Give the Gift of Time 12.21.17

Urgent Need for Volunteers to Help the Homeless on  Christmas Eve

 Sunday, Dec. 24th,  10 am – 3  pm

Happy Helpers for the Homeless will be handing out over 2,000 Christmas presents to the homeless in Baltimore. Everything will be distributed from under the bridge at the corner of Guilford and East Madison starting at 12:30 pm. Lots of volunteers needed for this event!They also will need volunteers with SUV’s or big cars to help transport the presents to Baltimore.

Contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or email happyhelpersforthehomeless1@yahoo.com for more information about volunteering on all projects and events. see Happy Helpers web site at http://www.happyhelpersforthehomeless.com/. 


 

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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


Take the Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge, January 23-27, 2018
The 2018 Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge is right around the corner, and Special Olympics Maryland is looking for energetic volunteers to help make the event a success! Volunteers are needed throughout the week to assist with event set up, logistics, and in the “plunge zone.” Interested volunteers wanting to help can register online at http://www.somd.org/volunteer/. Group leaders interested in group volunteer experiences should email volunteers@somd.org for more volunteer opportunities. Also for additional information about “The Plunge” as well as other volunteer opportunities throughout the year, see Special Olympics Maryland website at: http://www.somd.org/ or call 410-242-1515.


Tax Return Time! 

AARP Anne Arundel County 2017  Tax Return Preparation

AARP will provide free tax preparation for seniors and low income clients at 10 sites in AA County from Jan.-Apr. 2017. Volunteer tax counselors are needed to help prepare tax returns on computers at each of the sites. In addition, volunteer appointment takers and greeters are needed to schedule client appointments and assist clients at such sites. Tax training for volunteer preparers and client facilitators will be held on several dates from January 9-30, 2017; AARP membership is not required. For more information, contact Bob Welenc at 410-487-1730 or bob4taxprep@gmail.com. Web: http://aarp.org.


 

Holiday Homeless Drive

Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy need volunteers Dec. 26-28, 2017 at Farmers Market Truman Parkway off Riva Rd. in Annapolis from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. They need lots of volunteers to sort, fold, and pack donations for the homeless. This has been a great team-building exercise for schools, teams, groups and families in the past, and graoups are encouraged again for the coming drive. FREE lunch is provided for volunteers, as well as treats and holiday music and camaraderie. Dec. 29, 2017- Delivery to all shelters: Meet: 8am drive at Annapolis Park n Ride.

For many years Giving Back (GBLL) has provided backpacks filled with new sweatshirts, warm thermals, hats, gloves, and socks to the homeless on the streets of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
GBLL will be collecting coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, sleeping bags, blankets, thermals, sweats, new underwear and baby items such as diapers, baby seats, clothes and formula. Contact us to help at info@homelessdrive.org. Also, see website: www.homelessdrive.org/.


Build a Blanket

 The Love Blanket Project is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides blankets for local hospitals, such as The Children’s National Hospital in DC and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital in Baltimore. They use donated T-shirts to create unique blankets for children and adults living with illness. Volunteers are needed to help make blankets and totes out of t-shirts. No sewing skills necessary, only tools needed are sharp scissors and ability to tie knots. The blankets and totes are made by cutting the t-shirts into squares, then cutting strips and tying the strips together. The t-shirts and instructions are provided. Because of health reasons, we require that volunteers be non-smokers and have no pets. Questions? Contact Robin Chiddo loveblanketproject@gmail.com or 202-528-2208; see web site at-http://www.loveblanketproject.org.


Pick a Gift

The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center located in Glen Burnie, is looking for friendly, high energy, outgoing volunteers that have a go get ’em attitude to help out in the Gift Shop. The Gift Shop is a vital part of the hospital, as it provides a place for patients, families, visitors, and staff to get a break, and enjoy the pleasure and comfort of shopping for themselves and others. Volunteering in the Gift Shop will allow you to increase your retail and social skills, including learning the importance and value of high-quality customer service. Job duties include: greeting and assisting customers, taking telephone orders, dusting and stocking shelves, unpacking shipments, pricing merchandise, and other duties as needed to assist the gift shop buyer/manager. This is an active position with lots of moving around, and some lifting. Volunteers will not be handling cash or a cash register. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. No exceptions!

Volunteer shifts are a minimum of 2 hours long, one day/week. The Gift Shop is open 7 days a week, 7:30am-10pm. Interested? Apply here: https://www.mybwmc.org/volunteer-opportunities or contact Lacey Nalla, Volunteer and Patient Family Advisors Manager at lacey.nalla@umm.edu or 410-553-8047.


Have an Adventure in Reading  

Start The Adventure In Reading (STAIR) needs reading tutors !! 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. After school for one hour, 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 seven sites in Annapolis and sites in Edgewater, Severn, and Crofton, MD.

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 the STAIR website at www.stairannapolis.org for more information.


Get Back to Nature

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is seeking adult volunteers, age 18 and up, for its education program at its 2600 acre location on the Rhode River about 7 miles south of Annapolis. They host over 20 research laboratories and have over 5,000 school children and chaperones visit a year! They need both day and long-term helpers for our K-12 field trip program, canoe and kayak guides, helpers for our Blue Crab Hydraulics and Remotely Operated Vehicle programs. No experience is necessary, we’ll train you, but you must be at least 18 years of age. For long term volunteers you’ll be given a mentor, a Smithsonian badge (pending background check), and enrichment opportunities such as lunch n’ learns with scientists, field trips to museums and places around the region, and a science book club. Contact Karen McDonald to learn more McDonaldK@si.edu or call (443) 482.2216 you can also visit the web site at www.serc.si.edu.


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

www.aacvc.org

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