The New Year is Full of New Volunteer Opportunities 1.6.18

What’s Your Resolution?

Did you make some New Year’s Resolutions this week? Was one of them to “volunteer more”? Well, its one of the best ones you could make because it’s so easy to keep with the help of the Volunteer Center. And it’s a great way to give back to the community. So make your list, then check our list every week for exciting new volunteer opportunities – and keep that resolution! See below for ideas or our website for more.

Save the Lights

Saturday, January 6th, 12 Noon, Volunteers Needed for Holiday Lights Recycling. Want to make the holidays a little less wasteful? Help Annapolis Green recycle the beautiful lit garlands now on Main Street. The Jaycees will take down & deliver the garlands to Annapolis Green at 92 Maryland Avenue, where a jolly team of volunteers (that’s YOU!) will separate out the lights from the greens (or browns) so that it all doesn’t end up in the landfill. The lights will be recycled thanks to a partnership with MOM’s Organic Market…And they are also taking any holiday lights anybody wants to recycle — whether they work or not. Drop them off any time before January 31. See for details. Sign up online at or email

Empower Others with Reading

Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Tutor Training sessions are being offered Sat., February 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM AND Sat., March 3, 2018 from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. 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, or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat. Website:

Share Your Colors

The Crayon Initiative needs you to donate your unwanted crayons so they can recycle them into new ones. Then they will donate them back to schools, hospitals, arts programs and other organizations invested in our children. Suzy Provine and the Glen Burnie Civitan Club are starting this initiative in Anne Arundel County. Let her know if you are interested in a drop box. The Glen Burnie Civitans are volunteers who help families, children and individuals with developmental disabilities in and around Anne Arundel County, MD. Contact Suzy Provine at or 410-733-3767. Also see

College Internship Opportunity

Bello Machre is seeking to fill two internship positions in its Human Resources Department by January 12, 2018. Candidates must be full time college students, age 18 and up, who are expected to serve at least 120 hours in one semester at the Bello Machre administration offices in Glen Burnie. The Human Resource Department is responsible for the entire employment process including hiring, training, benefits & insurance, and employee recognition.  Interns will assist in a variety of duties including conducting reference checks, observing interviews, updating employee records, planning staff recognition events, and writing articles for the employee newsletter.  For more information and to apply, contact Michele Marshall, Manager of Outreach & Volunteer Services, at 443-702-3064 or

For the Love of the Arts

Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts will create and sustain a world-class performing arts center, offering premier artistic programming, innovative arts education and a unique cultural venue for the greater Annapolis region and the state of Maryland. MTPA has a variety of volunteer needs, from individuals looking to help with a one-day outdoor event, to professionals who would like to join a nonprofit Board of Trustees or volunteer their time and business expertise to help a local arts organization grow. With only one full-time staff member, they rely on volunteer services to help fulfill programming, and are always happy to meet new people! Currently, they are also seeking a grant writer that is passionate about the arts in our community. For more information contact Mattie Fenton at or (410) 626-6055.

Weed Warriors Wanted

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 from 10am to 12pm, Certified Weed Warrior Training. Invasive species of plants are impeding the environmental health of Anne Arundel County. They’re known to have a negative effect on habitat, food sources, disease, pest spread and soil chemistry. Please come out to learn what targeted invasive species of plants are in your community and how to manage their removal. We will be holding this Certified Weed Warrior training event at Kinder Farm Park on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10am – 12pm. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers during this training event. Questions? Contact Alisha Parzanese at or (443) 534-8551. Volunteers may sign up online at the Volunteer Center website at:

It’s Carnival Time 

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 is OBI’s 20th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser.   Volunteers, attendees and sponsors are being sought for this community event and OBI’s largest fundraiser. Volunteers are needed on Friday, Feb. 2 from 3-8 PM to help with setup and on Feb. 4 from 11 AM-2 PM for clean-up. Volunteers of all ages are needed, and groups are welcome to volunteer together. For the Mardi Gras Celebration, the warehouse is decorated to resemble Bourbon Street. It is a great “street” party with live music, food, entertainment, bingo, and a silent and live auction. Mardi Gras is an event full of merriment, laughter, and joy. Visit the website to register or offer sponsorship support at To volunteer for this or other opportunities, contact Megan Orzechowski, at 410.787.0700 or Volunteers may also sign up on the Volunteer Center website at:

OBI provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers opportunities are also available to assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques at the Millersville facility, once a week commitment preferred. Other volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee, and more. Contact Megan, info above.

NAMI Improves Lives

National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI), Metropolitan Baltimore depends upon volunteers to keep its organization going strong. There are so many ways you can give your time to help NAMI Maryland. You can help with advocacy, fundraising, training, education, community outreach or administrative assistance in the office. Whether you have a lot of free time or only a little, they can use your help. Let them know what your volunteer interests are by calling 410-435-2600 or e-mailing Jaime Ebersole at jebersole@namibaltimore.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 and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 |


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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