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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