Give Thanks by Giving Back

Help the Homeless

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is an all volunteer organization that brings kindness and necessities directly to homeless and poverty-stricken men, women, and children every Saturday and Sunday no matter the weather and including holidays. They have several upcoming events that are great volunteer opportunities.

“National Family Volunteer Day” – Saturday, November 17th – 10:00 a.m. to Noon – Grace Point Presbyterian Church, 615 Donaldson Ave., Severn, MD  21144 – Preparing hundreds of sandwiches, making hundreds of holiday cards, and wrapping hundreds of presents.

Thanksgiving Day Distribution – Thursday, November 22nd – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  Glen Burnie Baptist Church, 7524 Old Stage Rd., Glen Burnie, MD – Helpers will depart from there to go to the Curtis Bay Distribution Site. – Distributing new blankets, toiletries, and groceries.

Christmas Party for Children in Extreme Need – Saturday, December 1st – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  7-Eleven Store, 7701 Quarterfield Rd., Glen Burnie, MD – Helpers will depart from there to go to Immaculate Conception Church, 522 Main St., Marydel, MD  21649 in Caroline County – Volunteers will distribute massive quantities of food, clothing, blankets, and toys.

’26th Annual Christmas Party for Anne Arundel County’s Homeless” – Saturday, December 15th – 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD – Serving lunch, enjoying entertainment, and distributing presents.

“26th Annual Distribution of 2,000 Christmas Presents and Food to Baltimore’s Homeless” – Sunday, December 23rd – 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Meeting Spot:  Happy Helpers for the Homeless Headquarters, 1550 Caton Center Dr., Halethorpe, MD – You will depart from there to go to the Baltimore Distribution Site.

To volunteer for any of these events, Contact Bobbi at 443-433-2416.


Looking for Friendly Volunteers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services’ central services department is looking for a customer friendly volunteer that enjoys handling the mail and interacting with friendly employees. This position requires receiving, sorting, and distributing agency mail and assisting with distributing office supplies. The volunteer needs to be able to sort various types of incoming and outgoing mail, be detail oriented, and be customer friendly. Hours are part-time, 3 days a week, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. If you’re interested please contact Tanya Clements at 410-269-4460 or email

Harvest for the Hungry

During their biggest food drive of the year – Kids Helping Kids Harvest for the Hungry, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank needs volunteers that can lift 50 pound boxes to assist the drivers with picking up food donations at Anne Arundel County Schools. Pick ups are in the morning, trucks leave the facility in Crownsville and will travel all over the county. No driving involved.

Now through Fri. Dec 7   —   Weekdays, 8:45 AM – 01:00 PM

 Call or email Marta – or (410) 923-4255.

Help Students

 Work one-on-one with students to help guide them to academic success. Volunteers are needed for Student Progress Conversations with 6th – 8th grade students in the On Track 4 Success early intervention, dropout prevention program, now operating in four area schools. A diverse group of volunteers and Spanish speakers are needed.

Each student in the program will be paired with a volunteer to have a reflective conversation about their academic performance. You’ll talk with students about their successes and challenges, celebrate their accomplishments and encourage them to stay focused and keep up with their studies. Each volunteer will meet with several students, and a ½ hour training session will be held at the beginning of your selected session.


Note: In addition to registering with United Way, please register with Anne Arundel County Public Schools here.

Questions? Please contact Natalie Dixon at 410-895-1540 or for more details.

Be a Docent 

 The Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis is seeking volunteer docents to greet visitors and support their exploration of the hands-on exhibits. Exhibit areas include live animals, some of which are touchable. The art area includes “help yourself” materials. Other areas have multiple pieces that can be used for creative play – and need regular tidying as visitors finish using them.

There are outdoor areas that are used by visitors on their own or as part of a program. Docents can facilitate nature walks, outdoor games, gardening, and other activities, especially when groups come to visit.

Choose a regularly occurring shift, such as alternate Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm, or Tuesdays 10 am to 12 noon, that fits your schedule.

 Contact The Chesapeake Children’s Museum at 410.990.1993 or

Volunteer & Enjoy the Show  

Volunteer Ushers and Greeters are being sought for a series of concerts to be held on Saturday evenings on Dec. 1, 2018 & Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm. All Maryland Concert Series events are held at North County High School in Glen Burnie. Volunteers are allowed to stay for the concerts. Their mission is to provide quality, live entertainment to Northern Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas, at a reasonable cost on a subscription basis. For more information about volunteering as an usher or greeter, contact Theresa Fries at or 443 254-1315.

Shades of Blue Orchestra: Saturday December 1, 7:30PM
The U.S. Army Field Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus: Jan. 26, 7:30 PM
Thomas Pandolfi, Pianist: Saturday February 23, 7:30 PM
The Mahoney Brothers: Saturday April 27, 7:30 PM


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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2 Responses to Give Thanks by Giving Back

  1. Mary Allen says:

    I would like to help feed the homeless & I would love to visit the hospice and stay with the patients But I don’t know how to sign up???
    I live on Kent island can’t drive too far
    I’m in my Funny 50’s!!!

    • Mary, All of the various volunteer opportunities tell you who to contact in the write up. Each one is different. You would contact the organizations directly via the phone number or email listed, or sometimes there is an online sign up. Hopefully you can find something near you.

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