This Week In Volunteering

| November 9, 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.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Serving all of Central Maryland, the Girl Scouts help girls develop character and skills for success. Girl Scout volunteering offers many flexible options, for both individuals and groups, whether you want to work directly with the girls throughout the year or lend expertise for a specific short-term project or event, even if your schedule allows you to only give a few hours. Training is provided and is tailored to each position. Volunteers should be 18 and older. For more information, contact Shawnda Cooke 410-358-9711 X219 or 800-492-2521, ext. 213 or [email protected].

  • Waxter Detention Facility for girls located in Maryland City: Adult volunteers are needed for the Girl Scout Program at the detention center. Minimum time commitment is for 2 – 1 hour sessions on a Monday afternoon although other arrangements can be made if necessary.
  • Special Volunteer Opportunity for Group Coordinators: Provide Girl Scout program to girls for a 6-8 week period meeting one day a week, usually after school, in the evenings, or possibly on the weekends.  The program may have a particular focus such as science, literacy, careers, etc, or be a variety of general Girl Scout activities. Structured program outlines can be provided. The girls may be a range of grades or a specific age level.  Girl Scouting serves girls in grades K-12.  Training is provided. Minimum age – 18.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

  • Budget Builder Coaches are volunteers who work one-on-one with future homeowners to reinforce and support financial goal setting, wise budgeting practices and goal-oriented spending habits. This is a 3-4 hour per month (hours are flexible) commitment that lasts approximately 3-4 months. If you are interested in empowering and building a relationship with a future Habitat homeowner, please contact Deborah Conklin at [email protected] for more information about this exciting and fulfilling area of volunteer engagement.
  • Red Hats: Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is currently looking to grow our base of Red Hat volunteers. Red Hats are a team of skilled and semi-skilled volunteers with construction experience, personality and leadership skills who are capable of leading small and large groups of volunteer teams. Prior construction experience is not required–training will be provided. Red Hats are asked to commit to a regular volunteer schedule (example, two Saturdays per month) and are often assigned to specific projects. Regular training sessions are underway now for new Red Hat volunteers. Please get involved today! If you are interested, please contact Eric Bernhardt at [email protected].

Isabel’s Gift

Volunteers are needed to help support the needs of parents with children in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at the AA Medical Center in Annapolis and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Support consists of providing information packets and web site information, a listening ear, and comfort bags of useful items such as water, pen & paper, reading materials, personal items, etc. to help parents cope with the stressful NICU experience.  Volunteers are needed to stuff and deliver comfort bags, help with fundraising, and a host of other tasks. Monetary and in-kind donations are also needed to support the web site, printing, and purchase of items for comfort bags. For information call 443-510-2673 or 443-562-6303 or e-mail [email protected]. Web site: www.isabelsgift.org.

National Electronics Museum

The museum near BWI Airport serves students and the general public by collection, preservation and display of significant artifacts and literature and the commemoration of the creativity and dedication of pioneers and workers in the field of electronics. Volunteers, age 14 and up, are needed week days and weekends for education and outreach, for special events, as an administrative assistant, as collections assistants, and for visitor services. Training will be provided. To apply visit the web site: www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org/ to download an application, call 410-765-0230, or E-mail: [email protected].

Opportunity Builders, Inc.

This nonprofit provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer Instructor Aides, minimum age 18, assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques. Volunteers who can commit to coming to the Millersville facility, once a week for at least 3 months are preferred. Volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee and more. Contact Leslie Prewitt at [email protected] or 410-787-0700. Website: www.obiworks.org .

Partners in Care

Partners In Care is an all-volunteer local nonprofit helping older adults remain independent in their homes. Drivers, receptionists, handymen, ride dispatchers, Life Line emergency response installers, and boutique workers–all are needed. Extensive experience is not needed: training is provided by Partners In Care for all positions. Drivers are especially needed to provide rides to doctors, grocery shopping, etc., either locally and/or to Baltimore and beyond. Rides are dispatched or ”matched” one ride at a time with several days’ notice for the volunteer driver. We also welcome monetary donations and donations of gently-used clothing and jewelry, quality furniture and household items to our recently-expanded resale boutique at 6 S. Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. There is also a need for volunteers to staff the boutique. Many opportunities at Partners In Care are available for students to obtain hours for service learning requirements. Contact Linda Dennis at 410-544-4800 or [email protected] for volunteer opportunities. Web site: www.partnersincare.org. Web site: www.partnersincare.org.

  • 2 pm, Nov. 16; 5pm, Nov. 18, 2010; 2pm, Jan. 11 and 5pm Jan. 13, 2011, Volunteer Orientation Sessions: Partners In Care is holding volunteer orientations on these dates. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 410-544-4800.

Regency Park Assisted Living

Regency Park provides supportive care to residents at their facility in Gambrills, MD. A volunteer driver (with 4-wheel drive vehicle), age 21 and up and with a good driving record, is needed to transport caregivers to the facility in inclement weather conditions in the winter months. Contact Judy Long at 410-923-1200 or E-mail: [email protected].

Salvation Army

Volunteers are needed to drop off food donations Monday through Friday for the Salvation Army’s food pantry on Hilltop Lane. Suggested food items include nonperishable canned goods and boxed food. Donations of toiletries are also welcome. Groups that hold food drives can make arrangements to have the food picked up. For more information and to volunteer, contact Captains Richard and/or Ruth New at 410-263-4091 or [email protected].  Volunteers are needed for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 25 and for a variety 2010 Christmas Programs including kettle sites, Toy and Food Drives, the Angel Tree program. Donations of meals for sorters of Angel Tree gifts, sponsorship of Angel Trees, and office help to answer phones and other clerical duties.  Contact Captains Richard and/or Ruth New at 410-263-4091 for more information and to volunteer.

Winter Relief Program, late October through early April–Rotating Locations

Forty-eight churches will provide sheltering sites and an additional 14 churches are partnering with them in the county to support a shelter program from late October until April. For one week at a time, participating churches host men (and some can also accommodate women) in need of a hot meal and shelter for the night and breakfast the next morning. The Winter Relief Program needs volunteers to assist at the Intake Center at 514 N. Crain Hwy. in Glen Burnie and to be transportation escorts for showers for our guests. Interested volunteers can contact Phil Baily at 410-863-4888 or [email protected].

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