This Week In Volunteering

| September 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

Many Volunteer positions are available through the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County. If you do not see an opportunity below that fits your needs, contact the Volunteer Center at [email protected] or 410-897-9207. Check our Website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

Bountiful Harvest

Volunteers are needed to staff tables for approx. two to four-hour shifts at a number of events to hand out cider, candy and postcards to promote the Bountiful Harvest Celebration fundraiser and its raffle being held Sun., Nov. 21, 2010 to benefit the Light house Shelter.  Contact Marian Kaufmann at [email protected] or David Chi at [email protected] for more information and to sign up for the following events being held in Annapolis:

  • 12:30–2:30 pm, Sun., Oct. 3, 2010 at the First Sunday Arts Festival: Event at West & Calvert Sts.
  • 10:00–5:00 pm, Sun. Oct. 3, 2010, Oktoberfest: At Well Dressed Nest, 106 Annapolis St. (West Annapolis).
  • 10 am–6 pm, Thurs-Sun., Oct. 7–10, 2010, Annapolis Boat Show: Annapolis City Dock.

Box of Rain Foundation

This nonprofit was formed to honor the memory of Lee Griffin & his passion for sailing to teach life building skills through maritime experiences for local youth-at-risk, targeting kids 9-14 years old. Volunteer are needed as mentors for the big sailor/little sailor program and as sailing instructors. Donations of funds and safety boats for sailing classes, boats, boating equipment – especially life preservers and gear are also being sought.

For information contact 443-254-0024 or [email protected]; see web site: www.boxofrain.org.

  • 10 a.m. – noon, Sat., Oct 2, 2010, Used Bike Drive: A used bike drive will be held at the Pip Moyer Community Recreation Center for unwanted bicycles or bicycle equipment which will be collected for repair or for parts to repair other bikes as part of the Revolution Kids program. Also, volunteers are needed to assist with the bike repair skill sessions for the program. No experience is necessary to become a bike mechanic volunteer. All necessary training will be provided prior to the bike repair skill sessions with the program participants. All donations will be tax deductible. For more information: http://revolutionkids-boxofrain.blogspot.com/.

Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is one of 14 such foundations in Maryland and one of over 720 across the United States. Its goal is to build a permanent source of charitable funds dedicated to addressing the needs of the Anne Arundel County community. The Foundation, located in Annapolis, uses volunteers as board members, on event committees, to help with mailings and more. Call 410-280-1102 or e-mail: [email protected] for more information. Web site: www.cfaac.org.

  • 9–11 am, Fri., Nov. 12, 2010, Workshop: Patricia Pasqual, director of the Washington Office of the Foundation Center, will lead the morning non-profit workshop prior to the Philanthropy Award Luncheon. The workshop is free to non-profit organization executives or their board members attending the luncheon. Ms. Pasqual will talk to non-profit participants about the Foundation Center’s Co-operating Collection at the Annapolis Branch of the county library. Non-profit leaders will learn how to effectively maximize their research time using the Collection which includes the most comprehensive database on U.S. grant makers and their grants.
  • 11am–2:00 pm, Fri., Nov. 12, 2010, Tenth Annual Celebration of Philanthropy Award Luncheon: The Celebration of Philanthropy Luncheon honors those whose generosity has strengthened and enhanced the nonprofit institutions that contribute to the well-being of Anne Arundel citizens. The Community Foundation will present 2010 Philanthropist of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Youth Philanthropist of the year Awards.  The event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. To attend, call 410-280-1102 and visit the web site at: www.cfaac.org.

Light House Shelter

This emergency shelter facility provides shelter for single men and women and families and runs a transitional housing program in Annapolis. In anticipation of its move to new facilities, the Shelter is holding Volunteer Orientations for current and new volunteers. All sessions will be held at the new location at 10 Hudson Street in Annapolis as follows: Food Volunteers, 7-9 pm on Mon., Oct. 4 and Wed., Oct. 6 & 10 am–noon on Sat., Oct. 9; General Volunteers, 5:30-6:30 pm on Mon., Oct. 4 & Wed., Oct. 6, & 9-10 am, Sat., Oct. 9; and, RA Overnight Support Volunteers, 6-8pm, Thurs., Oct. 7 and 10 am-noon, Sat., Oct. 9, 2010. For more information, and to register for sessions, contact Michelle Marshall, Volunteer Services Coordinator (410)349-5056, [email protected].

Maryland Environmental Services

Maryland Environmental Service is an independent state agency formed in 1970 to protect and enhance the state’s air, land and water resources by working with both governmental and private sector clients to find innovative solutions to some of the most complex environmental challenges.  Volunteers, age 16 and up, are needed in the Millersville office for a variety of office tasks including typing, copying, answering the telephone, generating reports, and inputting data. Contact Erin Murphy at [email protected] or 410-729-8209. Website: www.menv.com.

Mt. Olive Village Center Academy

This is a program designed to mentor youth within the Greater Parole community to help improve their academic achievement while fostering a positive attitude toward learning.  Mature student volunteers, ages 16 and older, are needed to teach basic skills in math, algebra, geometry, basic computer skills, homework assistance, reading, etc., Mon.–Thurs., 2:30 – 5:30 pm in Annapolis. Office/receptionist positions (9am-7pm) are also available, along with Computer Center positions, drivers and after school aids. Stipends are available for those desiring to do a combination of volunteering and paid service for the after school positions. For more information and to volunteer call 410-571-9681 or E-mail [email protected].

Special Olympics – Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics is a non-profit organization providing sports programs to over 300 eligible athletes, ages eight to adult, with a cognitive delay or developmental disability. The sports programs include bocce ball, golf, soccer, tennis, floor hockey, basketball, 10 pin bowling, skiing, swimming, duck pin bowling, softball, track & field, and power lifting. All training takes place locally and is offered to athletes free of charge. Volunteers, 16 and older, are needed as coaches in the evenings, to assist with special events, regional competitions, fundraising and more. There is no cost to athletes who should contact AASO at 410-923-0383 to register. Volunteers should contact Terri Hamrick-Oeschger at 410-553-6311 or [email protected]. For a volunteer application see the Website:  www.soaamd.org.

YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

The YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County provides comprehensive integrated services for individuals and families through domestic violence shelter and hotline; sexual assault services including a hotline, counseling, support groups and hospital accompaniment for rape victims, legal, career, counseling and family services; childcare; adult educational programs including GED, ABE and ESOL, a mentoring program for emotionally challenged children and youth and an after-school program for high-risk middle school students.

  • Volunteer opportunities for teens exist in our after-school Star Academy program at Annapolis, Lindale, and Chesapeake Middle Schools. Volunteers would be working with middle school students as tutors, mentors and engaging with the students during their recreation time.  Contact Margaret Passalacqua at (410) 626-7800 x118 or [email protected] for information or to request a volunteer application.
  • Ongoing need for individual or group volunteers to assist in landscaping and/or routine building maintenance. Duties would include light landscaping, gardening, cleanup, changing of light fixtures, ceiling panels, and other handyman’s work. Hours are flexible. Contact Margaret Passalacqua at (410) 626-7800 x118 or [email protected].
  • 6:30 pm–12 midnight, Fri., Nov. 5, 2010, Disco Magic Fundraiser: Participants and sponsors are needed for this retro fundraiser being held at the Hilton BWI Airport Hotel to benefit the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. There will be cocktails, dinner and dancing, Music by ADEK Productions, live and silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle. For more information and to order tickets online visit www.annapolisywca.org or call 410.626.7800.

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