This Week in Volunteering

| April 24, 2012
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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 info@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207. Check our Website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

 

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau

The mission of the Bureau is to plan, produce and promote programs designed to increase the volume of leisure and business visitors to the area while preserving the community and managing the travel and tourism industry. Volunteers are needed at the West St. Visitor Center and City Dock Information Booth to provide visitors with knowledgeable, appropriate, and current information to assist them in having the best possible experience. Help is also needed for computer data entry. Completion of a training program and a 3-month provisional period is required of new volunteers; participation in ongoing training and continuing education is required for all volunteers. For more information: contact 410-280-0445×108, e-mail: smckenzie@visitannapolis.org , or see web site at www.visitannapolis.org.

 

Bello Machre

This nonprofit provides loving homes for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Bello Machre is currently offering a variety of opportunities including: someone to pick up pastry donations from Starbucks on Thursdays between 11 am–3:00 pm; a volunteer with sewing experience to help a resident artist with putting together a display for next year’s art show: friendly and outgoing individual to serve as a scheduling assistant; and, a development assistant to help manage the volunteer program.  Contact Evette Watson at 443-702-3064 or volunteer@bellomachre.org. See web site: www.Bellomachre.org. Special events:

  • ·         11:30 am–5:30 pm, Sun. May 6, 2012, Memories of Elvis Show: Several volunteers are needed to assist with decorating, set-up, greeting guests, selling raffle tickets, clean-up and food service. Contact Evette Watson.
  • ·         6:30 am – 1:00 pm, Sat., Jun. 9, 2012, Every Step Counts Fundraiser: The event will be held at the Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold and there will be a variety of event activities including: Big Vanilla Climbing Wall * Music * Prizes * Face Painting * Lulu the Clown and much, much, more. Volunteer greeters, raffle crew, set-up crew, clean-up crew, food service crew, route support crew and more will be needed. Contact Evette Watson.

 

Camp Blaze Children’s Fair, Sat., May 5, 2012

Camp Blaze is a family education network that provides programming for families with information and life skills. Contact Cheryl Carnwath for volunteer opportunities at 443-305-9618; E-mail: cheryl@campblaze.org; web www.campblaze.org.

  • ·         9 am – 3 pm, Sat., May 5th, Camp Blaze 26th Annual Children’s Fair: Camp Blaze needs volunteers to assist with the Annual Children’s Fair to be held on May 5 from 9am–3 pm at the Big Vanilla Athletic Club, 1209 Ritchie Highway, Arnold.  The Fair will again celebrate Hometown Heroes for an uplifting, fun, and educational day for the entire family. Highlights include health screenings, Extreme Sports– free clinics and demonstrations throughout the day, and a silent auction to benefit Special Needs Children and much more. If you are 13 years  old or older, looking for community service hours, or just a fun way to give back to the community volunteer on Fri.,  May  4, 2 pm– 4 pm for set up or 5–8pm for decorating or Sat. May 5st in shifts from 7 am–3 pm and clean up from 3–5 pm. Please call Cheryl Carnwath at 410-703-8528 to volunteer.

 

 

Chesapeake Ecology Center

The Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) works with its members, volunteers, community groups, and students, including at-risk students at Adams Academy at Adams Park (where it is based), to provide environmental education and, at the same time, develop on-the-ground habitat restoration/protection projects. The CEC holds volunteer education/planting days and tours mid-April through November, and provides technical assistance to a variety of community and school groups for their projects. In addition to numerous on-the-ground restoration projects at the CEC and elsewhere, it promotes conservation landscaping through a variety of media, and through presentations and tours of the CEC’s 18 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. An adult should accompany volunteers under age 16. Schedule volunteer time by contacting Zora Lathan at zoralathan@earthlink.net or 410-212-4506. See www.ChesapeakeEcologyCenter.org. Special events: Garden Tours are held from 9–10 am, and Garden Care is done from 10 am–Noon on the following Saturdays: May 5 &19, June 16, August 25, and Sept. 8, 2012.

 

Cool Kids Campaign

The mission of the nonprofit Cool Kids Campaign is to provide pediatric oncology patients a higher quality of life for themselves and their families. This is accomplished through a variety of participatory fundraising events, including an Ebay store in Pasadena, MD, “Whatddya Got to Sell”, and a newsletter all of which serve to connect kids and their families while facing the challenges of cancer. There is an immediate need for volunteers for the Ebay store. Contact Rick Levin at 443-770-0128 or Sell4You@waddyagot.com. See web site at www.whaddyagot.com.  We are now in the process of building a large base of volunteers with teaching experience or experts in their field to offer their time and talents to tutor the kids or to offer special seminars, classes or opportunities that will enrich their lives in a significant way. There are also a variety of other ways we can utilize volunteers. For a volunteer application please email sharon@coolkidscampaign.org or call 410-560-1770. See web site at www.coolkidscampaign.org for special events for which extra volunteers may be needed.

 

Emmaus Center

Emmaus Center is a nonprofit organization which serves poor and homeless people to give them a sense of community by providing resources that otherwise would not be available. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available including office assistance, help with lunch preparation, counseling, grant writing, and more. Volunteer tradesmen will also be needed to help with construction of the new facility. There is also an immediate need for someone expert with WordPress blogging software. For more information, contact 410-766-7729 or emmauscenter@gmail.com. Web: www.emmauscenter.net.

 

Food Link Maryland

Established in 1991, this non-profit hunger relief organization provides free food and other essentials to people in need in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to pick up food from distribution centers, restaurants and others and deliver to food pantries, shelters and other locations serving the hungry.  Assist with emergency food pantry and emergency baby pantry items. There is a critical need for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned meat, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, saltines, chunky soups, and pasta sauce. Diapers, Simulac Formula, and baby wipes are also needed.  Contact Cathy Holstrom at 410-897-3941,42 or cathyL430@cs.com Web site: www.foodlinkmaryland.org/. Special event for which extra volunteers may be needed:

  • ·         7–11 PM, Sat. May 12, 2012, Blue Jean Bash: This gala fundraiser features a barbecue, music, dancing and auctions. Tickets may be purchased at the Food Link website.

 

Leadership Anne Arundel (LAA)

The mission of this non-profit organization is to educate and train a diverse group of individuals to become more effective community leaders. Volunteers age 19 and up are needed on a part-time basis from time to time to help with office work. In addition, applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Flagship Program. This program is the core LAA program which includes an intense curriculum of civic information and leadership development skills. Each summer approximately 40-45 individuals are selected for this comprehensive, hands-on multi-disciplinary study of AA County. The class is composed of a cross-section of the AA County community, representing our ethically, socially economically, and geographically diverse population. Each year’s Flagship program has a different theme. For more information call 410-571-9798 or e-mail info@leadershipaa.org. See web site for more information and an application at: www.leadershipaa.org.

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