Volunteer opportunities in Anne Arundel

| December 19, 2015 | 1 Comment

VolunteersMany 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.

American Red Cross of Southern Maryland

The Red Cross is coordinating the Home Fire Campaigns nationwide in partnership with Fire Departments and other agencies/organizations. From 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Sat., Jan. 16, 2016, the Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a Home Fire Campaign event, and we need your help to save lives in our community! You will be a member of a team canvassing at risk neighborhoods in the Annapolis and Pasadena communities installing smoke alarms in houses needing them and also distributing fire safety educational materials. To register, visit https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form__5291. Complete the registration form answering all questions. Volunteers must be a minimum age of 16. If you are under the age of 18, a Parental Consent Form will be sent to you via email. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and volunteers will meet at a staging location to be announced for a briefing and team assignments before entering the neighborhoods. Additional updates will be sent to volunteers via email prior to the 16th. For more information, contact Leslie Fries at 443-324-8210 or [email protected].

Arundel House of Hope Third Annual Homeless Memorial Day Service, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 21, 2015

Arundel House of Hope, Annapolis Light House and Sarah’s House-Catholic Charities of Baltimore are announcing this 3rd Annual Service in front of the State House on Lawyer’s Mall, to bring attention to the area’s homeless. Arundel House of Hope serves people who are homeless, providing a consortium of comprehensive services to promote individuals from homelessness to independent living. Services range from an onsite medical clinic and recovery center to overnight emergency shelter and transitional and permanent housing. For more information contact 410-863-4888 or [email protected] and see website at–http://arundelhoh.org/events-2/.

 Hope For All

Hope For All continues to seek volunteers on Tues., Wed., and Thursday for either sorting clothes or assisting with pickups and deliveries in assisting families in Anne Arundel Co. Our times are between 9:30 and 3 p.m. Call the warehouse at 410-766-0372. There are volunteer opportunities on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. These are pickup and delivery days only. Groups are welcome. There is also a critical need for donations of housewares, clothing, furniture, and school supplies. Currently we have 30 plus families waiting for assistance. For more information about current donation needs and to inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact Leo Zerhusen at 410-766-0372 and [email protected]. See web site at www.hopeforall.us. 

Happy Helpers for the Homeless, Saturdays and Sundays

This nonprofit organization provides food, toiletries, and clothing to the hungry and homeless.  Volunteers, as young as 6, are needed Saturdays (11:30am-2:30pm) and Sundays (1:00-4:00pm) to assist in distributing items and bag lunches in downtown Baltimore and Glen Burnie.  Ongoing donations needed: men’s socks, toiletry items, men’s clothing, blankets, shoes in very good condition, sturdy napkins/paper towels, mustard, juice boxes, fold-over sandwich bags, lunch meat and fresh fruit. Ongoing through winter is coats, blankets, and gloves drive. Volunteers can meet in Glen Burnie to caravan up to Baltimore. There is also a critical need for cash donations to help pay rent for space used by Happy Helpers.  Contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or email [email protected]  for more info about volunteering on all projects and events.

Bag a Breakfast Project. Put together a bag breakfast for a homeless individual. Include box of cereal, with spoon and cup, poptart, fruit, hot chocolate package with cup and spoon, juice box, and napkin.  Can be done anytime. Just drop off at Happy Helpers.

Holiday Donations: Clothing (all sizes and ages), Food (especially turkeys or hams and trimmings), Christmas presents: backpacks, hats, gloves, socks, McDonald’s meal certificates, toys, books, thermal underwear, and sweatshirts, toiletries.  Can pick and drop off after 4 pm, seven days a week. Contact Bobbi as above. Additional events for which many volunteers are needed:

  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sat., Dec. 19th, 2015 – Christmas Party for Guatemalan Children – We will meet in Glen Burnie and caravan to rural Caroline County, MD for this truly festive event.
  • 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Sun., Dec. 20th, 2015 – Distribution of 2,000 Christmas presents in Baltimore – many volunteers are needed for this grand and festive event.

Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 18, 2016

Make Monday, January 18, 2015, a “Day On not a Day Off”.  To Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, Church on the Rock and their partners invite you to celebrate by coming together and volunteering for several nonprofit organizations at one central location. In addition, volunteers are needed in association with the MLK Breakfast Celebration being held at AA County Community College in Arnold, MD. For more information about and to volunteer for opportunities associated with the breakfast and service projects see below and sign up at our web site at: www.aacvc.org/OpportunityCalendar or contact Holli Dillard-Cranfill at [email protected] or 410-897-9207.

  • 2:00­–3:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 17, 2016, MLK Breakfast Set Up: Volunteers are needed at the AA Community College Gymnasium to assist with set-up for the MLK Day Breakfast on the following day which was attended by 500+ people last year. The tables are set up, but there are flowers, decorations, many hand-outs, and more, that must be placed. Count on 2 hours depending on the number of volunteers.
  • 7:00–10:00 a.m., Mon., Jan. 18, 2016, Breakfast Greeter/Guide: Volunteers are needed to greet and direct attendees to assigned tables and help with the coat room. Volunteers 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Breakfast not included, although donuts and juice will be provided for volunteers.
  • 10:00–11:30 a.m. or 12:30–2:00 p.m,, Mon., January 18, 2015 MLK Day of Service Projects: “Everyone Can Serve”: Day of Service presented by the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center and Church on the Rock (in honor of MLK) will be held from at the Church on the Rock, located at 649 Old Mill Road, Millersville, MD 21108. Families and individual volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on volunteer projects organized by several community organizations. Sign up for either or both shifts.

Notes in Coats Program

Join the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center and HOPE For All, Inc. by donating new or gently-used winter coats for children in need!  Winter coats must be washable and suitable for children from ages newborn to high school senior.  Please do not donate dry-clean only coats!  You can personalize your coats:  As part of Notes in Coats, please include a note of hope in your donated coat. Drop off coats: Monday–Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center, 2666 Riva Road Lobby. Last dates for drop off:

January 18th, 2016 for MLK Day of Service delivery, February 10th, 2016 for Valentine’s Day delivery.

For more information, please contact Holli at [email protected] or call 410-897-9207.

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