Spring is here – time to volunteer! 5.8.18

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) offers many opportunities for community involvement, including ushering, box office support, technical crew, and more. No prior experience is needed. Learn about the many ways you can support ASGT while making friends and having fun. You must be 16 years or older to volunteer. Visit https://summergarden.com/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities for information about volunteering for box office, ushering and other opportunities including tech crew, backstage crew, costumes, social media/marketing, fundraising, etc. Signups for ushering and box office are generally limited to no more than one performance of a show. Questions? Contact: pr@summergarden.com or 410-268-9212.


Strawberries!   

The 28th Annual Strawberry Festival is Sat. Jun. 2nd, 10 -4pm at the Benson-Hammond House, Andover Rd. & Aviation Blvd., Linthicum. Volunteers are needed to help set up tables, tents, etc. on Friday prior to the Festival. Shifts are flexible between 10 am – 5 pm on Friday, June 1st. Volunteers are also needed to help for general festival help, to staff booths selling jam, strawberry shortcakes, beer and wine the day of the Saturday festival.  Shifts are flexible between 9 am and 5 pm on Sat, June 2nd. The Festival will include quality crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine and shortcake and entertainment for both children and adults. Questions? Contact Becky Morris at 443-837-8196 or rebecca3225@verizon.net.
If you love history, AACHS needs you! The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society needs docents at the historic Benson-Hammond House in Linthicum. Docents guide visitors through this 1820’s farmhouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and interpret the rich history of truck farming in northern AA County. The House is open Saturdays from 11am – 3pm and Sundays from 12pm – 3pm. Your days of work are flexible and training will be provided. Contact Becky Morris at 443-837-8196 or rebecca3225@verizon.net.

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!

LAST CHANCE THIS SPRING!

Mentoring 101

Wednesday May 9 5:30 – 7:30 

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


Be a Friend to the Animals

Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Inc., exists to help the thousands of homeless pets that arrive each year at this open-access shelter. It was formed by the shelter’s volunteers to do what this government-run shelter cannot do itself, such as, raise money, solicit in-kind assistance and promote the many good things being done by AACAC for needy pets both in and out of the shelter. Friends of AACAC provides the animals with thousands of dollars in food, vet visits, flea/tick medications and other fairly basic day-to-day comforts that are not covered by the shelter’s budget. Because the members of Friends of AACAC are shelter volunteers, they see its needs up close. Every day they see frightened animals that need their help – and yours. For more information and to volunteer, see web site at: http://www.faacac.org/get-involved/. Also, to contact Animal Control, call (410) 222-8900 and see www.aacounty.org/AnimalControl/.

Every Step Counts

Every Step Counts Walk, Bike, 5K Run will be Sat. June 9, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This fun event is being held at Anne Arundel Community College. Many volunteers are needed to help make this day a success including: help with greeting, set-up, route support, food service and clean-up, and more; families and group volunteers are welcome. For more information and to register, visit the website at http://www.bellomachre.org and click on Events. For questions and to volunteer to help with the event, contact Michele Marshall, Manager of Outreach and Volunteer Services at Bello Machre at 443-702-3064 or michele.marshall@bellomachre.org; volunteers may also sign up online at https://bellomachre.org/you-can-help/volunteer/.

Be FIRST 

First in Maryland at the Universities Space Research Association: The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Volunteers power FIRST at every level, impacting more than 400,000 young people around the world each year. Whatever your expertise, FIRST has a volunteer opportunity for you. Whether you have a few weekend hours, the desire to mentor a team for a season, or want to work behind the scenes to help FIRST grow, opportunities abound for people who want to give back – helping to change lives, change our culture, and change the future. Visit https://www.firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer for more information about opportunities. Questions? Contact Teara Booker at tbooker@usra.edu.

Kids ‘n’ Kaboodle Children’s Fair

The 17th annual FREE fair for all the children of Annapolis is being held on Sat., Jun. 2, 2018 from 12 Noon-4:00 pm at the Weems-Whalen Ball Fields off Spa Road in Annapolis (Rain or Shine). The event is sponsored by the Chesapeake Children’s Museum with many other agencies participating. Volunteers and donations make this a day of creative fun and joyous laughter, with no cost for anything; Arts and Crafts, Hands on Career Stations, Games and Prizes, Free Food and Drinks, Live Animals, a Book Giveaway, Live Entertainment, and much, much more are offered. Volunteers are needed such as pony walkers, hamburger grillers, career exhibitors, face painters, game and craft facilitators, greeters, grounds people, and set up and clean up.Please call Deborah Wood at Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 410-990-1993 or email: debbie@theccm.org.
Volunteers are also needed on an ongoing basis throughout the year to help maintain museum exhibits, as a librarian, event coordinator, volunteer coordinator, handyman, museum docent, animal caretaker, and more. Contact Deborah Wood. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 4:00 daily. See website at www.theccm.org.

RISE for Autism

iCan! Shine Bike Camp for Individuals with Special Needs 2018

Monday-Friday, June 18-22 at Old Mill High School.
You can make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs! Spend the week helping a camper learn to ride a bike independently for the first time! Camp runs June 18-22, 2018 with 5 sessions available each day between 8:15a.m.-4:50 p.m. – sign up for one or two daily sessions (90 minutes each). There is a volunteer orientation June 17, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm. Please note – per iCan! Shine rules, all volunteers must be at least 15 years of age this year. This is a great opportunity to earn service hours. There will be walking and jogging required each day. Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Sign up link: http://signup.com/go/oygPvtA  See website at https://www.riseforautism.org/.

Oyster Cage Cleaning

May 24 at 5pm, come out and helpOyster Recovery Partnership and Live Water Foundation clean the 50 oyster cages suspended from the docks of the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, Capital SUP Annapolis, 808 Boucher Ave. 10 – 15 volunteers needed! Be prepared to get a little dirty for a good cause cleaning up the creek. Bring gloves and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Oysters are a keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay, creating habitat and mini-ecosystems for juvenile crabs, fish, and eels. These oysters help to filter 50 gallons of water a day. Multiply that by 50 and we have 2,500 gallons of water being cleaned EACH DAY right here in Spa Creek!

Please Email Kevin@capitalsup.com for more information.

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 | 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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