Spring into some volunteering fun!5.3.18

Bike to School

May 9th is Bike to School Day. Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis & Anne Arundel County is seeking volunteers to bike along with kids to Arnold/Severna Park area schools in the morning and/or afternoon. To help out at this great event, e-mail bike2school@bikeaaa.org.

Welcome Visitors

 The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau is looking for new volunteers. Volunteers, age 21 and up, are needed at the 26 West St. Visitor Center and City Dock Information Booth to provide visitors with knowledgeable, appropriate, and current information to assist them in having the best possible experience. Our friendly volunteers provide visitors with materials, insights, and the lay of the land they need to make the best use of their time with us. Completion of a training program and a 3-month provisional period is required of new volunteers; along with a commitment to serve a four-hour shift at least three times per month. Shifts typically begin at 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. They especially need weekend volunteers. For more information, call 410-280-0445 x308 or visit web site at http://vaaac.org/about/ and scroll down to fill out the online application form.

JOIN US! (3)

Have you been thinking about getting more engaged in your community or wondered what is involved in becoming a mentor? Children in Annapolis and surrounding areas are in great need of mentors and positive role models. Please join us for one of our free upcoming Mentoring 101 sessions! The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, will be hosting 3 sessions this spring. Sign up and learn what it takes to be a mentor and meet representatives from some of the local organizations. We will help you register with the mentor program that is the best fit for you!

Mentoring 101
Wednesday May 9 5:30 – 7:30

Questions? Contact Deidra at deidra@aacvc.org or 410-897-9207.

Resist the Weeds!

Anne Arundel Weed Resistance needs volunteers on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 5 – 7p.m. Come and help improve the environmental quality of Anne Arundel County by removing invasive species of plants! Kinder Farm Park at 1001 Kinder Farm Park Road, Millersville MD is currently plagued by many invasive plant and tree species such as Wisteria, Oriental Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Bradford Pear, Bamboo, and many others. If you would like to attend this workshop event and help improve the environmental quality of Kinder Farm Park, please dress for the weather and bring bottled water to avoid dehydration. Wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, closed toe shoes, and a hat. Tools such as loppers, pruners, handsaws, and work gloves will be provided. You can bring and use your own tools if you have them. Sign up at www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Contact annearundelwr@gmail.com.

First Sunday Arts Festival

The streets and parks on West and Calvert Streets in the downtown historic area will be filled with over 130 unique artists and crafters, live bands, dance, street performers, and international outdoor cafes for the 15th Annual First Sunday Arts Festival. The dates for 2018 are the first Sunday in the months May through November from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Admission is free. Volunteers are needed to help on each Sunday between the hours of 7:00 am-10:00 am and 5:00pm-7:00pm with set-up and take down of traffic cones, electric, signage and to assist the coordinator. Contact Erik Evans at: erik@firstsundayarts.com  for more information and to volunteer. See web site at: www.firstsundayarts.com/

Party For Life

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12:30 – 5:00 p.m. The Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is proud to announce the 8th Annual Party for Life on Sunday, May 20, 2018 to be held at Kurtz’s Beach in Pasadena, MD. This is your invitation to buy a ticket, donate, become a sponsor, and join the fight to stop suicide by making mental health a priority. This is a family event for all ages. Children under 6 years are free. Please join this celebration of life! For more information, visit website www.aacvc.org/calendar. Questions? Email kolbrich@afsp.org.
AFSP is also looking for volunteers to help plan annual community walk in Annapolis on Sept. 22, 2018, and to help with resources, merchandise, setup, clean-up, and route support day of Walk. See web site at https://afsp.org/Annapolis for more information and to volunteer.

Teach a Kid to Ride

60 Volunteers Needed 

Mon.- Fri., June 18-22, 2018, 8:15 a.m. – 4:50 p.m., Third Annual iCan! Shine Bike Camp. RISE for Autism is hosting its third annual camp for individuals with special needs at Old Mill High School, 600 Patriot Lane, Millersville, MD. Volunteers are needed to commit to at least one session each day, Monday through Friday as a spotter to help the campers learn to ride a bike independently for the first time! There are five 1.5 hr. shifts to choose from. Spotters should be physically fit to jog or run alongside riders, especially the last couple of days of camp when campers are riding independently.  This is the perfect opportunity to make an immediate difference in the lives of individuals with special needs! There are still 60 volunteer slots open. For every volunteer, one more child will gain the freedom of riding a bike. Register online at https://www.riseforautism.org/volunteer.html. Questions? Contact Shannon at smajoros@riseforautism.orgwww.riseforautism.org 

ESOL Audience Volunteers

Volunteers are needed at North County High School (10 E. 1st Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD) to serve as an audience for ESOL students on Fri., June 8, 2018: 8:20- 9:00 a.m. and/or 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. ESOL students have been learning about roller coasters and physics. We need audience member volunteers to listen to student presentations. If interested, please contact Morgan Heymann at mheymann@aacps.org or express interest at: http://www.aacvc.org/calendar

Touchstones Discussion Project

The Touchstones® Vision: Touchstones believes in a world where people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and ideologies engage in mindful and collaborative discussion to address complex local and global issues. The Touchstones® Mission: Touchstones builds critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills through respectful and engaging discussion-based programs. Volunteers are being sought to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator, to lead community discussions, and to perform light office duties, including helping with newsletter mailings. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jennifer Macris at jm@touchstones.org or 410-604-3309. www.touchstones.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



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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