8 New Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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

 Maryland Therapeutic Riding 
Volunteers Needed for Derby Day Benefit: May 6, 2017, 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm. On Saturday, volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of tasks to include event registration, silent and live auction monitors, cashiers, set up and clean up, and more. Fri., May 5 from 12-6 pm, Sat., May 6 from 9 am-11:30 pm, and Sunday, May 7, 9am-12pm, volunteers are needed for setup and cleanup. Must be at least 14 years old to assist with set up and clean-up and 18 years old to volunteer during the event. Groups are welcome! If you are interested in volunteering for this event or for more information, please contact Nichole at Nichole@mtrinc.org or 410-923-6800, or sign up at www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar.
Located in Crownsville, Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) is a Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons and other equine based therapies for children and adults with special needs. Volunteers, ages 14 and up, assist with riding lessons and are needed throughout the week to assist with horse care, barn and facility maintenance, and also assist with special events, serve on committees including fund raising, and event committees.  All volunteers are required to attend a training session.  Call the Volunteer Manager Nichole at 410-923-6800 or email Nichole@mtrinc.org for info. Visit website at www.MTRinc.org to download an application.

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

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

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

Save the Bay Day   April 22, 2017    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena
Volunteers are needed for various tasks to beautify and clean up the park, such as planting flowers, raking leaves, mulching, sprucing up the playground, painting, weeding, and more.  This project needs over 200 volunteers so bring your family, friends and groups. Volunteers will get a t-shirt compliments of Comcast and Comcast Cares Day.  Also, snacks and water are provided while working and all are invited to stay for pizza lunch.  This is the Volunteer Center’s BIG GREEN project this year and we’d love to see lots of helpers. To sign up go to www.aacvc.org/SpecialEvents contact us at info@aacvc.org

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

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

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

Be a Mentor
Seeds 4 Success is an organization which believes that every child in Annapolis has the opportunity to build a bright future. For the past 9 years, they have delivered quality academic and social programs which are positively impacting the community. The mentor program at Seeds 4 Success involves adult volunteers who are committed to supporting and guiding a young person through the development of a 1:1 mentoring relationship. The mentoring program supports young people by helping them develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. Mentors are supported through training, an online platform which allows S4S to monitor the progression of mentor relationships, and open access to a dedicated support staff. To learn more about the programs and how to get involved please send an email to volunteer@s4sannapolis.org. www.s4sannapolis.org


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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