Volunteer Opportunities: January 23

The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County has a variety of opportunities to help others in the community.  Browse through this week’s list to read about positions currently available with groups including the Salvation Army, My Brother’s Pantry and Anne Arundel Department of Recreation and Parks.  If you do not see an opportunity that fits your needs, contact the Volunteer Center at info@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207.

AFS-USA

Helping to bring the people of the world together is exciting, interesting, and rewarding work. For more than 60 years AFS (formerly American Field Service) Volunteers have been building bridges of intercultural understanding and changing the way the world works through a variety of volunteer opportunities. AFS-USA is looking for volunteers on an ongoing basis to engage in local activities for exchange students from all over the world. Volunteers participate in many ways from helping at student orientation events, planning weekend activities, promoting AFS study abroad programs to local schools and even becoming host families for our students. For more information, contact Jennie Schmalzle at jschmalzle@afs.org or 800-876-2376. See website: www.afsusa.org.

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 X1013. See Web site: For more information call 410-626-1900 and visit website: http://www.aaccaa.org.

Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks

7:30-11:00 am, Sat., Mar. 23, 2013, Rec Deeds Challenge 5K Run & Walk: Recreation Deeds for Special Needs is a non-profit friends & family organization established to provide camp scholarships, adaptive equipment, training and volunteer support to people with disabilities. The Recreation Deeds Challenge 5K Run and Fun Walk fundraiser is being held at Ft. Smallwood Park in Pasadena and the race starts at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers are needed on the day of the event starting at 7:30-8: a.m. to assist with registration, at start/finish line, as course monitors, and to help with refreshments. For more information contact Nicki Fiocco, at 410-222-7300 or rpfioc99@aacounty.org. See website: www.aacounty.org/RecParks/volunteer/index.cfm.

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

CoCoRaHS is a non-profit community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in several states that works together to measure and map precipitation using inexpensive measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive web site. Data is provided for natural resource, education, and research applications. Volunteers of all ages are needed (those under 18 need a guardian) to collect and report data about precipitation with measurement tools at their homes which is reported daily to an interactive web site. For more information and to sign up visit the web site at: www.cocorahs.org. The local Anne Arundel County Coordinator may also be reached at greg.gallina@noaa.gov.

My Brother’s Pantry

This nonprofit, located on the grounds of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold is supported by nine area congregations to provide food for families in crisis because of unemployment or disabilities. Volunteers are needed to work in the food pantry and to donate food and other items. Call 410-757-5190.

Homeless Resource Day, Sat., March 16, 2013

This “one-day, one stop” event is being held at Glen Burnie High School for individuals and families experiencing homelessness so they can access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, and a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self-sufficiency. You can help by donating your time, goods, services, or money.

•     4–8 pm, Fri., Mar. 15, 2013 Resource Day Setup: Volunteers, age 15 and older, are needed to help with set up and receiving, sorting and organization of donations and giveaways.

•     7:30 am–6 pm, Sat., Mar. 16, 2013 Resource Day: Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed, in shifts, to provide guidance to attendees, assist service providers, and help with distribution of donations. A 1½- hour training session is required for all Saturday volunteers. For information & sign up, go to web site www.aacounty.org/HomelessResource. For additional information, contact Contact us at 410-269-4462 or jbieler@dhr.state.md.us.

Maryland Stream Waders

Maryland Stream Waders is a volunteer stream sampling program that began in February 2000. The goal of the project is to fill in many of the information gaps that currently exist concerning the quality of Maryland’s streams. With the help of volunteers like yourself, we hope to increase the average number of sites per medium sized watershed from 7 to more than 50! This will enable state and local governments to better assess their streams and conduct their restoration and planning activities. In order to become part of the program, volunteers agree to participate in a one day training session and agree to spend about two more days during the March-April sampling window collecting aquatic invertebrate samples from stream beds. The samples are sent to DNR for “bug identification” and analysis. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for the next training sessions which will start in February. For more information contact streamwaders@dnr.state.md.us or call DNR’s Stream Waders hotline at 410-260-8623 (toll free in Maryland 1-877-620-8DNR, extension 8623).

National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Kidney Walk as follows:

  • 9:00 am, Sun., May 5, 2013, 2013 Kidney Walk: Community volunteers are needed to serve on a planning committee, help with walk day registration, set up and break down, and more. Enjoy free entrance to the Baltimore Zoo where the event is being held while joining us in the fight against Kidney Disease. The walk raises money for screening programs, education and patient services in Baltimore and surrounding counties as well as supporting national research and patient advocacy programs. For a full list of volunteer opportunities or to participate, please contact Clare Elliott at celliott@kidneymd.org or register online at www.kidneywalk.org.

Operation Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. This initiative was officially launched in April 2005. In 2009 over 150,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by state OMK teams in 49 states and DC. Maryland Partners include but are not limited to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts, National Guard Youth and Family Programs, Army Reserve Child, Youth, and School Services, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Columbia Association of Howard County. The program has volunteer opportunities that include workshop facilitators, community outreach contacts, activity coordinators and fundraisers. For more information contact Jayne Fitzgerald at jefitz@umd.edu. See web site:  www.operationmilitarykids.org.

Salvation Army

Food Pantry – The Salvation Army, Annapolis, is looking for groups to Host Canned Food Drives. Volunteers are also needed to drop off food donations Monday through Friday for the Salvation Army’s food pantries in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Suggested food items include nonperishable canned goods and boxed food. Donations of toiletries are also welcome. Groups that hold food drives can make arrangements to have the food picked up. . For more information and to volunteer, contact Captains Richard and/or Ruth New at 410-263-4091 or Richard_New@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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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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