This Week In Volunteering

| April 19, 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 info@volunteerannearundel.org 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 rpscar88@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554 for more information for the following:

  • 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.

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 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 EPLEX@arc-cmc.org, or call Bethany Brown at 410-624-2055.

Robert A. Pascal Youth & Family Services

The organization’s mission is to promote optimal social, emotional, and mental health by providing accessible, innovative, and comprehensive individual, family, and group counseling as well as educational services to diverse communities.  Board members are being sought to build our board & increase diversity in all respects, including background, special knowledge (i.e. marketing, fundraising, psychiatry or psychology, social services, billing, insurance, etc.) as well as represent the community as a whole. We are also always seeking donations of office supplies. For more info call 410-975-0067 or e-mail: adel@rpascal.org.

Civil Air Patrol –Arundel Composite Squadron

The Civil Air Patrol does aeronautical training and has a cadet program for teen-agers. The Arundel Composite Squadron holds meetings at 7:00 pm on Tuesdays at the Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie. For more information contact Tim Strickland at 410-960-1337 or e-mail: tmstrickland@comcast.net. Web site: http://arundel.mdwg.cap.gov/

Emmaus Center

Emmaus Center is a nonprofit organization which serves poor and homeless people to give them a sense of community by providing resources that otherwise would not be available. The Center has an immediate need for volunteer help to prepare a newly leased facility for use. Needed are: carpenters and drywallers, painters, licensed electricians and helpers, licensed plumbers and helpers, layers of ceramic tile, gardeners for our private terrace, and anyone who wants to help; we need lots of people to help clean up the mess! If you can help in any way, please call immediately. For more information, contact 410-766-7729 or emmauscenter@gmail.com. Web: www.emmauscenter.net.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Arundel & Baltimore ReStores

At the ReStores, volunteers are needed for sales, stocking and receiving merchandise, picking up donated merchandise, planning pick-up routes, phone work, etc. Restore now has two locations: 1. 8101 Ft. Smallwood Road, Pasadena (Store Hours: Mon.–Sat.: 9 am-5 pm-call 410-437-7755), and 2. 505 Kane St., Baltimore (Store Hours–Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm-call 410-633-0505). Volunteers age 16 and up are needed who can help weekly, bi-weekly or monthly; call the individual stores, visit the website at http://www.chesapeakerestore.org or contact lkennedy@chesapeakerestore.org.

  • 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Sat., April 23, 2011, Earth Day Store Sale: The ReStores have a major Sale Event coming up on April 23rd for which additional volunteers may be needed. Please complete the volunteer application form on our website (www.chesapeakerestore.org) and email it to lkennedy@chesapeakerestore.org, fax to 410-437-7754, or drop off at the ReStore during store hours. Volunteers must be at least sixteen (16) years of age. If you have any questions, please call Liz at 410-437-7755.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Chesapeake Region

The mission of MADD is to stop drunk driving, support victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. Volunteer opportunities range from clipping articles out of local newspapers to speaking at Victim Impact Panels to representing MADD Chesapeake at community functions. Families and group volunteers are welcome. MADD is currently looking for individuals that read the newspaper who can help locate drunk driving crash victims so that free services can be offered to such victims.  Please contact MADD at 410-964-5757 or lisa.spicknall@madd.org. Web site: www.madd.org/md.

  • Court Monitoring Program: Adult volunteers are needed to observe all aspects of the court system by monitoring cases and collecting data to ensure accountability in DWI/DUI cases. Training will be provided. For more information contact Ayodele Warburton at 410 964 5757 or ayodele.warburton@madd.org
  • 9:00 am, Sat., May 7, 5th Anniversary Walk like MADD 5K Walk: This signature annual event is a fun, community-driven 5K fundraiser that also helps raise community awareness of drunk driving to help save lives starts in Federal Hill Park and continues around Baltimore Inner Harbor. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to help assure that walkers have the best walk event possible. Contact MADD at 410-964-5757 or lisa.spicknall@madd.org. Web site: www.madd.org/md.

National Aquarium Chesapeake Bay Initiative Habitat Restoration Projects

May 11-14, 2011, Dune Restoration, Dominion Cove Point LNG Facility, Lusby: The National Aquarium needs your help to plant native dune grasses as part of a shoreline restoration at Dominion Cove Point LNG. 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 conserve@aqua.org or 410-576-3851.

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