Summer is for volunteering!

No Bad Apples

Do you have a talent for selecting produce?  The Anne Arundel County Food Bank gets wonderful donations of fresh produce but lacks the staff to sort through the produce to weed out those “bad apples.” Come alone or bring your produce-loving friends.  They need support once or twice a week, and it would greatly help the Food Bank and the local food pantries.  What a great way to help others!  If interested, please contact Susan at susan@aafoodbank.org or call the Food Bank at 410-923-4255.

Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, vehicles, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge.  They support individuals and other non-profits.


The Tiki Bar will be Open!

Sat. Aug. 26, 2017, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle & Party Event: at Anne Arundel Sailing School, 7001 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis. Great for the whole family, featuring some zany paddle board and cardboard boat races for all ages, music, food, and even a Tiki bar! Take a free hula class. Create some bicycle art. Bid on a selection of hand-painted paddle boards, created by local artists as well as other fun auction items! All proceeds benefit the Box of Rain Foundation. For more information and to register, visit boxofrainannapolis.org or call 410-657-3117.

Box of Rain’s mission for our kids is to nurture self-esteem and a sense of self-worth through accomplishment; develop life skills that strengthen character and opportunities for social engagement; encourage civic responsibility that leads to positive contributions to our community; and create pathways to independence and career success. Volunteers are needed to: 1. serve as mentors in our Charting Careers, Maritime Summer Camp, Step It Up Kids Fitness, Build a Boat, and other programs throughout the year: 2. serve as instructors in our programs; 3. provide transportation to and from programs. More info www.boxofrainannapolis.org or contact Karen Colburn at 410-657-3117 or kcolburn@boxofrainannapolis.org.


Creating Communities   

Consistent volunteers are needed during the school year for Creating Communities Tuesday Afternoon Learning Experience at Harbour House/Eastport Terrace and the Wednesday Afternoon Arts Club at Eastport United Methodist Church, each day 3:45pm-5:00pm, to help set up art supplies, STEM activities, help and mentor elementary school children and clean up. Creating Communities is also seeking new board members with community, volunteering and financial experience with a strong interest and passion for the power of the arts to transform the lives of low-income students living in Anne Arundel County. For more information and to volunteer, contact Rob Levit at rlevit@comcast.net and visit www.creatingcommunities.net.


Start the Adventure in Reading 

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 12 years. For one hour, two days a week after school, tutors read, practice phonics, and work on fluency and comprehension with their student. Learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment and a bond is forged between tutor and student. STAIR has 7 sites in Annapolis and sites in Edgewater, Severn, and Crofton. They are currently looking for 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 www.stairannapolis.org for more information.


Run-Paddle-Run

Sat., Sept. 9th, 7am, Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Join Rec Deeds for Special Needs & the Friends of Jug Bay at River Farm, 6020 Pindell Rd., Lothian, MD 20711 for the First Annual Jug Bay Eco Duathlon. Enjoy the forested trails of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a 2 mile run followed by a 1 mile paddle in the Patuxent River. Once back to shore you will finish up the race with another 2 mile run. Race as an individual or grab a teammate for the race. Proceeds will go to support Rec Deeds for Special Needs as well as field trips at Jug Bay. Click here to register, Limited to the first 100 individuals and/or teams. Packet pick up 7am, race starts at 8am. Volunteers are needed to man water stations, be guides along trails, transition area assistance (carrying kayaks and paddle boards to launch site), in water safety team, check in desk and more. Volunteers may register at: www.jugbay.org/volunteer_calendar. Questions? Contact Melinda Fegler at RPFEGL00@aacounty.org or 410-741-9330.


Literacy Changes Lives

Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Tutor Training sessions are being offered Sat., Sept. 9 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM AND Sat., Sept. 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include both Basic Literacy and English Language Learner instruction. We have a class size limit of 35. Enrollees MUST preregister and attend BOTH sessions. 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. See website: www.icanread.org.

Created in 1977, AACLC’s mission is to provide free, convenient, and individualized reading, writing, math, and English language tutoring for low-income county adults and out-of-school youth. If you have a love for reading or math, enjoy learning new things, and want to give back to your community and to another person, please contact them!


Seeds Needs a New Home 

Seeds 4 Success works together with the community to provide children from low income communities with the skills and support to achieve success in school and life. The have 4 award winning after-school programs in Eastport and are a great asset to the community.  Unfortunately, they lost the office space that have been using and are look for a new home, ideally in Eastport or Annapolis. They need space for about 4 people or 2 offices.  If you can donate some office space to this great organization, please contact their Executive Director Najiba Hlemi at najiba.hlemi@s4sannapolis.org or 410-533-3847.


9/11 Day of Service

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This is a great event for families to volunteer together.
Each year around Sept. 11th, the Volunteer Center celebrates a Day of Service. Sat., Sept. 9, 8:30 – noon. We start with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial, then volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning there and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control storm water runoff, we will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Registration is required. For more information and to register go to: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar or contact bill@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207.


Drivers Needed

The Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank is looking for 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 involved and there will be resources 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 and a DOT physical (Food Bank will reimburse you for the cost).  Support is needed in the mornings.  Multiple volunteers are being sought so that all week days are covered. For more information, contact Susan at susan@aafoodbank.org or call the Food Bank at 410-923-4255.


Heroes Run
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Heroes Run: Volunteers are needed to assist with the 9/11 Heroes Run starting at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The run is sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation and is intended to activate & unite communities to honor the sacrifices of those heroes from September 11th and the wars since, to include veterans, active duty, first responder, and families of the fallen. The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K +1 mile fun run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and of all ages, volunteers, friends & family. It is not about fitness level or experience but about activating, uniting, and honoring our heroes. For more information and to sign up as a participant or volunteer see website: 911heroesrunannapolismd


“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” JFK
Lifeline 100 Century Ride & Community Health Fair at Kinder Farm Park, Sun., Oct. 1, 2017. Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BikeAAA) in partnership with Anne Arundel County Police and Recreation & Parks Dept. is hosting the Lifeline100. There will be 100, 65, 30, and 15 mile rides and a free children’s bike rodeo and family fun rides.  There will also be a free “Make Health Happen” community health fair 12:30 – 2:30 by the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition that day, all at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville; the fair will offer health screenings, fun activities for kids, families and more.  Volunteers, sponsors, and participants are being sought for this event. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, rest stops, SAG support, children’s rodeo, and more.  Civic or high school age community service groups such as the scouts are also welcome to volunteer. For more information, and to register as a participant or volunteer, visit the website at www.lifeline100.com. For information about BikeAAA visit www.bikeaaa.org or contact Jon Korin at president@bikeaaa.org.


A New Leap

Wouldn’t you like to help a program that promotes environmental literacy to young children (K-5) by inspiring them through direct instruction, socio-emotional learning (field experiences), and computer-assisted instruction?  The Learning & Exploring After-School Program (LEAP), under the umbrella of the Our Creeks & Conservancy nonprofit, strives to do just that.  But…it takes money.  LEAP is looking for a volunteer with experience in fundraising to help this great program plan for and execute fundraising activities to secure the funding to make this program a success.  If interested, contact Tatiana Klein at tatianajklein@gmail.com.


Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Northern Lights Against Substance Abuse is a nonprofit organization that unites community members in Northern Anne Arundel County to reduce alcohol and drug abuse among youth and young adults through collaborative efforts using evidence based strategies. Volunteers are needed to help with outreach activities. For more information and to volunteer, contact Pam Luby at pluby001@gmail.com or 410-347-7128. Also, see web site at: http://preventsubstanceabuse.org/coalitions/northern-lights-against-substance-abuse/.


Office Volunteers Needed   

The Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to staff the front desk, answer phones and greet people from 10-3 M-F at their office near Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Other tasks may be assigned if interested.  Contact Karen Cline for more information: 410-266-3960 or kcline@aaaccc.org.


Become a Watershed Steward

The Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is announcing orientation sessions for 2017-18 Class of Master Watershed Stewards to explain how to become a certified Master Watershed Steward. Stewards help their communities reduce pollution and restore their waterways by promoting environmental volunteer opportunities in local communities. Master Stewards must live, work or worship in AA County and attend a 10 session course from Oct – April. Orientation sessions are being held:

  1. Sun., Aug. 20, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Homestead Gardens, 743 Central Ave. Davidsonville
  2. Tues., Aug. 29, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. Severn Library, 2624 Annapolis Rd.
  3. Wed., Sept. 6, 12:00-1:00 pm, Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Annapolis
  4. Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 6:00-7:00 pm, Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Rd., Millersville

Register on the website at www.aawsa.org/become-a-steward

Questions? Contact Suzanne Etgen, WSA Program Coordinator, at 410 222 3831 or SETGEN@AACPS.org.


Representative Payees Needed  

The Anne Arundel County Representative Payee Program seeks volunteers to provide banking and bill payment services to physically and/or mentally impaired Anne Arundel County adult residents who are not fully capable of managing their limited income retirement/social security checks.  All volunteer Representative Payees complete a thorough application process to include a state and FBI background check. Volunteers are reimbursed for their travel expenses. The program works in conjunction with the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, an Advisory Board, and the Social Security Administration. Questions? Contact janice.hicks@maryland.gov or 410-421-8439.


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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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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