This Week In Volunteering

| January 25, 2011 | 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 Community College Center for Learning Through Service

The Center for Learning Through Service at Anne Arundel Community College promotes citizenship and learning through service by providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to serve the community.  The center works with over 100 community partners to match college volunteers with community needs. For more information call 410-777-2366. Web: www.aacc.edu/servicelearning.

  • The Cell Phones for Soldiers Project has been a great success at AACC, and will continue on an on-going basis.  Please continue to donate your old cell phones and accessories.  The materials will be recycled and proceeds will be used to purchase calling cards for soldiers serving overseas, enabling them to stay connected to their families and loved ones back home. Drop off location: Arnold Campus, SUN Bldg., Rm. 130, Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Contact Shauna Drye at [email protected] or 410-777-2053.
  • 10 am–1:00 pm, Thurs., Feb. 10, 2011, Community Service Fair: Agencies utilizing volunteers are invited to attend the Fair at the Student Union Bldg. on the Arnold campus to promote their services, resources, and to recruit potential volunteers. Community College service-learning students will be seeking placements for the Spring Term. Snow date for the event will be Wed., Feb. 17.  To reserve a table, contact Shauna Drye at [email protected] or 410-777-2053 by Thurs., Feb. 3.

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center

It is the mission of the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center to provide free and accessible conflict resolution services in order to promote constructive management and resolution of conflict/disputes throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The Center is seeking to add mediators to its roster who have time to donate to help others in conflict. Such mediators are required to complete a 45–hour training course scheduled for April 28th –May 16, 2011 at the Conflict Resolution Center, 2666 Riva Road Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Contact Suzanne Rose at 410-266-9033 or [email protected].

AA County Office of Emergency Management

The AA County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates resources and facilitates the response and recovery efforts of local, state, federal and private agencies in emergencies.  OEM is sponsoring an American Red Cross Shelter Management class to take place 10 AM–4 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011; Contact Karen Sank at 410-222-0611 or [email protected] for more information and to register.

Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank is looking for volunteers to help us get much-needed food to hungry Marylanders.    We are in need of multiple volunteers per shift to assist us with a variety of projects including the packing and sorting of food which will be distributed to our 600 agencies and feeding programs throughout the state of Maryland.  Our primary need for volunteers at this time is Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 PM & 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  If you have time to volunteer with us, please contact Amanda DeBoy at [email protected] or at 410-737-8282 ext. 232.

My Brother’s Pantry

This nonprofit, located on the grounds of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold is supported by nine area congregations to provide food for families in crisis because of unemployment or disabilities. Volunteers are needed to work in the food pantry and to donate food and other items. Call 410-757-5190.

National Aquarium Chesapeake Bay Initiative Habitat Restoration Projects (Baltimore)

Fort McHenry Field Day, Sat., April 16, 2011 (National Public Lands Day): The ten-acre tidal wetland bordering Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine now serves as a refuge for many species of wildlife including sea ducks, heron, muskrats, and red-winged blackbirds Join the Conservation Department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to help clean up the bay.  The National Aquarium in Baltimore is looking for community volunteers, ages 14 and older, to participate, rain or shine. Activities include debris cleanup, planting native marsh grasses, trail maintenance and more. Space is limited. To register, please contact the Conservation Department at 410-659-4274 or [email protected] . web site: www.aqua.org.

  • · February 23–26 & May 11-14, 2011, Dune Restoration, Cove Point Liquid Natural Gas Facility, Lusby: All participants must pre-register. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old, and anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers can sign up for one or more days. Upon registration, a detailed document will be provided via e-mail with directions to the site, meeting times, what to bring, and what to expect when you volunteer. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Fowler at [email protected] or 410-576-3851.

National Race to Stop the Silence, Sat., April 23, 2011

Stop the Silence, Inc. is a non-profit organization working with individuals, companies, and community- and faith-based organizations in various states to raise awareness and funds to support programming, and provide technical assistance in the area of child sexual abuse prevention and treatment. A variety of volunteers are needed prior to and on race day, 9:00 am, Sat., Apr. 23, 2011, to promote and manage the 7th Annual National Race to Stop the Silence (8K Race, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run). For more information see Home Page on official Web site at www.stopcsa.org/race.html for Volunteer Sign Up Link.

South River Federation

This non-profit, membership organization includes individuals and civic and community associations dedicated to restoring, protecting, and preserving the South River Watershed. Volunteers are needed for special event planning and administrative assistance. (contact Cindy Wallace or Drew Koslow).Volunteers are also needed to help with a variety of seasonal work projects, i.e., living shorelines, oyster garden planting, data collection, water sampling and more. Quarterly General Meetings are open and welcome to the public. Please check web site or call to confirm dates and location. Contact the office at 410-224-3802 or [email protected]. See web site: www.southriverfederation.net

United Way of Central Maryland

Volunteers are United Way of Central Maryland’s lifeblood. Whether it involves painting, building, planting or serving on an advisory board, the web site at http://shareyourself.org will help volunteers find an opportunity that fits. For more information about volunteer programs contact Bridget Crawley at 410.895.1473 or [email protected].  In addition, nonprofit organizations may register to list their volunteer needs at the web site.

YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Center

Sexual Assault Volunteers: Crisis Intervention Counselors/Volunteer Advocates are needed to assist victims of sexual assault. Volunteers answer the 24-hour hotline from home and/or provide hospital accompaniment to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; flexible hours are available (24 hrs/day). Minimum age requirement is 18. There is a need for volunteers to provide hospital accompaniment to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Training is required.  Contact [email protected] or call 410-626-7800 for more information. Download a Volunteer Application from the web site at:  www.ywcaaac.org.  This Week In

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