November 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. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

American Red Cross Blood Drives

The Red Cross is seeking sponsors for blood drives in Anne Arundel County. The sponsor would be expected to provide the location (facility/room) for the day of donation at which the Red Cross would host the drive. The sponsor would also recruit donors from their community or group to donate at the designated time and place. For more information, contact Meg Wright, Coordinator of Anne Arundel County blood drives at 443-831-6987 or meg.wright@redcross.org.  See website at www.redcrossblood.org.volunteer-300x23811111

Volunteers are also needed to greet donors, provide customer service, and serve refreshments. The American Red Cross Donor Center is located in Glen Burnie; blood drives are situated throughout Anne Arundel County. Must be 14 years of age or older. Must complete an application and attend an orientation session. Volunteers over 18 years of age will require a background check. Contact: Carol C. Wendt at 410-764-5313 or 1-800-272-0094 Ext. 3 or Carol.Wendt@redcross.org. Website: www.redcrossblood.org/gcp

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc.

CASA needs volunteers for both Court Appointed Special Advocates and Friends of CASA. Each Special Advocate is screened and trained to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. Extensive trainings are scheduled after potential volunteers are interviewed and screened. Friends of CASA are volunteers who assist with fund-raisers, or donate other talents and resources. Contact Denise at 410-267-7877 ext 2., or via email at denise@aacasa.org. Website: www.aacasa.org.

Anne Arundel County Boards and Commissions

Anne Arundel County residents interested in becoming involved in County government are encouraged to volunteer on one of several County boards and commissions. Openings exist for the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, Personnel Board, Pension Oversight Commission, Soil Conservation District, Commission for Women and the Odenton Town Plan Oversight Committee. The only criteria for joining an Anne Arundel County board or commission is that participants live or maintain a business in the County. Persons interested in the Odenton Town Plan Oversight Committee may submit a letter of interest along with a resume to Michael Fox, pzfox012@aacounty.org, at Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning. County residents interested in applying for a civilian appointment to any of the other boards and commissions should submit a resume to Sarah Francisco, Coordinator of Boards & Commissions at exfran44@aacounty.org or call 410-222-1260 for more information.

Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation and Parks

Volunteers are needed to help clean up and spruce up Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013. Trash will be picked up, trails cleared, and leaves raked. The activity qualifies for service learning for High Schools. Please bring garden tools if you have them. For more information and to sign up, contact Volunteer@aacounty.org

Families on the Edge, Inc.

Families on the Edge, Inc., is an organization that was started to help families who are on the edge of a crisis or in a crisis. Families on the Edge, Inc., is committed to teaching families how to get off the edge of a crisis and back into the mainstream of society. We provide families with the tools, resources, and empowerment to stabilize the immediate family. Adult volunteers are needed to help us establish community resources for our clients/families that come into our program. The volunteer can work from home but must have a professional attitude and skills including organizational and good communication skills. The person would have to locate community resources for the families we help by contacting other organizations and agencies for referrals or information. For more information contact Janis Binder at jprattb@yahoo.com or 888 990-5851. See website at:  www.familiesontheedge.org.

Kids at Hope of Annapolis and AA County

Kids at Hope of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is hosting the third annual “Feeding the Future” at the Boys and Girls Club, 121 South Villa Ave, Annapolis.  The event serves about 100 school age children from the Boys and Girls Clubs across the county. Activities will include cooking, crafts, and movement/games.

The event will take place on November, 26 2013 from 11 am to 2 pm. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks and can sign up for one of three different shifts; 10:30am-12:30pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm, or the whole day from 10am-3pm. Please contact Debbie Wood, debbie@theccm.org or 410-990-1993.

Project Linus- Anne Arundel County

The mission of this nonprofit organization is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly made by volunteer “blanketeers.” Volunteer “Blanketeers” of all ages are needed to sew, quilt, knit or crochet washable and child friendly new blankets for such children, up to age 18. This is a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups, as well as an opportunity to socialize as you complete these blankets, much like an old-fashioned quilting bee, but with a modern flair. Blankets also can be made at home and dropped off at collection sites. Contact Karen at (410) 255-0182 or baylinusblankets@yahoo.com.  See website at: www.projectlinus.org.

·        Third Saturday of every month (Except for Jun.–Aug.) from 10 am–12 noon: Join other “Blanketeers” at the Community Center in Severna Park working on projects that could use an extra set of hands to complete, such as cutting, matching fabric, sewing, pressing, tying knots, embroidery, or quilting to name a few. Volunteers can be as young as 8, but a parent must accompany if younger than 14.

Salvation Army

Volunteers at Salvation Army location at 511 S. Crain Hwy are needed to serve lunch to the homeless on Wed. and Fri. between 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Volunteers can also assist with homework at the Boys & Girls Club between 3–5 pm, Monday through Thursday, after background checks.  They can also help with arts & crafts and sports from 3-8 pm Monday through Friday.  Nonperishable food items and donations of toiletries, clean clothing, large baby diapers, wipes, etc. are always needed. Contact Wanda Newton at 410-768-0477 or wanda_newton@uss.salvationarmy.org. Web site www.tsabaltimore.org.

Stanton Community Center

The Stanton Community Center serves as a community resource that provides children and adults with recreational and cultural enrichment opportunities and health, medical, therapeutic, and counseling services. The center displays historical portraits of Annapolis’ diverse community and features many offices, a multi-purpose gymnasium, commercial kitchen, fitness area, historic classroom, media center with computers, and two conference/meeting rooms. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed as academic tutors for elementary, middle and high school students in the After School Homework Program on Monday through Thursday, 3:00-5:00 p.m. from September–June to help with homework, core subjects, school projects and academic skills.  Chess tutors are needed to assist a professional instructor in teaching beginner chess players ages 6-11 the fundamentals and principals of chess. Potential tutors must complete a volunteer application and are subject to a background check. A basketball is coach is also needed to coach youth basketball teams. For more information contact Archie Trader at 410-263-7966 or atrader@annapolis.gov. Web site: www.annapolis.gov/ at Department-Recreation & Parks.

 

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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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