Volunteering is Patriotic! Happy 4th! – 7.4.18

Summer Concerts 

Historic London Town and Gardens is looking for volunteers. You can serve as a greeter, parking attendant, or 50/50 raffle attendant for London Town’s popular summer concert series, Sundays, July 29 thru August 20 from 4:30pm – 7pm (concerts start at 5pm).  The first concert features the Eastport Oyster Boys, and other great music follows all season. While the concerts are free, they encourage donations and sell memberships at the entrance table. Please sign up for a volunteer spot here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fabad28a3fd0-summer.

Take a Field Trip

LAST MINUTE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 
We Care and Friends hosts the School on the Water program to provide Anne Arundel County children 7 to 13 years old, who are at risk of failure in school or socially, with learning, mentoring and fun experiences on the waters surrounding Annapolis as well as cultural activities.  What started as an 8 week summer program has now been extended to the full year.
This Thursday and Friday, July 5th and 6th, volunteers are needed to accompany the children on field trips. Thursday will be to the Botanical Gardens & a Smithsonian Museum in DC, Friday will be to Monster Golf in Columbia.  If you can help out either day, please contact Rachel at 443-370-9112 or rsagriffin@yahoo.com.
Next week we will have info on more opportunities with School on the Water. www.wecareandfriends.org

Back to School Backpacks

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is getting ready for their Annual Back-to-School Distribution to Guatemalan Children. Volunteers are needed to help in Marydel, MD on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. Marydel is on the Eastern Shore. They will distribute clothing, groceries, and school supplies for needy Guatemalan children. This terrific event is a favorite of volunteers. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Margie Englert at 443-433-2416 or email mjenglert95@gmail.com.

Annual Wetland Plant Census

The Biogeochemistry Lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is conducting their annual census of the Global Change Research Wetland, a marsh that SERC scientists have been studying for over 30 years. There are a variety of projects happening, but all of them involve counting and measuring plants in the marsh. They look at the impacts of increased carbon dioxide on plant growth, and combined impacts of increased carbon dioxide and nitrogen on plants. They also look to see whether native and invasive plants are responding to nutrient input in similar or different ways, and the impacts on plants when the soil that they are growing in is warmed. In the beginning, volunteers usually act as data recorders, and then start taking some of the measurements as they become more comfortable. They’d love to have you join in for one or more days!
SERC is looking for volunteer citizen scientists on weekdays from July 23 through August 3 from 8AM to 4PM. Volunteers are needed for a minimum of one full day, but it would be great if people could help out over multiple days. The work involves working in the tidal marsh (on boardwalks) at SERC to count and measure all of the plants in the experimental plots and working in the lab to sort samples and conduct analyses. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.

Contact Alison Cawood to volunteer:  CawoodA@si.edu


Stop the Invaders

Did you know that the Yellow Flag Iris is as destructive as it is lovely?  These plants grow like wildfire along streams and rivers, and are commonly found in ponds, irrigation ditches and other riparian areas where they create all sorts of trouble.

The Anne Arundel Weed Resistance will have an event to remove Yellow Flag Iris in Arnold on Tuesday, July 10th from 5pm to 7pm.  If you would like to attend this  please pre-register and dress for the weather. Long pants, hat, sturdy shoes, and work gloves are recommended. Please bring a shovel if you have one to dig out the rhizomes. Make sure you bring a water bottle and bug spray. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

For questions, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (443) 534-8551 or email at annearundelwr@gmail.com. www.anne-arundel-weed-resistance.org

Shell Shaking

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Shell Shakingdays will be Fridays, Jul. 6, 20, & 27, Aug. 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM. Hearty volunteers are needed at the Maryland Oyster Restoration Center at 4800 Atwell Rd., Shady Side, Maryland 20764. “Shell shaking” involves cleaning oyster shells by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them. This is critical in oyster restoration efforts, as without cleaning the oyster shells, we could potentially lose millions of healthy larvae as they attach to debris, rather than the shell, and are later washed out into the silt. These events are a bit of a workout, but a fun hands-on experience. With lifting involved, it is not recommended for individuals with a bad back or other health concerns. Water will be provided, but please wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle for refills. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Go to CBF Event Calendar to sign up

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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