Sept. 9: 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.volunteer-300x2381111

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a nonprofit organization which seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through advancement of research, to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. A variety of Volunteer Opportunities  are available throughout the year including: office & clerical assistance including data entry and mailings, community outreach representatives including those to attend Health Fairs and speakers, helpline specialist, and family support group facilitators. Volunteers are also needed to assist with fundraising events:

•       6:00 a.m–Noon, am, Sat., Oct. 19, 2013, Walk to End Alzheimer’s:  Friendly, outgoing volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed for a variety of positions before, during and after the walk which is being held at Susan B. Campbell Park (at the dock downtown) in Annapolis, MD. Volunteer opportunities will include route guides, registration, advocacy ambassadors, cheerleaders, set-up and break down teams, parking guides, and more. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Drumm, at or 410-561-9099.

Chesapeake Arts Center

Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed to serve as ushers, ticket attendants, and house managers for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Studio 194 Theatres. Volunteers can also help in the gift shop office, conducting daily administrative duties, distribution of flyers/newsletters in the community, mailings, and more. Extra volunteers are also needed to help with special events such as the Gala, gardening help for the front garden is also needed. Contact the Arts Center at 410-636-6597 or email: Web:

Chesapeake Ecology Center

The Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) works with its members, volunteers, community groups, and students, including at-risk students at Adams Academy at Adams Park (where it is based), to provide environmental education and, at the same time, develop on-the-ground habitat restoration/protection projects. The CEC holds volunteer education/planting days and tours mid-April through November, and provides technical assistance to a variety of community and school groups for their projects. In addition to numerous on-the-ground restoration projects at the CEC and elsewhere, it promotes conservation landscaping through a variety of media, and through presentations and tours of the CEC’s 24 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. An adult should accompany volunteers under age 16. Visit for volunteer information and to learn about the CEC. Questions can be directed to Zora Lathan at Schedule and Optional Garden Tours:

·         9:00 a.m.–Noon, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, and Nov. 23, 2013.On these volunteer days, garden tours will be provided if requested by four or more individuals. Master Gardeners provide great assistance and will be available to answer plant and pest questions as part of the tours.

·        10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21, CEC Garden Open House and Native Plant Sale: This is the CEC’s annual celebration and fundraiser through the sale of native plants.  At this free event, refreshments and garden tours will be provided.

Historic Annapolis Foundation, Annapolis by Candlelight Tour, Nov. 1-2, 2013

A large number of volunteers are needed for the following special event:

·        4:30–9:15 pm, Fri. & Sat., Nov. 1 & 2, 2013, 22nd Annual Annapolis by Candlelight Tour: Private home owners will open their beautiful homes from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries along Acton Place, and Cathedral, Charles, Conduit, Market, Duke of Gloucester, and St. Mary’s Streets in Annapolis for the public to view. Volunteers, age 16 and up, are needed and will be placed in different rooms in different homes informing visitors about the history of the home and the objects inside, helping to direct the flow of visitors through the home. Each home is staffed by an HAF volunteer known as a House Captain who will provide information about the home to volunteers upon their arrival for their shift. Volunteers are asked to work a single shift on either Fri., Nov. 1st or Sat., Nov. 2nd. To ensure all houses are staffed and ready to open promptly and to guarantee that shift changes occur smoothly, shifts will be from 4:30p.m.–7:15p.m. and from 6:45p.m. –9:15p.m. Contact Suzanne Mead at 410-990-4514 or for more information about the event and downloadable registration form which must be filled out and returned by October 15, 2013.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. For more information about volunteer opportunities contact or 443-471-1628. See website at: Upcoming event for which volunteers are needed:

·        5:30 p.m., Sat., October 19, 2013, Annapolis Light the Night Walk: A large number of volunteers are needed for this fund raising event to serve in a variety of capacities on the day of the walk. For information contact or 443-471-1628. See website at

Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac

This volunteer-driven nonprofit rescues, fosters and adopts out Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retriever-Lab mixes. Volunteers are needed to assist with Adopt-a-Lab Day on weekends; as transporters of dogs to and from vets; conducting home visits in connection with adoptions; and to provide foster homes for Labs. Volunteers also sought to assist with public relations and outreach efforts, posting flyers and more. Visit to learn more and to complete a volunteer application.

Lutheran Mission Society

This Christian health and welfare agency brings health and wellness to individuals, families and communities who are dealing with conflict and disease with the compassionate help of volunteer caregivers. Programs provide walk-in clients with food, clothing, health, counseling and educational services. In addition, volunteers, age 15 and up, are needed to help with sorting, storing, and packing donated food and other goods at the Annapolis location, 230 West St. Adult volunteers are needed for teaching parenting, literacy, health/wellness, use of computer technology, and more. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Naumann at 410-636-0123 or  See our website at

Selective Service

The statutory missions of Selective Service are to be prepared to provide trained and untrained personnel to the DoD in the event of a national emergency and to be prepared to implement an Alternative Service Program for registrants classified as conscientious objectors. The Selective Service seeks qualified members of the community to serve on local draft boards in the event of a national emergency. These citizen volunteers would, in the event of a draft, decide which young men in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemption from military service based on the individual’s circumstances or beliefs. Board members are nominated by the Governor and appointed by the President. If you are a US citizen, at least 18 years old, and do not have a criminal record, you may be eligible to be considered. Other restrictions apply. Go to and click on the “Board Member Info” link to learn more or to be considered. For more information contact Lt. Col. Andrew Goldin at 410 576 6064 or

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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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