Volunteer Opportunities: Dec. 18

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 info@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207 or visit  www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management

The AA County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates resources and facilitates the response and recovery efforts of local, state, federal and private agencies in emergencies.  OEM has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. There is a particular need at this time for volunteer drivers (with 4-wheel drive vehicles), age 21 and up, and with a good driving record, to transport caregivers to the facility in inclement weather conditions in the winter months. A background check is required. Contact Steve Thompson at 410-222-0611 or FdThomps@aacounty.org for more information.

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Library Branches have differing needs for both on-going projects and short-term volunteer activities. Some examples include cleaning and re-casing books, CD and DVD collections, assembly of Story-Time projects, copying, data processing or other computer projects, and file maintenance; ongoing tasks for daily morning shifts include helping with  unloading and processing delivery and looking on the shelves for requested items. Volunteer shifts are often flexible and may include some evenings or weekends in addition to day-time hours. Some Branches can work with volunteers as young as 14 and may keep applications on file to call prospective volunteers when needs arise. Training is provided. See www.aacpl.net. Library HQ: jtrepp@aacpl.net.  Check with the Branches at http://www.aacpl.net/branch_info/ about their current and up-coming volunteer opportunities.

Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable

The Anne Arundel Mentoring Roundtable is a forum which meets on a quarterly basis to share ideas, best practices and create momentum for mentoring programs that foster the positive development of the County’s young people through wise, trustworthy, and caring adults. It is a program of the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County that is being revitalized and seeks your involvement. Through their participation, a number of school-based, faith-based, business-based, and community-based mentoring programs support the mission and goals of the roundtable. Those interested in mentoring, should contact the Volunteer Center for more information at holli@volunteerannearundel.org or (410) 897-9207 or. Web: www.volunteerannearundel.org.

  • 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, Thurs., January 31, 2013, Brown Bag Forum: The meeting is being held at the Volunteer Center, 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 130,  Annapolis, MD 21401. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee to attend. Because space is limited, we ask that you RSVP to Holli at holli@volunteerannearundel.org, call us at 410-897-9207 or register via the Volunteer Opportunity Calendar on our website: www.volunteerannearundel.org. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.

Box of Rain Foundation

This nonprofit was formed to honor the memory of Lee Griffin & his passion for sailing to teach life building skills through maritime experiences for local youth-at-risk, targeting kids 9-14 years old. Volunteer are needed as mentors for the big sailor/little sailor program and as sailing instructors. Donations of funds and safety boats for sailing classes, boats, boating equipment – especially life preservers and gear are also being sought. Help is also needed with the bike program at the Pip Moyer Center. For information contact 443-254-0024 or email info@boxofrain.org; see web site: www.boxofrain.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) is a non-profit organization consisting of six clubs (Annapolis Gardens, Bates, Bywater, and Admiral Oaks in Annapolis, Freetown in Pasadena, and Meade Village in Severn) where youth come to receive tutoring, computer education, sports training, homework help, and mentoring. BGCAA strives to improve each Club member’s life by instilling self-esteem, courage, and positive values.  BGCAA was founded in 1988 with their first Club in Bywater – they now serve over 2,400 youth from age 5 to 18 all across the county. Volunteers are needed as tutors, mentors, assistants in computer labs, arts & crafts, sports coaching, as administrative help in the office, and more. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to request an application, please contact us at: Volunteer@bgcaa.com or (410) 263-2542.  Web site: www.BGCAA.org.

Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County  (COVAAC)

COVAAC is a networking group made up of people managing volunteer programs in nonprofit organizations and agencies providing services in Anne Arundel County. The organization provides an opportunity to meet to talk about issues of importance, to hear from leading authorities in the field of volunteer program management, and to share promising practices. For more information contact Fay Mauro, President, at 410-897-9207 or fay@volunteerannearundel.org. See website at: www.covaac.org.

  • 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM Friday, January 11, 2013, Brown Bag Lunch Workshop/Meeting: Gloria Coliton of the Woodland Job Corps – STARS Program presents “Meaningful Ways to Thank Volunteers on a Limited Budget.” Don’t miss this opportunity to get great ideas on how to thank your wonderful volunteers in a low cost and meaningful way.at Anne Arundel Community College, Cade Building Room 219.  Please RSVP to Lisa Litts, lmlitts@aacc.edu by Monday, January 7, 2013 if you are able to attend.

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company

The mission of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company is: To Serve and Protect the Citizens of Anne Arundel County from fire and medical emergencies through quick response to calls requiring aid. The company is always accepting applications for membership. There are opportunities to serve in a variety of roles including emergency medical and ambulance technicians, firefighter, hazmat operations, and more. For more information see the website at http://www.lsvfc.com/, or call 10-255-2401.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding

Located in Crownsville, Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) is a Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. Volunteers, ages 14 and up, assist with riding lessons and are needed throughout the week to assist with horse care, barn and facility maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to assist with special events, serve on committees including fund raising, and general office duties.  All volunteers are required to attend a training session prior to beginning their volunteer service.  If you would like to attend an upcoming training session, please call Volunteer Coordinator Katie Spohn at 410-923-6800 or email volunteer@mtrinc.org.  Visit our website at www.horsesthatheal.org for volunteer training schedules and downloadable volunteer application.

Quilts for Kids, Annapolis Chapter

The national organization’s mission is to keep expensive fabric out of our landfills and bring happiness to children through the simple gift of a handmade quilt. Volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed for an ongoing project to serve children in hospitals in Annapolis and surrounding communities. Basic sewing skills are necessary but instruction will be provided for quilting. Volunteers must have a sewing machine and transportation. Quilting workshops are held monthly on the third Monday of the month from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Bay Area Community Church upstairs in room 223.  Everyone is welcome!  Contact Carolyn Sabisch at carolyn.bakes@gmail.com or 410-544-2222.  See Web: http://quiltsforkidsannapolis.blogspot.com/.

 

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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