Don’t forget to volunteer in 2016, here’s some options

| January 2, 2016 | 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 or 410-897-9207. Check our Website: A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

Anne Arundel County Board of Elections

Volunteers are needed to serve as an election judge for the 2016 Presidential Election, both for the Primary Election, April 26, 2016, and the General Election, November 8, 2016.  All election judges are required to take a 3-hour training class–times TBA and starting in February 2016. Volunteers must be a registered Maryland voter, and at least 17 years old, and also: Must be computer literate, reliable and courteous, neatly dressed, possess good judgement and be able to follow procedures exactly; Must be able to speak, read and write the English language; Must be able to work approximately a 15-hour day. While serving as an election judge, a judge may not be a candidate, campaign manager or treasurer for candidate or political committee nor while on duty as an election judge, may not engage in any partisan or political activity. Positions include Check-In, Provisional, and Voting Judge.  Descriptions of each position and applications can be found on the website at Individuals will have the option to earn either $175-$225 or service learning hours on election days. For more information call, (410) 222-6601, press 2.

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 Web:   

Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC)

CPDC is a non-profit agency that purchases and revitalizes distressed low-income housing communities. We develop and preserve secure, decent, affordable housing in the mid-Atlantic region. CPDC plans and works toward creating communities that assure low and moderate-income residents their homes will be well maintained and affordable for the long term. CPDC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals such as event planning, class instructing, youth mentoring and tutoring, as summer camp assistants, food bank volunteers, and career coaches. Group opportunities are also available for projects such as garden plantings, community clean ups, garden events, etc. Opportunities also are available for skilled, professional volunteers such as photographers, copy editors, marketing staff, etc. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jenn Fauss at 202-895-8900 or See web site:

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden

The Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Annapolis’ only free public garden, is looking for folks who would be interested in joining their volunteer staff as shop keepers in their small gift shop. The shop is open Mon ~ Fri. 9:00 – 3p.m. Shifts are just 2 hours each and can be once a week or once a month depending on the volunteer’s interest.  The shop is located in the Tawes State Office building across from the Navy Marine Corps stadium on Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.  Retail experience is not required; on the job training will be provided.  If you are interested in meeting new people in pleasant surroundings then contact the garden manager at 410-260-8184 or by email at to set up a time to see the shop and get a feel for what is involved.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

From caregivers and office help to videographers and painters, hundreds of volunteers offer a variety of gifts of service to the patients and staff at Hospice of the Chesapeake. The Hospice offers a large number of volunteer opportunities to include: Four wheel drive volunteers needed to help hospice patients during inclement weather; Volunteers willing to help with maintaining our outdoor garden and pergola at our facility; Trained volunteer “Big Buddies” at summer Camp Nabi to assist with children age 6-13 who have lost a loved one; Volunteer music therapists, volunteers with therapy dogs, tuck-in volunteers; and many more opportunities are available. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities or other positions within our Volunteer Department, please contact Allison Kuchar, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 443-837-1513 or through email at See website at The hospice is also announcing the following informational meetings:

[if !supportLists]·        [endif]7:00 p.m., Jan. 12 & 14, 2016, Threshold Choir Informational Meetings: Threshold Choirs sing at the homes and bedsides of hospice patients to bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying. The Hospice is forming two Threshold Choirs: the Anne Arundel County Threshold Choir led by Sharon Igoe Von Behren, and the Prince George’s GIFTS Choir, led by Donna Stewart-Moore. Singers will be asked to participate at least twice a month in a choir practice and give two to four hours a month in song. Though singers will need to have the ability to carry a tune, there are other needs for each choir, from schedulers to librarians. People interested in getting involved can attend one of two informational meetings: The Anne Arundel County Threshold Choir — 7 p.m. Jan. 12, John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD; and, The Prince George’s GIFTS Choir — 7 p.m. Jan. 14, The Hospice’s Prince George’s County office, Suite 250, 9500 Arena Drive, Largo, MD. For details, contact Kris Carpenter-Zyla at or 410-987-2003. 

Lutheran Mission Society

Mission statement: “Bringing health and wholeness to people through the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.” Programs provide walk-in clients with groceries, clothing, some health services, Christian counseling and spiritual support. We welcome volunteers (age 15 and up) to help with sorting, storing, and packing donated food and other goods at the Annapolis Compassion Center, 230 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, contact Volunteer Director Kim Naumann at 410-636-0123 or email See our website at

YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County focuses on providing crisis intervention services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is accomplished through the domestic violence safe house shelter, a 24-hour crisis phone line, counseling services, an Abuser Intervention Program, hospital accompaniment for victims of sexual assault, legal representation of victims who are obtaining peace and protective orders, and after school tutoring and mentoring programs. Volunteer opportunities are available for all these programs. Contact Molly Knipe at or (410) 626-7800 and see website at for more information.

Informational Sessions for volunteer & mentoring opportunities are being held in Jan., times TBA, at the YWCA offices at Suite 201, 1517 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold, MD 21012. Call 410-626-7800 for more information and to register.

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