January 7: 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.

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Volunteer tutors are needed for combating adult illiteracy; after completing your training, you make your own schedule and locations with your assigned student or you can tutor at local detention centers. For information call the office at 410-269-4419. Hours are flexible and most work can be done at home. Call 410-269-4419 or email: programdirector@aaclc.org. See website: www.icanread.org.

•    9:00 AM– 4:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 22, 2014 AND 9:00 AM–12 Noon, Sat., March 8, 2014, Tutor Training: The tutor training sessions will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will cover both basic literacy and ESL instruction. Registrants must attend both sessions. If interested, individuals should either email: programdirector@aaclc.org or call (410) 269-4419 to sign up.

Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), State of Maryland

DORS mission is to provide leadership and support in promoting the employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence of individuals with disabilities.Volunteers in DORS headquarters, field offices, WTC and the Disability Determination Services provide office support, read and tape written materials for non-readers and assist with orientation.  At the Workforce & Technology Center (WTC), volunteers garden, operate the gift shop and assist instructors with paperwork. Selected college interns can earn experience to pursue careers in vocational rehabilitation. For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@dors.state.md.us or410-554-9459. Also see the website at www.dors.state.md.us (Click on About DORS|Volunteer) for more information and a downloadable application form.

National Electronics Museum

The museum near BWI Airport serves students and the general public by collection, preservation and display of significant artifacts and literature and the commemoration of the creativity and dedication of pioneers and workers in the field of electronics. Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed week days and weekends for education and outreach, for special events, as an administrative assistant, as collections assistants, and for visitor services. Training will be provided. To apply, call Michael Simons at 410-765-0230 or email michael.simons@ngc.com.  Apply online at web site: www.nationalelectronicsmuseum.org. Extra volunteers may be needed for the following event:

·        9 a.m.–2 p.m., Sat., Mar. 1, 2014, Fifth Annual Techno-Swap-Fest: This annual event enables hobbyists to buy, sell, and view an amazing collection of unused electronic parts of all kinds. For more information about reserving a table or to become a sponsor, email: techno.swap.fest@gmail.com. For more information about the event, go to website: https://sites.google.com/site/technoswapfest2/.

North Arundel Health and Rehabilitation Center

Volunteers are needed to assist Center residents in various ways including helping bring them to and from activities (and helping with some of those activities), reading to residents, playing cards/games (especially bingo), visiting rooms, passing meal trays at meal time, etc. Our program allows flexibility, so we can work around a volunteer’s schedule. Most of our activities occur from 9:30am to 5pm, with a lunch break in between. We occasionally have evening activities too until 8pm (usually Tues/Thurs). For more information, and to volunteer, contact Adam Rothenberg at 410-761-1222 or adamrandy@hotmail.com. See Website at http://www.savaseniorcare.com.

Operation Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. This initiative was officially launched in April 2005. In 2009 over 150,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by state OMK teams in 49 states and DC. Maryland Partners include but are not limited to Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts, National Guard Youth and Family Programs, Army Reserve Child, Youth, and School Services, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Columbia Association of Howard County. The program has volunteer opportunities that include workshop facilitators, community outreach contacts, activity coordinators and fundraisers. For more information contact Jayne Fitzgerald at jefitz@umd.edu. See web site:  www.operationmilitarykids.org

Pearlstone Center

The Pearlstone Center is a retreat center and farm with programs that enable and inspire vibrant Jewish life by engaging Jewish, faith-based, and secular organizations, individuals, and families. Pearlstone serves all ages and backgrounds throughout Baltimore, the Chesapeake region, and beyond. There is a continuing need for volunteers and interns for a variety of animal care and other farm tasks as well as for specialized projects including: Animal health, flowers & herbs, harvest handling, nutrition, landscape art projects, integrated pest management, marketing & design, compost & soil, green energy and more! For more information contact: Teri Jedeikin at volunteers@pearlstonecenter.orgl or 410-429-4400 & see website at www.pearlstonecenter.org/.

P.A.W.S. (People & Animals Who Serve Anne Arundel County)

Volunteers for all these programs visit one-on-one or with their pets or children at homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, adult day-care centers or other sites where people lack visits from family and friends. Volunteers are asked to share at least one hour each week at the facility of your choice. With more than 76 facilities to choose from throughout the county, there are many opportunities to brighten someone’s day close to your home. Minimum age of 18 if visiting one-on-one with own pet, under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 410-222-0738 or e-mail agdzam38@aacounty.org for more information and to register for orientation sessions. Website: www.aacounty.org/Aging/POWLEMM/. Upcoming Orientations: Weds., Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 9, May 7, and Jun. 11, 2014 in Glen Burnie; Weds., Jan. 15, Feb. 12, Mar.12, Apr. 16, May 14, and Jun. 18, 2014 in Severna Park.

Treasure Hunters Clearing House

The Treasure Hunters Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) was established to connect caring adult volunteers to existing academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring programs. The initiative recruits, screens, trains, matches, and supports these volunteers. The Clearinghouse is based on the Kids at Hope philosophy that says “all children are capable of success, No Exceptions!” The initiative is administered through the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County. The program works to coordinate efforts and increase the number and quality of caring adult volunteer mentors, tutors and role models for youth in the City of Annapolis. For more information about the program and to register as a volunteer, visit the website at: http://treasurehuntersclearinghouse.org/ or contact Holli at 410-897-9207 or holli@volunteerannearundel.org.

Winter Relief Program, late October through early April–Rotating Locations

Almost 70 Houses of Worship and a dozen partnering churches will provide sheltering sites together with Arundel House of Hope to support a shelter program from late October until early April.  For one week at a time, participating churches host men and women in need of a hot meal and shelter for the night and breakfast the next morning. The Winter Relief Program needs volunteers to assist at the Intake Center at 514 N. Crain Hwy. in Glen Burnie and to be transportation escorts for showers for our guests. Interested volunteers can contact Karen Biagiotti at 410-863-4888 or kbiagiotti@arundelhoh.org.

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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 cynthia@southriversource.com or call me at 301-906-4767.

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