This Week In Volunteering

| March 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.

AA County Department. of Recreation and Parks

Recreation and Parks has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults associated with specific events at county parks as well as programs that are listed on their web site at www.aacounty.org/recparks. Also, contact Wendy Scarborough at [email protected] or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554 for more information for the following:

  • 7:15-11:00 am, Sat., Mar. 26, 2011, Rec Deeds Challenge 5K Run & Walk, Sat., Mar. 26, 2011: Recreation Deeds for Special Needs is a non-profit friends & family organization established to provide camp scholarships, adaptive equipment, training and volunteer support to people with disabilities. The Recreation Deeds Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk fundraiser is being held at Ft. Smallwood Park in Pasadena. Volunteer youth are needed on the day of the event to assist with the course as well as to walk with the groups and assist with registration.
  • Counselor in Training (CIT) Program: Youth candidate volunteers able to serve for 4-weeks are being sought for the CIT Program. Those completing 8th grade in Jun. 2011 are eligible to serve at one of the Summer Fun Centers. Those completing 9th grade in Jun. 2011 are eligible for Day Camp Programs. Program application deadline is May 6, 2011. Applications are available online at www.aacounty.org/recparks.
  • Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2011: The Volunteer Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2011 (VSSLC) program is a 2-week volunteer program with a total of 4 different sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss various topics ranging from school year volunteer opportunities to conflict resolution strategies and social issues that they may face in today’s society. Successful completion of the program allows for the opportunity to earn community service hours as well as give work experience as you begin to interview for employment, apply for college, and in various other aspects throughout your life. Applications are available online at www.aacounty.org/recparks and must be received by May 13, 2011 for consideration.
  • Adaptive Inclusive Summer Camp Volunteer Positions: Volunteer athletes and caring individuals are needed to work with Special Needs youth in the Adaptive Summer Programs to assist with adaptive sports and general camp activities. Applicants must be age 14 and up and willing to volunteer for at least one week. A background check is required for those over age 18. Spring Programs will start at the end of March 2011. Applications are available online at www.aacounty.org/recparks.

Friends of Hancock’s Resolution

The Friends volunteer group operates and preserves this historic farmstead in Pasadena, which dates to 1785, and had an important role in the War of 1812. Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to give tours of the house and gardens to visitors from 1 to 4 pm on Sundays from April through October. Training is provided. Volunteer gardening assistants are needed and days/times are flexible. Other volunteer projects include assisting with historical research, archeology, public education and fundraising. See website: www.historichancocksresolution.org or contact 410-255-4048 or [email protected]. Extra volunteers may be needed for the following events:

  • 1– 4 pm, Sun., Apr, 10, Bee Keeping 101 & 102; 10 am–4 pm, Sun., Apr. 17, Spring Lilac Festival and Craft Fair; 1– 4 pm, Sun., May 1, Horse & Plow Demo; 10 am–4 pm, Sun., May 8, American Indian Lifeways; 1– 4 pm, Sun., May 15, Modern and Historic Uses of Herbs; Sunday, May 22 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1– 4 pm, Sun., May 22,Dr. Alexander Dobbs; 1– 4 pm, Sun., May 29, 2011, House and Gardens Open House.

Annapolis Language Bank

Volunteers with a second language capability extend a warm welcome to area visitors who might have difficulty communicating in English. Volunteers also are called upon by Public Safety officials, health organizations, hospitals, the Red Cross, State, County and the City of Annapolis, and other organizations. Volunteers are listed in the Language Bank by language in alphabetical order. If you or someone you know has a second language capability and is not currently listed as a Language Bank volunteer, we would urge a telephone call to the Office of Public Information, City of Annapolis, (410) 263-1183 or E-mail: [email protected]. See web site at: http://www.annapolis.gov/Residents/LanguageBank.aspx, for more information.

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden & Shop

Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of gardening tasks including planting, watering, weeding, and mulching.  Tour guides are needed, particularly in April & May, to assist the teacher/naturalist with large groups; year round programs need chaperons for field trips as well as assistants for nature programs. Shopkeepers are needed for 2-hour shifts on a weekly or twice-monthly basis at the garden’s gift shop at MD Department of Natural Resources, Tawes Building, Rowe Blvd. and Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Hours are flexible, training is provided, and volunteers are treated to an awards ceremony. Contact Jay Myers at 410-260-8184 or [email protected].

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 child sexual abuse prevention and treatment. A variety of volunteers of all ages are needed prior to and on race day, 9:00 am, Sat., Apr. 23, 2011, to prepare for and manage the 7th Annual National Race to Stop the Silence (8K Race, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run) in Washington, DC. Help is needed before the race with mailings, packet pick up, and goodie bag preparation. The day of the race, volunteers are needed at registration beginning at 7:00 am, to oversee food distribution and awards & prizes, and with course monitoring.  For more information, see web site at www.stopcsa.org/race.html for volunteer sign up link or contact Nick Panebianco at [email protected] or 301-807-8529.

Patapsco Valley State Park

The Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions including bike and mounted patrols, maintenance & management of camp sites, trails, the nature center, and more. See web site for descriptions and an application form at http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/patapscovolunteer.asp. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Maegan Cooper at 410-465-3287 or [email protected].

  • 9 am– 1 pm, Saturdays, Mar. 5 & 19, Apr. 16 & 30, May 7 (1-4 pm), May 21, and Jun. 4, 2011, Volunteer Trail Work Days: To participate you must sign-up in advance for a particular date. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. The actual location of each trail project will depend on the priorities of the trail crew and the number of volunteers who sign up. Everyone who signs up will be notified by email a day or two before each date and will be advised as to who, where and when to meet and what to bring.

Severna Park Community Center

Volunteer opportunities include working with youth, tutoring in Math or English at the After School Middle School Program, serving on the Board or a standing committee, helping with maintenance work, gardening or coordinating reservations and working with events. Volunteers are also needed to supervise open gym time for basketball or volleyball. Call Chris Marsala at 410-647-5843 X 201 or [email protected]. Website: www.severnaparkcommunitycenter.com

9 am – 12 noon, Sat., Mar. 12, Summer Fair: A variety of programmers will be available to explain their summer camps, as well as summer classes, and special programs; those attending can register during the fair. For more information, contact the SPCC Office at 410-647-5843, Ext. 202.

YWCA of Annapolis &Anne Arundel County, TWIN Awards, June 2, 2011

6– 9 pm, Thurs., Jun. 2, 2011, Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Awards Dinner: Nominations are being accepted for women who have made significant contributions to industry in management or executive positions; applications are available for download from the web site at http://annapolisywca.org/twin.php. The deadline for submitting TWIN 2011 Honoree Applications is Mar. 18, 2011, and applications should be mailed to the YWCA at 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD 21012, faxed to 410-626-7312, or emailed to [email protected]. Awards will be presented at the Annual TWIN Dinner being held from 6–9 PM on June 2, 2011. Sponsorship opportunities are also available to support the TWIN Awards. Contact Margaret Passalacqua at 410-626.7800 X118.

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