‘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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About Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center

We strengthen the community by connecting people with opportunities to serve, building capacity for effective volunteering, and participating in strategic partnerships that meet community needs in Anne Arundel County.
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