February 5: 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.volunteer-300x23811111

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

Volunteer tutors are needed for combating adult illiteracy; after completing 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.

Boy Scouts, Troop 323

Troop 323 of Annapolis, Maryland chartered in November of last year is in need of adult volunteers to help nurture the start-up of this brand new troop.  Volunteers must be over the age of 18, can be male or female, and must be able to pass a background check.  All registered adults must also complete required training to include Youth Protection training.  Meetings are held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the annex of the First Baptist Church of Annapolis. Contact the Scoutmaster, Ernie Rodgers, at ernest.rodgers82@yahoo.com for more information.

Center of Help (Centro de Ayuda)

The mission of the Center of Help is to promote self-sufficiency and the successful integration of the immigrant Hispanic population into the greater community of Anne Arundel County.  To support that mission, we need volunteers to tutor children in English, reading, and math; to teach English as a second language to adults; and to act as social services advocates.  Only the social services advocates need to be bilingual.  We also need general office help, help with grant writing and fundraising, and help with media/marketing/public relations.  Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: 410-295-3434 or info@centrodeayuda.org.  For more information, visit website at: http://centrodeayuda.org.

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)

The AACC Student Engagement Office and Campus Activities Board once again are collecting prom-style dresses and accessories for the spring prom season to help local girls who might not otherwise be able to afford to dress up. Drop off all donations by March 1 in the Student Union Room 202 on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Dresses should be gently used, clean, free of stains or tears and preferably on a hangar. Shoes and accessories must be in “like new” condition. The donations will be given out during an event to be scheduled in the spring that will allow AACC students the opportunity to connect with high school girls in the local community. Counselors at local high schools will receive invitations for students identified in need to look for a prom dress, shoes and accessories. For information, visit www.aacc.edu/studentlife/onceupon.cfm or contact Kimberly Herrera, coordinator of Student Life at 410-777-2043 or by email at kfherrera@aacc.edu.

Seeds 4 Success, Inc.

Seeds 4 Success is a nonprofit whose mission is guiding children living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing communities to be healthy, successful adults. Volunteers have been the backbone of Seeds 4 Success since its beginning and are needed for several roles including: 1. Mentor for Eastport Girls Club (women only). Enrich a girl’s life by being a mentor through a commitment of 6-8 hours per month for at least one year. Must be 21 or older; 2. Tutor for “I Am A Reader” (men only). Change a young boy’s life by being an IAR tutor who commits approximately 2.0 hours a week during the academic school year to serve as a tutor for a 1st grade boy who is struggling with his reading skills. One-on-one tutoring sessions occur each Tues. from 4-5 p.m. at Eastport Elementary School; 3. Tutor for Eastport Girls Club (women and men). Give a girl the chance for success by being a Smart Start Tutor for Eastport Girls Club by committing approximately 2 hours a week during the academic school year. From 3:30-4:30 pm on most Wed. at the Eastport Community Center; and, 4. Be a member of our Transportation Team by transporting our kids to field trips, special classes and activities. In this role you’ll to spend at least one hour a week helping transport S4S participants to field trips, classes, etc. While flexible and not time intensive, this is a great way to spend time with a youth, helping with access to positive and enriching opportunities. Additional training and support will be provided for all positions and background checks are required. For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact volunteer@s4sannapolis.org and see website at   www.s4sannapolis.org. New volunteers must attend a 90-minute orientation session; the next orientation will be held at 6:00 pm on Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014 at Eastport United Methodist Church. Please RSVP to volunteer@s4sannapolis.org.

Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)

The AACC Student Engagement Office and Campus Activities Board once again are collecting prom-style dresses and accessories for the spring prom season to help local girls who might not otherwise be able to afford to dress up. Drop off all donations by March 1 in the Student Union Room 202 on AACC’s Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. Dresses should be gently used, clean, free of stains or tears and preferably on a hangar. Shoes and accessories must be in “like new” condition. The donations will be given out during an event to be scheduled in the spring that will allow AACC students the opportunity to connect with high school girls in the local community. Counselors at local high schools will receive invitations for students identified in need to look for a prom dress, shoes and accessories. For information, visit www.aacc.edu/studentlife/onceupon.cfm or contact Kimberly Herrera, coordinator of Student Life at 410-777-2043 or by email at kfherrera@aacc.edu.

The Metropolitan Washington Ear

This organization located in Silver Spring, MD provides free multi-media reading services for visually impaired, blind, or physically disabled people who cannot read print.  They help to bring visually impaired people into the mainstream, rather than segregating them from society.  For information about opportunities, contact 301/681-6636 during business hours or email information@washear.org, or visit their website, www.washear.org. Volunteers ages 18 and up can help out in a variety of ways:

·        Readers for the Dial-In Newspaper and Magazine services: Volunteers are asked to take a brief audition and commit to a weekly shift of two hours to read The Washington Post, selections of The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine, People, and the Washingtonian Magazines into a computer, which will then be accessed by low vision or blind callers. Readers for the Radio Broadcast: Volunteers are asked to take a brief audition and commit to 2 hours per week to read magazines, newspapers, and other national publications to be aired on our 24-hour closed circuit radio broadcast and our world-wide webcast.

·        Speakers Bureau: Volunteers are needed to speak on behalf of the Washington Ear at local organizations, schools, churches, and to man information booths at local health fairs.  We only recruit speakers from our readers.  If you would like to be a member of the speaker’s bureau, you must first read for us for at least 6 months and become familiar with the organization.

·        Office Help: Volunteers are also needed during office hours for data entry, special projects, or large mailings.

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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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