Keep shining and doing extraordinary work – 8.22.18

Change a Life through Literacy 

You can make a lasting and valuable contribution to someone’s life by teaching basic reading or math skills.  The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is hosting their next tutor training opportunity on September 29th,  8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.
This one-day tutor training will include basic literacy, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) instruction. They have a class size limit of 35. Trainings fill quickly, so if you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email Lisa Vernon at or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Kunte Kinte Heritage Festival 

Saturday, Sept. 29th – 10 am-7 pm
Volunteer opportunities are available to help with the Kunte Kinte Heritage Festival2018 being held at Annapolis City Dock on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018 from 10:00am-7:00pm. The annual festival raises an awareness of African-American heritage, education, and culture. It features live music and dance entertainment, workshops, demonstrations, 80+ artists, food & community vendors, and a children’s activity tent.
MANY volunteers are needed to help on the day of the event starting with setup at 7 am, during the festival and after. Two-hour or longer shifts are available. This event is held rain or shine.  Contact the Volunteer Committee at (240) 801-5543, or visit to sign up online.

Homework Helpers Needed

Now beginning its 11th year, the Homework and Reading Program at Eastport United Methodist Church offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children.  Volunteers from the community can help students with their homework; provide the opportunity to strengthen their reading, writing, comprehension, math and analytical skills; and engage in other educational activities such as a board game, a puzzle, or drawings.   Participants meet twice a week:  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church, 926 Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis.  The program operates like a “one room schoolhouse”.  Volunteers work with different kids.  So they can come as often as their schedules allow without being concerned about letting down a child.  No special training or credentials are needed.
For more information or to volunteer, contact the church at 410-263-5490 or

Tawes Garden

The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Annapolis’s only free public garden is looking for folks who would be interested in joining their volunteer staff as shop keepersin their small gift shop. The shop is open Mon – Fri. 9:00 – 3p.m.Shifts are just 2 hours each and can be once a week or once a month depending on the volunteer’s interest. The shop is located in the Tawes State Office building across from the Navy Marine Corps stadium on Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. Retail experience is not required. If you are interested in meeting new people in pleasant surroundings then contact the garden manager at 410-260-8189 or by email at to set up a time to see the shop.

Volunteer Servers

Seeds 4 Success is hosting a Family Night for their students and mentors on Wednesday, August 29, 5pm to 7pm, at Eastport Community Center.  During this event they will serve dinner for the students, their families, tutors and mentors, sponsored by The Palate Pleasers. As they welcome students to another great program year with backpacks and school supplies, families will have an opportunity to meet mentors and tutors and plan for their children’s academic success!
Volunteer servers are needed to serve food at the buffet line.They’ll also help set-up tables and clean up when the event is over. This is a great opportunity for students looking to fulfill their volunteer hours or for individuals looking for a one-time volunteer commitment!  To sign up please email


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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 2 sessions this fall. 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!
6:30 – 8 PM
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Eastport – Annapolis Public Library
269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Questions? Contact Deidra at or 443-257-2582

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 and tell us how it went.
Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center | 410.897.9207 |

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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