This Week In Volunteering

| November 17, 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.

Annapolis Opera

Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to help with publicity, school outreach, ad sales, performance support, bookkeeping, computer work, receptions, support for the vocal competition and auditions, and much more. Call 410-267-8135 or email [email protected] for more information. Web site: www.annapolisopera.org

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services

  • Mentor Program: Volunteer mentors, especially males, are needed for children and adolescents in a one-on-one structured relationship. Screening and background checks are required. An initial workshop in “How to Mentor” is provided by DSS and periodic meetings are held to support mentors. For more information contact Tanya Steele at 410-269-4460
  • Office Assistance, Transportation Aides: Volunteers are also needed help with clerical tasks in the office, and transportation aides are also needed to provide transportation to clients. For more information contact Tanya Steele at 410-269-4460
  • Representative Payee Program: Volunteers are needed this program that matches volunteers with individuals incapable of managing their financial affairs. Volunteers are trained to keep records and handle finances for these adults. The program serves to prevent homelessness and inappropriate institutionalization. For more information contact For more information contact Tanya Steele at 410-269-4460

Assistance League of the Chesapeake

Assistance League of the Chesapeake has many volunteer opportunities during November and December with continuing programs that benefit children and seniors in Anne Arundel County. Programs at Meade Heights Elementary School include mentoring and tutoring, assisting at the book fair from Nov. 8 – 11, 2010, serving as guest readers on Nov. 15, and assisting in the holiday shop on Dec. 16-17. Programs at Georgetown East Elementary School include serving as guest readers during the week of Nov. 8 – 12, mentoring and tutoring, helping at the weekly after school knitting and drama clubs, and assisting at the holiday shop on Dec. 14-16. Sing-along programs that bring familiar music to seniors are scheduled at Sunrise Assisted Living on Nov. 8 and Dec. 6, at Knollwood Manor nursing Home on Nov. 17 and Dec. 20, at FutureCare on Dec. 8, and at Regency Park on Dec. 13. Volunteers ages 18 and older are welcome for all programs. For specific information about the programs and how to help, email [email protected] and visit the website: www.alchesapeake.org.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF)

Ulman Cancer Fund Teen Support: This is a new program beginning in January 2011 at the Wellness House in Annapolis for which volunteers are being sought.  UCF Teen Support is a student-organized support network for teenagers who have a loved one with cancer. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information about the program and to volunteer.

Giving Back’s Backpack Program November-December Collection Drive

Over the past few years, Giving Back has developed a program to provide backpacks, coats and boots to the people directly on the streets of Baltimore and DC.  Each backpack will include a heavy sweatshirt, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a hat, warm gloves, and a warm pair of socks. Last year we distributed nearly 2000 of these backpacks, and sadly, there was not enough. We are looking for organizations, neighborhoods individuals to help us fill these backpacks for the 2010 drive. Giving Back will purchase the backpack, and provide them to groups willing to collect the materials to fill and return them. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with everything from publicity, working at the collection site in Annapolis from Dec 20-23, and helping with the deliveries on Dec 24.  If you want to help in any way, please contact us. For more information, contact Steve Anstett (director) at [email protected] or 410-295-0889.

Holiday Homeless Drive, December 20–23, 2010

This annual event sponsored by the nonprofit organization, Giving Back, Lindas Legacy, needs volunteers to collect and sort donations from 11 am to 5 pm on Dec. 20- 23rd at the farmers Market on Riva Rd. at Truman Pkwy in Annapolis and distribute to shelters in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City on Dec. 24th. Volunteers needed to collect and sort blankets, winter coats, sweaters, baby clothing, non-perishable food, toys (new), bag lunches, and more at trucks.  Volunteers are also needed to load & distribute gifts on Christmas Eve from 11 am to 3 pm. On Dec. 24th, specific volunteers are needed as doctors, nurses, carolers, musicians and people to dress up in costumes to go with the trucks which will be leaving from the Farmers Market on Riva Road at Truman Parkway.  Volunteers also needed now to distribute fliers and assist with administrative tasks. For more information, contact Steve Anstett (director) at [email protected] or 410-295-0889.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian, MD

At the Sanctuary, children and adults collect water samples, clear trails, weigh turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, seine for fish, host the Visitor Center on weekends, and more. For more information and for specific opportunities unless otherwise noted below, contact Lindsay Hollister at 410-741-9330, or send e-mail to [email protected]. Check the website at: http://www.jugbay.org.

  • 7:30–9:30 am, Thurs., Dec. 2, 16, & 30, 2010; Jan. 13 &17, 2011; Feb. 10 &24, 2011, Winter Waterbird Surveys: Adult volunteers are invited to count waterbirds such as Canada geese, harriers, eagles, herons, and many kinds of ducks. Bring binoculars & a field guide (if you have one) and dress for the weather with comfortable walking shoes. No experience is necessary.
  • 10:00 am–3:00 pm, Sat., Jan. 29, 2011, Stream Monitoring: Volunteers are invited assist with research focused on 3 streams flowing through the Sanctuary. Streams will be sampled for insects and the specimens will be brought back to the Wetlands Center to be sorted and identified. For teens and adults.

U.S. Elite Track and Field, Inc.

U.S. Elite provides a Track and Field Program that caters to elite and developmental athletes and a Liaison Program that mentors and helps high school student attain 100% scholarship opportunities for college. If you are interested in having fun with the team, donating items for charity and helping out, call 202-390-6224 or send emails to [email protected]. Also, see website: www.uselite.org.

Snow Patrol

The Department of Aging and Disabilities is partnering with the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Citizens Corps Council to recruit and deploy church youth groups, families, scouts, and high school groups as well as adult organizations for the “Snow Patrol”. Isolated seniors with medical needs and individuals with disabilities need assistance with removing snow and ice during winter storms so that driveways and sidewalks can be accessed by caregivers or so that the affected seniors can reach the street to be provided transportation for medical care, etc. This is a call for groups to register with the Volunteer Center for the Snow Patrol. Volunteer Groups are needed now and must pre-register in order to help residents with disabilities and medical needs during this winter’s storms. For information & a Snow Patrol Intake Form, contact Bill at the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel Co. at 410-897-9207 or [email protected]. A Snow Patrol Intake Form may also be downloaded from www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

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