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.
Anne Arundel County Community Action Partnership’s Head Start Program
Head Start programs are in need of volunteers, 18 years and older, at seven sites throughout the county to serve as classroom assistants and for informal mentoring of students and families (at least 3.5 hours/week) and as story time readers at least 30 minutes per week. Medical and background checks are required. Also, translators (primarily Spanish) are needed for four hours one-day per week to assist Head Start Teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. Times may vary center by center. Contact Dr. Eleanor Harris at 410-626-1900 ext.1013. See Web site: www.aaceoc.com.
AA County Department. of Recreation and Parks
Recreation and Parks has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults associated with specific events at county parks as well as programs that are listed on their web site at www.aacounty.org/recparks. Also, contact Wendy Scarborough at [email protected] or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554 for more information.
- · 4:30 AM–12:30 PM, Sunday, October 2, 2011, Triathlon: Volunteers are needed as course monitors, to help with registration and refreshments, and at the start and finish lines. The event is being held at Ft. Smallwood Park, Pasadena. Training is provided. For more information and to volunteer contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or [email protected]. See web site at www.aacounty.org/recparks.
This nonprofit has residential and day Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for approximately 160 adults with severe mental illness. Volunteers are needed to assist the staff to teach life skills, play board or card games at the drop-in center, go for walks with members, and help with social or recreational events. General office help is also needed. In this regard there is an immediate need for someone age 16 and up, 1-2 hrs, a week, between 9 am–4 pm, to help with filing, shredding and sorting. Contact Ann Jackson at 443-433-5942 or [email protected].
Art Gallery: Recently the art department at Arundel Lodge opened an art gallery called the Open Eye Gallery. Volunteers are needed to help with the following: publicity, label making, selection of art work, framing, photography, updating website coordinator, gallery sitting, helping find venues to show work, mentors for artists, donation of art materials from the community, and volunteer drivers. For more information, contact Ann Jackson at 443-433-5942 or [email protected].
Friends of Quiet Waters Park
The non-profit organization supports the operation of the park and the events that take place there. Volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed throughout the year for a variety of tasks to support events such as Earth Day in April, Summer Concert Series from Jun.–Sept., Howl-O-Ween Bark ‘n Bash in late Oct., and the Arts Festival held in the fall each year. Visit the website at www.friendsofquietwaterspark.
- · 10am-5pm, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 24-25, 2011, 21st Annual Arts & Music Festival: Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks for this two-day celebration of the fine, decorative, and performing arts of the Chesapeake Region. There will be a juried art show will exhibit many of the art techniques, a variety of music, children’s activities, and much more. Contact Gail Olmstead at [email protected] or 410-263-1377.
Eastport Girls Club (EGC)
- · EGC is seeking high school senior or adult volunteers to serve as weekly tutors on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm to participants of the EGC; participants are in grades 5–9. For consistency and predictability to the participants, tutors should commit to an academic year of service (early Sept. through early Jun.). Training will be provided and a background check is required. For more information, or to schedule an interview with the Eastport Girls Club (EGC) Tutoring Program Coordinator, contact Valerie Drodz by phone at (410) 919-3347 or by email at [email protected].
· In an effort to build our library, which will be offered to give all kids in our community access to quality literature, the Eastport Girls Club is asking you to help support literacy. Please make a tax-deductible gift by purchasing books from our wish list at Amazon.com. To help our cause, please log on to www.amazon.com and click on “wish list.” When prompted to “find someone’s wish list,” type in “Eastport Girls Club.” From there, you can browse our dream library of nearly 300 titles, starting from as little as $0.01 per book.
- · 5:00–9:00 pm, Wed., August 31, 2011, Eastport Girls Club Benefit: Noodles & Company at the Westfield Annapolis Mall is donating 25% of all sales (dine-in or carry-out) between the hours of 5-9 pm to the Eastport Girls Clubs. Customers just need to mention Eastport Girls Club for them to get credit for the sale. Funds raised will support the tutoring and mentoring program. For more information contact Karen Feldman, Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected].
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
At the Sanctuary, children and adults collect water samples, clear trails, weigh turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, seine for fish, host the Visitor Center on weekends, and more. For more information and for specific opportunities unless otherwise noted below, contact Lindsay Hollister at 410-741-9330, or send e-mail to [email protected]. Check the website at: http://www.jugbay.org.
- · 10 am–12 Noon & 1–3 pm, Sat., Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, 2011, Invasive Plant Removal Work Day: Volunteers are needed to help protect the biodiversity of the forests by removing non-native invasive plants. Registration is required. For adults and children ages 6 and up. For more information call 410-741-9330.
- · 10 am–12:30 pm, Sat., Oct. 8, 2011 and Jan. 7, 2012, Water Chemistry Research Training: Volunteers are needed to assist with the water chemistry component of the Watershed Stream Study. Brush up on current water testing skills, or come learn about the study for the first time. Reservation is required. Call 410-741-9330.
- · 12–2 pm, Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, Trail Monitors Potluck Meeting & Orientation: A workshop for existing Trail Monitors and new volunteers interested in learning about the program so as to adopt available trails of their own. Call 410-741-9330.
24th Anniversary Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, Sat. Sept. 24, 2011
Volunteer opportunities are available now and on the event date for the 24th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival. The 24tht annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, coordinated by Kunta Kinte Celebrations, Inc., raises an awareness of the African-American heritage and the common challenges encountered by all ethnic groups striving to preserve their culture. The festival will be held at the Annapolis City Dock, Sat., Sept. 24, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: set up, refreshments, clean up, and more. For more information contact KuntaKinteCelebrations@
Project Green 9/11 Day of Service
Come join other volunteers in cleaning up Jonas Green Park in Annapolis from 8:30 a.m.–Noon on Sun., September 11, 2011. Be a part of Coastal Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest volunteer event of its kind. Join us by beginning the day with a commemorative ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Maryland WW II monument on Ritchie Hwy., Annapolis, overlooking Jonas Green Park. Preregistration is required by noon on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Waiver Forms must be filled out ahead of time for those under age 18. Bring gloves, any gardening tools that you have available, and wear closed toe shoes. Minimum Age: Anyone under 16 years of age requires adult supervision, 16 and older adult supervision not required. Contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or sarahlitts@