7-Eleven Store, 7701 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie, MD – Helpers will depart from there to go to Immaculate Conception Church, 522 Main St., Marydel, MD  21649 in Caroline County – Volunteers will distribute massive quantities of food, clothing, blankets, and toys.

’26th Annual Christmas Party for Anne Arundel County’s Homeless” – Saturday, December 15th – 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD – Serving lunch, enjoying entertainment, and distributing presents.

“26th Annual Distribution of 2,000 Christmas Presents and Food to Baltimore’s Homeless” – Sunday, December 23rd – 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  Happy Helpers for the Homeless Headquarters, 1550 Caton Center Dr., Halethorpe, MD – You will depart from there to go to the Baltimore Distribution Site.

To volunteer for any of these events, Contact Bobbi at 443-433-2416. www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com

 

Looking for Friendly Volunteers

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

Harvest for the Hungry

During their biggest food drive of the year – Kids Helping Kids Harvest for the Hungry, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank needs volunteers that can lift 50 pound boxes to assist the drivers with picking up food donations at Anne Arundel County Schools. Pick ups are in the morning, trucks leave the facility in Crownsville and will travel all over the county. No driving involved.

Now through Fri. Dec 7   —   Weekdays, 8:45 AM – 01:00 PM

 Call or email Marta – marta@aafoodbank.org or (410) 923-4255.      www.aafoodbank.org

Help Students

 Work one-on-one with students to help guide them to academic success. Volunteers are needed for Student Progress Conversations with 6th – 8th grade students in the On Track 4 Success early intervention, dropout prevention program, now operating in four area schools. A diverse group of volunteers and Spanish speakers are needed.

Each student in the program will be paired with a volunteer to have a reflective conversation about their academic performance. You’ll talk with students about their successes and challenges, celebrate their accomplishments and encourage them to stay focused and keep up with their studies. Each volunteer will meet with several students, and a ½ hour training session will be held at the beginning of your selected session.

REGISTER HERE

Note: In addition to registering with United Way, please register with Anne Arundel County Public Schools here.

Questions? Please contact Natalie Dixon at 410-895-1540 or Natalie.dixon@uwcm.org for more details.

Be a Docent 

 The Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis is seeking volunteer docents to greet visitors and support their exploration of the hands-on exhibits. Exhibit areas include live animals, some of which are touchable. The art area includes “help yourself” materials. Other areas have multiple pieces that can be used for creative play – and need regular tidying as visitors finish using them.

There are outdoor areas that are used by visitors on their own or as part of a program. Docents can facilitate nature walks, outdoor games, gardening, and other activities, especially when groups come to visit.

Choose a regularly occurring shift, such as alternate Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, or Tuesdays 10 am to 12 noon, that fits your schedule.

 Contact The Chesapeake Children’s Museum at 410.990.1993 or
info@theccm.org

Volunteer & Enjoy the Show  

Volunteer Ushers and Greeters are being sought for a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings on Dec. 1, 2018 & Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm. All Maryland Concert Series events are held at North County High School in Glen Burnie. Volunteers are allowed to stay for the concerts. Their mission is to provide quality, live entertainment to Northern Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas, at a reasonable cost on a subscription basis. For more information about volunteering as an usher or greeter, contact Theresa Fries at theresafries@aol.com or 443 254-1315.  www.mdconcertseries.org

Shades of Blue Orchestra: Saturday December 1, 7:30PM
The U.S. Army Field Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus: Jan. 26, 7:30 PM
Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist: Saturday February 23, 7:30 PM
The Mahoney Brothers: Saturday April 27, 7:30 PM

 

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Fall into Volunteering

Foster Grandparents Needed

The Foster Grandparent Program recruits income eligible men and women ages 55+ to volunteer to support children in an educational setting providing academic tutoring in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Foster Grandparents must attend training, pass a background check and be able to volunteer at least 20 hours per week. Benefits include a stipend, paid holidays, meals while serving, transportation reimbursement and more. But the greatest benefit of all is the renewed sense of purpose in the lives of volunteers, and that bit of extra love and attention shared with a child.

If you have any questions or know someone who may be interested in the Foster Grandparent Program contact: Anita Green 410-533-3847 Ext.703 or email anita.green@s4sannapolis.org
https://www.s4sannapolis.org/fgp

Be the Interviewer 

Volunteers are needed to conduct Mock Interviews and provide Career Guidance for 11th-grade students at local high schools. Help them cultivate real world experience, taking the topics introduced in 11th-grade English of résumé writing, interviewing, and networking and practicing them with YOU, our community members. You can sign up for a few hours or volunteer all day at either school. Training and sample questions are provided.

Old Mill High School
November 15-16 (Thurs. and Fri.) 7:30 am to 2:15pm.
Click here to register for Old Mill. Contact Josh White, jtwhite@aacps.org, with questions.

South River High School
November 27-29 (Tues. – Thurs.) 7:30 am to 2:15pm.
Click here to register for South River. Contact Linda Musgrave, lmusgrave@aacps.org, with questions.

Annapolis High School
December 10-13 (Mon-Tue 7:30 am -2:20pm, We-Th 7:30-9am)
Click here to sign up for Annapolis HS.. Contact Becky Hogan, rhogan@aacps.org, with questions.

A Little Homework Help, Please!

Now beginning its 11th year, the Homework and Reading Program at Eastport United Methodist Church offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children.  Volunteers from the community can 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:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis.  The program operates like a “one room schoolhouse”.  Volunteers work with different kids.  So they can 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 or to volunteer, contact the church at 410-263-5490 or eastportumc@verizon.net. 

Volunteer at the Turkey Trot 5K 

 Thursday, November 22, 2018, 6:00 – 10:30 am. The Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Charity 5K is a family event that raises urgently needed funds to support children and families in Central Maryland. There are seven 5k’s across the region: Baltimore City, Arnold, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Towson, Westminster, and Perry Hall.

They have a variety of opportunities on Thanksgiving morning including:1. Volunteer Coordinator 2. Set-up; 3. Race registration; 4. Packet Pick-up; 5. Food/Beverage Table; 6. Course Post; 7. Mile Sign Holder; 8. Water Station; 9. Clean-up/Breakdown; 10. Odd Job Runner; 11. Finish Line Assistant; 12. Photographer; and, 13. Parking/Traffic Attendant.

For more info and to register go to https://ymdturkeytrot.org/volunteer If you’re a group interested in volunteering please contact Eric Somerville ericsomerville@ymaryland.org for more information.

Harvest for the Hungry

During their biggest food drive of the year – Kids Helping Kids Harvest for the Hungry, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank needs volunteers that can lift 50 pound boxes to assist the drivers with picking up food donations at Anne Arundel County Schools. Pick ups are in the morning, trucks leave the facility in Crownsville and will travel all over the county. No driving involved.

Wed. Oct 31 through Fri. Dec 7     Weekdays, 8:45 AM – 01:00 PM

Call or email Marta – marta@aafoodbank.org or (410) 923-4255.
www.aafoodbank.org

 

Volunteers Needed For Tax Preparation!

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service, is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, will be offering free in-person tax preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those who are older or who can’t afford tax preparation, at several sites in Anne Arundel County from Jan – Apr. 2019.

The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers to give advice and prepare tax returns on computers using a program provided by the IRS at each of the sites. In addition, appointment takers and client facilitators are also needed to schedule client appointments and assist clients at these sites. Every level of experience is welcome!

Orientation on tax changes for this year and training for volunteer preparers and client facilitators will be held on several dates from January 9-30, 2019. AARP membership is not required!

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or contact Bob Welenc at 410-969-8303 or bob4taxprep@gmail.com.

Partners in Care

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Are you seeking opportunities to help others and in doing so, create a network of support for yourself?  Please consider volunteering your time and talents to the Partners In Care community whose mission, for 25 years, has been to support older adults to age in their homes through a unique culture of service exchange; neighbors helping neighbors. Volunteers are needed to provide rides to medical appointments, errands and grocery shopping, small honey-do repairs for safety, friendly visits and phone calls, and office assistance.  Volunteers give their time and may ask for assistance when they have a need. An hour or two a month can make a big difference to those who need assistance and contributes to the well being of the volunteers! Call 410-544-4800 to receive an application and to make a reservation for the next volunteer orientation (Nov 13 or Nov 17th). They hope to see you there!
http://www.partnersincare.org/

Smiling Faces Needed

 Bello Machre provides a lifetime commitment of loving care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. They are looking for Front Desk Volunteers. Be the smiling face that greets visitors as a Front Desk Volunteer! Help to direct visitors, route phone calls, and assist with light administrative duties. For additional details, please contact Michele Marshall michele.marshall@bellomachre.org.
www.bellomachre.org

 

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Be the Solution

100 Volunteer Guides Needed  for Homeless Resource Day 

Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Volunteers, age 18+, are to needed  serve as Guides for Anne Arundel County’s 11th Annual Homeless Resource Day being held at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. This is a “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to receive a variety of services. The community’s support is 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. Each volunteer will be paired with a homeless guest to guide them through the services. 2 volunteer shifts are available, you do not have to commit the entire day. This is truly a fulfilling volunteer experience.  Visit the website to register at www.aacounty.org/hrd. Questions? Contact 410-269-4749 or justin.bieler@maryland.gov.

Trunk or Treat ?

 RISE for Autism is hosting the Third Annual Sensory Friendly Trunk or Treat for Individuals with Special Needs and their families on October 27th, 1 -4 PM at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8249 Jumpers Hole Road, Millersville.

They need volunteers to host a trunk, give out treats, set up and manage games and activities, and more. Please sign up for your specific activity choice at this link: http://signup.com/go/QGSCHUP.              http://www.riseforautism.com

Join in the Festival

Langton Green provides vocational opportunities to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities through agricultural programming on a small farm in Millersville, Maryland.

They are having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 27th. There will be live Music, hay rides, farm-grown produce for sale and much more! To volunteer for this or any of the year-round opportunities at Langton Green Community Farm, contact farminfo@langtongreen.org.

Get on the Stoop

Everyone has a story to tell and Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts wants to hear yours! MTPA is excited to bring this popular Baltimore tradition to Annapolis. This open mic event gives anyone an opportunity to share a 5 minute true and personal story centered on a theme. Come listen to unexpected and beautiful stories told by your neighbors.

THEME: STORIES THAT SCARE US – An Evening of Thrilling and Frightening Tales from the Past.     Have you ever been stuck upside down on a roller coaster? Was lost in the middle of nowhere? Had an encounter with a UFO? We want to hear your most thrilling and frightening tale.

Thursday, October 25th at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
MTPA Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts
3 Park Place, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

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

End Alzheimer’s

Are you passionate about putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease? Well now you can help. Each year the Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes to over 600 communities in the U.S., and they could not do it without dedicated Walk day volunteers. Volunteers help with event set up, registration and check in, water stations, advocacy efforts, cheerleading and more! Raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk day.

The Anne Arundel/Annapolis Walk this year will be on Sunday, October 21st at Susan Campbell Park – the end of Dock St in downtown Annapolis. Volunteers are needed starting at 8 am and throughout the day, until 3pm.

Click here to volunteer.

For more information contact Dawn Lewis: dlewis@alz.org

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To Move FORWARD, You Have to GIVE BACK.

To Move FORWARD,
You Have to GIVE BACK.
-Oprah Winfrey

Mock Interviewers Needed

Volunteers are needed to conduct Mock Interviews and provide Career Guidance for 11th-grade students at local high schools. Help them cultivate real world experience, taking the topics introduced in 11th-grade English of résumé writing, interviewing, and networking and practicing them with YOU, our community members. You can sign up for a few hours or volunteer all day at either school. Training and sample questions are provided.

Old Mill High School
November 15-16 (Thurs. and Fri.) 7:30 am to 2:15pm.
Click here to register for Old Mill. Contact Josh White, jtwhite@aacps.org, with questions.

South River High School
November 27-29 (Tues. – Thurs.) 7:30 am to 2:15pm.
Click here to register for South River. Contact Linda Musgrave, lmusgrave@aacps.org, with questions.

Volunteer & Enjoy the Show  

Volunteer Ushers and Greeters are being sought for a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings on Oct. 20, Dec. 1, 2018 & Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm. All Maryland Concert Series events are held at North County High School in Glen Burnie. Volunteers are allowed to stay for the concerts. Their mission is to provide quality, live entertainment to Northern Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas, at a reasonable cost on a subscription basis. For more information about volunteering as an usher or greeter, contact Theresa Fries at theresafries@aol.com or 443 254-1315.  www.mdconcertseries.org

New Monopoly Band:  Saturday October 20, 7:30 PM
Shades of Blue Orchestra: Saturday December 1, 7:30PM
The U.S. Army Field Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus: Jan. 26, 7:30 PM
Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist: Saturday February 23, 7:30 PM
The Mahoney Brothers: Saturday April 27, 7:30 PM

Trees are Terrific !

Every AACPS kindergarten class visits Camp Woodlands in Annapolis, MD, for a one-day field experience as part of their environmental literacy unit “Trees are Terrific”. Through engaging, hands-on activities, students investigate the life cycle of a tree, learn about forest ecology, discover that trees protect water quality and take action to help the environment. Volunteers are invited to Camp Woodlands in Annapolis to help teach activities to kindergartners outdoors. Volunteers must be able to submit to and pass security background checks from Anne Arundel County Public Schools.  People are needed on the following dates, approximately 10 am – 2 pm: November 2nd, November 15th, November 16th, November 28th, November 29th, December 5th, and/or December 12th. If interested contact Sheen Goldberg at 410-222-3822 or swgoldberg@aacps.org.

Add it Up!

Volunteers Needed For Tax Preparation!

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service, is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, will be offering free in-person tax preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those who are older or who can’t afford tax preparation, at several sites in Anne Arundel County from Jan – Apr. 2019.

The program is seeking volunteer tax preparers to give advice and prepare tax returns on computers using a program provided by the IRS at each of the sites. In addition, appointment takers and client facilitators are also needed to schedule client appointments and assist clients at these sites. Every level of experience is welcome!

Orientation on tax changes for this year and training for volunteer preparers and client facilitators will be held on several dates from January 9-30, 2019. AARP membership is not required!

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or contact Bob Welenc at 410-969-8303 or bob4taxprep@gmail.com

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The Time is Right to Get Involved

Change a Life through Literacy 

 You can make a lasting and valuable contribution to someone’s life by teaching basic reading or math skills.  The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is hosting their next tutor training opportunity on September 29th,  8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.

This one-day tutor training will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. They have a class size limit of 35. Trainings fill quickly, so 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.

Centro de Ayuda

The Center of Help exists to assist Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally, and economically in order to become citizens in the Anne Arundel Community.  They currently have several volunteer needs. On Wednesday evenings and Saturdays in Annapolis they have programs for 6-16 year olds, many of whom are provided transportation by the Center. Here is list of some of the volunteer needs:

Wednesdays 5-6 pm and 8-8:30 pm – People to assist the driver with pickup and drop off
Wednesdays 6-7 pm – Help with Chess Club
Wednesdays 7-8 pm – Help with Math Club
Saturdays 1-2 pm – People to assist the driver with pickup and drop off
Saturdays 12- 1:15 pm – Help with Math Club
Mon to Fri 6:30 to 9 pm – Volunteers are needed to help with homework, math and other projects

For more information or to help out contact Tatiana: tatianajklein@gmail.com

We Care and Friends

We Care and Friends is a non-profit in downtown Annapolis that serves as “the safety net for the safety net.” They offer services and programming that:
– Supplies food, medicine, clothing, and other basic human needs to the homeless.
– Provides access to addiction treatment for those with no insurance or resources.
– Builds community through arts and social events in neighborhoods impacted by drugs and crime.
– Offers at-risk youth alternative educational and social summer programs.

They are actively looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the Annapolis community. Here are a few positions currently available:

  • Office assistance – responsibilities include answering the phone, scheduling appointments, handing out lunches, and light paperwork. Need 1-2 people who can work mid-day during the week, in a four- or five-hour shift.
  • Volunteer coordinator – this position entails building and maintaining a database of volunteers, and scheduling help for both day-to-day assistance as well as special events. After an initial orientation, this work can be done from home.
  • Marketing/media/website – if you have experience in any facet of marketing, they could use your expertise! They need assistance with multiple projects, including updating our website, building a social media presence, and public relations. Again, most of these tasks can be done from home.
  • General assistance – whether you want to volunteer occasionally or often, your help is welcome. Please let them know what specific areas of interest might appeal to you – they will find a place and a job for you!

For more information, please contact Tricia Sanborn at psh21035@yahoo.com.

Be a Lifeline Volunteer 

 The annual Lifeline100 is Sunday, October 7th beginning at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. It offers a unique organized ride experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities with scenic 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile routes. All proceeds go to Anne Arundel County non-profits including The Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, Capital Gazette Families Fund, Rise for Autism and BikeAAA.

Volunteers are needed for check in and packet pickup from 6-9 am, lunch help 11am – 5pm and Finish Line Cheering, 10:30am – 5pm.  

Bring your kids, scout troops, etc and cheer the cyclists as they cross the finish line! Take a 2 hour shift, or longer. Cowbells provided or feel free to bring your own noise makers and even costumes if you like!  For more details or to volunteer go to: https://lifeline100.com/volunteer/

Volunteer Guides Needed  for Homeless Resource Day 

Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Volunteers, age 18+, are to needed  serve as Guides for Anne Arundel County’s 11th Annual Homeless Resource Day being held at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. This is a “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to receive a variety of services. The community’s support is 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. Each volunteer will be paired with a homeless guest to guide them through the services. 2 volunteer shifts are available, you do not have to commit the entire day. This is truly a fulfilling volunteer experience.  Visit the website to register at www.aacounty.org/hrd. Questions? Contact 410-269-4749 or justin.bieler@maryland.gov.

Let’s End Alzheimer’s ! 

Are you passionate about putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease? Well now you can help. Each year the Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes to over 600 communities in the U.S., and they could not do it without dedicated Walk day volunteers. Volunteers help with event set up, registration and check in, water stations, advocacy efforts, cheerleading and more! Raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk day.

The Anne Arundel/Annapolis Walk this year will be on Sunday, October 21st at Susan Campbell Park – the end of Dock St in downtown Annapolis. Volunteers are needed starting at 8 am and throughout the day, until 3pm.

Click here to volunteer.

Reading Tutors Needed

GiGi’s Playhouse is an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome. They offer activities and programs to all families free of charge. The Annapolis area has been overwhelmingly supportive since they opened in February 2018. Families and individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities have been taking part in an ever expanding list of offerings. The literacy tutoring program is the newest addition.

Each student has a designated volunteer so that the learning experience is consistent and they are able to create a rapport and bond with their teacher. Volunteers are asked to commit to 1 hour a week for 10 weeks starting in October.   The tutoring sessions are free to families and have been very much needed. There is a great need for people to volunteer as literacy tutors for this program and training is provided.

For further information on the program see: gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/one-one-literacy-tutoring.  And to volunteer, email:

literacyannapolis@gigisplayhouse.org.

Crabs Against Cancer

 Join Physicians Realty Trust on Sunday, September 30th at 2 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their first annual crab feast. Guests will enjoy delicious crabs next to amazing views of the Chesapeake Bay, all while supporting the Champion Way Foundation. All proceeds will support melanoma and pancreatic cancer research. Volunteers are needed to check in guests and take tickets, and 2 more are needed help serve drinks. For more information or to help out, please contact Michael Espoito at eespos66@aol.com.

To purchase tickets to attend the event, click here

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Get Engaged In Service – 8.28.18

Reading Adventures     

Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) needs reading tutors and site coordinators !! 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 13 years. After school for one hour, tutors read, practice phonics, and work on fluency and comprehension with their student. Site Coordinators manage the tutoring sessions, make sure each student is paired with a tutor for the year, have all materials are on hand, and work with the school reading specialist.  Learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment and a bond is forged between tutor and student. STAIR has seven sites in Annapolis and sites in Edgewater, Severn, and Crofton, MD.

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

Celebrate Seafood     Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 8th and 9th

The Maryland Seafood Festival is coming up: Sat., Sept. 8, 10am-9pm and Sun., Sept. 9, 2017 10am – 7pm. Do you enjoy the Maryland Seafood Festival 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 51st 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 Community Betterment and The Boy Scouts.

Labapalooza

Labapalooza is a day of fun for the entire family, wrapped around the annual walk to raise funds for Lu’s Labrador Retriever Rescue. It will be held Saturday, September 15th, Noon to 4pm at Camp Letts in Edgewater.  Information about the event can be found here. They need volunteers for a variety of tasks including registration, bounce house helpers and beverage servers. Click here to see all volunteer opportunities and sign up. Anyone that volunteers is welcome to bring their family and dog and stay for the day.     https://www.luslabs.org/

BE A MENTOR

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

Mentoring 101      Monday September 17, 2018   6:30 – 8 PM
Anne Arundel County Public Schools   2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

OR

Mentoring 101    Monday October 1, 2018  7:00 – 8:30 PM
Eastport – Annapolis Public Library  269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403

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

 

Volunteer Guides Needed for Homeless Resource Day

Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Volunteers, age 18+, are to needed  serve as Guides for Anne Arundel County’s 11th Annual Homeless Resource Day being held at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. This is a “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to receive a variety of services. The community’s support is 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. Each volunteer will be paired with a homeless guest to guide them through the services. 2 volunteer shifts are available, you do not have to commit the entire day. This is truly a fulfilling volunteer experience.  Visit the website to register at http://www.aacounty.org/hrd. Questions? Contact 410-269-4749 or justin.bieler@maryland.gov.

Homework Helpers Needed

Now beginning its 11th year, the Homework and Reading Program at Eastport United Methodist Church offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children.  Volunteers from the community can 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:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis.  The program operates like a “one room schoolhouse”.  Volunteers work with different kids.  So they can 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 or to volunteer, contact the church at 410-263-5490 or eastportumc@verizon.net.

 

 

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Keep shining and doing extraordinary work – 8.22.18

Change a Life through Literacy 

You can make a lasting and valuable contribution to someone’s life by teaching basic reading or math skills.  The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is hosting their next tutor training opportunity on September 29th,  8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.
This one-day tutor training will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. They have a class size limit of 35. Trainings fill quickly, so 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.

Kunte Kinte Heritage Festival 

Saturday, Sept. 29th – 10 am-7 pm
Volunteer opportunities are available to help with the Kunte Kinte Heritage Festival2018 being held at Annapolis City Dock on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 from 10:00am-7:00pm. The annual festival raises an awareness of African-American heritage, education, and culture. It features live music and dance entertainment, workshops, demonstrations, 80+ artists, food & community vendors, and a children’s activity tent.
MANY volunteers are needed to help on the day of the event starting with setup at 7 am, during the festival and after. Two-hour or longer shifts are available. This event is held rain or shine.  Contact the Volunteer Committee at (240) 801-5543, KuntaKinteCelebrations@gmail.com or visit www.kuntakinte.org/volunteer to sign up online.

Homework Helpers Needed

Now beginning its 11th year, the Homework and Reading Program at Eastport United Methodist Church offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children.  Volunteers from the community can 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:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis.  The program operates like a “one room schoolhouse”.  Volunteers work with different kids.  So they can 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 or to volunteer, contact the church at 410-263-5490 or eastportumc@verizon.net.

Tawes Garden

The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Annapolis’s only free public garden is looking for folks who would be interested in joining their volunteer staff as shop keepersin their small gift shop. The shop is open Mon – Fri. 9:00 – 3p.m.Shifts are just 2 hours each and can be once a week or once a month depending on the volunteer’s interest. The shop is located in the Tawes State Office building across from the Navy Marine Corps stadium on Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. Retail experience is not required. If you are interested in meeting new people in pleasant surroundings then contact the garden manager at 410-260-8189 or by email at jay.myers@maryland.gov to set up a time to see the shop.  http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/voltawes.aspx


Volunteer Servers

Seeds 4 Success is hosting a Family Night for their students and mentors on Wednesday, August 29, 5pm to 7pm, at Eastport Community Center.  During this event they will serve dinner for the students, their families, tutors and mentors, sponsored by The Palate Pleasers. As they welcome students to another great program year with backpacks and school supplies, families will have an opportunity to meet mentors and tutors and plan for their children’s academic success!
Volunteer servers are needed to serve food at the buffet line.They’ll also help set-up tables and clean up when the event is over. This is a great opportunity for students looking to fulfill their volunteer hours or for individuals looking for a one-time volunteer commitment!  To sign up please email info@s4sannapolis.org.

 


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Have you been thinking about getting more engaged in your community or wondered what is involved in becoming a mentor? Children in Annapolis and surrounding areas are in great need of mentors and positive role models. Please join us for one of our free upcoming Mentoring 101 sessions! The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, will be hosting 2 sessions this fall. Sign up and learn what it takes to be a mentor and meet representatives from some of the local organizations. We will help you register with the mentor program that is the best fit for you!
6:30 – 8 PM
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Eastport – Annapolis Public Library
269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Questions? Contact Deidra at deidra@aacvc.org or 443-257-2582

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