‘Tis the Season to Give and Give Back 12.14.17

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The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center is working with HOPE FOR ALL to make sure students and children in need have coats this winter.

  • Donate new or gently used infant-adult winter coats
    • Winter coats MUST BE CLEAN and washable. No dry clean only coats.
  • Personalize your coats!
    • Make sure you leave a note of hope in the pocket!

DROP OFF LOCATION: 2666 Riva Road – Lobby, Annapolis, MD 21403

For more info: info@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207

Join the Resistance!

Anne Arundel Weed Resistance
Sat, December 16 from 10am – 12 pm. Please join the Weed Warriors at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville, MD, for fun and games to learn about invasive species of plants and their mistaken native look-alikes! Refreshments will be provided. When attending these events, please bring your work gloves, hat, water, bug spray, sunscreen, and pruners and loppers if you have them. Tools will be available to borrow for those who don’t have them. Dress for the weather. After a brief presentation and discussion, you’ll walk, discuss invasive plant species we encounter, and practice removal techniques. Sign up at: http://www.aacvc.org/Opportunity. Also, see web site at http://www.anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org. Questions? Contact Alisha Parzanese at volunteer@anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org or 443-534-8551.

Ring in the New Year Early 

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:00-5:00 pm, New Year’s Eve Celebrations: Get a head start saying goodbye to 2017 and heralding in the New Year. Chesapeake Children’s Museum will be open 10 am – 3 pm with crafts to help you celebrate: crowns, noisemakers, and Chinese yo-yos! Free with admission. Then head over to Weems-Whalen Field off of Spa Road for the City of Annapolis’ Children’s Celebration. CCM will be providing Crafts from 3:00-5:30 p.m, then there will be a Fireworks show!

Volunteers are needed to help make this day a memorable experience for the kids, both at the Museum and at Weem’s-Whalen field. 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. For more information contact Debbie Wood at debbie@theccm.orgor 410-990-1993. See the CCM web site at www.theccm.org.

Get in the Playhouse  

The mission of Gigi’s Playhouse is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis has free educational programs throughout the week and on the weekends at designated times. Volunteers are used to support the program by interacting with the kids and assisting the program leader. If you are a therapist or educator and are interested in starting or running a program, let them know! They also are looking for Literacy Tutors interested in helping a child learn to read! The Playhouse has exciting events that are run by volunteers. Coming up are the Grand Opening on February 3rd and a BrewHaHa on March 23rd. There are also several committees to join: IT, Board Development, Programs, Finance, Fundraising, and Strategic Planning. For more information, contact rbucceri@gigisplayhouse.org or 410-703-6592. https://gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/

 Be a Partner in Care

Partners In Care, a private non-profit, needs volunteers to drive older members of the community to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other necessary errands.  Volunteers also provide light honey-do repairs in the home and neighborly assistance such as reading and writing, friendly visits, and more.  They offer a unique culture of service exchange where neighbors help each other and in return ask for assistance when the need arises. Monthly orientation sessions are offered.  Questions? Contact Linda Dennis at lindadennis@partnersincare.org or 410-544-4800. For more information see web site www.partnersincare.org.

Walk in the Woods  

Do you have flexible time during the weekday? Volunteers are needed for the next month to help record stream flow measurements. The timing of the field outings will be based on rain events. All you need is a pair of boots that can get wet and muddy and a willingness to walk through the woods. Staff will handle the “in-stream” portion. To sign up, email Sarah Giordano at Sarahg@southriverfederation.net.

They are also seeking applications for volunteer Citizen Scientists that are interested in supporting the staff in their ongoing projects and programs. The two major programmatic focuses are Restoration and Water Monitoring, with both practical and research applications. Interested citizens who are committed to helping improve the health of the South River are welcome. Previous experience in environmental work is not necessary. If you would like to assist with this effort, please contact the South Riverkeeper or Project Coordinator at 410-224-3802.   http://www.southriverfederation.net/

Take Down the Lights  

Sat.-Sun., Jan. 6-7 and 13-14, 2018. Lights on the Bay Lights Dismantling: The SPCA is looking for able bodied individuals to help take down the lovely Christmas displays that were part of their first year hosting of The Lights on the Bay. This opportunity is located at Sandy Point State Park. There are 2 shifts each day. Shift 1 – 9:00am to 12:00pm, and Shift 2 – 12:00pm to 3:30pm. If you can do both fantastic, if you can only do one that is just fine too! Just make sure to let the volunteer coordinator know in your email what times you are available. Sign-up online at: https://www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Contact Jessica Barlow at jessica.barlow@aacspca.org.

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.

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 | info@aacvc.org



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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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