Many Volunteer positions are available through the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center. 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.aacvc.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.
AARP Anne Arundel County 2015 Tax Return Preparation
AARP will provide free tax preparation for seniors and low income clients at 10 sites in AA County from Jan.–Apr. 2016. Volunteer tax counselors are needed to help prepare tax returns on computers at each of the sites. In addition, volunteer appointment takers and greeters are needed to schedule client appointments and assist clients at such sites. Tax training for volunteer preparers and client facilitators will be held from on several dates from January 13-27, 2016; AARP membership is not required. For more information, contact Frank Winner at 410-647-3335 or [email protected]. Web: http://aarp.org.
Helping to bring the people of the world together is exciting, interesting, and rewarding work. For more than 60 years AFS (formerly American Field Service) Volunteers have been building bridges of intercultural understanding and changing the way the world works through a variety of volunteer opportunities. AFS-USA is looking for volunteers on an ongoing basis to engage in local activities for exchange students from all over the world. Volunteers participate in many ways from helping at student orientation events, planning weekend activities, promoting AFS study abroad programs to local schools and even becoming host families for our students. For more information, contact Jennie Schmalzle at [email protected] or 800-876-2376. See website: www.afsusa.org.
Annapolis Amblers Walking Club
This nonprofit membership club has weekly and organized special walking events that provide opportunities for exercise. The organization provides weekly walking events of 10KM & 5KM length on outdoor trails. It car pools to walk start points from the Melting Pot across from Annapolis Towne Center each Saturday leaving at 8:00 AM. For more information visit the website at: http://www.annapolisamblerswalk.com/ or contact Robert P. Schmick at [email protected] or 410-960-6226.
Asbury Church Assistance Network (ACAN)
ACAN is a non-profit organization providing food/toiletries, and/or financial assistance toward court-ordered eviction notices or utility cut-off notices in Anne Arundel County. Volunteer Claims Analysts and Intake Personnel are needed who are high school graduates with at least 2 years of customer service experience. Volunteer Inventory Personnel with at least 2 years of high school education are also needed. Candidates must be computer literate and have excellent communication and customer service skills. Hours are flexible, 10a.m.–2:00p.m., Mon.–Wed., but extension of hours is possible. Training is available. For more information, contact [email protected] or 410-647-7667.
Since 1981, Ayusa Global Youth Exchange has been providing a wide range of life-changing cultural exchange experiences. All of our participants – students, host families, schools, and staff – emerge from the exchange experience uniquely equipped to thrive in an ever-changing world. Through our work of welcoming students to the United States and sending Americans abroad and facilitating short-term leadership programs for high school students we promote our vision of a future where nations and people recognize their similarities and have an acceptance of differences. For more information about how you may participate in this experience, contact Regional Director, Betsy Dietz at [email protected] or 800-727-4540. See website at: www.ayusa.org.
Cats R Us, Inc.
This nonprofit feral cat rescue group operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. The main focus is TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return). The shelter in Arnold is a “TNR” shelter, in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized, and eartipped for identification by veterinarians. This is a NO KILL facility and these cats will stay with CRU as long as it takes for them to find their forever home. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8 and older, are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, to attend adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, to make cat/kitten home deliveries, or to sit and spend time with wonderful cats. An adult should accompany volunteers younger than age 16. Training will be provided for shelter and adoption workers. Parental consent forms are required. Low cost spay/neuter clinics are held Mondays at Save-a-Life in Linthicum. For information, contact 410-263-1719 or [email protected]. See website: http://catsrusrescue.org/.
This nonprofit’s mission is to conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake Bay’s unique natural and cultural resources, strengthen the connection between people and the watershed, and encourage the exploration and celebration of the Chesapeake as a national treasure. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, including stuffing envelopes for solicitations, donor acknowledgements, and doing online research for potential funders. In addition, administrative support is needed for the Executive Director including help with scheduling meetings, answering telephones, help with emails, and more. For more information, and to volunteer, you may contact [email protected] 443-321-3610. See website at: www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/.
Pet University promotes pet education to both children and adults, focused on how to care for pets. We provide training, in-person classes, workshops in the fields of pet safety, pet first aid, pet care, animal and pet wellness. We help choose the right type of pet for your home environment. We have many opportunities of volunteering including pet educators and their assistants, administrative work such as creating promotional items and attending promotional events, organizing fund raisers, and more. For more information contact Liza Porterfield, Opportunity Coordinator, at [email protected] or 619-800-1501and see web site at: http://www.petuniversitysd.org/.
Food Pantry – Volunteers are needed to drop off food donations Monday through Friday for the Salvation Army’s food pantries in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Suggested food items include nonperishable canned goods and boxed food. Donations of toiletries are also welcome. Groups that hold food drives can make arrangements to have the food picked up.
Christmas Programs –At no other time of the year are volunteers needed more than during the Christmas Holiday. Committed and dedicated helpers are needed to provide services in a vast array of areas. These include, but are not limited to: Red Kettle Campaign, Angel Tree, Food Drive, Dress-A-Bear Program, Stocking Stuffers and Distribution Day Holiday Events. For more information and to volunteer, contact Captains Richard and/or Ruth New at 410-263-4091 or [email protected].