This Week In Volunteering

| August 23, 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.

 

Anne Arundel County Community Action Partnership’s Head Start Program

Head Start programs are in need of volunteers, 18 years and older, at seven sites throughout the county to serve as classroom assistants and for informal mentoring of students and families (at least 3.5 hours/week) and as story time readers at least 30 minutes per week. Medical and background checks are required. Also, translators (primarily Spanish) are needed for four hours one-day per week to assist Head Start Teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. Times may vary center by center. Contact Dr. Eleanor Harris at 410-626-1900 ext.1013. See Web site: www.aaceoc.com.

 

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 [email protected] or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554 for more information.

 

Arundel Lodge

This nonprofit has residential and day Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for approximately 160 adults with severe mental illness. Volunteers are needed to assist the staff to teach life skills, play board or card games at the drop-in center, go for walks with members, and help with social or recreational events. General office help is also needed. In this regard there is an immediate need for someone age 16 and up, 1-2 hrs, a week, between 9 am–4 pm, to help with filing, shredding and sorting. Contact Ann Jackson at 443-433-5942 or [email protected].

Art Gallery: Recently the art department at Arundel Lodge opened an art gallery called the Open Eye Gallery. Volunteers are needed to help with the following: publicity, label making, selection of art work, framing, photography, updating website coordinator, gallery sitting, helping find venues to show work, mentors for artists, donation of art materials from the community, and volunteer drivers. For more information, contact Ann Jackson at 443-433-5942 or [email protected].

 

Friends of Quiet Waters Park

The non-profit organization supports the operation of the park and the events that take place there. Volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed throughout the year for a variety of tasks to support events such as Earth Day in April, Summer Concert Series from Jun.–Sept., Howl-O-Ween Bark ‘n Bash in late Oct., and the Arts Festival held in the fall each year. Visit the website at www.friendsofquietwaterspark.org for more information about volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

 

Eastport Girls Club (EGC)

 

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

At the Sanctuary, children and adults collect water samples, clear trails, weigh turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, seine for fish, host the Visitor Center on weekends, and more. For more information and for specific opportunities unless otherwise noted below, contact Lindsay Hollister at 410-741-9330, or send e-mail to [email protected]. Check the website at: http://www.jugbay.org.

  • ·         10 am–12 Noon & 1–3 pm, Sat., Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, 2011, Invasive Plant Removal Work Day: Volunteers are needed to help protect the biodiversity of the forests by removing non-native invasive plants. Registration is required. For adults and children ages 6 and up. For more information call 410-741-9330.
  • ·         10 am–12:30 pm, Sat., Oct. 8, 2011 and Jan. 7, 2012, Water Chemistry Research Training: Volunteers are needed to assist with the water chemistry component of the Watershed Stream Study. Brush up on current water testing skills, or come learn about the study for the first time. Reservation is required. Call 410-741-9330.
  • ·         12–2 pm, Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, Trail Monitors Potluck Meeting & Orientation: A workshop for existing Trail Monitors and new volunteers interested in learning about the program so as to adopt available trails of their own. Call 410-741-9330.

 

24th Anniversary Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Sat. Sept. 24, 2011

Volunteer opportunities are available now and on the event date for the 24th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. The 24tht annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, coordinated by Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc., raises an awareness of the African-American heritage and the common challenges encountered by all ethnic groups striving to preserve their culture.  The festival will be held at the Annapolis City Dock, Sat., Sept. 24, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: set up, refreshments, clean up, and more.  For more information contact KuntaKinteCelebrations@comcast.net, call 443-623-2856 or visit www.kuntakinte.org.

 

Project Green 9/11 Day of Service

Come join other volunteers in cleaning up Jonas Green Park in Annapolis from 8:30 a.m.–Noon on Sun., September 11, 2011.  Be a part of Coastal Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer event of its kind.  Join us by beginning the day with a commemorative ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Maryland WW II monument on Ritchie Hwy., Annapolis, overlooking Jonas Green Park. Preregistration is required by noon on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Waiver Forms must be filled out ahead of time for those under age 18. Bring gloves, any gardening tools that you have available, and wear closed toe shoes. Minimum Age: Anyone under 16 years of age requires adult supervision, 16 and older adult supervision not required. Contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or sarahlitts@volunteerannearundel.org.

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