This Week In Volunteering

| January 3, 2012 | 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: A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.


AA County Dept. of Aging & Disabilities Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

Medicare is the health insurance for 44 million Americans. Yet most people are intimidated by Medicare and think Medicare is too complex and confusing.  Many people with Medicare need an advocate to help them understand their Medicare benefits.  Are you interested in learning about Medicare?  Do you want to help other people with their Medicare-related issues?  The SHIP program trains volunteers on Medicare; these volunteers then assist others in the community with Medicare-related issues.  SHIP counselors help people select Part D drug plans, and understand their options for Medigap or Medicare Advantage Plans.  Because the information provided by SHIP counselors must remain unbiased, insurance agents will not be considered for SHIP volunteer positions. Contact SHIP at the AA County Dept. of Aging and Disabilities at 410-222-4464 ex 3080 or Amy Rubino at [email protected] for more information and to volunteer.


Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center

The AACRC aids in non-violent resolution of personal and community conflict. It provides mediation, anger management training, prisoner counseling/training and other services to individuals and groups. Call 410-266-9033 or E-mail [email protected].  Web site: The following is being announced:


Historic London Town and Gardens

This Edgewater historic site seeks persons interested in history and/or horticulture to become docents, historic interpreters and gardeners at this 17th-18th century tobacco port. Volunteers give site tours, house tours or demonstrate colonial crafts and daily life. They may work in historic or ornamental gardens. For more information contact [email protected]org or 410-222-1919 x204 or download volunteer application from the web site:


Lindale Middle School Stuff-A-Truck Food Drive

Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Rd., Linthicum, MD 21090, is seeking non-perishable food item donations from Mon.–Fri., Jan. 9-13, 2012. The food will be given to the Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank for distribution to those in need.  Drop offs will be accepted at the school Mon.–Thurs. from 9 am–10 pm, and Fri. from 9 am–12 noon. For more information contact Shawn Wingard at [email protected] or 410-691-4344.


Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM)

Serving all of Central Maryland, the Girl Scouts help girls develop courage, confidence,character and leadership skills that they will use throughout their lives. Girl Scout volunteering offers many flexible options, for both individuals and groups, whether you want to work directly with the girls throughout the year or lend expertise for a specific short-term project or event, even if your schedule allows you to only give a few hours. Training is provided and is tailored to each position. Volunteers should be 18 and older. For more information, call 410-358-9711 or visit the website Special volunteer needs:

Maryland Stream Waders

Maryland Stream Waders is a volunteer stream sampling program that began in February 2000. The goal of the project is to fill in many of the information gaps that currently exist concerning the quality of Maryland’s streams. With the help of volunteers like yourself, we hope to increase the average number of sites per medium sized watershed from 7 to more than 50! This will enable state and local governments to better assess their streams and conduct their restoration and planning activities. In order to become part of the program, volunteers agree to participate in a one day training session and agree to spend about two more days during the March-April sampling window collecting aquatic invertebrate samples from stream beds. The samples are sent to DNR for “bug identification” and analysis. Volunteer recruitment will begin in September for our next training sessions which will start in February. For more information contact [email protected] or call DNR’s Stream Waders hotline at 410-260-8623 (toll free in Maryland 1-877-620-8DNR, extension 8623).


Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter

Volunteers are needed for coordinating and implementing activities for clients with MS in long term care facilities and at their homes such as: friendly visitors, monthly social meetings, crafts, trips and preparation and distribution of holiday baskets. Current area needs are Baltimore, LaPlata and Solomons, MD.  Support Group Leaders are also needed who can start new groups for men, professional women, gay/lesbians, ethnic parents, etc. with MS in all Maryland counties. Meetings are held monthly. Also, volunteers are needed to help with fundraising events throughout the year (MS Walks, Rides) and to provide office support. Training is provided. For more information & to volunteer, call (443) 641-1200 or visit the website:


People’s Community Health Centers

This nonprofit organization has several clinics in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County providing a variety of healthcare services to all in need regardless of income or insurance status. Volunteer clinic assistants, age 18 and up, are needed at the Brooklyn Park Center, 5517 Ritchie Hwy., Baltimore, 21225, and the Odenton Clinic, 1370 Odenton Rd., Odenton 21113. Clinic assistants help with a variety of office duties such as helping with medical records correspondence, patient appointment calls, helping patients with forms, pulling charts, filing, faxing, and more. Candidates will be trained and must pass drug testing and a background check. Volunteer commitment is for a 3-hour weekly shift between the hours of 9 am–5 pm. For more information and applications, visit the web site at:, or contact Nicky Rothman at 410-235-5580 or [email protected].

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