November 18: 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.

Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank

Founded in 1988 their mission is to fight hunger by assuring that all county citizens in need have access to food and other necessities.  Especially needed: volunteers with pick-up trucks to pick up food donations during the day and help with phones, copying, other office duties (8:30 am – 2:30 pm), data base, computers, webmaster. Call Bruce at 410-923-4255 or  Website:

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Established in 1991, this non-profit hunger relief organization provides free food and other essentials to people in need in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to pick up food from distribution centers, restaurants and others and deliver to food pantries, shelters and other locations serving the hungry, and assist with emergency food pantry and emergency baby pantry items. Contact Paula Gordonat 410-897-3941 Web site:

Heartland Hospice Services

Heartland Hospice provides hospice care to patients with limited life expectancy as well as support to their caregivers. Volunteers, age 18 and up with a drivers license, are needed as Friendly Visitors to visit patients in their home or nursing home, as Vigil Volunteers to sit with patients without immediate family who are nearing death, as Bereavement Volunteers to call on families of those recently deceased. Clerical and Special Project Volunteers are also needed to help with mailings, office projects, and to create special gifts for patients. For more information, contact Mary Jo Boyland at 410-977-8403 or E-mail: Web site:

Isabel’s Gift

Volunteers are needed to help support the needs of parents with children in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at the AA Medical Center in Annapolis and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Support consists of providing information packets and web site information, a listening ear, and comfort bags of useful items such as water, pen & paper, reading materials, personal items, etc. to help parents cope with the stressful NICU experience.  Volunteers are needed to stuff and deliver comfort bags, help with fundraising, and a host of other tasks. Monetary and in-kind donations are also needed to support the web site, printing, and purchase of items for comfort bags. For more information call 443-510-2673 or 443-562-6303 or e-mail Web site:

Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic

Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic seeks wish-granting volunteers! Work in teams of two to meet with wish families, help children discover their most heartfelt wish, and enhance the wish experience.  This is a long term volunteer opportunity.  Must be 21 years of age; application process, cleared background check and training class are required. For more information, please contact Cara Montufar at or call (301) 962-9474.  Website:

Maryland Children’s Alliance
The Mission of Maryland Children’s Alliance (MCA) is to ensure that every child in Maryland has access to the full services of a children’s advocacy center, MCA supports the training and coordination of the multidisciplinary teams across the state that intervene in cases of child physical and sexual abuse. Volunteers are needed to wrap gift books at Barnes and Noble on November 29, 2013. For more information and to volunteer, contact Elaine Phillips at 443-949-9953 or; see website at

Maryland Federation of Art

Through exhibitions and organizational activities, the Maryland Federation of Art provides opportunities to encourage and support artists in their work and to promote awareness of the visual arts in the community at large. Volunteering at the MFA is a great way to network with peers and creative types, learn new skills and use old ones, and meet new friends. Call (410) 268-4566 or email to learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer. Training is hands-on. For more information call 410-268-4566 or E-mail Website:

Our Daily Bread

The largest soup kitchen in Maryland is located in downtown Baltimore and serves a 780+ hot lunches 365 days a year and breakfast on weekday mornings.  Volunteers as young as 15 (14 when accompanied by an adult) are needed to assist in serving lunch from 9am-1pm daily.  Donations of casseroles, cookies, desserts, canned foods, baby food, diapers, and seasonal decorations are needed.  Contact 443-986-9031or the website:

Quilts for Kids, Annapolis Chapter

The national organization’s mission is to keep fabric out of our landfills and bring happiness to children through the simple gift of a handmade quilt. Volunteers, age 12 and up, are needed for an ongoing project to serve children in hospitals and shelters in Annapolis and surrounding communities. Basic sewing skills are necessary but instruction will be provided for quilting. Volunteers must have a sewing machine and transportation. Quilting workshops are held monthly on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Bay Area Community Church upstairs in room 223.  Everyone is welcome!  Contact Janet Hogan at or 410-279-2851.  See Web:

Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

The museum is dedicated to serving the community by providing multifaceted support through meaningful interactions with history and material culture of Maryland African Americans. Volunteers are needed to assist at the Information Desk, as Docents, for Special Events, and more. There are ongoing opportunities on Saturdays and Sundays for assistance with greeting guests and patrons at the main entrance and to work with kid’s activities during public hours. The minimum age for volunteers is 14. Volunteering is open to adults, seniors, college, and high school students. Service learning credit hours can be earned by high school students. We are accepting applications for the following volunteer positions: Special Event Volunteer, Administrative Assistant, Curatorial Assistant, and Visitor Services. Volunteer orientations are held at 7:00 pm on the last Monday of each month. Contact Joy Hall, at 443-263-1852 or; web site:

United Way of Central Maryland

The mission of the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) is to mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. The UWCM volunteer vision statement is to establish volunteer partnerships that create a stronger community and build a legacy of leadership for the future. For more information contact Kristin Graves at or 410-547-8000. See website:

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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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