This Week In Volunteering

| May 10, 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.

Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region

The Arc advocates for and supports County citizens with developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help with fund raising, assist in the office, with special events and to serve on the Board of Directors. Volunteers, 16 years and older, are also needed as gardening assistants at the Arc’s sensory garden in Annapolis, including plant care, patio maintenance, planting trees/shrubs, etc. and to help with leaf and yard maintenance at 30 homes the Arc manages throughout the County. Volunteers are also needed for painting at the homes and yard work for all of the spring and summer at the Spa Road office.  Contact Angie DeMorland at (410) 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883, or e-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.thearcccr.org.

  • 9:00–11:30 am, Sat., Jun. 4, 2011, Run for a Reason 5K Run/Walk: Volunteer help and participants are needed for this fundraiser at Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis; proceeds of the event will support The Bowen Foundation for Autism & The Arc of the Central Chesapeake Region. Contact Angie DeMoreland at 410.990.1935 or [email protected] and see web site at www.thearcccr.org.

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:

  • 6:00 am–1:00 pm, Sat., Jun. 11, 2011, Every Step Counts Hike and Bike a-thon: Volunteers are needed to help out in various areas for this fundraising event, including: Greeters, Raffle Crew, Set-up Crew, Clean-up Crew, Food Service Crew, Route Support Crew, and much, much more! Contact Evette Watson at 443-702-3064 or [email protected].

Calvert Animal Welfare League

The organization located in Prince Frederick operates a state-of-the-art adoption and education center. Volunteers age 14 and up with adult supervision are needed for 2 shifts daily of animal care, to provide foster homes, and as administrative support for short and long term projects. Training will be provided. Volunteer members are also needed to serve on the Board of Directors. For more info., call 410-535-9300 or e-mail [email protected]. Web site: www.cawl.us.

Captain Salem Avery House/Shady Side Rural Heritage Society

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society invites individuals to join them in presenting their events, operating the Captain Salem Avery Museum, and taking leadership and Board roles. The Museum relies on volunteers to serve as docents and greeters to welcome guests on Sunday afternoons and take them on tours of the historic waterman’s home, to the gorgeous waterfront, and our historic boats on site.  Help is also needed for the many events such as the our major fundraiser, Music on the Bay: Country Traditions, Oyster Festival, Winter Luncheon Series , and numerous programs for children.  For more information, visit the web site, www.shadysidemuseum.org , or contact the office at 410-867-4486 or [email protected].

Chesapeake Ecology Center

The Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) works with its members, volunteers, community groups, and students, including at-risk students at Adams Academy at Adams Park (where it is based), to provide environmental education and, at the same time, develop on-the-ground habitat restoration/protection projects. The CEC holds volunteer education/planting days and tours mid-April through November, and provides technical assistance to a variety of community and school groups for their projects. In addition to numerous on-the-ground restoration projects at the CEC and elsewhere, it promotes conservation landscaping through a variety of media, and through presentations and tours of the CEC’s 18 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. An adult should accompany volunteers under age 16. Schedule volunteer time by contacting Zora Lathan at [email protected] or 410-212-4506. See www.ChesapeakeEcologyCenter.org. Special events:

  • 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, May 14 & July 16, 2011, Garden Tours and Volunteer Days.
  • Saturday, June 11th, Unity Gardens and the RainScaping Campaign will hold a Rain Garden Workshop (more details to come).

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating Fourth Sundays Apr.–Oct.

CRAB promotes the joy of sailing in specially modified boats to persons with disabilities and their families. CRAB volunteer skippers, crewmembers and dockhands offer monthly “SailFree” events every fourth Sunday of the month from April through October from 10 am-4 pm at the Marina at Sandy Point State Park. Volunteers are needed year round as members of the Board of Directors, to assist with sailing programs for children of Central Special School and MD School for the Blind, fleet, & equipment maintenance, and more. CRAB is also seeking the donations of various pieces of equipment and money. Those interested in volunteering should contact program director, Karl Guerra, at [email protected] or (410) 626-0273. See web site: http://crabsailing.org/.

OHLA (Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County)

OHLA provides support, education and relief services to immigrant Hispanic-American families. Volunteers serve as Outreach Coordinators bridging existing gaps in areas such as health, jobs and other services needed by the community.  Bi-lingual volunteers staff the Annapolis office located in the Community Resource Center at 80 West St., and assist Hispanic constituents with many issues ranging from immigration to interpreter services, training provided.  Volunteers must be age 18 and up and some computer skills are preferred but not necessary.

A volunteer bilingual licensed clinical social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist is needed to help initiate a Mental Help Support Group for Hispanic women. Leading and counseling the group would involve an hour once every week or two.  Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-266-6145 or [email protected]. Web: www.ohla.us.
Operation Welcome Home (MD)

This nonprofit organization provides a hero’s welcome every week at BWI Airport to military personnel returning home from the War on Terror. Volunteers are needed to attend welcome home events to greet by cheering, clapping, shaking hands to say thanks. Groups such as community organizations, schools, scouts, church groups are also welcome to host an event, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops. Also there is critical need for “Thank You” cards for distribution to the troops; this is a great project for groups such school classes and scouts. Volunteer team leaders, two for each event, also are needed to arrive an hour early to stage supplies and to make an announcement when the event begins. Training for team leaders is required along with a commitment to two events per month. For more information call 410-757-0982, e-mail [email protected], or visit web site at http://www.operationwelcomehomemd.org/

ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon & 10K, Sun., Jun. 5, 2011

ZOOMA needs over 250 volunteers to make the Annapolis race a success! Come support your women runner friends and be part of ZOOMA! Start Times are: 7:00 a.m. for the half marathon and 7:15 a.m. for the kids 10K fun run being held Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Charity groups bringing 10-15 volunteers may be eligible for a $250 donation to their organization. Volunteers receive an official “ZOOMA Annapolis RACE CREW” t-shirt and the opportunity to be part of an inspiring and energizing community of active women. For more information and to sign up e-mail: [email protected] or visit the web site at: http://zoomarun.com/.

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