Make it a Summer of Kindness 6.7.18

Wine and Vine

 Come out to help improve the   environmental quality of Anne   Arundel County by removing     invasive species of plants! The Anne Arundel Weed Resistance will be hosting a Weed Warrior “Wine and Vine” event onSunday, June 10th in Davidsonville from 2pm to 4pm to remove Mile a Minute vines. The address for this workshop event will be emailed to volunteers that sign up. It is recommended that volunteers wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, a hat, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Some gloves will be available to borrow. Tools will be provided, but you may also bring your own. Make sure you bring a water bottle and bug spray. Space is limited for 15 to 20 volunteers so register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (443) 534-8551 or email at annearundelwr@gmail.com. After this event, we will celebrate your achievement with wine! Volunteers at or under the age of 16 can participate but will not be allowed any adult beverages.

STRAWBERRIES!

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society’s 28th Annual Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Benson-Hammond House, Andover Rd. & Aviation Blvd., Linthicum, MD.Volunteers are needed to help set up tables, tents, etc. on Friday prior to festival. Shifts are flexible between 8 am – 5 pm on Friday, Jun. 22. On Saturday, June 23, volunteers are needed to help staff and for general festival help. Shifts are flexible between 9 am and 5 pm. The Festival will include quality crafts, demonstrations, strawberry wine and shortcake and entertainment for both children and adults. Express interest online at: www.aacvc.org/calendar or contact Becky Morris at 443-837-8196 or rebecca3225@verizon.net.

If you love history, The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society also 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 – 3pmand Sundays from 12pm – 3pm. Your days of work are flexible and training will be provided. Contact Becky Morris, same as above.

Gigi’s Playhouse Annapolis

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. Volunteers are used 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 us know! We also are looking for Literacy Tutors to help children read. 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! Gigi’s Playhouse has exciting events that are run by volunteers!
Thurs., June 21, 2018 at 6:30pm, there will be a Volunteer Orientation for anyone interested in helping out at the Playhouse.129 Lubrano Drive, L-104, Annapolis, MD. To register to attend complete and submit an online interest form at: https://www.tfaforms.com/4603319. Questions? Call 410-517-7474.

Leveling the Playing Field

Leveling the Playing Field (LPF) gives underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of youth sports participation. They do this through the donation of used and excess sporting equipment to programs and schools serving low-income communities. LPF relies on volunteers to collect sports equipment: this is an opportunity to help collect sports equipment within your community. Volunteers can collect at their schools, offices, rec centers, etc. and/or among neighbors, teammates, family, and friends. Volunteers also inventory and sort the large amounts of equipment donations we receive daily at the warehouse. They provide marketing materials and collection bins for all interested volunteers. Most volunteers drop donations off at the warehouse and stay to inventory/sort those donations, but a pickup can be scheduled if needed. For more information and to volunteer, contact  maitlyn@levelingtheplayingfield.org, call 301-844-5620. www.levelingtheplayingfield.org

Moveable Feast

Volunteer Gardeners are needed from May to September on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 – 10 a.m. to help with planting, weeding, composting, watering, and harvesting.  There is no age minimum to work in the garden, however anyone younger than 18 years old must have an adult accompanying them. The size of the area limits it to on more than five people at a time to the garden. Volunteers will need to meet at Moveable Feast and have their own vehicle to drive to the garden. To volunteer at the garden, contact Angie at AKelley@mfeast.org, or set up a VolunteerHub account at http://newvolunteers.mfeast.volunteerhub.com/events/indexv1 where you can see the full calendar and sign up.

ESL Teachers Needed! 

St Mary’s ESL Program needs volunteers to teach English one night a week to adult ESL students for the Sept-May school year.  The 8 levels of classes are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdayevenings from 7-8:45pm.  Fall 2018 classes will run from 11 September – 6 December 2018 at St. Mary’s High School in downtown Annapolis.  Each teacher is asked to commit to one class/one night a week and will be part of a teaching team. Spanish-language ability is preferred for beginner classes only. Those with ESL or any teaching experience as well as those with a keen interest in working with students to help them learn English are encouraged to apply. For registration and/or further information about the program, contact Program Director Nicole Marshall at 443-868-4291or eslmarshall00@gmail.com.

Be a Superhero! 

2nd Annual 2018 Superhero Camp: Join the ANNAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT and The LAA Flagship Class of 2017 to help our local children build a strong, healthy, self-esteem, while discovering their inner-awesome superpowers. The mission of character education is strong in Anne Arundel County and the Annapolis community. Character Counts! The 2nd annual  Summer Superhero Camp has a goal of nurturing character, courage, and confidence in local children. Volunteers are needed Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, August 6, 7, 8 (9:00am-3:00pm)either for a half-day, full-day, or all three days at the Annapolis Middle School, 1399 Forest Dr. There is a group of 25 children that could use your mentoring to assist in reading, doing related activities and skits, all supporting a healthy self-esteem, and being there for them as a caring adult. Please call Dona for details and to schedule your volunteer time: 410-224-3878. Dona@janenotplain.com

Navigating Futures and Charting Careers

Charting Careers is high school program serving youth facing significant barriers beyond the classroom. Students are provided a variety of services and opportunities designed to support their success in high school and their development of career and/or college plans. Navigating Futures is seeking volunteers to further support our youth through the development of a mentoring relationship. Training and on-going support for mentors will be provided.  Training will begin in July.  For more information, please contact Christy D’Camera at cdcamera@verizon.net

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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