This Week In Volunteering

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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 Department of Social Services

Volunteers are needed for the Holiday Sharing Program. Volunteer donors will be matched with a families and senior citizens in Anne Arundel County in need for the holiday season. The program will match volunteers with a family or senior citizen and the volunteer can purchase and personally deliver food the week Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit the web site at http://www.dhr.state.md.us/county/ann/pdf/holid.pdf for details and to sign up or call the Holiday Sharing Office at 410-269-4462 with questions.

Creating Communities

The nonprofit organization’s goal is to build life skills and self-esteem and foster connections across cultures. Volunteers are needed to provide tickets and funding to take youth to cultural events, support the Arts Mentorship Academy for Arts, interview WWII vets and Holocaust survivors in the county, and visit patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center with therapeutic art cart. In addition, volunteers are needed to do web research to identify organizations serving the elderly in Anne Arundel County.  Contact Rob Levit at 410-263-6265 or [email protected]. Web site: www.creatingcommunities.net.

  • Wed., Nov. 17, 2010, Thanksgiving Dinner: We need volunteers and turkey cookers for Thanksgiving Dinner for 150 at Eastport United Methodist Church and to help make holiday cards for low income seniors at Glenwood in Annapolis.

Chrysalis House

Chrysalis House, Inc. in Crownsville provides addiction treatment services for women and their children in a residential setting. The organization is seeking volunteers with retail experience to assist in the Butterfly Boutique on the weekends in customer services, inventory, sales, and floor planning.  In addition, volunteers are needed to teach basic word processing, spread sheets, basic resume writing, help with computer maintenance and upgrades, building repairs and grounds maintenance, work in childcare center-after appropriate screening, and to facilitate recreational activities for residents.  Some volunteer positions are flexible; both day and evening times are possible.  Internships for Bachelor and Master Degree programs are often available.  Contact Carressa Christian via e-mail at [email protected] or call 410-974-6829 x40.

  • Chrysalis House is also recruiting individuals to serve on its board of directors, a great opportunity to make a difference in helping clients rebuild their lives. The board conducts policymaking and fundraising functions. It meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 pm (except in July & Aug.).  Contact Lorene Lake, 410-974-6829 or e-mail [email protected]

Food Link

Established in 1991, this hunger relief organization provides free food and other essentials to people in need in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Volunteers with trucks or vans needed to pick up food from distribution centers, restaurants and others and deliver to food pantries, shelters and other locations serving the hungry.  Assist with emergency food pantry and emergency baby pantry items. Contact Cathy Holstrom at 410-897-3942 or [email protected]. Web site: www.foodlinkmaryland.org/

Eastport Girls Club (EGC)

  • EGC is seeking high school senior or adult volunteers to serve as weekly tutors on Weds. from 3:30-4:30 pm to participants of the EGC; participants are in grades 5–9. For consistency and predictability to the participants, tutors should commit to an academic year of service (early Sept. through early Jun.). Training will be provided and a background check is required. For more information, or to schedule an interview with the Eastport Girls Club (EGC) Tutoring Program Coordinator, contact Valerie Drodz by phone at (410) 919-3347 or by email at [email protected].
  • EGC is also seeking adult volunteers to serve as group leaders on Wed. afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm. Group leaders also need to attend approximately two meetings a month to plan and coordinate.  For more information contact Karen Feldman at 410-295-7002 or [email protected].
  • In an effort to build our library, which will be offered to give all kids in our community access to quality literature, the Eastport Girls Club is asking you to help support literacy. Please make a tax-deductible gift by purchasing books from our wish list at Amazon.com. To help our cause, please log on to www.amazon.com and click on “wish list.”  When prompted to “find someone’s wish list,” type in “Eastport Girls Club.” From there, you can browse our dream library of nearly 300 titles, starting from as little as $0.01 per book.

Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company

The volunteer fire company seeks volunteers, age 16 and up, to serve as fire fighters and EMTs, to help with fundraising, event planning, safety education, facilities supervision and planning, website design and maintenance, clerical support, long range and strategic planning, public relations and marketing, grant writing, and business administration.  No experience is needed for volunteers desiring to serve as firefighters and EMTs as firefighting/EMS training will be furnished.  In addition, ladies auxiliary members are being sought to help with fund raising, public relations, catering for events such as weddings, parties, and company events.  For more information, contact 410-647-3119 or E-mail [email protected].  Web site: www.ehvfc.org

The Family Tree

The Family Tree’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing family support and education that promote well-being among Maryland families.  Volunteers, over 18, are needed for child nurturers to create a safe, structured, weekly Children’s Program in North County.   Volunteers, over 21, are needed as parent educators in North and South Counties to co-teach a Positive Parenting Course in 12-week intervals.  Volunteers, over 21, are needed to run the “tot-line”, which is an emergency response (medical or otherwise) resource for parents with children under the age of 5; volunteers with experience/training in child development are preferred.  For further information about the “tot-line” and all volunteer opportunities, please visit the website given below. Contact Stephanie Jacobs at 410-889-2300 or [email protected] for more information.  Website: www.familytreemd.org

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Arundel & Baltimore ReStores

At the ReStores, volunteers are needed for sales, stocking and receiving merchandise, picking up donated merchandise, planning pick-up routes, phone work, etc. Restore now has two locations: 1. 8101 Ft. Smallwood Road, Pasadena (Store Hours: Wed.–Sat.: 10 am-4 pm-call 410-437-7755), and 2. 505 Kane St., Baltimore (Store Hours–Tues, Wed-Fri: 9am-4pm, Thu: 9am-6pm; Sat: 9am-2pm-call 410-633-0505). Volunteers are needed who can help weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; call the individual stores or visit the website at http://www.chesapeakerestore.org.

People’s Community Health Centers

This nonprofit organization has several clinics in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County providing a variety of healthcare services to all in need regardless of income or insurance status. Volunteer clinic assistants, age 18 and up, are needed at the Brooklyn Park Center to help with a variety of office duties such as helping with medical records correspondence, patient appointment calls, helping patients with forms, pulling charts, filing, faxing, and more. Candidates will be trained and must pass drug testing and a background check. Volunteer commitment is for a 3-hour weekly shift between the hours of 9 am–5 pm. For more information and applications, visit web site at: www.peoplesbaltimore.org, or contact Nicky Rothman at 410-235-5580 or [email protected].

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