Make a Difference Day, October 23, 2010, comes at a time of tremendous need and opportunity. Put your own cares on hold for one day to care for someone else. The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County is recruiting and referring volunteers for many volunteer projects and activities scheduled for October 20th through October 31st this year.
Residents of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will join millions of Americans to volunteer on Make A Difference Day. Take action on this national day of service to be a part of the solution and strengthen our community.
If you cannot participate on Saturday, Oct. 23rd another listed project might fit your time availability. For more information about these projects and how you can change your corner of the world, contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or [email protected].
A FREE booklet with contact information about the projects which have been listed with the Volunteer Center can be downloaded for free from our website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few projects taking place in our area this year include:
Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G) Project (Annapolis)
Thousands of books gather dust in storage rooms and attics, while thousands of students and adults in developing countries lack both textbooks and recreational reading. Volunteers drop off good used books and/or help sort on Sat., Oct. 23, 2010 (Make a Difference Day), and from 8:00 am–12:00 noon on the second and fourth Saturdays each month (volunteers should call to verify) at the B.I.G. warehouse now at 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis.
Hope House (Crownsville)
This Crownsville nonprofit residential treatment program welcomes individuals and groups on Sat., October 23, 2010 to help with a number of projects including painting and landscaping.
Greater Annapolis Interfaith Network (GAIN), Inc. Annual Celebration
From 2–5 pm, Sun., Oct. 24, 2010, GAIN is holding its Fourth Annual Annapolis Celebration of Faith Communities & Good Works at the Roger ‘Pip’ Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. See all the good work and community services area faith-based and community organizations are doing. Grab your kids; bring your friends, family and the neighbors to enjoy food, networking and fellowship.
Rob’s Barber Shop Community Foundation (West County)
This nonprofit has programs and projects that promote clean and healthy living. Volunteers, minimum age 15, are needed for special projects, facilitating, hosting, public speaking, folding brochures, supervising children, and administrative tasks. Volunteer barbers are also needed to serve homeless and other needy persons in Odenton area. On Oct. 23, 2010 Rob’s Barber Shop will be providing grooming services for homeless persons (men, women, and children) under its “Gifts for Grooming program.
Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues (Annapolis & Countywide)
This group of twenty-one citizen volunteers promotes positive change for county citizens with disabilities. The commissioners assess needs; investigate opportunities for improvements in quality of life; support community participation; and advise the County Executive on disability issues. Meetings take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month- from 1 to 3 pm. Volunteers are also needed to serve on committees and participate in ongoing activities.
1–4 pm, Sat., Oct. 30, 2010, disABILITY Awareness Day 2010 will be held at Westfield Annapolis Mall and will include a variety of county agencies with information and help for those with disabilities. County Executive John R. Leopold will present Accessibility and Employer Awards.
Chesapeake Ecology Center (Annapolis)
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. From 9 a.m.-noon, Sunday, October 31, 2010, is CEC Volunteer Day. We will be joined by the Navy Alumi group and other interested volunteers. Snacks, gloves and tools will be provided.