This Week In Volunteering

| February 21, 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.

American Red Cross EPLEX Disaster Exercise, Sat., May 7, 2011

Volunteers are needed for the EPLEX (The Triennial Emergency Plan Exercise) to be held on Sat., May 7, 2011 at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Volunteers, 18 years and older, will role play crash victims, be moulaged (make-up) and triaged. Some will be transported to a mock hospital. Other volunteers will role play family and friends of crash victims. The exact time has not yet been announced; it will start in the early morning and go into the afternoon.  Details about the exact time will be sent out as soon as possible to those who sign up. If you have any questions about volunteer participation and to sign up, E-mail [email protected], or call Bethany Brown at 410-624-2055.

Arc of the Central Chesapeake

The Arc advocates for and supports County citizens with developmental disabilities. Adult volunteers are needed to help with fund raising, assist in the office, with special events, and to serve on the Board of Directors. Volunteers, age 16 and up, are also needed for painting and as gardening assistants, and more at The Arc headquarters and at the 30 homes The Arc maintains in the county. Contact Angie DeMorland at (410) 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883, or e-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.thearcccr.org.

  • 6:30 pm, Tues., Mar. 22, 2011, Annual Awards Banquet: This event being held this year at the Annapolis DoubleTree  Hotel celebrates those individuals who deserve very special thanks for their contributions in the field of developmental disabilities. Contact Angie Demoreland at [email protected] or 410-990-1935 for nomination form and awards category information and to RSVP. Nominations are due by Mon., Feb. 28, 2011 and also may be downloaded from the web site.

Bello Machre

Volunteer your time and talent and be a part of our growing Bello Machre family.  Bello Machre provides loving homes and support to people with developmental disabilities. A wide range of opportunities are available throughout Anne Arundel County.  Orientation training is provided and volunteers 18-years-old and up must pass a criminal background check. Bello Machre does not offer opportunities to fulfill court-ordered community service.  Contact Evette Watson at (443) 702-3064 or [email protected].  See website:  www.bellomachre.org. Some current specific volunteer needs include:

  • 6:30–7:30 pm, Thurs., Mar. 3, Apr. 7, and May 5, 2011, Aktion Club Meetings: Volunteers are needed to attend monthly meetings held on the first Thurs. every month in Glen Burnie. As a volunteer of the Club you’d be responsible for providing transportation to and from the meetings for 2-3 attendees. In addition, a volunteer is needed to take minutes at each meeting and type and distribute them to members. Volunteers must have their own transportation and a clean driving record.
  • Crafts Projects: A volunteer is needed to plan and facilitate arts and crafts projects for three men in the Glen Burnie area. The volunteer would serve for about 1 1/2 hrs. twice a month from March to May on a Tues., Wed. or Fri. after 3 pm. Possible projects include jewelry making, painting, coloring, making collages, and more.
  • Muralist Needed: Talented and creative artists are being sought to create one-of-kind murals to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Paints and supplies will be provided. Sample portfolio required. Previous experience painting a mural preferred.

Chesapeake Arts Center

Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed to serve as ushers, ticket attendants, and house managers for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Sutdio 194 Theatres. Volunteers can also help in the gift shop office, conducting daily administrative duties, distribution of flyers/newsletters in teh community, mailings, and more. Extra volunteers are also needed to help with special events such as the Gala, gardening help for the front garden is also needed. Contact the Arts Center at 410-636-6597 or email: [email protected]. Web: www.chesapeakearts.org

Homeless Resource Day, Sat., March 26, 2011

This “one-day, one stop” event is being held at Glen Burnie High School for individuals and families experiencing homelessness so they can access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, and a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self-sufficiency. You can help by donating your time, goods, services, or money.

•     4–8 pm, Fri., Mar. 25, Resource Day Setup: Volunteers, age 15 and older, are needed to help with set up and receiving, sorting and organization of donations and giveaways.

•     7:30 am–6 pm, Sat., Mar. 26, Resource Day: Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed, in shifts, to provide guidance to attendees, assist service providers, and help with distribution of donations. A 1 and ½ hour training session is required for all Saturday volunteers. For information & sign up, go to web site www.volunteerannearundel.org/AACHRD.html. For additional information, contact Tanya Steele at 410-269-4461 or [email protected].

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maryland

This nonprofit is dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Volunteers from Anne Arundel County are especially needed to serve on the JDRF Maryland Chapter Board of Directors. Office volunteers, 14 years and older are needed in the Towson office. Volunteers are also needed throughout the year for family outreach activities, and for fundraising events. Contact [email protected] or 410-636-8080 x1 and visit website at http://jdrfmd.org/for more information.

  • 8:30 AM, Sat. Apr. 2, 2011, Baltimore Walk to Cure Diabetes: Volunteer Fundraisers are needed prior to the 5K Walk as well as a variety of volunteers to help the day of the event at M &T Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the Walk starts at 10:00 AM.  Contact: Beth Prensky at [email protected] or (410) 636-8080 for more information.
  • 8:30 AM, Sun. Apr. 17, 2011, Annapolis Walk to Cure Diabetes: Volunteer Fundraisers are needed prior to the 5K Walk as well as a variety of volunteers to help the day of the event at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. Registration begins at 8:30 AM and the Walk starts at 10:00 AM.  Contact: Beth Prensky at [email protected] or (410) 636-8080 for more information.

Leadership Anne Arundel

The mission of this non-profit organization is to educate and train a diverse group of individuals to become more effective community leaders.  Leadership Anne Arundel is now recruiting for its second Fellows Seminar series starting in April for graduates of their Flagship, Executive Leadership Series and Neighborhood Leadership programs. The enrollment deadline is April 4, 2011 and a Kick-off Retreat is Sat. & Sun., April 8-9, 9-5 pm. Classes consist of six sessions on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-9:00pm: April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7, 21, 2011. An application form is available on the web site at: http://leadershipaa.org/fellows.html. Also, contact Patrick Lee at 410-571-9798, or [email protected]

Young Leaders United, Inc.

Young Leaders is a non-profit providing mentoring for students in the 5th or 6th grade and continuing through high school. Volunteers, at least 16 years of age and a junior in high school, are needed to provide mentoring services. A one-year commitment of at least 1-hour per week is required for both mentors and peer mentors.  Mentor candidates must fill out a mentor application, have a personal interview, provide three references, and undergo background and motor vehicle checks. Peer Mentors serving as tutors in their schools must also have an “A” in the subject in which they will provide tutoring and a recommendation letter from a teacher.  Mentors will be provided an initial 8-hour training session and quarterly 4-hour training sessions. For more information, contact 240-426-6073 or [email protected]. See web site at www.theyoungleadersunited.org/.

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