June 17: 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. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

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Anne Arundel County Boards and Commission has an opening on the Veteran’s Affairs Commission. Information on the Commission can be found at http://www.aacounty.org/Veterans/index.cfm.  Please contact the Director of Boards and Commissions for Anne Arundel County, Arlene Berlin, 410-222-1821, exberl00@aacounty.org if you have interest or questions.

The Family Tree

The Family Tree’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by providing family support and education that promote well-being among Maryland families.  Volunteers, over 18, are needed for child nurturers to create a safe, structured, weekly Children’s Program in North County.   Volunteers, over 21, are needed as parent educators in North and South Counties to co-teach a Positive Parenting Course in 12-week intervals.  Volunteers, over 21, are needed to run the “tot-line”, which is an emergency response (medical or otherwise) resource for parents with children under the age of 5; volunteers with experience/training in child development are preferred.  For further information about the “tot-line” and all volunteer opportunities, please visit the website given below. Contact Stephanie Jacobs at 410-889-2300 or sjacobs@familytreemd.org for more information. Website: www.familytreemd.org

Friends of Back Creek Nature Park

This nonprofit organization assists the City of Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department with the preservation, Juvenile Service restoration, and enhancement of the park. Volunteers of all ages are welcome from supervised youngsters to adults, including Master Gardeners. There are a myriad of other opportunities for participating in and supporting the BCNP mission, including board and general members, volunteers, project leaders, donors, partners, sponsors, etc.  Projects can be carved out for volunteers who want to come by at their convenience and take responsibility for a particular sub-task or project. For more information call 410-263-7959, or check the Recreation and Parks Dept. web site at www.annapolis.gov.

Historic Annapolis Foundation

Volunteers are needed in the areas of museum tours and education, horticulture in the William Paca House gardens, public programs and special events, membership services, and marketing.  On weekdays and weekends, William Paca House docents present tours of the home of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Historic Annapolis Museum greeters serve as ambassadors of history greeting and informing visitors about museum exhibits that present four centuries of history in the heart of Annapolis. Historic Annapolis Foundation also needs volunteers for its new living history site, The Hogshead at 43 Pinkney Street. Come and learn about another aspect of Colonial life as people ventured into the wilderness. Volunteers will be trained to interpret for visitors what life was like during time of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Learn about the fur trade, leather crafts, colonial weapons, colonial games and much more, then share that knowledge with guests. Training is provided for all volunteer activities. Contact Volunteer Services Manager at 410-990-4514 or suzanne.mead@annapolis.org. See website at www.annapolis.org for more details.

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is a nonprofit which provides simple, decent, affordable houses for deserving families who currently live in substandard conditions in Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore area. Volunteers are needed to help with construction in the county and Baltimore area. Many departmental support volunteer opportunities are also available to prepare low-income families to become homeowners, plan construction work, promote and publicize work, fundraise, maintain relationships with volunteers and donors, manage our finances, and more. To give your time and talent as a departmental volunteer at our local office, please contact Volunteer Engagement Manager, Shanita Modlin, at smodlin@habitatchesapeake.org. For Volunteers interested in learning additional construction skills, and are willing to commit to regular volunteer days, may want to consider becoming a “Red Hat” (volunteers who serve as construction leaders on build sites). Habitat for Humanity will provide specialized training to equip them to supervise volunteer teams. For further information, contact Eric Bernhardt, Training Manager at ebernhardt@habitatchesapeake.org or 410-366-1250 x118; visit website http://www.habitatchesapeake.org/ for more details about volunteering.

The James E. Lewis Museum of Art

The James E. Lewis Museum of Art on the campus of Morgan State University in the Murphy Fine Arts Center is currently seeking Volunteers for Docent and Volunteer training opportunities. Specifically, help is needed at the front desk, with organizing and maintaining collections, digitization of records, administrative or educational tasks, and outreach volunteers. Training will be provided. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Tina Stevenson at tina.stevenson@morgan.edu or 443-885-3895. Website: www.jelmamuseum.org/.

Maryland State Archives

Learn about Maryland history and the treasures preserved at the State Archives in Annapolis. Volunteers, 18 years of age and older, are needed Monday through Saturday, between 8:30 – 10:00 am and/or 3:00 – 4:30 pm to assist in access and understanding of the records of the State of Maryland. Volunteers scan, index or keyboard many historic records, assist patrons with genealogy, research 19th century African-American records, and colonial records. Internships are also available. Training is provided. For more information, contact emily.squires@maryland.gov or 410-260-6443. See website: www.msa.md.gov/.

North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON)

NCEON in cooperation with area churches helps persons in their community in need of crisis assistance because of evictions, utility turn-off notices, emergency prescription needs, food pantry or other services. NCEON needs occasional volunteers to staff the office, stock shelves, bag food for the pantry and donate food and other items for the pantry. Get your group to sponsor a food drive or pick up a few extra items when you shop and drop them off at NCEON. Call Ann or Marsha at 410-766-1826 or 304 5th Avenue, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

Operation Welcome Home (MD)

This nonprofit organization provides a hero’s welcome every week at BWI Airport International Terminal to military personnel returning home from the War on Terror. Volunteers are needed to attend welcome home events to greet by cheering, clapping, shaking hands to say thanks. Community organizations, schools, scout, and church groups are also invited to attend or hold a collection drive and/or donate water and snacks for the troops. There is critical need for “Thank You” cards for distribution to the troops snack bags – this is a great project for groups such school classes and scouts.  An event line has been set up to be called on the day of the event : 410-630-1555.  For more information call 410-757-0982, e-mail webmaster@owhmd.org, or visit web site at http://www.operationwelcomehomemd.org/

Youth Golf Network

The Youth Golf Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2007 that promotes the game of golf to women and youth from many socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the game of golf, youth will become actively engaged in the social fabric of their community, and derive direct health benefits that improve their quality of life, and most importantly, have their lives enhanced by learning a different method of facing their demanding and challenging circumstances with enthusiasm and strength. We need volunteer professionals, people who can pull in teams of golfers, as well as volunteers. Contact Jeanette Ortegon at 443-852-2336 or info@youthgolfnetwork.org for info about the Youth Golf Network and ongoing volunteer needs. See web site at www.youthgolfnetwork.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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