October 30: 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.

Eastport Girls Club (EGC)volunteer-300x2381111

EGC is seeking high school senior or adult volunteers to serve as weekly tutors on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm to participants of the EGC; participants are in grades 5–9. For consistency and predictability to the participants, tutors should commit to an academic year of service (early Sept. through early Jun.). Training will be provided and a background check is required. For more information, or to schedule an interview with the Eastport Girls Club (EGC) Tutoring Program Coordinator, contact Valerie Drodz by phone at (410) 919-3347 or by email at valdrozd@hotmail.com. See website at http://eastportgirlsclub.org. In an effort to build our library, which will be offered to give all kids in our community access to quality literature, the Eastport Girls Club is asking you to help support literacy. Please make a tax-deductible gift by purchasing books from our wish list at Amazon.com. To help our cause, please log on to www.amazon.com and click on “wish list.”  When prompted to “find someone’s wish list,” type in “Eastport Girls Club.” From there, you can browse our dream library of nearly 300 titles, starting from as little as $0.01 per book.

Hearts & Homes for Youth (Mary’s Mount Manor)

This organization helps troubled children and youth who are abused, neglected or runaways, become independent, productive adults by providing a broad spectrum of educational, residential, independent living and mental health programs throughout Maryland.  In Harwood, the Mary’s Mount Manor is a therapeutic group home for emotionally disturbed young women who have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment.  Volunteers over 18 are needed for tutoring, mentoring, internships, renovation projects, recreation sponsors, office assistance, and beautification projects.  Contact Loretta d’Eustachio at 301-589-8444 ext.212. ldeustachio@hh4y.org Website: www.hh4y.org

International Environmental Data Rescue Organization

IEDRO is a nonprofit whose mission is to locate, rescue and digitize every piece of historic environmental data before it is lost forever. The old data when digitized and provided to the world’s scientists, researchers and educators will save more lives throughout the world than a cure for cancer, HIV and heart disease combined. Needed are volunteer part-time office manager, writers, JAVA & PYTHON Programmers, grant writers, translators (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, Farsi), newsletter deputy editor, keying volunteers, presenters/lecturers, meteorologists, hydrologists, climatologists, earth scientists, teachers/educators, PowerPoint experts, folks who are familiar with twitter, Facebook, blogs and other modern communication devices and systems. We also may need travelers to developing countries to set up data rescue sites. For more information, contact Rick Crouthamel at rick.crouthamel@gmail.com or call 410-867-1124.  Also, see website at http://iedro.org.

The Sharing Foundation

This local nonprofit assists the families of the working needy and special situation families in Anne Arundel County. Volunteers assist with programs such as Santa’s Share Your Christmas, Books for Kids, Children’s Winter Coats, fundraising and special events. Contact 443-603-1560 or e-mail: email@thesharingfoundation.org, Website: www.thesharingfoundation.org.

Junior League of Annapolis

The Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. will host its seventh annual Jennifer Summers Barrett Memorial Run. Volunteers for the Run 5K fun run/walk event are needed on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. This event is sponsored by Mairead M. O’Reilly, DDS, MS Orthodontics. All funds raised benefit the programs of Junior League of Annapolis, Inc. The event is open to the community and is appropriate for competitive runners, walkers, strollers and pets. This annual race will start at the Red Maple Pavilion at Quiet Waters Park and will feature a 3-mile run along the park’s trail. All local residents of Annapolis are invited to participate. To register visit the website at http://www.jlannapolis.org/fun-run. For more information contact Sarah Jane Dunaway, External Communications Co-Chair at 443-995-2540.

Maryland State Archives

Volunteers are needed for a joint venture between the Archives and FamilySearch.org involving document preparation of wills and probate records for digitization. Volunteers would help on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in four-hour shifts; scheduling is flexible, and duties include removing fasteners and flattening and organizing documents for scanning. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Carol Petranek at fsmdvol@gmail.com or 301-572-4105. To apply, send an email to Carol, with the following Application Information: 1. Your Name, Address, Phone Number; 2. Day of the week and timeframe that you are available (i.e., Mondays, 9:00-1:00); and, 3. How did you learn about this project?

SPAN (Serving People Across Neighborhoods) 

SPAN in cooperation with area churches help persons in their community in need of crisis assistance because of evictions, utility turn-off notices, emergency medical or prescription needs, food pantry or other services. Span needs volunteers to staff the office, work in the food pantry Monday and Wednesday mornings 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 SPAN Mon – Thurs, 10 am – 2 pm. One-time projects such as painting, cleaning windows, moving pantry shelves are also available. SPAN is located behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road. Call 410-647-0889 or E-mail: SPANhelps@yahoo.com. Web Site: www.spanhelps.org. Extra volunteers may be needed to help with the following fundraiser:

•    8:30 am, Sat., Nov. 23, 2013, 3rd Annual Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot: The 5K at Kinder Farm Park starts at 8:30am, followed by a one-mile fun-walk at 9:00am. T-Shirts will be given to all participants and prizes for 3 top 5K finishers in specified age groups. Also there are a variety of ways that you can support and receive acknowledgement as a sponsor or donor for this exciting event. Email us at strideforspan@yahoo.com or contact Michelle Bowers at (410) 703-3528 or Sandi Crawford (301) 437-9577 to learn more or to confirm your interest as a participant or sponsor. Also, see website www.spanhelps.org for more information.

YMCA Camp Letts

This Edgewater camp needs volunteers for ongoing upkeep of buildings grounds, trail clearing and general office support at the Retreat Center and Camp office. Special event volunteer opportunities are also available for several annual events.  Contact Andrew Mason at 410-919-1411 or amason@ymcadc.org.  Web Site: www.campletts.org/.

·        7:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 28, 2013, YMCA Camp Letts 14th Annual Turkey Chase:  Volunteer help is needed for this annual 10K Run/5K Fun Walk fundraising event. Students can also receive volunteer hours for school. The morning of the race help is needed with registration, on course directions, water stops, and general encouragement. A volunteer form is available on the web site and contact Chessa Ormond at 410-919-1410 or info@campletts.org with any questions.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE Chapter 390)

This group of volunteers with entrepreneurial experience is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer mentoring to small business owners and new entrepreneurs; free counseling and general and specialized workshops are provided to clients in Anne Arundel and surrounding counties.  The Chapter has a need for business men and women willing to give their time to help entrepreneurs.  We invite working and retired executives, small business owners, educators and other professionals to become volunteer mentors.  In addition to mentors, SCORE seeks volunteers with strong organizational skills to work with mentors and clients in outreach programs, marketing, setting up and running workshops and general office support. Training is provided. Contact 410-266-9553 or info@score390.org. Website: http://www.score390.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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