This Week In Volunteering

| October 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

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.

Anne Arundel County Dept. of Aging & Disabilities

Foster Grandparent Program needs volunteers to work with special needs children. Seniors, 60+ years, who are income eligible, volunteer approx. 15-20 hours/week at schools, Head Start Centers or other non-profit childcare facilities, working one-on-one with children who really need them.  A tax-free stipend, transportation, a meal at the site and paid training are provided. We are also seeking Advisory Council Members for the program. The Council meets from 10 am–Noon, on the 2nd Thurs of each month in Glen Burnie. Contact Kristin Plumer at 410-222-0144 or [email protected] or www.aacounty.org/aging.

Anne Arundel Community College Center for Learning Through Service

The Center for Learning Through Service at Anne Arundel Community College promotes citizenship and learning through service by providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to serve the community.  The center works with over 100 community partners to match college volunteers with community needs. For more information call 410-777-2366 or E-mail [email protected]. Web: www.aacc.edu/servicelearning.

  • 10:00 am–2:00 pm, Thurs., Nov. 4, 2010, Global Giving Market: The Center is hosting this event at the Student Union Cafeteria on the Arnold Campus. Crafts made by people in developing countries make unique gifts; proceeds support the Alternative Gift Market and those in need. Call 410-777-2053 for details.

Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank

Founded in 1988 their mission is to fight hunger by assuring that all county citizens in need have access to food and other necessities.  Volunteers are needed to sort food and clothing for distribution 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and on occasional weekends (by appointment only) in Crownsville. Especially needed: volunteers with pick-up trucks during the day and help with phones, copying, other office duties (8:30 am – 2:30 pm), data base, computers, webmaster. Contact Bruce at 410-923-4255 or [email protected]. Website: www.aafoodbank.org.

Arthritis Foundation – Southern Maryland Branch

The Maryland chapter serves the residents of Maryland (except Montgomery and PG Co.), Delaware, and Eastern West Virginia, by making the public knowledgeable about arthritis and the importance of appropriate treatment and by helping people take personal control of their arthritis through self-help classes, warm water and land exercise programs and support and education groups. For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities, call 410-544-5433 or E-mail: [email protected] or visit www.arthritis.org.

  • 9:00 am, Sun., Nov. 7, 2010, Arthritis Walk, Awareness & Family Fun Day: Volunteers are needed to help with this event being held at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217. Contact Sarah Karantonis (410-654-6570, Ext. 237).
  • 8–10 am, Sun., Nov. 14, 2010, Jingle Bell Run/Walk-Southern Maryland: Volunteers are needed for this event being held at Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie. Contact: Rebecca Santiago (410-654-6570 Ext 2230). For more information: http://glenburniejbr.kintera.org

Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

Volunteers are needed as tutors, mentors, assistants in computer labs, arts & crafts, sports coaching, as administrative help in the office, and more. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to request an application, please contact Latonia Kendrick Tabb at (410) 263-2542. Web site: www.bgcaa.com/

  • “LET’s GO”, an acronym for Leadership, Engineering, Technology & Science Generating Opportunities, is a pilot program at all five of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Anne Arundel County. One of the goals of LETS GO is to create a pipeline of future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Part of LET’S GO is continuous counseling, tutoring and support provided by mentors and other volunteers, many recruited by Dr. Clark “Corky” Graham, who is spearheading this project along with midshipmen  from the USNA Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.  For more information about volunteering for LET’S GO, contact Dr. Graham at [email protected].
  • 7:00 pm-bedtime, Sat., Nov., 6, 2010, “Be a Kid for a Night” Fundraiser: Participants and sponsors are needed for this gala being held at Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park on S. Villa Ave., in Annapolis. The event features lots of fun, food, libations, and entertainment. Call 410-263-2542 or visit www.bgcaa.com for more information and tickets.

The Caring Collection, Inc.

This nonprofit organization raises funds for cancer research and patient care at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital by making and selling stained glass angels and sun catchers. Volunteers help make sun catchers every Mon. Tues and Thurs. in the Annapolis studio. No experience is needed.  Volunteers, age 14 and up, learn the art of stained glass while creating the artwork to raise funds. Also needed are volunteers interested in marketing to help contact the media to promote sales of the art work. Contact Bobbie Burnett at 410-849-5333, [email protected] or see website www.caringcollection.org.

  • Noon–5 p.m , Sat.-Sun., Nov 6–7, 2010, Caring Collection Annual Studio Sale: The public is invited to the studio at 1692 North Harbor Ct., in Annapolis to tour the facility and make purchases to help The Caring Collection meet its fundraising goal of $1,000,000. Contact Bobbie Burnett for more information.

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help)

The Center of Help is a non-profit which provides a variety of social services to the Latino community in the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County with support offices in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. There is currently a pressing need for two office volunteers to do front desk duties and serve as Assistant/Office Manager. The Center is also recruiting new Board of Director members, especially those with business savvy that is well respected in the community, and as ESOL and academic achievement educators, writers to prepare articles/releases for the press and prepare grants, and to assist with media/marketing/public relations, including political liaison; event and parent-school involvement coordinators as well as social services advocates are also needed. Contact: Patricia Omana, Executive Director, Phone: 410-295-3434 or [email protected].

The Metropolitan Washington Ear

This organization provides free multi-media reading services for visually impaired, blind, or physically disabled people who cannot read print. They help to bring visually impaired people into the mainstream, rather than segregating them from society.  Volunteers, age 18 and up, can help out in a variety of ways including reading periodicals into a computer, reading publications for airing on a 24-hour closed circuit radio broadcast, for a speakers bureau for community outreach, and for receiving forwarded calls at home to provide lookup services in Yellow Pages, ads, etc. Volunteers are also needed during office hours for data entry, special projects, or large mailings. For information on the above opportunities, contact 301/681-6636 and ask for Donna Hunsicker during business hours (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, M-F) or email [email protected], or visit their website, www.washear.org.

V-LINC (Formerly Volunteers for Medical Engineering)

Volunteers with expertise in medicine, engineering and technology are needed to develop unique solutions that assist people with disabilities manage their daily life. Volunteers age 21 and up who are active or retired medical/rehabilitation professionals or those with engineering backgrounds are needed to assess disabilities and to design and build one-of-a-kind devices for clients with disabilities. Also needed are volunteers, age 16 and up, in Baltimore to work weekdays in the computer loan center testing, repairing, and refurbishing donated computer equipment. For more information, contact Theo or John Walker at 410-554-9134 or Volunteer Coordinator, Brett Wolf, at 410-554-9168 or [email protected]. Web site: www.v-linc.org.

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