This Week In Volunteering

| February 1, 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 Medical Center, Blood Donor Center

The Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center, Wayson Pavilion, Suite 450, seeks blood donors age 17 and older, by appointment. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and includes a free mini-physical and cholesterol reading. Parking is free. Contact  443-481-4215.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

The Office of Equity Assurance & Human Relations is seeking a volunteer office aide, age 18 or older, for routine office duties to assist all office personnel. Such duties include answering phones, preparing event and meeting materials, filing, greeting and directing persons visiting the office, sorting mail, and other duties as assigned by the Executive Assistant to the Director. The office is located at the Board of Education, 2644 Riva Rd., Annapolis. For more information, contact Dianne Williams at 410-222-5354 or [email protected].

Anne Arundel Department of Aging and Disabilities

Chronic Disease Self-Management Leaders: The Department is looking for volunteers who want to learn to be Chronic Disease Self-Management Leaders. Leaders will co-facilitate a six-week workshop for participants who suffer from chronic conditions. Leaders do not have to be health care professionals, but should have a chronic disease or be a care-giver of someone with a Chronic Disease. Leaders will become specialists who can help participants develop self-management skills and will need to be able to lead one workshop per year. Training will take place in March at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, in Annapolis. For more information, contact Pam Toomey at 410-222-4366 or at [email protected].

  • 2:30 or 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, Friendly Visitor Program Volunteer Orientation: This 90-minute orientation is being offered for volunteers needed for the Friendly Visitor Program coordinated by the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The Program matches a homebound isolated person age 55 or older, or an adult with disabilities, with a volunteer visitor who comes to his or her own home. The Department matches by geographic area and similar interests. The trained Friendly Visitor visits at least one hour per week for a six month minimum. For more information, call Susan Law, the Friendly Visitor coordinator, at 410-222-4464, Ext. 3022, or e-mail [email protected]. See website at www.aacounty.org/aging.

Arthritis Foundation

The Southern Maryland Office serves the residents of Maryland (except Montgomery and PG Co.), Delaware, and Eastern West Virginia, by making the public knowledgeable about arthritis and the importance of appropriate treatment and by helping people take personal control of their arthritis through self-help classes, warm water and land exercise programs and support and education groups. For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities, call 410-544-5433 or 800-365-3811 or E-mail: [email protected] or visit www.arthritis.org.

  • May 21, 2011, 2011, Arthritis Walk: Volunteers are needed to serve on the 2011 Arthritis Walk Committee and/or volunteer on Saturday, May 21st during the 2011 Arthritis Walk being held at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. In addition, sponsors are also being sought for the event (several levels of sponsorship are available) including making a donation such as raffle items, goodie bag items, gift certificates, services, $ contribution, etc. Contact Mary Major at 410-757-8160 or [email protected]. See web site at visit www.arthritis.org.

GreenScape 2011, Sat., April 16, 2011

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department has announced GreenScape 2011 to take place on April 16, 2011. GreenScape is a volunteer effort, sponsored by the City of Annapolis through many of its departments, which encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the City. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; and the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. This is the 20th year of this annual program of beautification, clean-up and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis by volunteers. Organizational meetings are planned for 7 pm, Wed., Feb. 9, and Mar. 9, 2011 in Room 1 at the Pip Moyer Rec. Center on Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. For more information, call Annapolis Recreation and Parks at (410) 263-7958 or E-mail [email protected].

Hospice of the Chesapeake

Hospice of the Chesapeake is in need of volunteers who enjoy cooking to assist the staff at the Mandrin Hospice House in Harwood and the Tate Hospice House in Linthicum.  Our patients are comforted by home-cooked meals prepared by our volunteers.  Training is provided.  For more information, please contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or [email protected].

Newseum (Washington, DC)

Volunteers, age 16 and up, are needed to assist Newseum staff in many vital roles at the museum in Washington, DC. Volunteers are needed to assist Newseum staff in the following areas: Visitor services; Public programs and educational workshops; Collections management and artifact processing; Research and/or writing; Word processing, mailings and other administrative functions; and, testing/evaluating ongoing programs. To learn more about the volunteer program, fill out an online volunteer form at www.newseum.org or contact the Newseum’s senior manager of operations staffing and training, Donna J. Baker, at 202-292-6513 or [email protected].

North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON)

NCEON in cooperation with area churches helps persons in their community in need of crisis assistance because of evictions, utility turn-off notices, emergency prescription needs, food pantry or other services. NCEON needs occasional volunteers to staff the office, stock shelves, bag food for the pantry and donate food and other items for the pantry. Get your group to sponsor a food drive or pick up a few extra items when you shop and drop them off at NCEON. Call Ann or Marsha at 410-766-1826 or 304 5th Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

This non-profit agency provides job training and placement services to low income unemployed and underemployed residents of Anne Arundel County.  A wide variety of volunteers are needed to assist with basic computer, GED, English as a Second Language, resume writing, math skills, writing skills, job skills, job interviewing classes and much more. Classes are held in Annapolis, daily from 9 am to 3 pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm. Executive Director is Ed Greene.

Office volunteers are needed at the 1908 Forest Drive office Mon through Thurs from 9 am to Noon to answer phones, take messages, keep the Director’s calendar, assist clients, and assist with paper work and light filing. Some knowledge of keyboarding and Microsoft Word needed. Training provided. Contact Ed Greene 410-222-1287 or [email protected]

Volunteer receptionist needed at the Forest Drive office Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. to answer phones, take messages and assist as necessary. Training provided. Contact Ed Greene 410-222-1287 or [email protected].

USO Outreach Center, Ft Meade USO is a non-profit organization serving the military and their families through a variety of events and activities, many of which are supported by volunteers. We need volunteers with the skills or experience for the following areas: Administration, Scheduling, Decorating, Event Planning, Outreach, Photography, Property, Publicity and Website. Specific events and activities for which need your help are: Latin Beats, BUNCO, Health/Fitness, Sweetheart Dinner Dance, Children’s Fall Festival, and more. For more information and to volunteer, contact Charlynn Sunderland, Fort Meade USO Outreach Coordinator at 410-305-0660 or [email protected].

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