August 6: 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 or 410-897-9207.  A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

The Annapolis Craft Beer Festival, Sat., Sept. 21, 2013

A variety of volunteers will be needed to help make this fun event a success. Each volunteer will receive: an admission ticket to the event; free on-site parking; a souvenir wine or beer glass; bottled water, and a special gift. The event is being held from 12 Noon–6:00 pm, Sat.. Sept 21, 2013, at the Annapolis Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium. For more information about the event and to volunteer, contact Julie Scott at or 410-263-4012 and see website at

Annapolis Emergency Preparedness Exercise, August 20, 2013 volunteer-300x238111

The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management is conducting its 4th Citywide Emergency Preparedness Exercise from 9AM–2PM, Tues., August 20th, 2013 at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center,273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, MD 21401. Volunteers to serve as disaster victims are needed to participate in the exercise. For more information & sign up, please contact Lauren Miller at 410-216-9167 or

Bello Machre

Bello Machre provides loving homes and support to people with developmental disabilities.  Our volunteers open their hearts to develop friendships with the individuals we serve.  We offer a variety of opportunities that are best suited to your talents, interests, and time.  Whether it’s spending time with an individual scrapbooking, cooking, watching movies, or playing video games, lending a hand with yard work or gardening at one of our homes, or helping staff at our administrative office. Volunteer hours are flexible and opportunities are available throughout Anne Arundel County. Orientation training is provided and volunteers 18-years-old and up must pass a criminal background check. Currently, help is needed on Thurs evenings from 4:30–6:30 pm to assist the music & dance therapy instructor. In addition, tutors are needed to help adults with varying developmental disabilities in a variety of disciplines. Also, help is needed with fundraising and soliciting auction contributions for the upcoming 28th Annual Golf Auction on September 18, 2013.  Contact Evette Watson at 443-702-3064 or See web site:

Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank (EVBB)

The EVBB is one of only two volunteer blood donor centers for dogs in the United States. In return for your healthy dog’s generous donation of blood, s/he will receive an automatic health check every time blood is donated. Your dog could save a life, and that life could even be his/her own someday. Dogs know they will get treats and really look forward to going to donate blood. For each unit of blood donated, a free unit of blood is available for your dog should s/he ever need it. In addition to the main location at 844 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park, EVBB maintains facilities at Crofton Veterinary Clinic, the Highway Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, Animal Clinic of North Bowie, and Muddy Creek Animal Hospital in West River; in addition numerous other donor sites are now available throughout Maryland.  Contact 800-949-EVBB (3822), 410-224-2265 or E-mail Website:

Happy Helpers for the Homeless, Saturdays and Sundays

This nonprofit organization provides food, toiletries, and clothing to the hungry and homeless.  Volunteers, as young as 6, are needed Saturdays (11:30am-2:30pm) and Sundays (1:00-4:00pm) to assist in distributing items and bag lunches in downtown Baltimore and Glen Burnie.  Ongoing donations needed: men’s socks, toiletry items, men’s clothing, blankets, shoes in very good condition, sturdy napkins/paper towels, mustard, juice boxes, fold-over sandwich bags, lunch meat and fresh fruit. Volunteers can meet in Glen Burnie to caravan up to Baltimore. Contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or Jeremy Putt – 301-943-3927 or email  for more information about volunteering on all projects and events.

·         Bag a Breakfast Project. Put together a bag breakfast for a homeless individual. Include box of cereal, with spoon and cup, poptart, fruit, hot chocolate package with cup and spoon, juice box, and napkin.  Can be done anytime. Just drop off at Happy Helpers.

·        9 am–5 pm, Sat., Aug. 10, 2013, Annual Back-to-School Distribution to Guatemalan Children: Volunteers are needed to help with distribution of clothing, groceries, and school supplies for needy Guatemalan children in Marydel. This terrific event is a favorite of our volunteers. Refreshments will be served.

Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Achievement Counts Speakers Bureau

Volunteers with various backgrounds from the business community are needed to share their work experiences with 7-9th grade classes across the state to help kids understand why doing well in high school is important to their futures. The Achievement Counts Speakers Bureau is a nationally recognized program designed to help Maryland high school students learn what it will take to succeed in the workforce. Speakers participate in a 3-hr training session in their County in and receive a training manual and lesson plan. Volunteer speakers typically are asked to make four 45-minute classroom presentations during the school year. Speakers select schools, dates and times that are convenient to them. Contact LaTara Harris at 410.788.0333 or See

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Arts Alive is Maryland Hall’s largest single fundraiser, proceeds supporting year-round community arts programs.  This year the theme is a nautical one, “Destination Chesapeake Bay”, in our tent under the stars on Maryland Hall’s front lawn.  The party includes entertainment, silent and live auctions, a raffle and appetizers all evening with signature dishes and drinks by the area’s finest restaurants, hotels and caterers.

§  5:30-11:00 pm, Friday, September 6, 2013 Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Alive 15: Maryland Hall needs many volunteers for set up on the two days prior and servers the night of the event. Arts Alive is Maryland Hall’s largest single fundraiser, proceeds supporting year-round community arts programs.  This year will be “An Evening in Paris” in our tent under the stars on Maryland Hall’s front lawn.  The Paris-themed party includes entertainment, silent and live auctions, a raffle and appetizers all evening with signature dishes and drinks by the area’s finest restaurants, hotels and caterers. For more specifics or to sign up, please contact Louise White, Volunteer Manager, Maryland Hall; email: or 410-263-5544, extension 23.

Maryland Seafood Festival, September 7-8, 2013

The 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival is seeking volunteers for its annual event which will take place at Sandy Point State Park on September 7-8, 2013. Volunteers must be age 21 and up to man the festival front gate, and age 18 and up for VIP host/hostess, help with parking and other miscellaneous festival positions.  Volunteers receive admission to the Festival, free parking and food tickets. Festival hours are Sat., Sept. 7 from 10:00am– 8:00pm and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10:00am –7:00pm. To volunteer and for more information, visit or contact

Out of the Darkness Community Walk, Sat., Sept., 7, 2013

Volunteers are needed to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention by participating in the Annapolis Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sat. Sept. 7, 2013. The walk starts and ends at the Susan B. Campbell Park at the Annapolis City Dock in downtown Annapolis. Registration begins at 10:30 am and the approximately 3 mile walk begins at 11:30 am. There is no cost to join and free breakfast and lunch items will be provided To register, donate or to learn more, se3e website at  For more information contact Leslie Cardwell at or 314-503-6504.

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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 or call me at 301-906-4767.

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