This Week In Volunteering

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Note: This weeks’ volunteering opportunity listing is delayed. No one wanted to read this with the election! But now that the pundits have spoken, please consider helping out!

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.

Citizens Corps Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis

Sat. & Sun, Jan. 8 & 9, 2011, Community Emergency Response Teams Training (CERT): The Citizens Corps Council is offering this free two-day class at the Anne Arundel Fire Academy in Millersville; the course provides 16-20 hours of training in basic first aid, small fire suppression, light search and rescue, terrorism and disaster psychology. The course prepares volunteers to assist in their communities with disaster mitigation. For more information about CERT, see web site: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/ and to register contact Karen Sank at the  AA County Office of Emergency Management on 410-222-0600 and E-mail [email protected].

Guiding Eyes for the Blind–Puppy training classes Thurs. evenings

This nonprofit organization serves the Bay Region by raising puppies as potential future guide dogs. Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to provide the love, support and direction these puppies need to prepare them for formal training. Volunteer raisers (as young as 13 with parental supervision) take puppies into their homes for fourteen to eighteen months and teach them manners and social skills. In addition to daily work and play with their dogs, raisers attend local classes and puppy evaluations.  Web:www.guidingeyes.org.  Puppy classes are 7:00 pm on 2nd and 4th Thurs. nights in Bowie. Contact Carrie Barnett at (410) 960-7427 or [email protected], for more info.

The Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is looking for volunteers at its location in Halethorpe (South Baltimore) on Mon. through Fri. for 3-hour shifts, from 9:00 am–4:00 pm to help sort and box food. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age or older and closed toed shoes must be worn. From time to time volunteer office opportunities become available. Contact Mandy DeBoy at 410-737-8282, ext. 232 or [email protected] for more information and to sign up.

  • Critical need for donated products and funds: Because donated products are at a low level and the demand is up due to economic conditions, soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters are not getting the food that they need to feed the hungry in Maryland communities.  For more information about ways to donate, visit the web site at: www.mdfoodbank.org

Toys for Tots Campaign–U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

The local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots is a toy drive for the underprivileged children in Anne Arundel County.  With many Marines serving on foreign shores, now more than ever, the Toys for Tots program needs the assistance of members of the community to help make this year’s campaign better than ever.  Along with Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, and Park Place in Annapolis, a substantial number of other businesses have already committed to being a drop-off location.  For more information on the program, a list of sponsoring businesses across the county, and volunteer opportunities visit http://edgewater-md.toysfortots.org/, and contact Dawn Stem at 815-218-6542 or [email protected].

Four Rivers Heritage Area

The Four Rivers Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County revitalizes local communities and encourages collaborative partnerships through heritage tourism and preservation. Call 410-222-1805, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.fourriversheritage.org for more information and current volunteer opportunities.

St.Philip’s Family Life Center, Inc.

Adult volunteers are needed to provide structured out of school educational activities as part of the Extended Educational Enrichment Experience (Quad E) Program designed to involve families and to help improve academic achievement among 5th to 8th graders. Those who would benefit would have low academic performance, and many would come from low income families living in subsidized housing, and attend elementary and middle schools in the Annapolis feeder area. A variety of volunteer positions are available including: Tutors, Mentors, Homework Helpers, Professional Counselors, Life Skills Trainers, Cultural Enrichment Providers, Health Care Professionals, Fundraisers, and more. For further information or to sign up to help contact Yevola Peters, Volunteer Executive Director at 410-353-9182 or 410-224-3820.

Wreaths Across America, Sat., Dec. 11, 2010 at 12 Noon

Last year Annapolis National Cemetery received over 800 donated wreaths from individuals, organizations and businesses as part of the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America project. The outpouring of support was overwhelming with over 80 volunteers attending the wreath laying ceremony. The ceremony, with the assistance of each branch of the military, was very meaningful, and the cemetery with all the wreaths was a beautiful tribute to our fallen soldiers.  There are approximately 3000 graves at Annapolis National Cemetery and the goal this year is to have a wreath for each gravesite. The Annapolis community can make this happen and wreath donations are now being sought: Visit web site: www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to sponsor a wreath for $15; designate the wreath to the Annapolis National Cemetery by entering location ID code MDANCM (no Group ID# needed).  The deadline for wreath donation to be placed this holiday season is Wed., November 24, 2010.  To learn more and to help initiate this program at Annapolis National Cemetery, E-mail Kristina Seidel at [email protected].

YMCA Camp Letts

This Edgewater camp needs volunteers for ongoing upkeep of buildings grounds, trail clearing and general office support at the Retreat Center and Camp office. Special event volunteer opportunities are also available for several annual events.  Contact Matt Garcia at [email protected] or 410-919-1412.  Web Site: www.campletts.org/.

  • 7:30am, Thurs., Nov. 25, 2010, YMCA Camp Letts 11th Annual Turkey Chase: Volunteer help is needed for this annual 10K Run/5K Fun Walk fundraising event. Students can also receive volunteer hours for school. The morning of the race help is needed with registration, on course directions, water stops, and general encouragement. A volunteer form is available on the web site and contact Chessa Ormond at [email protected] with any questions. All volunteer information should be submitted by November 5th to help prepare for the race.

Youth Golf Network (Formerly Anne Arundel Women’s Golf Organization)

The Youth Golf Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2007 that promotes the game of golf to women and youth from many socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the game of golf, youth will become actively engaged in the social fabric of their community, and derive direct health benefits that improve their quality of life, and most importantly, have their lives enhanced by learning a different method of facing their demanding and challenging circumstances with enthusiasm and strength. We are in the planning stages of our second annual charity golf event to be held in 2011. To make the 2nd better than the 1st, we are in need of volunteers. We only need 7 or 8 people who are willing to work 4 or more hours per month and use their talent to achieve success. If you’re not a golfer, that’s OK. We need marketing professionals, people who can pull in teams of golfers, creative minds as well as same day volunteers. Contact Jeanette Ortegon at 443-852-2336 or [email protected] for info about the Youth Golf Network and ongoing volunteer needs. See web site at www.aawgo.org.

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