Check out some new places to volunteer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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