This Week In Volunteering

| May 24, 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.

Anacostia Watershed Society

This non-profit volunteer organization seeks volunteers, age 7 and up, to help with restoring, enhancing, and otherwise improving the Anacostia River watershed with projects including river cleanups, tree plantings, invasive plant removals, storm drain stenciling, and trash cleanups. For more information and to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Maddie Koenig at [email protected] or 301-699-6204. See web site at www.anacostiaws.org.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services

Mentoring Program: Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child?  The AA County Department of Social Services Mentoring Program is looking for volunteers to mentor at-risk youth ages 8-20 years old.  Mentors are positive role models who provide guidance and support in a one-on-one relationship.  All mentors are background screened and trained, and a one-year commitment is desired. Contact Tanya Steele at 410-269-4461 or [email protected] for more information and to volunteer.

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

The Literacy Council is the local affiliate of Laubach Literacy Action, recently reorganized as ProLiteracy Worldwide. Literacy tutors are needed for combating adult illiteracy; after completing training, you make your own schedule and locations with your assigned student or you can tutor at local detention centers, in small groups, and ESL tutoring. Immediate Need: Assessment Team Volunteers that are specially trained to give potential students an introduction to services, complete the registration process and paperwork, and help determine placement with tutors. For information call 410-269-4419, or e-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.icanread.org.

Assistance League of the Chesapeake

Volunteers are needed for community programs including:  “guest” readers at public elementary schools, tutors at Georgetown East Elementary School in Annapolis and participating in casual sing-a-long programs for seniors at various local assisted living facilities. Member-volunteers prepare and deliver emergency preparedness kits to home-bound seniors throughout the area and present educational puppet shows to local public elementary schools on topics such as bullying, special needs, etc. Volunteers are also needed for fundraising to support these programs. For information call 410-729-1209 or 410-956-5383 or E-mail: [email protected] Web site: www.chesapeake.assistanceleague.org.

Best Buddies of Maryland

Best Buddies enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendship and integrated employment. Volunteers, 18 and older, will be matched with an adult who has an intellectual disability. Matches are based on age, gender, proximity and similar interests. Once matched, the pair is asked to maintain weekly contact, via phone or email, and visit twice a month. Some monthly outings include going to concerts, dining out, watching movies and more. Volunteers are needed in Baltimore City and surrounding counties.  For an application and more information contact: Blair Judson at 410 327-9812 ext. 38 or [email protected]. Web site: www.bestbuddiesmaryland.org.

Lost Towns Project of Anne Arundel County/AA Co. Trust for Preservation

In addition to our dig days, we also encourage volunteers to participate in archaeological excavations or artifact processing in our new laboratory all year long.  There is no previous experience requirement for any of our volunteers, and we will teach them everything they need to know!  For more information and to volunteer in the Field, Lab or Archives, contact volunteer coordinator, Ms. Jessie Grow, at 410-222-1318 or [email protected]. See Website: www.losttownsproject.org/

  • · 9:00 am–2:00 pm, Sat., Jun. 4, 2011, Dig Day: The public is invited to join the Lost Towns Project archeologists as they continue to rediscover London Town. Call 410-222-7440 for more information.

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

This nonprofit located in Harwood is in search of volunteers who have a love for cats and kittens and would enjoy helping to care for abandoned, sick and wild cats until they find new homes. Volunteers are needed as: Animal Visitors, stop and play with the cats; Feral Cat Socializers, help teach “wild” cats that they no longer need to fear people; Animal Caretakers, at least 2 hours per week to clean and care for cats; Adoption Counselors, help screen potential adopters; Carpenters, help design and build new habitats for special needs cats. They accept group and youth volunteers (minimum age 16) and family volunteers (as long as parent is present). They also need donated canned cat food. Contact 410.798.9559 or [email protected].  Website: www.RudeRanch.org

Save the Coconuts

Originally formed as a walking team to raise funding through participation in the Susan G. Komen and Avon Walks for Breast Cancer in Washington, DC, “Save The Coconuts” is now a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer in the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County areas. Volunteers are being sought for a variety of tasks associated with local fundraising, please call or email Marie Dall’Acqua at 410-353-1552, Kelly Lange at 410-491-5760, or email [email protected].

Special Olympics

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics is a non-profit organization providing sports programs to over 300 eligible athletes, ages eight to adult, with a cognitive delay or developmental disability. The program currently includes Bocce, Cycling, Duckpin Bowling, Softball, Swimming, Track & Field; all training takes place locally and is offered to athletes free of charge. Volunteers, 16 and older, are needed as coaches in the evenings, to assist with special events, regional competitions, fundraising and more. A volunteer to join the Management Team as our Unified Sports Coordinator is also being sought. Please contact our Area Director, Gregg Meade at [email protected] about this position.  Volunteers and athletes should contact AASO at 410-923-0383 for more information about programs and to register. Volunteer applications are also on the web site:  www.soaamd.org.

Stanton Community Center

The Stanton Community Center serves as a community resource that provides children and adults with recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities and health, medical, therapeutic, and counseling services. The center displays historical portraits of Annapolis’ diverse community and features many offices, a multi-purpose gymnasium, commercial kitchen, fitness area, historic classroom, media center with computers, and two conference/meeting rooms. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed as academic tutors for elementary, middle and high school students in the After School Homework Program on Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. from September–June to help with homework, core subjects, school projects and academic skills.  Chess tutors are needed to assist a professional instructor in teaching beginner chess players ages 6-11 the fundamentals and principals of chess. Potential tutors must complete a volunteer application and are subject to a background check. A basketball is coach is also needed to coach youth basketball teams. For more information contact Archie Trader at 410-263-7966 or [email protected]. Web site: www.annapolis.gov/ at Department-Recreation & Parks.

State Emergency Preparedness Shelter Exercise, Fri., June 3, 2011

Volunteers are needed to help with an emergency operations exercise for a State operated Emergency Shelter on June 3, 2011 at the Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117; a one-half day commitment is required (approximately 4 hours), and water and snacks will be provided. People with functional needs and pets are welcome! Contact Angela Bernstein, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives at 410-926-8956 or [email protected].

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