Volunteer Opportunities: February 5

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.

Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank

Founded in 1988 their mission is to fight hunger by assuring that all county citizens in need have access to food and other necessities.  Especially needed: volunteers with pick-up trucks to pick up food donations during the day and help with phones, copying, other office duties (8:30 am – 2:30 pm), data base, computers, webmaster. Call Bruce at 410-923-4255 or Bruce@aafoodbank.org.  Website: www.aafoodbank.org.

City of Annapolis, Main Street Program

The city is seeking residents who will volunteer their time to help revitalize the Main Street Program; it is also proposing to expand the boundaries of the program beyond its current boundaries. The program’s goals are to promote shopping local, support all establishments, create family events that draw individuals to the local businesses, educate on the importance of historic preservation, improve communication, sponsor one calendar of events for the Downtown Annapolis District, and evolve into a strong thriving community. For more information about participation, contact Lisa Craig, at 410-263-7961 and lmcraig@annapolis.gov.

Anne Arundel County Police Department (Throughout County)

  • Reserve Officer Program: Volunteers are needed for its Reserve Officer program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc.  Volunteers must be over 21, undergo a criminal background check, hours of availability are flexible. Reserve Officers work assignments all hours of the day and weekends. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations.
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS): The VIPS Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month.

For either program, call the Coordinator at 410-222-0042 or get an application from the County Police website at http://www.aacounty.org/Police/volunteer.cfm.

Chesapeake Legal Alliance

Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA), a nonprofit organization in Annapolis, MD, uses the law to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.  Our goal is to achieve a Bay with clean water, abundant native plants and animals, and opportunities for people to enjoy the Bay safely.  CLA coordinates a network of attorneys who provide free legal services to individuals, environmental organizations, and community groups working to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.   Volunteer attorneys are needed for pro bono environmental and other projects.   For more information or to volunteer, call 410-216-9441, email info@ChesapeakeLegal.org  or visit our website at www.ChesapeakeLegal.org 

Community Preservation & Development Corp. (CPDC) Wiley H. Bates Senior Residence

The Bates Senior Residence is operated in Annapolis by CPDC, a nonprofit organization that creates and preserves financially sound, socially responsible affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals and families. There is a current need for a beginner’s Spanish instructor to teach Spanish to residents weekly starting in February 2013. In addition, a volunteer with experience as a librarian is needed to help with organizing books in the reading room and throughout the residence. For more information, contact Georgina Hernandez-Norris at (410) 263-3009 or e-mail ghernandez-norris@cpdc.org. See web site: www.cpdc.org.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Serving all of Central Maryland, the Girl Scouts help girls develop courage, confidence, character and leadership skills that they will use throughout their lives. Girl Scout volunteering offers many flexible options, for both individuals and groups, whether you want to work directly with the girls throughout the year or lend expertise for a specific short-term project or event, even if your schedule allows you to only give a few hours. Training is provided and is tailored to each position. Volunteers should be 18 and older. In Anne Arundel Co. there is a current need for in school program specialists for hour long in school programs, one-hour weekly for as many as 6 weeks or as little as one, some travel, we will train. Candidates will need to be an approved or screened volunteer for this position. Contact: Candace Baker, cbaker@gscm.org, 410-358-9711 ext. 259.

Pearlstone Center

The Pearlstone Center is a retreat center and farm with programs that enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life by engaging Jewish, faith-based, and secular organizations, individuals, and families. Pearlstone serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region, and beyond. There is a continuing need for volunteers and interns for a variety of animal care and other farm tasks as well as for specialized projects including: Animal health, flowers & herbs, harvest handling, nutrition, landscape art projects, integrated pest management, marketing & design, compost & soil, green energy and more! For more information contact: Teri Jedeikin at 410-429-4400 or volunteers@pearlstonecenter.org and see website at www.pearlstonecenter.org/.

Volunteer Maryland

Volunteer Maryland, an AmeriCorps program, builds stronger communities by developing effective volunteer programs. Since 1992 Volunteer Maryland has worked with organizations across the State to better mobilize volunteers, and create structures to retain volunteers and show results. On average, each partnership  with Volunteer Maryland  yields over 180 new volunteers, each providing at least 15 hours of service. Volunteer Maryland has the expertise to help create a volunteer program that works. Does your volunteer program help meet your bottom line? Does working with volunteers affect staff time? Are your volunteers really meeting the mission of your organization every day?  These are just some of the questions Volunteer Maryland could help your organization find answers to and help your organization become better equipped to meet volunteer program needs into the future. To learn more:

  • 11:00 am – 11:45 am Wed., Feb. 6, or Mar. 6, 2013, Volunteer Maryland Partnership Information Webinars: Organizations utilizing volunteers are invited to register for one of these Webinars to learn about Volunteer Maryland and what it offers. Visit website at: www.volunteermaryland.org to register.

Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA)

WSA trains and supports community leaders called Master Watershed Stewards to help their communities reduce pollution and restore their waterways. Additional information about WSA and its programs is available on the website at: aawsa.org, or contact Suzanne Etgen, WSA Program Coordinator at 410 222 3822 or setgen@aacps.org. Upcoming event:

6:00 pm, Thurs., Mar. 7, 2013, Backyard Buffers Program Planting Workshop: This freeWorkshop being held at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Rd, Millersville MD 21108, will cover tree spacing, tree planting, tree staking and tubing techniques. Tree seedlings will arrive on or around March 21st.  This program provides FREE TREE AND SHRUB SEEDLINGS for anyone who wants to plant a woodland buffer.  Buffers may be planted near any place water flows  - these plantings do not have to be traditional streamside buffers.  Think of places in your community where storm water flows. This program is open to the public. Register for the workshop at: http://www.aawsa.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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