Volunteer Opportunities: February 13

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.

Annapolis Maritime Museum

The Museum needs volunteers on a continuing basis to maintain and expand its innovative environmental education program, conduct tours to the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, restore wooden boats, interpret the Museum’s exhibits to the public, and help with the winter seminar series, the summer concert series, and events like the Annapolis Oyster Roast & Sock Burning in March and the Boatyard Beach Bash in September. For more information, contact the Museum’s Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Elliott, at 410-295-0104 or volunteer@amaritime.org. Check website at www.amaritime.org. Additional volunteers may be needed for:

  • Noon –4 pm Saturday March 23, 2013, Third Annual Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning: This Maritime Museum fundraising gala has great food and entertainment for everyone. The festivities include the burning of the socks – a spring tradition at the Museum – plus live music! Visit the website www.amaritime.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

Anne Arundel County Recreation & Parks Summer Camp and Program Fair

This 4th Annual Summer Camp and Program Fair being held at Severna Park High School from 10:00 am–1:00 pm, Sat., Feb. 16, 2013 will have representatives from AA Rec & Parks to showcase all summer camps and programs throughout the county and answer any questions you might have. Summer Fun Centers, Day Camps, Adaptive Camps, Specialty Camps, Dance and adult camps will all be featured, and much, much more. This will be a “one stop shop” for families where you can register four days early (online registration opens on Wed., Feb. 20, 2013). The event is free and there will be fun activities and crafts for kids. For more information contact: Nicki.Fiocco@aacounty.org or visit: www.aacounty.org/recparks.

Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation & Parks

Anne Arundel Rec and Parks is announcing the following youth volunteer programs for 2013; information and application forms are available at http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/volunteer/youth_volunteer.cfm or contact Wendy Scarborough at rpscar88@aacounty.org or (410) 222-7313. Application deadline: May 3, 2013.

  • Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program: Youth candidate volunteers are being sought for this year’s program.  Due to increased interest in the CIT program, acceptance has become more competitive. The CIT program is now offered for 3-two week sessions in our Summer Fun Center locations and Quiet Waters Park.
  • Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2013.  The Volunteer Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2013 (VSSLC) program is a 2-week volunteer program for youth who have completed 7th grade and are younger than 16.  A total of three different sessions will be offered this summer for a fee of $100/session.  Participants may apply for one or more sessions to learn about and discuss various topics ranging from school year volunteer opportunities to conflict resolution strategies and social issues that they may face in today’s society. Youth who successfully complete the program may earn community service hours as well as gaining work experience that will help them prepare for employment interviews, applying for college, and other life skills.
  • Youth Conservation Corps (YOUTH CORPS) 2013 Program: Youth completing grade 8 June 2013 up to the age of 16 are welcome to apply. The program will be held daily from 9 am–3 pm for two 2-week sessions during the month of July. Volunteer experience will include park conservation and clean up at Lake Waterford Park as well as at other county facilities. This is a first come first serve program with a maximum number of participants.

BWI Pathfinder Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to staff airport information desks, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Volunteers are required to commit to one weekly 4-hour shift. Currently the Pathfinder program is looking to fill early morning 5am to 9am shift on the weekends. Uniforms and garage parking are provided. Volunteers provide assistance with directions, airline and flight information, ground transportation, hotel information and other important services. For a volunteer application and information about the program contact Joanne Kozak at jkozak@bwiairport.com or call 410-859-7683. See website: http://www.bwiairport.com/en/service/volunteer.

Department of Juvenile Services

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services is looking for volunteers, age 21 and older, to serve as tutors, and provide mentoring. Background checks are required and training will be provided. There are also internship opportunities available for college students.  For more information contact Melissa Alarcon at 410-230-3132 or AlarconM@djs.state.md.us. See Web site: http://www.djs.state.md.us/.

Kids at Hope Mini Master’s Seminar April 3-5, 2013

Kids at Hope, the Anne Arundel County Kids at Hope Steering Committee, and Kids at Hope Herndon (Virginia) are proud to announce the first Mid-Atlantic Region Youth Development Master’s Seminar scheduled for April 3-5, 2013 in Annapolis, MD. Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools has joined Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen in expanding “Kids at Hope” throughout the city and the county. “Kids at Hope,” is an innovative, researched-based cultural framework that empowers schools, youth-serving agencies, businesses and community organizations to transform their cultures through professional development workshops, seminars, institutes, and classes in order to demonstrate, individually and collectively, the belief that all children can succeed; no exceptions. For more information and to register visit website: www.vcaacmd.org/MiniMasters.pdf.

Save the Bay Day, 9 am–Noon, Sat., April 27, 2013

Volunteers are needed at Mayo Beach Park, 4150 Honeysuckle Dr. Edgewater, MD 21037 for help with Community Beach Clean-up, Planting and cleaning out flower beds. Cleaning and working on Camp buildings to prepare for the summer day camp area. History of the area and discussion of the water access and water trails will be available. Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, work gloves, and if available: gardening tools (marked with your name) including rakes, trowels, hoes, etc. (some tools provided). Tasks will be assigned. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to register to volunteer.  Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per 6 children). Contact Wendy Scarborough for more information at RPSCAR88@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313 ext 3554.

Volunteer Center Mentoring Awards, March 14, 2013

The Eighth Annual Mentoring Awards, sponsored by the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County, will be presented during an Awards Celebration from 6-8 p.m., Thurs., March 14, 2013, at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis 21403. Help celebrate mentoring in our community by submitting your nominations for an award in the following individual or mentoring program categories: School-Based, Community-based, Business-based, Faith-based, AVID Volunteer of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Peer (Youth) Mentor of the Year, Lifetime Mentor Award, and Community Hopeologist of the Year. Submit one or more nominations by close of business on February 25, 2013, to the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County. The nomination forms may be downloaded from our website at www.volunteerannearundel.org/specialevents and mailed to the Volunteer Center at 2666 Riva Road, Ste 130, Annapolis, MD 21401. Any questions about nominations or the awards ceremony should be directed to Holli Dillard-Cranfill at 410.897.9207 or  holli@volunteerannearundel.org The public is invited to join us at this free event on Marsh 14th (donations gratefully accepted) to honor the award winners and learn more about mentoring (RSVPs required).

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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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