This Week In Volunteering

| October 19, 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.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency

There is an immediate need for a part-time (20 hrs. per week) Administrative Assistant to support the Action Agency’s CEO. Candidate must have 2-years’ experience providing support to an agency or program, be organized, detail oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be computer proficient (Microsoft Office). There are also a variety of volunteer assistance needs for Agency programs including community outreach, energy assistance, empowerment services, nutrition, and more. Contact Gretchen Huntley at 410-626-1900 x1034 or [email protected]. Web site: www.aaceoc.com.

Arundel Lodge

This nonprofit has residential and day Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for approximately 160 individuals with mental illness. Volunteers are needed to assist the staff to teach life skills, play board or card games at the drop-in center go for walks with members and help with social or recreational events. For more information, call 410-841-6131 or 443-433-5900 and see web site at: www.arundellodge.org.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Museum, named for Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, is dedicated to preserving Maryland’s African American heritage, and serves as the state’s official repository of African American material culture. The museum annually sponsors and hosts a variety of preservation, arts, and cultural lectures, workshops, performances, and other programs. Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions including docents as well as library, archives, program, and outreach assistants. Training is provided. For more information, contact the Volunteer Maryland Coordinator at 410-216-6180 or [email protected]. See web site at www.bdmuseum.com .

Battle of the Bands– January 29, 2011

The Thirteenth Annual Battle of Anne Arundel County’s high school rock bands will be held starting at 5:00 pm, Sat., January 29, 2011 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. The bands are chosen by the Band Directors of each high school by the December preceding the event. This project helps find more activities for the area’s teens and identifies the musicians who participate in more contemporary music. The proceeds of this usually sold-out event go to the music departments of the winning schools. Volunteers are needed now to head up Security, Advertising and Sponsorship sales. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of tasks on the day of the event. Contact Nancy Almgren at [email protected].

Best Buddies of Maryland

Best Buddies enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendship and integrated employment. Volunteers, 18 and older, will be matched with an adult who has an intellectual disability. Matches are based on age, gender, proximity and similar interests. Once matched, the pair is asked to maintain weekly contact, via phone or email, and visit twice a month. Some monthly outings include going to concerts, dining out, watching movies and more. Volunteers are needed in Baltimore City and surrounding counties.  For an application and more information contact: Jennifer Lehman at 410 327-9812 ext. 38 or [email protected]. Web site: www.bestbuddies.org

Anne Arundel County Police Department

  • Reserve Officer Program: Volunteers are needed for its Reserve Officer program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc.  Volunteers must be over 21, undergo a criminal background check, hours of availability are flexible. Reserve Officers work assignments all hours of the day and weekends. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations.
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS): The VIPS Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month.

For either program, call the Coordinator at 410-222-0042 or get an application from the County Police website at www.aacounty.org/police (click on the volunteer tab).

Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI)

Help BNI promote fair housing for all people in the Baltimore Metro area, including Anne Arundel County. Volunteers, 21 years of age and up, are trained to visit housing properties and meet with real estate representatives to inquire about the rental and sale of housing. A detailed report is then written and collected.  Volunteers are generally asked to perform tests at specific locations and dates that vary according to project needs, however there is some flexibility.  Volunteers must complete one 2-hour training session.  Depending on funding, BNI provides a stipend for reports that are completed according to our guidelines.  To register for the next training, call 410-243-4400 or email [email protected].

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

This “Hands-on” Museum for children and families needs volunteer docents to work weekly 2 or 3 hour shifts in the museum between 10 am- 4 pm (including weekends). We are also currently looking folks good with figures to serve on the Finance Committee. If you are curious about serving on the Board of Directors (three-year commitment), please call about your interests, and plan to attend the next monthly board meeting at the museum. Volunteers can earn free admission passes, (for themselves or friends) to the museum, and discounts on the museum’s programs.  Volunteers also are needed as Publicity Helpers, “EnvironMentors” (adults to work with middle school students on animal care, water testing and exhibit maintenance). The Museum is also in search of Jr. Volunteers to expose, engage and excite young people in the work and community of the Museum. Most positions range from ages 14 and up. The CCM is dedicated to working with the public, providing leadership, and other civic duties for the community. In addition, the youth will receive credits for “service learning hours” needed for graduation. For more information, contact 410-990-1993 or [email protected]. Web site: www.theccm.org.

Marylanders Plant Trees Program

This program under the Governor’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative involves State agencies partnering with businesses, communities and citizens to help fund and plant new tree cover.  The program offers Maryland citizens a $25 discount on the purchase of select trees through participating vendors, as well as an opportunity to calculate the benefits of the trees being planted and register them on line to help track our progress. Monthly prize drawings will be held for those who register. From advice on what, where and how to purchase and plant, to printable coupons and calculating benefits, citizens will find just about everything they need at the Marylanders Plant Trees Website at www.trees.maryland.gov. For information, contact Lindsay Major at [email protected] or 410-260-8510.

YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Each day in America, 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner. In an effort to shine a spotlight on these tragedies, the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness event for the public, “Ask…Listen…Respect – Domestic Violence Awareness Peace Walk” on Friday, October 29 at 6:30 pm.  The event will commence with a Memorial Service on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis.  After remarks from guest speaker, Kristin Mahoney from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, a candlelight remembrance and peace walk will continue on to the First Baptist Church of Annapolis at 31 West Washington Street where a small reception will be held. Senator Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to attend. This event is free to the public and sponsored by the Crisis Intervention Services of the YWCA.  For more information please contact the YWCA at 410-626-7800 or [email protected].

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