This Week In Volunteering

| March 29, 2011 | 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-897-9207 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Check our Website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

Dyslexia Tutoring Program

This nonprofit organization trains volunteers to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Volunteers should have a high school degree, good language skills, patience, a willingness to understand persons with language disabilities, and the desire to help someone who wants to learn to read. Volunteer tutors are trained through a twenty-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, spelling, and writing, are subjected to a criminal background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. For more information call 410-889-5487 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-889-5487 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail [email protected].  Web site: www.dyslexiatutoringprogram.org.

Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank (EVBB)

The EVBB is one of only two volunteer blood donor centers for dogs in the United States. In return for your healthy dog’s generous donation of blood, s/he will receive an automatic health check every time blood is donated. Your dog could save a life, and that life could even be his/her own some day. Dogs know they will get treats and really look forward to going to donate blood. For each unit of blood donated, a free unit of blood is available for your dog should s/he ever need it. In addition to the main location at 844 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, EVBB maintains facilities at Crofton Veterinary Clinic, in Crofton, the Highway Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, Animal Clinic of North Bowie, and Muddy Creek Animal Hospital in West River; in addition numerous other donor sites are now available throughout Maryland.  Contact 800-949-EVBB begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800-949-EVBB end_of_the_skype_highlighting (3822), 410-224-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-224-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or E-mail [email protected]. Website: www.evbb.com

Hospice of the Chesapeake

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers to provide support and companionship to patients, families and caregivers.  As a Patient Care Volunteer you will provide companionship to patients and a respite for caregivers by making weekly visits to assist with meals, reading, transportation to medical appointments, errands and other practical needs. A class for Patient Care Volunteer Training is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 3 consecutive Saturdays, April 2, 9 and 16, 2011, at the Prince George’s Hospice office, 8724 Jericho City Drive, Landover. To register or for more information, please contact Julie Medlin at 301-499-4500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-499-4500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or [email protected].

Jennifer Road Detention Center

There is an immediate need for one or two volunteers to facilitate a Book Club for an hour once a month for inmates at the Center. Also, volunteers, 21+ years of age, who pass a background check are needed to work in the library, assist with Pre-GED classes and the education program, as tutors, and to facilitate self-help workshops on parenting, job readiness, financial issues, and more. Training is provided. The education/Pre-GED program is held on Wed. & Thurs evenings. Self-help workshop scheduling is flexible.  Contact Karen McDonald at 410-222-7093 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-222-7093 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Maryland State Archives

Learn about Maryland history and the treasures preserved at the State Archives in Annapolis. Volunteers, 18 years of age and older, are needed Monday through Saturday, between 8:30 – 10:00 am and/or 3:00 – 4:30 pm to assist in access and understanding of the records of the State of Maryland. Volunteers scan, index or keyboard many historic records, assist patrons with genealogy, research 19th century African-American records, and colonial records. Training is provided. For more information, E-mail:[email protected] or phone: (800) 235-4045 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 235-4045 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (410) 260-6400. Web site: wwwmsa.md.gov.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding

Located in Crownsville, MTR is a Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. Volunteers, ages 14 and up, assist with riding lessons and are needed throughout the week to assist with horse care, barn and facility maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to assist with special events, serve on committees including fund raising, and general office duties.  All volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to beginning their volunteer service.  If you would like to attend an upcoming training session (held monthly), please call Volunteer Coordinator Katie Spohn at 410-923-1187 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-923-1187 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Visit our website at www.horsesthatheal.org for volunteer training schedules and downloadable volunteer application.

  • 11:45 am–5 pm, Sun., May 1, 2011, Urban Roedown; Celebrate Urban Roedown, a new twist on an old classic. with Maryland Therapeutic Riding and Marlborough Hunt Races on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Volunteers are needed to support the event by assisting with check in, sales, contests and parades. If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact Maryland Therapeutic Riding at 410-923-6800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-923-6800 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

METAvivor Adventure Race, 8:00 am,, Saturday, April 16, 2011

METAvivor Reasearch & Support, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, mostly with metastatic breast cancer (BC), that provides support for patients with metastatic BC and helps  increase awareness of the disease as well as raise funding for research. Volunteers are being sought to help organize this fundraising event as well as manage it on the day of the race. The Adventure Race is being held at the Key School, 534 Hillsmere Dr., Annapolis, & consists of:  2-mile kayak + 18 mi. bike + 3.1 mi. run (can also be done in a 3-person relay team). For information about the event, or to become a volunteer, contact: Sherry Goodman at 443-458-8317 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 443-458-8317 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or email: [email protected], or Ron Bowman at 410-570-0003 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-570-0003 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or email: [email protected]. To participate: sign up at www.active.com (Search “METAvivor”). See web site at: http://metavivor.org/index.html.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

Individuals and groups can assist the homebound. Volunteer as little as an hour a month to make a world of difference. Drivers needed to deliver meals Monday through Friday (holidays included) between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Volunteers also needed to accompany drivers, pack meals, or make birthday or other greeting cards to be delivered with the meals. Many opportunities are flexible, and training is provided. Locations are in Glen Burnie (Pascal Senior Center), Annapolis (St. Martin’s Lutheran on Forest Dr.), and Severna Park (Woods Church). Routes in Cape St. Claire/St. Margaret, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Odenton and Old Mill communities are in urgent need. MOW can also use volunteers to man displays and assist at fund raising activities. Call Terry Lehr at 1-866-558-0827 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-866-558-0827 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 410-431-5257 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-431-5257 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or e-mail [email protected]. See www.mealsonwheelsmd.org

•     Young Volunteers are encouraged to help Meals on Wheels (MOW). Young people in Anne Arundel County, over 14 can serve Meals on Wheels Monday through Friday. Packers are needed from 8:30–11 am to prepare and package meals for clients at Annapolis and Severna Park sites over 14 (with guardian, 16 without), while visitor volunteers, 18 years and up, can help to deliver the meals to the clients with an experienced volunteer from 10:30 am until 1:30 pm. Younger volunteers, if they have a MOW volunteer as a parent or grandparent can visit and deliver meals with their relative. Call MOW at 410-431-5257 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-431-5257 end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information or to volunteer.

National Electronics Museum

The museum near BWI Airport serves students and the general public by collection, preservation and display of significant artifacts and literature and the commemoration of the creativity and dedication of pioneers and workers in the field of electronics. Volunteers, age 14 and up, are needed week days and weekends for education and outreach, for special events, as an administrative assistant, as collections assistants, and for visitor services. Training will be provided. To apply, call 410-765-0230 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-765-0230 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or apply online at the web site: www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org.

  • 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Sat., Apr. 30, 2011, Robot Fest 2011: Robot Fest is a one-day event being held at the National Electronics Museum for students of all ages and for those with the unquenchable urge to create new, previously unseen forms from lifeless electronics and mechanical parts of metal and plastic. We’re looking for volunteers to help with organizing, advertising, set-up, tear-down, food and raffle sales, workshop assistance, etc. Please email us at [email protected], call (410) 419-8247 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (410) 419-8247 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, or visit web site at: www.robotfest.com for more information.

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