Volunteering is in the air! 2.21.18

Say No to Invasives

Join the Anne Arundel Weed Resistance to learn about invasive vegetation issues facing private and public lands in Anne Arundel County and join in the efforts to manage some of these destructive species. Sat., March 31, 2018 from 10am to 12pm at Kinder Farm Park, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. If you have questions or to sign up, contact Volunteer Coordinator Alisha Parzanese at 443-534-8551 or annearundelwr@gmail.com. Volunteers may also sign up online at the Volunteer Center website at: www.aacvc.org/calendar

Save the music!

 Music 4 More’s mission is to repair and recycle instruments into public schools and music therapy programs for veterans. On Saturday March 10 from 7PM-11PM, Music 4 More will celebrate their 10th Anniversary at the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge with performances from Zee Band from the Priddy Music Academy, Paul Pfau and Jimi Haha.

Volunteers are needed to work the merchandise booth and assist with the instrument art sales. Contact Deidra at info@music4more.org if interested.  music4more.org

Also, if you’d like to attend the party and hear some great music, information and tickets sales can be found here. Music 4 More Celebration

Save the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.

Opportunities include:
· Hands On Restoration Projects: Doing tree nursery work, living shore line, wetland, underwater grass, and oyster restoration and gardening projects, Clean the Bay Day, and more. See website for details and calendar.
· Outreach and Education: Representing CBF at boat shows, seafood festivals, state fairs, and other outreach events, assisting with education programs, participating with the speaker’s bureau to give presentations to interested groups about health of the Bay and its tributaries.
· Advocacy: Provide administrative assistance helping with a variety of office tasks, including research, data entry, answering phones, and mailings. Opportunities are also available to serve as a tour guide at Philip Merrill Environmental Center and the Annapolis Green headquarters building.

See web site http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/locations/maryland/offices/annapolis/volunteer.html for upcoming projects and opportunities and to apply online. Questions? Call 410-268-8816. The office is located at 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Sat., March 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., Open House: The Sanctuary is now recruiting and training Volunteer Naturalists to lead our Classrooms in the field outdoor education field trips. The Volunteer Naturalists lead outdoor education programs for students K-12 in the spring, summer, and fall – a minimum of two programs per month. Volunteer benefits include: free admission to Jug Bay year-round, access to special research opportunities, and professional development support from Friends of Jug Bay. Sign up online at www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions?
Contact programs@jugbay.org or call 410-741-9330.

Sat., April 28, 2018 from 10 am – 4 pm, Volunteer Canoe Guide Training: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is currently recruiting Volunteer Canoe Guides for the 2018 paddling season. Perfect your canoe skills and learn natural history. Guides will lead and assist four hour canoe trips on Maryland’s longest river, the Patuxent. New and returning canoe volunteers must attend canoe training before leading trips. Participants must commit to lead at least three canoe trips. Paddling experience required. Ages:18 and older. Please dress accordingly to enter the water for wet exits and rescue demonstrations. Closed toed shoes required. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, and extra set of dry clothes. Rain date May 5. FREE. Registration required. Please call 410-741-9330 or e-mail Debra Gage at rpgage00@aacounty.org.

Maryland Community Action Partnership

May 1-3, 2018, 2018 Human Services Conference: The Maryland Community Action Partnership (MCAP) will host the Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Annapolis, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Conference by helping with set-up, registration, event hosts, speaker liaisons and break-down. For more information and to volunteer, contact Kia Holder at kholder@maryland-cap.org or 443-482-5172.

Maryland Association of Community Action Agencies was established in July 1986. The non-profit multi-regional association advocates on behalf of Community Action Agencies and partnering organizations that serve individuals and families with low incomes who reside in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia to ensure their voices are heard at the local, state and national levels. MCAP’s mission is to strengthen members’ capacity to provide quality services and opportunities that empower individuals and families to achieve economic security. For more information see web site- http://www.maryland-cap.org.

Hospice Helps

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Maryland is seeking adult volunteers to provide compassionate support and companionship to patients and their loved ones who reside at home, an assisted living facilities, or nursing homes in Anne Arundel County. Patients often request friendly visits from volunteers to lift their spirits and decrease the loneliness that they feel. The patients’ loved ones can often feel overwhelmed and exhausted as caregivers. Volunteers can provide them with a couple of hours of caregiver relief so that the loved ones can relax and de-stress. They also need veterans who can share one hour of their time each week visiting with veteran patients. If you are a veteran or active service duty member, your presence is needed for the “We Honor Veterans” Program. Can you spare an hour a week to brighten a hospice patient’s day? Contact Seasons Hospice at 888-523-6000 or apply online at www.seasons.org. Questions? klombard@seasons.org.

Sarah’s House

Sarah’s House is a supportive housing program for homeless women, children, and men in Anne Arundel County providing case management, childcare, transportation and employment services at Ft. Meade.  Volunteer orientations are offered periodically at Sarah’s House.

Volunteers can work directly with guests or behind the scenes. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and groups of all faiths and ages. Especially needed are volunteers for childcare while parents attend training classes and to help with tutoring children with their homework during the school year. Please RSVP to Bruce Clopein at 410-519-5085, bclopein@catholiccharities-md.org. Visit www.cc-md.org/sarahs-house/ for volunteer opportunities and donation wish lists.

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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