This Week In Volunteering

| July 26, 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. Check our Website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

 

Arthritis Foundation

The Maryland Office serves the residents of Maryland (except Montgomery and PG Co.), Delaware, and Eastern West Virginia, by making the public knowledgeable about arthritis and the importance of appropriate treatment and by helping people take personal control of their arthritis through self-help classes, warm water and land exercise programs and support and education groups. For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities, call 410-544-5433 or 800-365-3811 or E-mail: [email protected] or visit www.arthritis.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:

§         7–10 pm, Mon., Aug. 8, 2011, MPT Tel-A-Thon: Volunteers are needed to represent Bello Machre and answer phones and process donor information during a live Maryland Public Television phone-a-thon fundraiser. In exchange, Bello Machre will receive air time to promote our organization. Dinner and training will be provided. To sign up, contact Evette Watson.

§         Musician Needed: We are seeking talented and creative guitarists to volunteer their time (at least a 3-month commitment) teaching guitar basics. Make a difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities. Flexible schedule is available.

 

Cats R Us, Inc.

This nonprofit feral cat rescue group operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. The main focus is TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return). The shelter in Arnold is a “TNR” shelter, in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized, and eartipped for identification by veterinarians. This is a NO KILL facility and these cats will stay with CRU as long as it takes for them to find their forever home. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8 and older, are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, to attend adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, to make cat/kitten home deliveries, or to sit and spend time with wonderful cats. An adult should accompany volunteers younger than age 16. Training will be provided for shelter and adoption workers. Parental consent forms are required. Low cost spay/neuter clinics are held Mondays at Save-a-Life in Linthicum. For information contact 410-263-1719 or [email protected]. See website: www.CatsRUs.petfinder.com

 

Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, Oct. 23, 2011

If you’d like to learn more about the types of volunteer opportunities available with the Maryland Race for the Cure Hunt Valley, MD on October 23, 2011, please visit our Race website at www.komenmd.org beginning to sign-up for selected pre-Race day and Race day positions. If you have any questions, please contact Brittanie Stuber, [email protected] or call 410.938.8990. Volunteers may register on the web site: www.komenmd.org.

 

Eastport Girls Club

Eastport Girls Club (EGC) is actively seeking African-American women, age 21 and over, interested in making a commitment of 6-8 hours per month to become a mentor to one of our girls; our program serves girls in grades 5-8 who live in one of Annapolis’ public housing communities. We ask for no less than a 1-year commitment as there is so much to learn from our girls and for them to learn from you. Most time requirements can be accomplished during afternoons, evenings or weekends and will adjust to parenting/work schedules. Eastport Girls Club provides orientation and ongoing training and support to its mentors. Contact our Mentor Coordinator, Christy D’Camera at 410-721-1049 or [email protected].

 

Happy Helpers for the Homeless, Saturdays and Sundays

This nonprofit organization provides food, toiletries, and clothing to the hungry and homeless.  Volunteers, as young as 6, are needed Saturdays (11:30am-2:30pm) and Sundays (1:00-4:00pm) to assist in distributing items and bag lunches in downtown Baltimore and Glen Burnie.  Ongoing donations needed: men’s socks, toiletry items, men’s clothing, blankets, shoes in very good condition, sturdy napkins/paper towels, mustard, juice boxes, fold-over sandwich bags, lunch meat and fresh fruit. Volunteers can meet in Glen Burnie to caravan up to Baltimore. Contact Amber or Bobbi Coffman at 410-766-4973 for more information about volunteering on all projects and events.

  • ·         Bag a Breakfast Project. Put together a bag breakfast for a homeless individual. Include box of cereal, with spoon and cup, poptart, fruit, hot chocolate package with cup and spoon, juice box, and napkin.  Can be done anytime. Just drop off at Happy Helpers. 
  • ·         9 am–5 pm, Sat., Aug. 13, 2011, 13th Annual Back-to-School Distribution to Guatemalan Children: Clothing, Grocery, and School Supply Giveaways will be a part of this terrific event, a favorite of our volunteers. Refreshments will be served.
  • ·         9 am–Noon, Sun., Sept. 11, 2011, 10 Annual “Worldwide Freedom Harvest”: Held in honor of the victims and heroes of 9/11/01, Donations of food are needed at the Anne Arundel Co. Food and Resource Bank. Items most needed include: cereal, peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit, and soup.

 

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

This Nonprofit agency provides job training and placement services to low income unemployed and underemployed residents of Anne Arundel County.  A wide variety of volunteers are needed to assist with basic computer, GED, English as a Second Language, resume writing, math skills, writing skills, job skills, job interviewing classes and much more. Classes are held in Annapolis, daily from 9 am to 3 pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm. Executive Director is Ed Greene.

      Office volunteers are needed at the 1908 Forest Drive office Mon through Thurs from 9 am to Noon to answer phones, take messages, keep the Director’s calendar, assist clients, and assist with paper work and light filing. Some knowledge of keyboarding and Microsoft Word needed. Training provided. Contact Ed Greene 410-222-1287 or [email protected]

      Volunteer receptionist needed at the Forest Drive office Monday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. to answer phones, take messages and assist as necessary. Training provided. Contact Ed Greene 410-222-1287 or [email protected]

 

Youth Golf Network

The Youth Golf Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2007 that promotes the game of golf to women and youth from many socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the game of golf, youth will become actively engaged in the social fabric of their community, and derive direct health benefits that improve their quality of life, and most importantly, have their lives enhanced by learning a different method of facing their demanding and challenging circumstances with enthusiasm and strength. We need volunteer professionals, people who can pull in teams of golfers, for the Annual Golf-A-Thon on September 16, 2011 as well as volunteers to help on the day of the event. Contact Jeanette Ortegon at 443-852-2336 or [email protected] for info about the Youth Golf Network and ongoing volunteer needs. See web site at www.youthgolfnetwork.org.

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