This Week In Volunteering

| June 28, 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.

City of Annapolis, Disaster Exercise, Thursday, August 11, 1911

The Annapolis Office of Emergency Management is seeking volunteers for a simulated evacuation on the morning of August 11, 2011 in Annapolis.  Volunteer assignment involves the role of hurricane evacuees in advance of a storm for exercising evacuation pick up points and bus transportation.  Volunteers will be transported a short distance by City buses. Preferred age for participants is age 16 and up, with those under age 18 to be accompanied by a parent. Specific logistics with regard to time and place to report will be determined by July 15. For more information and to volunteer, contact Barbara Fay at 410-216-9167 or [email protected].

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services – Back-To-School Program

This program in partnership with the Board of Education matches donors to children from low-income families in local elementary schools by providing backpacks and school supplies. Donors (individuals, groups, and businesses) are sent information on the children and a list of needed supplies for the grade they are entering. School supplies are placed inside backpacks and need to be delivered to elementary schools during August each year. Contact the Volunteer Office at 410-269-4462 for details about donating money, supplies, or otherwise assisting in providing the backpacks to schools. Volunteers, age 14 and up are also needed for data entry for the program. See web site: http://www.dhr.state.md.us/county/ann/pdf/schoolnew.pdf.

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Library Branches have differing needs for both on-going projects and short-term volunteer activities. Some examples include cleaning and re-casing books, CD and DVD collections, assembly of Story-Time projects, copying, data processing or other computer projects, and file maintenance; ongoing tasks for daily morning shifts include helping with  unloading and processing delivery and looking on the shelves for requested items. Volunteer shifts are often flexible and may include some evenings or weekends in addition to day-time hours. Some Branches can work with volunteers as young as 14 and may keep applications on file to call prospective volunteers when needs arise. Training is provided. See www.aacpl.net. Library HQ: [email protected].  Check with the Branches about their current and up-coming volunteer opportunities: Annapolis, 410-222-1750; Broadneck, 410-222-1905; Brooklyn Park, 410-222-6260; Crofton, 410-222-7915; Eastport/Annapolis Neck, 410-222-1770; Edgewater, 410-222-1538; Linthicum, 410-222-6265; Mountain Rd., 410-222-6699; North County, 410-222-6270; Provinces,410-222-6280; Riviera Beach, 410-222-6285; Severna Park, 410-222-6290; South County, 410-222-1925; West County,410-222-6277.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind

This nonprofit organization serves the Bay Region by raising puppies as potential future guide dogs. Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to provide the love, support and direction these puppies need to prepare them for formal training. Volunteer raisers (as young as 13 with parental supervision) take puppies into their homes for fourteen to eighteen months and teach them manners and social skills. In addition to daily work and play with their dogs, raisers attend local classes and puppy evaluations.  Website: http://www.guidingeyes.org.  Puppy training classes are 7:00 pm on 2nd and 4th Thursday nights in Bowie. Contact Carrie Barnett at (410) 960-7427 or [email protected], for more information.

Citizen Corps Council in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis

The Citizens Corps Council includes community service organizations, faith based organizations and the private sector which engage in specific projects in working groups. The Council’s mission is to make the County and City safer, stronger and better prepared through service and volunteerism that focuses on all hazards, emergency preparedness, and public safety. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month and the public is invited. For more information about the organization, its programs, and volunteer opportunities, contact Karen Sank, AA County Office of Emergency Management, at 410-222-0611 or [email protected]

§      10 AM–2 PM, Sat., Sept. 10, 2010, 2nd Annual Disaster Preparedness Fair: In celebration of National Preparedness Month, this event organized by Anne Arundel County and CCC will be held at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association lot (where the Glen Burnie Carnival is held). The public is invited to attend, and a wide array of exhibits and information about how citizens may prepare for emergencies will be available. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to help with set up and take down and other duties during the day. For more information and to volunteer, contact Karen Sank at 410-222-0600.

Maryland Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (Baltimore)

Are you interested in learning about your rights as a consumer? Would you like to help other Maryland consumers resolve their complaints with retail businesses, landlords or health care providers? Volunteers and interns are trained and work 8 – 10 hours per week at the Consumer Protection Division at 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, as complaint mediators and to provide information over the Division’s consumer hotline. For more information, e-mail [email protected], call 410-576-6355 or visit website: www.oag.state.md.us/Consumer/volunteer.htm.

PKD Foundation, Baltimore Chapter

The mission of the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, Baltimore Chapter is to assist the national efforts to promote research to find a cure for PKD on a regional and local basis.  A new Volunteer Chapter Coordinator (age 19 and up) is needed to motivate and lead others in fundraising, lobbying, educating the public, organizing events and helping people affected by PKD.  The Chapter Coordinator would ideally have skills in leadership, organization, motivation and fund raising and be available to stay in the job at least two years. Contact Northeast Volunteer Manager, Taryn Egelanian at [email protected] or by phone at 703-599-0657 if you are interested. See web site at: www.pkdcure.org.

Project Linus- Anne Arundel County

The mission of this nonprofit organization is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly made by volunteer “blanketeers.” Volunteer “Blanketeers” of all ages are needed to sew, quilt, knit or crochet washable and child friendly new blankets for such children, up to age 18. This is a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups, as well as an opportunity to socialize as you complete these blankets, much like an old-fashioned quilting bee, but with a modern flair. Blankets also can be made at home and dropped off at collection sites which include The Community Center, Capital Vac & Sew, and the Fabric Chest, depending on the time of year. Contact Karen Harper at 410-255-0182 or [email protected]. See website at: www.projectlinus.org

  • Third Saturday of every month from 10 am–12 noon: Join other “Blanketeers” at the Community Center in Severna Park working on projects that could use an extra set of hands to complete, such as cutting, matching fabric, sewing, pressing, tying knots, embroidery, or quilting to name a few. Volunteers can be as young as 8, but a parent must accompany if younger than 14.

Sarah’s House

Sarah’s House, at Ft. Meade, is a supportive program that provides case management, childcare, transportation and employment for homeless women, children and men. Volunteer orientations are offered most Friday evenings 7:00pm-8:30pm.  Specifically, volunteers are needed to: Prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner for shelter guests; host an evening event for children (ice cream social, movie night, etc.); assist with front desk or clerical duties (urgent need for evening hours); assist the School-Age Summer Program (excellent opportunity for high school students).

Transport guests to work and appointments; there is an ongoing need for donation of items such as large diapers, baby wipes, general cleaning supplies, bathroom tissue and more;  please RSVP to Bruce Clopein at 410-519-5085, or [email protected]; visit www.cc-md.org/sarahs-house/ for volunteer opportunities and donation wish lists.

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