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This Week In Volunteering

| June 07, 2011, 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.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization which seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of research, to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. There is an immediate need for Community Outreach Volunteers, age 21 and up, to attend local health fairs, sporting events, social events, charity campaigns, and other public venues to provide information about Alzheimer’s disease, our services, and ways to give back. Training and materials are provided. Other volunteer opportunities include: office & clerical assistance including data entry and mailings, helpline specialist, and family support group facilitators. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising events such as Memory Walks, Galas, and Charity Golf. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Sally Drumm at 410-561-9099, e-mail: [email protected], and visit web site: www.alz.org/maryland.

Annapolis Human Relations Commission

The Annapolis Human Relations Commission is a City board that seeks to ensure equal opportunity in Annapolis.  The major responsibilities of the Commission are to handle complaints of citizens relating to discrimination and to conduct programs and outreach in human relations areas.  The Commission consists of 15 Annapolis residents appointed by the Mayor with the approval of City Council.  Commissioners are volunteers.  If you are an Annapolis resident and are interested in serving on the Commission, please contact the Commission at 410-263-7998 or [email protected].   Prospective Commissioners should be able to attend evening meetings in Annapolis on the first Monday of each month and be willing to take 40 hours of mediation training for which the City pays.

Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Maryland

Want an excuse to be a kid again?  Play catch?  Fly kites? Most volunteers start because they want to give back and help a child.  Soon, they discover being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the best experiences of their life! As a Big, you are simply a friend.  We ensure your experience fits your lifestyle, and we have something for everyone.  Busy people of all ages can get involved.  You can choose the program that works best for you.

Volunteers spend time with a child (age 7-15) a few times per month, a few hours each time, over the course of one year.  Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a monthly list of free or low-cost activities to give you ideas and are with you every step of the way. There are programs all across Anne Arundel County and beyond.  Call (410) 243-4000 ext. 223 or E-mail: [email protected]. Web: www.biglittle.org.

Calvary Food Bank

Calvary Food Bank is certified by Anne Arundel County Food Link to provide free food to area residents; on Tues. evenings each week food is distributed to 75-100 needy persons. Volunteers are needed to help pick up and store food from Giant Food and other area supermarkets for about two hours on Mon. and Tues. mornings using the Calvary Food Bank truck. For more information call 410-969-5100 or e-mail: [email protected].

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help)

The Center of Help is a non-profit which provides a variety of social services to the Latino community in the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County with support offices in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. The Center is recruiting new Board of Director members, especially those with business savvy that is well respected in the community. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of functions in the office and as ESOL and academic achievement educators, writers to prepare articles/releases for the press and prepare grants, and to assist with media/marketing/public relations, including political liaison; event and parent-school involvement coordinators as well as social services advocates are also needed. Contact: Patricia Omana, Executive Director   ,Phone: 410-295-3434 or  [email protected].

Chesapeake Children’s Museum

This “Hands-on” Museum for children and families has a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For more information, contact 410-990-1993 or [email protected]. Web site: www.theccm.org. Volunteers are also needed for the following special events:

  • 10am –6pm Sat, and 10am–5pm Sun., June 11–12, 2011, Annapolis Arts & Crafts Festival: Peruse beautiful and unique handicrafts and works of visual art by over 200 artists and artisans. Children’s art activities provided by Chesapeake Children’s Museum. Held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (enter from Taylor Avenue). Adult admission: $8, students (ages 12-18) and Seniors: $5. Children through age 11: FREE. For more information, contact 410-990-1993 or [email protected]. Web site: www.theccm.org.
  • 11am–2 pm Sat., June 18, 2011, Touch-a-Truck: How close has your child been to sitting in the driver’s seat of a fire engine, bus, or other cool truck? You and your children can touch or sit in as many trucks as you want – as the drivers permit – at an upcoming fundraiser for CCM. Touch-a-Truck will be held in the parking lot of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church – our near neighbor, bordered by Forest Drive, Spa Road and Hilltop Lane. $15 per car.  For more information, contact 410-990-1993 or [email protected]. Web site: www.theccm.org

Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company

The volunteer fire company seeks volunteers, age 16 and up, to serve as fire fighters and EMTs, to help with fundraising, event planning, safety education, facilities supervision and planning, website design and maintenance, clerical support, long range and strategic planning, public relations and marketing, grant writing, and business administration.  No experience is needed for volunteers desiring to serve as firefighters and EMTs as firefighting/EMS training will be furnished.  In addition, ladies auxiliary members are being sought to help with fund raising, public relations, catering for events such as weddings, parties, and company events.  For more information, contact 410-647-3119 or E-mail [email protected].  Web site: www.ehvfc.org

Flex Volunteer Project Event, Jun. 30, 2011

The Volunteer Center in collaboration with Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) is introducing its first Flex Volunteer event; similar Flex Volunteer events are also planned in the near future.  We are looking for a small group of volunteers to help with the preparation of small shipments of used books such as those provided to members of the armed forces and Peace Corps.  B.I.G., located at 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis, MD, 21401, also provides donated used books to poor countries and communities around the world. This month’s project will be held from 9:00 a.m.–noon on Thurs., Jun. 30, 2011.  For more information and to sign up, contact: 410-897-9207 or [email protected]. Act now as only a limited number of spaces are available. Also see web sites at www.volunteerannearundel.org and www.big-books.org.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

9 a.m. –12 pm, June 18 and 9 a.m.– 12 p.m., July 16, 2011, Youth Service Saturdays: Need a new Saturday morning routine? If cartoons and cereal have gotten stale, sign up your children (ages 5-15) for Youth Service Saturday. While school may be out, your child can still learn! Habitat will help them understand the value of service to others through an enthusiastically-led session of games, art and more. The events take place at the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake office and are free of charge with a suggested donation of supplies. The list of needed supplies for our homebuilding projects includes new paintbrushes, paint rollers, painter’s tape, permanent markers, tape measures, Home Depot or Lowe’s gift cards. Please contact Chelsea McInturff to sign up at [email protected] or 410-366-1250 x105.

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