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This Week In Volunteering

| December 28, 2010, 11:05 AM | 0 Comments

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.

American Red Cross Blood Drives

Volunteers, age 14 and older (some positions–18 and older), are needed to help with blood drives. Volunteers greet donors, provide customer service, and serve refreshments. Must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. Volunteers over 18 years of age require a background check. For more information, contact Terry Karloff at 410-764-4602 Ext.1 or 1-800-272-0094 Ext. 1 or e-mail: [email protected]. See web site: www.my-redcross.org/.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

Hospice of the Chesapeake improves the quality of life for those in our communities experiencing advanced illness or bereavement through hospice and other palliative care, compassionate support and education. The Hospice seeks volunteers in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties with 4-wheel drive vehicles to assist our patients and staff with transportation during inclement weather conditions. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Kathy Bourgard in Anne Arundel County at 443-837-1549 or [email protected] or Julie Medlin in Prince George’s County at 301-499-4500 or [email protected].

Maryland State Police 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge-Sat., Jan. 29, 2011

This annual fundraiser at Sandy Point, Annapolis, supports Maryland Special Olympics athletes. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 7:00 am–5:00 pm for: Registration/customer service; Food & beverage distribution; Plunger crowd control; and for a wide variety of other positions. There are opportunities for everyone. You, your family members, friends and co-workers, (minimum age is 16 years old for individuals– chaperoned volunteer groups 12 years old and older) are needed to volunteer for this very rewarding and exciting event. All registered volunteers will receive an event item and lunch. Volunteers are also needed for the “Super Sunday Sweep” from 11am–4pm, Jan. 30, 2011, at Sandy Point State Park to help return the Park to its natural condition by removing items left behind by Plungers. The Super Sunday Sweep is a great individual or group activity! For more information, and to register online to help on either or both days, visit: www.plungemd.com; if you are unable to complete online registration, contact Ashley Newnan at [email protected] or call (410) 789-6677.

Severna Park Community Center

Volunteer opportunities include working with youth, tutoring in Math or English at the After School Middle School Program, serving on the Board or a standing committee, helping with maintenance work, gardening or coordinating reservations and working with events. Volunteers are also needed to supervise open gym time for basketball or volleyball. Call Chris Marsala at 410-647-5843 X 201 or [email protected]. Website: www.severnaparkcommunitycenter.com.

  • Sat., Jan. 8, 2011, Second Annual Fitness in the Park Expo: Join us for this fabulous day of vendors of all things health, fitness, and exercise in SPCC’s 2nd Annual Fitness in the Park Expo.  This year, Anne Arundel Medical Center is working with SPCC to make this event very special.  There will be a fair set up in the gym and meeting rooms set up for special demonstrations and seminars.  To participate as a vendor, contact MaryAnn at [email protected] or at 410-647-5843, Ext. 203.

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 which include The Community Center, Capital Vac & Sew, and the Fabric Chest, depending on the time of year. Contact Sabrina Hayes at 410-956-4616 or 443 254-6845 or E-mail [email protected]. See website at: www.projectlinus.org

  • Third Saturday of every month from 10 am–12 noon: 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.

South County Assistance Network (SoCan), Lothian

SoCan and area churches help persons in their community with emergency needs, food pantry or other services.

SoCan needs volunteers at their facility at St. James’ Church in Lothian on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 am to Noon, to stock shelves, bag food and donate food and other items for the pantry. Call Dottie Fender at 301-261-5265.

Stanton Community Center

The Stanton Community Center serves as a community resource that provides children and adults with recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities and health, medical, therapeutic, and counseling services. The center displays historical portraits of Annapolis’ diverse community and features many offices, a multi-purpose gymnasium, commercial kitchen, fitness area, historic classroom, media center with computers, and two conference/meeting rooms. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed as academic tutors for elementary, middle and high school students in the After School Homework Program on Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. from September–June to help with homework, core subjects, school projects and academic skills.  Chess tutors are needed to assist a professional instructor in teaching beginner chess players ages 6-11 the fundamentals and principals of chess. Potential tutors must complete a volunteer application and are subject to a background check. A basketball is coach is also needed to coach youth basketball teams. For more information contact Archie Trader at 410-263-7966 or [email protected]. Web site: www.annapolis.gov/ at Department-Recreation & Parks.

Timothy House

This residential facility for the elderly and persons with disabilities needs volunteers to help residents with daily living tasks and handy repairs so that residents can stay independent in their homes. Contact Fred Killian at 301-595-5191 or 410-269-5931.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Annapolis Flotilla 23-1

Volunteers are needed to assist the Coast Guard in non-law-enforcement programs, including public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environment protection and more. For more information, contact Walter Discenza at 410-956-5444 or [email protected]. Web site: http://AnnapolisCGAux.org/

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

The Center exists to preserve and present the history of the Wiley H. Bates High School by designing and installing exhibits highlighting accomplishments of Bates alumni and faculty. There is an ongoing need for volunteers, age 14 and up, to conduct exhibit tours and learn to become docents at the Center. Volunteers will receive orientation training and must have the ability to speak clearly, a willingness to learn, and an interest in history as well as a general knowledge of the community. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinators Vincent Leggett at 410-570-1187 or Betty Mack at 410-266-5004.

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