Volunteer Opportunities 9.1.17

Ride for the Rivers 2017, Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper needs volunteers for the Ride for the Rivers on Saturday, Sept. 23. This fundraiser is a 40 or 60-mile bicycle run that starts and finishes at Discovery Village in Shady Side. It’s followed by a great BBQ. Volunteers get admission to the BBQ and a T-shirt.  Proceeds help the Riverkeeper preserve and protect the West and Rhode Rivers.


For more info, contact:   Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper
jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org  /  cell: 443-758-7797


AARP Foundation Meal Pack Challenge, Sept. 10-11, 2017
Sun. & Mon., Sept. 10-11, 2017, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Meal Pack Challenge: For a startling number of older adults, poverty is a fact of life that threatens to put the American Dream out of reach. More than 20 million adults age 50 and older — 1 in 5 — struggle to meet their basic needs. This summer, AARP Foundation led a number of Summer of Service events across the country to pack meals. On Sept. 10-11, 2017, we plan an additional event to pack 1.5 million meals for older adults in need in Washington, D.C. Volunteer today to help pack meals in at National Mall – JFK Hockey Field.

Volunteer shifts last 90-minutes, starting at 8:00, 9:45, or 11:30 a.m., and 1:15 and 3:00 p.m. Visit the web site at http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/


Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, 6:00 am, Rec Deeds TriChallenge Sprint Triathlon: This event is being held at Fort Smallwood Park, Pasadena, MD 21122, and consists of a .25 mile swim in the Patapsco River, a 12.5 mile bike through scenic Pasadena, and a 3.1 mile run through the park and surrounding community. Packet pick up and transition area set up will begin at 6:00am at Fort Smallwood Park. The race will start at 7:30am.

Volunteers are needed starting at 6:00 a.m. on race day for set up and a variety of other activities associated with managing the event. Join us to help with registration, refreshments, course marking, the start/finish area and much more! Express interest online at www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar.

Questions? Contact Colleen Joseph at rpjose22@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313. For more information about the race and to register as a participant, visit the web site at: http://www.aacounty.org/services-and-programs/race-series-rec-deeds-trichallenge-sprint-triathlon.


The Bernie House

The Bernie House mission is to provide transitional housing for families fleeing domestic violence by reaching out with love and understanding to provide a safe home without violence for a family in crisis.

Volunteers are needed for:

1. Support with social networking posts regarding quarterly events and other information in areas such as Facebook, websites, magazines, newspapers, radio;

2. Someone with accounting experience, one who is familiar with Quickbooks; and,

3. A winning grant writer who is passionate about our mission to provide transitional housing for families fleeing domestic violence. This is a project that can be done from home. For more information contact Patricia Slaughter at pslaughter.theberniehouse@gmail.com or 443-951-5193. www.theberniehouse.org


Historic London Town and Gardens
The mission of Historic London Town & Gardens is to inspire a deeper understanding of our region’s history, environment, culture, and arts through living history, historical artifacts, experiential public gardens, and collaborative cultural & arts programs. The programs offered by Historic London Town and Gardens could not occur without our volunteers. They give their time and talent freely to explore, preserve, and interpret the history of one of Maryland’s earliest seaports.

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including:

1. Facilitators of hands on and experiential learning with school groups in Maryland colonial history on Wed.–Fri;

2. Docents who offer guided tours of the historic area and William Brown House from Wed. – Fri. or can be stationed in the Brown House on Sat. or Sun. Occasional need for individual & group tour guiding Garden Tours and Historic Area Tours from Wed. – Fri.;

3. Volunteer Gardeners are needed generally on Tuesdays or Saturdays and/or can provide hands on learning activities and garden tours as needed;

4. Assist with special programs and events as needed;

5. Work on specific projects in carpentry, hearth cooking, colonial trades, photography, etc with a varied schedule; and,

6. Office/Administration Support to provide administrative assistance to staff on as needed basis. Shifts last from 2-6 hours depending on the task. For more information, contact visit@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 and visit website at: www.historiclondontown.org/. 


Rude Ranch Animal Rescue
Rude Ranch is a No-Kill nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals in the Maryland and DC area. Our goals are to find permanent loving homes for adoptable animals placed in our care; to provide a safe haven and rehabilitation to feral and neglected animals rescued from abusive situations and to put an end to needless euthanasia because of pet overpopulation.

We are seeking volunteers, age 18 and up, that want to help animals by volunteering at our spay/neuter clinic, the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook. We need people Mondays – Thursdays, between 8 AM – 3 PM. For more information, contact Exec. Director, Robert Rude, at info@ruderanch.org or 443-607-6496. Also, see web site at: www.RudeRanch.org.


South County Assistance Network

The South County Assistance Network, Inc. (SCAN) is a nonprofit organization of individuals from the faith community, business community, social services and other nonprofit organizations working together to provide assistance to those in need in our community. SCAN Food Bank, serving southern Anne Arundel County, is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12 noon at St. James Church, 5757 Solomon’s Island Road, Lothian, MD. For more information call 410-867-2838 or email: Scan.VolCord@gmail.com. See web site at: http://scanfoodpantry.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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