This Week In Volunteering

| February 14, 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: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

 

Anne Arundel Commission on Disability Issues

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is calling upon artists with disabilities, of any age and of any type of disability, to participate in its first ever art show designed to promote and showcase the abilities of people with disabilities. The deadline for submitting entries is February 20.  Up to three pieces can be submitted per entrant and twenty-five pieces will be selected for display in the lobby of The Arundel Center.   The show will open April 19th, with a reception hosted by County Executive Leopold, and will run from April 19 through June 15.  This show is being put on with the help and collaboration of The Anne Arundel Arts Council. Contact 2012artistswithdisabilities@gmail.com for more information and an entry form. 

 

AnneArundel County Human Relations Commission

The Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy. The 11-member Commission is a volunteer body established by Executive Order to promote fairness, eliminate discrimination and harassment in both public and private sectors, and advance understanding and effective communication among people of different backgrounds and cultures. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a County resident, and able to attend meetings on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Interested parties should send a resume and letter of intent to: Johnelka Stafford, Human Relations and Minority Affairs Specialist, Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Rm. 330, Annapolis, MD 21401. Legal experience is preferred but not required. If you have any questions, call 410-222-1234.

 

Arundel Lodge

Arundel Lodge is a community mental health center serving mentally ill adults. Arundel Lodge is looking for a volunteer to help adults with severe mental illness with math skills. Hours would be in the morning once a week or flexible depending on volunteer’s schedule. Please contact Ann Jackson at [email protected] or 443-433-5942.

 

Anne Arundel County Police Department

  • ·         Reserve Officer Program: Volunteers are needed for its Reserve Officer program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc.  Volunteers must be over 21, undergo a criminal background check, hours of availability are flexible. Reserve Officers work assignments all hours of the day and weekends. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations. 
  • ·         Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS): The VIPS Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hrs of volunteer service per month.

 

For either program, call the Coordinator at 410-222-0042 or get an application from the County Police website at www.aacounty.org/police (click on the volunteer tab).

 

 

GreenScape, Spring 2012, Sat., April 21, 2012

The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department has announced Spring GreenScape 2012 to take place on April 21, 2012. GreenScape is a volunteer effort, sponsored by the City of Annapolis through many of its departments, which encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the City. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; and the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. This is the 21st year of this annual program of beautification, clean-up and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis by volunteers. For more information, call Annapolis Recreation and Parks at (410) 263-7958 or E-mail [email protected].

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon, March 17, 2012, Washington, DC

A large number of volunteer opportunities are available to support the March 17 race event as well as the USA Health and Fitness Expo being held on March 15-16 at the DC Armory.  Volunteering for the Race Crew means you will not only be supporting thousands of aspiring runners and walkers, but also the community of Washington D.C. Help is needed to make this event spectacular, and with almost 1,900 Race Crew volunteer positions available there is a spot for everyone, including teams, corporate groups, or just friends and family. For more information and to sign up go to the website: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/usa/volunteer. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Katie Morrison at [email protected] or 858-768-6956.

 

South River Federation

This non-profit, membership organization includes individuals and civic and community associations dedicated to restoring, protecting, and preserving the South River Watershed. Volunteers are needed throughout the year for a variety of projects. Become a RiverWatcher and help expand our water quality monitoring and data collection program. RiverWatchers are a dedicated team of volunteers that commit to monitoring a select non-tidal site at least twice a month from April through October.  Attendance at a training session is required.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for a long term volunteer commitment.  Contact Jennifer Carrt at 410-224-3802 or [email protected]net. Web site: www.southriverfederation.net. Special event:

5:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m.  Sat., Mar. 24, 2012, South River on the Half Shell Auction: Volunteers are needed to help with this event being held at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD. Contact [email protected] or 410-224-3802.

 

TEAM DNR

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking interested adults to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. The volunteers’ mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland environmental issues. Volunteers should have an out-going personality and a strong desire to protect the Chesapeake Bay. No prior teaching experience is necessary. Currently, TEAM offers schools-free classroom programs on the following topics: Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Streams, Oyster Reefs, Horseshoe Crabs, and Chesapeake Watermen. For information contact Amy Henry at 410-260-8828 or [email protected]. Website: www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.

  • ·         10 am–3 pm, Fri., Feb. 24 and Fri., Mar. 2, 2012, Volunteer Training: Volunteers will be required to attend both training sessions which will be held at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD. Contact Amy Henry for more information and to enroll. See www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr.

 

YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Center

Sexual Assault Volunteers: Crisis Intervention Counselors/Volunteer Advocatesare needed to assist victims of sexual assault. Volunteers answer the 24-hour hotline from home and/or provide hospital accompaniment to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence; flexible hours are available (24 hrs/day). Minimum age requirement is 18. There is a need for volunteers to provide hospital accompaniment to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence at Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Training is required.  Contact [email protected] or call 410-626-7800 Ext. 114 for more information. Download a Volunteer Application from the web site at:  www.ywcaaac.org.

·         12 Noon–2 pm, Sat., March 10, 2012, Sexual Assault Crisis Orientation: This orientation session is being held for those interested in becoming sexual assault crisis volunteers; it will be held in Room 204 at the YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway, Arnold, MD 21012. For more information, contact Amanda Fields at 410-544-0716 or [email protected].

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