Warm Your Heart with Volunteering! 1.31.18

Visit the Playhouse!

GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis Grand Opening is February 3, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. 129 Lubrano Drive, Suite L104, Annapolis. The celebration is open to the public and includes Playhouse tours, music, games, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and more! Gigi’s Playhouse mission is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. GiGi’s Playhouse Annapolis has educational programs throughout the week and on the weekends at designated times. Volunteers are needed to support the program by hosting, interacting with the kids and by setting up and taking down materials used for the program. 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 to help children. In addition, the Playhouse is always looking for administrative volunteers to help with thank you letters, creating books for our literacy program, database entry, and more! For more information, contact 410-703-6592 or rbucceri@gigisplayhouse.org. gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/.

Help Senior Citizens with Smart Phones

The Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Rd., Glen Burnie, MD, is seeking volunteers skilled in using mobile devices to work one-on-one with seniors with such devices, especially cell phones, to help them learn how to use device features. Volunteer candidates should be friendly, patient, and have good communication skills. Hours are flexible within the Senior Center’s hours of operations of 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Senior Center staff and volunteers will schedule 30-60 min. appointments based on volunteer availability. For more information, contact Nancy Allred, Manager, at 410-222-6685 or agallr27@aacounty.org.See web site: http://www.aacounty.org/Aging.

Get on the Hotlist

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit that advocates for environmental issues in our state. They are very busy during the legislative season which runs January through April 9, and are looking for 2 more volunteers to join them. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday from 10am-1230pm to deliver the weekly Hotlist to every legislator in the Senate and House buildings. A Maryland ID is required to enter the buildings. Be a part of this important mission to preserve our environment. For more info or to volunteer, contact Danielle, dlipinski@mdlcv.orgor 410-280-9855 ext 203.   http://www.mdlcv.org

Quilts for Kids

Quilts for Kids, Annapolis Chapter, mission is to keep fabric out of our landfills and bring happiness to children through the simple gift of a handmade quilt. Volunteers, age 12 and up, are needed for an ongoing project to serve children in hospitals and shelters in Annapolis and surrounding communities. Basic sewing skills are necessary but instruction will be provided for quilting. Volunteers must have a sewing machine and transportation. Quilting workshops are held monthly on the third Saturday of the month from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Bay Area Community Church upstairs in room 223.  Everyone is welcome!  Contact Janet Hogan at annapolisqfk@gmail.com or 410-279-2851. http://annapolisquiltsforkids.blogspot.com

Change a Life   

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is recruiting new tutors. Change a life through literacy by becoming a Literacy Tutor! Tutor Training sessions are being offered by AACLC on Saturday, February 24th and March 3rd, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include both Basic Literacy and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. We have a class size limit of 35. Enrollees MUST preregister and attend BOTH sessions. If you have questions, 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.

Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture  

The museum is dedicated to serving the community by providing multifaceted support through meaningful interactions with history and material culture of Maryland African Americans. Volunteers are needed to assist at the Information Desk, as Docents, for Special Events, and more. There are ongoing opportunities on Saturdays and Sundays for assistance with greeting guests and patrons at the main entrance and to work with kid’s activities during public hours. The minimum age for volunteers is 14. Volunteering is open to adults, seniors, college, and high school students. Service learning credit hours can be earned by high school students. They are accepting applications for the following volunteer positions: Special Event Volunteer, Administrative Assistant, Curatorial Assistant, and Visitor Services. Contact Joy Hall at 443-263-1800 or joy.hall@lewismuseum.orgwww.lewismuseum.org.

Tennis Anyone?

The Tennis Alliance of AACo is a nonprofit community tennis organization accredited with the AACo Department of Recreation and Parks and the USTA (United States Tennis Association). The Tennis Alliance promotes tennis as a lifetime sport for health and well-being for all county residents.
College and high school students age 15 or older are needed as volunteers to assist with the “Rally the Family” program in the public parks that introduce tennis to diverse populations. Children’s programs include lessons on sportsmanship, hard work and healthy habits; adult programs provide information on healthy lifestyles and family nutrition. Volunteers work closely with children and their parents to teach the basics of tennis through a team and games-oriented structure. The goal is for fun, fitness, and friendship through tennis. No tennis experience or skills are required or necessary. Leadership opportunities are available for those who complete an online course and workshop. Spring and Summer volunteer opportunities begin in March 2018. For more information or to join the volunteer team, please contact Louise Thomas at lthomas@TennisAllianceAAC.org  or (443) 924 6263. www.TennisAllianceAAC.org

It’s all about STEM

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education works to prepare students for rewarding careers and to secure the State’s economic future. Moving Maryland to world-class in STEM education and workforce quality is a priority. It is increasingly apparent that all students need a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, regardless of their career path. Volunteers are needed to engage students in learning experiences through the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s STEM Specialist in the Classroom and Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau Programs. For more information about the programs, visit: www.thestemnet.com/speak and www.mbrt.org, or contact info@mbrt.org or 410.788.0333


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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