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.
Annapolis Police Department Law Enforcement Exploring Program
Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.
The program helps youth to gain insight into a variety of police activities. Participants learn what police officers do, and receive hands-on training in a variety of police activities; in addition, they learn leadership skills, and can earn community service hours and have opportunities for college scholarships. For more information, contact Officer Jennifer Card: [email protected], 410-268-9000 ext. 7310, or Joe Hudson: [email protected],410-858-0759.
Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management
The AA County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates resources and facilitates the response and recovery efforts of local, state, federal and private agencies in emergencies. OEM is recruiting citizens to teach emergency preparedness in communities, senior citizen centers, and faith-based organizations, etc. Additionally, volunteers are needed to staff tables/booths during fairs and various community affairs to give information about emergency preparedness. Volunteer Emergency Operations Center (EOC) call takers are needed to take calls from citizens for referral to agency representatives within the EOC or provide answers within their realm of knowledge. Bi-lingual (and American Sign Language) citizens are also needed. Training will be provided. Contact Karen Johnson at 410-222-0611 or[email protected] for more information.
The Arc of the Central Chesapeake
The Arc Central Chesapeake Region provides programs, services and advocacy for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help with fund raising, assist in the office, with special events and for a variety of other tasks.
· 7:00-11:00 a.m., July 14, 2012, Fifth Annual – Run for a Reason 5K: The Bowen Foundation for Autism and The Arc Central Chesapeake Region are seeking about 20 volunteers to help with this fifth annual fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, registration, marking course, manning water tables, and directing the runners. Contact Angie DeMoreland at (410) 268-8085, (410) 269-1883, or [email protected]. Website: www.thearcccr.org.
Best Buddies of Maryland
Best Buddies enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-on-one friendship and integrated employment. Volunteers, 18 and older, will be matched with an adult who has an intellectual disability. Matches are based on age, gender, proximity and similar interests. Once matched, the pair is asked to maintain weekly contact, via phone or email, and visit twice a month. Some monthly outings include going to concerts, dining out, watching movies and more. Volunteers are needed in Baltimore City and surrounding counties (and throughout the State of Maryland). For more information and to submit a volunteer form see the website: www.bestbuddiesmaryland.org.
Arundel Lodge, Inc.
Arundel Lodge is a community mental health center serving mentally ill adults and is in need of a volunteer to staff the front desk and answer the door on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Ann Jackson at[email protected] or 443-433-5942 to volunteer or for more information.
Big Brothers and Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake
Want an excuse to be a kid again? Play catch? Fly kites? Most volunteers start because they want to give back and help a child. Soon, they discover being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the best experiences of their life! As a Big, you are simply a friend. We ensure your experience fits your lifestyle, and we have something for everyone. Busy people of all ages can get involved. You can choose the program that works best for you.
Volunteers spend time with a child (age 7-15) a few times per month, a few hours each time, over the course of one year. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a monthly list of free or low-cost activities to give you ideas and are with you every step of the way. For more information about being a Mentor, please contact Shawnice Jackson at410-319-0066 or [email protected]. Web: www.biglittle.org.
Calvary Food Bank
Calvary Food Bank is certified by Anne Arundel County Food Link to provide free food to area residents; on Tues. evenings each week food is distributed to 75-100 needy persons. Volunteers are needed to help pick up and store food from Giant Food and other area supermarkets for about two hours on Mon. and Tues. mornings using the Calvary Food Bank truck. For more information call 410-969-5100 or e-mail: [email protected].
Adult volunteers are needed for the award-winning Creating Communities Arts Mentorship Academy, June 18-22, 2012 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Volunteers will help mentors run various arts classes, greet parents and guardians, serve simple meals, take attendance and participate in program activities. Volunteers are asked to give a minimum of 2-3 full days out of five for program continuity. No artistic experience is required. The ArtsMentorship Academy serves 100 economically-disadvantaged yet talented youth from Anne Arundel County. All volunteers must pass a basic background check and be ready for random drug testing. Please contact Rob Levit,[email protected] for more information. Also visit www.creatingcommunities.net.
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art
The James E. Lewis Museum of Art on the campus of Morgan State University in the Murphy Fine Arts Center is currently seeking Volunteers for Docent and Volunteer training opportunities. Specifically, help is needed at the front desk, with organizing and maintaining collections, digitization of records, administrative or educational tasks, and outreach volunteers. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Tina Stevenson at [email protected] or 443-885-3895. Website:www.jelmamuseum.org/.
Project Linus- Anne Arundel County
The mission of this nonprofit organization is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly made by volunteer “blanketeers.” Volunteer “Blanketeers” of all ages are needed to sew, quilt, knit or crochet washable and child friendly new blankets for such children, up to age 18. This is a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups, as well as an opportunity to socialize as you complete these blankets, much like an old-fashioned quilting bee, but with a modern flair. Blankets also can be made at home and dropped off at collection sites. Contact Karen at (410) 255-0182 or[email protected]. See website at: www.projectlinus.org.
· 10 am–12 noon, Sat., Jun. 16, 2012: Project Linus will meet on Saturday, June 16, to brush up on knitting and crocheting skills. There will be no meetings in July and August. We will resume meetings in September. Join other “Blanketeers” at the Community Center in Severna Park working on projects that could use an extra set of hands to complete, such as cutting, matching fabric, sewing, pressing, tying knots, embroidery, or quilting to name a few. Volunteers can be as young as 8, but a parent must accompany if younger than 14. For more information, contact Karen Harper at[email protected] or annearundel_md@projectlinus.