This Week In Volunteering

| October 11, 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, Inc.

The Community Action Agency has a variety of programs in which volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles on a continuing basis, including: 1. Head Start Program, which operates comprehensive child development services designed for income eligible preschool children and families; 2. Annapolis Youth Services Bureau, which offers free one-on-one counseling for youth ages 5 to 18 and their families; 3. Office of Home Energy Programs, which helps income-eligible residents meet the high cost of staying warm during the cold months and to prevent future crisis; and 4. Empowerment Services, which includes HUD certified housing counseling, microenterprise development, and self-sufficiency counseling. For more information call 410-626-1900 and visit the website: http://www.aaccaa.org.

 

Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues

This group of twenty-one citizen volunteers promotes positive change for county citizens with disabilities. Members include citizens with disabilities, family members of individuals with disabilities, citizens with an interest in assisting individuals with disabilities, a member of the Anne Arundel County Council and representatives of agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities. The commissioners assess needs; investigate opportunities for improvements in quality of life; support community participation; and advise the County Executive on disability issues. Meetings take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 1 –3 pm. Applications are now being accepted from volunteers who are interested in becoming a voting member of the Commission.  For more information, TTY users should call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1 or call 410-222-438; visit the website:www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm

§         1–4 pm, Sat., Oct. 29, 2011, disABILITY Awareness Day: This event, open to the public, is being held at the Westfield Annapolis Mall during Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.  A variety of county agencies will be featured with information and help for those with disabilities, including: Transportation, Employment, Housing, Recreation, and Access to Services. County Executive John R. Leopold will present Accessibility and Employer Awards to those nominated for special recognition earlier in the year. For more information call the Commission at 410-222.4383: TTY users should call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1.

 

Hammond-Harwood House

Volunteer docents, 18 and older, are needed to serve as weekend tour guides; those able to work to or more weekend days per month (Noon – 5pm) are preferred. Training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for publicity, children’s events, research and more. There are opportunities for volunteers to work at home on projects such as woodworking or sewing upholstered slip covers for pillows that are on display in the collection and more. Call 410-263-4683 Xtn 12. Volunteers receive discounts in the Gift Shop, attend field trips, lectures, and more. See www.hammondharwoodhouse.org.

  • ·         Hammond-Harwood House also offers unpaid internships during the spring and fall semesters as well as in the summer.  Students seeking unpaid internships must be currently enrolled in school and working towards a degree.  The program makes every effort to offer experience in all aspects of small museum management.  Students interested in applying can call Carter Lively at 410-263-4683 x11, or e-mail him at [email protected]org for more information.

 

Historic Annapolis Foundation

Volunteers are needed in the areas of museum tours and education, horticulture in the William Paca House gardens, public programs and special events, membership services, and marketing.  Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Marcos Salaverria, at [email protected]org or 410-267-6312. See web site at www.annapolis.org for more details. Extra volunteers are needed for the following:

  • ·         4:30–9:15 pm, Fri. & Sat., Nov. 4 & 5, 2011, 20th Annual Annapolis by Candlelight: Private home owners will open their beautiful homes from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in the Murray Hill area of Annapolis for the public to view. Volunteers, age 16 and up, are needed and will be placed in different rooms in different homes informing visitors about the history of the home and the objects inside, helping to direct the flow of visitors through the home. Each home is staffed by an HAF volunteer known as a house captain who will provide information about the home to volunteers upon their arrival for their shift. Volunteers are asked to work a single shift on either Fri., Nov. 4th or Sat., Nov. 5th. To ensure all houses are staffed and ready to open promptly and to guarantee that shift changes occur smoothly, shifts will be from 4:30p.m.–7:15p.m. and from 6:45p.m. –9:15p.m. Contact Marcos Salaverria at 410-267-6312 or [email protected]org to sign up.

 

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 or email [email protected]. See website: www.savethecoconuts. Volunteers are needed for the following fundraising activities:

  • ·         Sun., Oct. 23, 2011, 19th Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, Hunt Valley, MD:  Volunteers and participants are being sought for this 5K Run, 5K Walk and 1K Family Fun Walk. There’s something for everyone. Walk-up registration is Oct 14–22, 2011 at the old Filene’s store in Hunt Valley Town Center. Day-of-Race registration begins at 6 a.m. on race day. Also register or volunteer at: www.kintera.org.
  • ·         March 2, 2012, Annual Fundraiser at the Loews Annapolis Hotel: Volunteers are needed to help plan next year’s gala fundraiser. In addition, Save the Coconuts is seeking sponsors, advertisers, and auction donations for the event. For more information, contact Marie at 410-353-1552, or email [email protected].

 

Secure the Call

This local coalition of over 120 organizations collects used and unwanted cell phones and redistributes them as 911 emergency only phones. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed to form groups and go into mapped parts of Anne Arundel County to place Secure the Call phone collection barrels in any place it may be allowed. For more information call (301) 891-2900 or E-mail [email protected]. Web site: www.securethecall.org.

 

YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

The YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County provides comprehensive integrated services for individuals and families through domestic violence shelter and hotline; sexual assault services including a hotline, counseling, support groups and hospital accompaniment for rape victims, legal, career, counseling and family services; a mentoring program  held after-school for middle school students and an all-girls program located at the high school.

·         Friday, October 21, 2011, Disco Magic: Volunteers, participants, and sponsors are being sought for this gala annual fundraising event at the Westin Annapolis Hotel. There will be an open bar, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Proceeds support programs for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. For more information, contact Adrienne Trout at [email protected] or at (410) 626-7800 ext. 115. See website: www.annapolisywca.org.

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