The Time is Right to Get Involved

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 director@aaclc.org  or call 410-269-4419 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Centro de Ayuda

The Center of Help exists to assist Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally, and economically in order to become citizens in the Anne Arundel Community.  They currently have several volunteer needs. On Wednesday evenings and Saturdays in Annapolis they have programs for 6-16 year olds, many of whom are provided transportation by the Center. Here is list of some of the volunteer needs:

Wednesdays 5-6 pm and 8-8:30 pm – People to assist the driver with pickup and drop off
Wednesdays 6-7 pm – Help with Chess Club
Wednesdays 7-8 pm – Help with Math Club
Saturdays 1-2 pm – People to assist the driver with pickup and drop off
Saturdays 12- 1:15 pm – Help with Math Club
Mon to Fri 6:30 to 9 pm – Volunteers are needed to help with homework, math and other projects

For more information or to help out contact Tatiana: tatianajklein@gmail.com

We Care and Friends

We Care and Friends is a non-profit in downtown Annapolis that serves as “the safety net for the safety net.” They offer services and programming that:
– Supplies food, medicine, clothing, and other basic human needs to the homeless.
– Provides access to addiction treatment for those with no insurance or resources.
– Builds community through arts and social events in neighborhoods impacted by drugs and crime.
– Offers at-risk youth alternative educational and social summer programs.

They are actively looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the Annapolis community. Here are a few positions currently available:

  • Office assistance – responsibilities include answering the phone, scheduling appointments, handing out lunches, and light paperwork. Need 1-2 people who can work mid-day during the week, in a four- or five-hour shift.
  • Volunteer coordinator – this position entails building and maintaining a database of volunteers, and scheduling help for both day-to-day assistance as well as special events. After an initial orientation, this work can be done from home.
  • Marketing/media/website – if you have experience in any facet of marketing, they could use your expertise! They need assistance with multiple projects, including updating our website, building a social media presence, and public relations. Again, most of these tasks can be done from home.
  • General assistance – whether you want to volunteer occasionally or often, your help is welcome. Please let them know what specific areas of interest might appeal to you – they will find a place and a job for you!

For more information, please contact Tricia Sanborn at psh21035@yahoo.com.

Be a Lifeline Volunteer 

 The annual Lifeline100 is Sunday, October 7th beginning at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. It offers a unique organized ride experience for cyclists of all ages and abilities with scenic 100, 65, 30 and 15 mile routes. All proceeds go to Anne Arundel County non-profits including The Crisis Response System, Recreation Deeds for Special Needs, Capital Gazette Families Fund, Rise for Autism and BikeAAA.

Volunteers are needed for check in and packet pickup from 6-9 am, lunch help 11am – 5pm and Finish Line Cheering, 10:30am – 5pm.  

Bring your kids, scout troops, etc and cheer the cyclists as they cross the finish line! Take a 2 hour shift, or longer. Cowbells provided or feel free to bring your own noise makers and even costumes if you like!  For more details or to volunteer go to: https://lifeline100.com/volunteer/

Volunteer Guides Needed  for Homeless Resource Day 

Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Volunteers, age 18+, are to needed  serve as Guides for Anne Arundel County’s 11th Annual Homeless Resource Day being held at Glen Burnie High School, 7550 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. This is a “one-day, one stop” opportunity for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to receive a variety of services. The community’s support is an important part of the effort to address issues confronting homeless individuals and families. Be a part of this unique initiative to eliminate homelessness in Anne Arundel County. Each volunteer will be paired with a homeless guest to guide them through the services. 2 volunteer shifts are available, you do not have to commit the entire day. This is truly a fulfilling volunteer experience.  Visit the website to register at www.aacounty.org/hrd. Questions? Contact 410-269-4749 or justin.bieler@maryland.gov.

Let’s End Alzheimer’s ! 

Are you passionate about putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease? Well now you can help. Each year the Walk to End Alzheimer’s goes to over 600 communities in the U.S., and they could not do it without dedicated Walk day volunteers. Volunteers help with event set up, registration and check in, water stations, advocacy efforts, cheerleading and more! Raise awareness and bring your passion for the cause on Walk day.

The Anne Arundel/Annapolis Walk this year will be on Sunday, October 21st at Susan Campbell Park – the end of Dock St in downtown Annapolis. Volunteers are needed starting at 8 am and throughout the day, until 3pm.

Click here to volunteer.

Reading Tutors Needed

GiGi’s Playhouse is an achievement center for individuals with Down syndrome. They offer activities and programs to all families free of charge. The Annapolis area has been overwhelmingly supportive since they opened in February 2018. Families and individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities have been taking part in an ever expanding list of offerings. The literacy tutoring program is the newest addition.

Each student has a designated volunteer so that the learning experience is consistent and they are able to create a rapport and bond with their teacher. Volunteers are asked to commit to 1 hour a week for 10 weeks starting in October.   The tutoring sessions are free to families and have been very much needed. There is a great need for people to volunteer as literacy tutors for this program and training is provided.

For further information on the program see: gigisplayhouse.org/annapolis/one-one-literacy-tutoring.  And to volunteer, email:

literacyannapolis@gigisplayhouse.org.

Crabs Against Cancer

 Join Physicians Realty Trust on Sunday, September 30th at 2 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for their first annual crab feast. Guests will enjoy delicious crabs next to amazing views of the Chesapeake Bay, all while supporting the Champion Way Foundation. All proceeds will support melanoma and pancreatic cancer research. Volunteers are needed to check in guests and take tickets, and 2 more are needed help serve drinks. For more information or to help out, please contact Michael Espoito at eespos66@aol.com.

To purchase tickets to attend the event, click here

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