May 13: Volunteer Opportunities

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 Medical Center Auxiliary volunteer-300x238112

The Auxiliary of Anne Arundel Medical Center is in need of volunteers who have a hands-on working knowledge of computer hardware, software and peripherals as well as audio/video equipment setup, operation and support. Volunteers should be customer-oriented and will be working 4 hour shifts in the medical center’s training and conference center supporting medical related meetings, trainings, conferences, lectures and events. Call the auxiliary office at 443-481-5055 for more information.

MD Office of Tourism Development Welcome Center Program

Volunteer at one of Maryland’s Welcome Centers by joining the award winning Ambassador program.  The volunteer staff welcomes visitors and local residents coming to the Welcome Centers for Maryland information. They also offer assistance with directions and transportation options, hotel accommodations, assist visitors with itineraries, greet motor coaches and work with tourism industry and private sector representatives within Maryland.   Each volunteer works at least one 4-hour shift every week at the Welcome Center desk: Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. All Centers are closed on all State holidays. The Maryland Welcome Centers are located in Howard County on I-95.  Training is provided and volunteer activities are planned throughout the year. Contact Margie Long at 301-490-1333 or mlong@visitmaryland.org to obtain an application. Or, visit www.visitmaryland.org – click on “Getting Here” then “Welcome Centers”, and then “Volunteer Opportunities” at the bottom of the page.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maryland (Throughout County)

This nonprofit is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Volunteers from Anne Arundel County are especially needed to serve on the JDRF Maryland Chapter Board of Directors and for upcoming special events and outreach.  Office volunteers, 14 years and older are needed in the Linthicum and Towson offices. Volunteers are also needed throughout the year for family outreach activities, and for fundraising events. Contact maryland@jdrf.org or 410-636-8080 or visit our website at www.jdrfmd.org/maryland for more information.

MD VS HUNGER, Sunday, May 19, 2013

MD VS HUNGER is a packing event where people from Glen Burnie and Annapolis come together to pack and ship 550,000 meals. This food will literally save lives. The food is bought and shipped through Stop Hunger Now (stophungernow.org). This event is open to anyone and everyone and is FREE! Childcare is provided for children 3 and under. This food will literally save lives. The food is bought and shipped through Stop Hunger Now (stophungernow.org). Packing will take place in two locations on May 19, one at Glen Burnie High School and the other at Annapolis High School. A large number of volunteers are needed at each location; for more information and to sign up for one of four shifts starting at 9am, 11am, 2pm, or 4:30 pm, on Sun., May 19, 2013; to volunteer, go to the website at:  http://mdvshunger.com/where.html.

PKD Foundation, Baltimore Chapter

The mission of the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation, Baltimore Chapter is to assist, on a regional and local basis, the national efforts to promote research to find a cure for PKD and to improve the care and treatment of those it affects. A new Volunteer Chapter Coordinator (age 19 and up) is needed to motivate and lead others in fundraising, lobbying, educating the public, organizing events and helping people affected by PKD. The Chapter Coordinator would ideally have skills in leadership, organization, motivation and fund raising and be available to stay in the job at least two years. Contact BaltimoreChapter@pkdcure.orgor 703-599-0657 if you are interested. See web site at: www.pkdcure.org.

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of homeless animals in the Maryland and DC area. Our goals are to find permanent loving homes for adoptable animals placed in our care; to provide a safe haven and rehabilitation to feral and neglected animals rescued from abusive situations; and to put an end to needless euthanasia because of pet overpopulation. Current volunteer needs include; 1. Spay/Neuter Assistant to help monitor animals while they recover from surgeries, get our surgical instruments ready for use and to promote our spay/neuter clinic; 2. Fundraisers for community outreach to recruit sponsors (donors), especially to support the new spay/neuter clinic; and, 3. Animal Caretakers to help feed and care for and spend time with resident cats and dogs. For more information and to volunteer, contact Katherine Evans at ruderanch@comcast.net or 410-798-9559. See website at: www.ruderanch.org.

South County Assistance Network

The South County Assistance Network, Inc. (SCAN) is a nonprofit organization of individuals from the faith community, business community, social services and other nonprofit organizations working together to provide assistance to those in need in our community. SCAN Food Bank, serving southern Anne Arundel County, is open Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am – 12 noon at St. James Church, 5757 Solomon’s Island Road, Lothian, MD. For more information call 410-867-2838.

Oncology Foundation of Maryland/District of Columbia

The Oncology Foundation of Maryland and the District of Columbia is a new nonprofit organization, composed of community volunteers who want to make a difference in cancer education. The Foundation was founded by the Maryland/DC Society of Clinical Oncology, a state society, affiliated with the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Volunteer help is needed for videotaping and editing events and training materials. For more information contact Patricia Troy at at@nextwavegroup.com or 443-451-3801. See: website at www.oncofdn.org 

RainScaping Garden Tour, Sunday May 19, 2013 

There will be a tour of 10 RainScaping projects such as gardens, conservation landscapes, regenerative storm water conveyance, pervious hardscapes, and water harvesting in the Annapolis/Edgewater area from 2:00–5:00 p.m., Sun., May 19, 2013. The tour is sponsored by the Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) and the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and will begin at one of three locations: Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forsest Dr.; Bowen Manor at Bowen Ct. cul de sac; and Winchester on the Severn, 1510 Circle Dr., all in Annapolis. The Chesapeake Ecology Center will have native plants for sale at very low prices. Tickets can be purchased for $15 through the WSA website at www.aawsa.org. For more information contact: Suzanne Etgen (WSA Coordinator), setgen@aacps.org, 443-871-0700; Vernon Hustead (Hustead Landscape Architecture), husteadla@gmail.com, 443-988-2294.

Wellness House of Annapolis (Annapolis & Central County)

The mission of The Wellness House of Annapolis is to help people affected by cancer and their family members recover their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of support, education and hope in a “home-like” environment. All of our services are offered free to cancer patients and their care givers. There are many different volunteer opportunities at Wellness House of Annapolis. All of our services are offered to our members for free, by our amazing volunteers. We need assistance with our gardens, clerical work, outreach, and hostessing. We also need professional practitioners in massage and Healing Touch as well as yoga and art. For more invormation contact Kiersten Gallagher at 410-990-0941 or kgallagher@annapoliswellnesshouse.org . See website at: http://annapoliswellnesshouse.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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