February 11: 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-300x2381111

Annapolis Film Festival, March 27-30, 2014

A large number of volunteers are needed in a variety of positions to help with The Annapolis Film Festival which is returning to Annapolis Thursday evening, March 27 to Sunday, March 30, 2014. All of the excitement of Hollywood on the Chesapeake comes back for a second year with more than 65 narrative and documentary films, Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and other visiting industry guests, special panels and showcases, and great parties! Films will be shown at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John’s College, St. Anne’s Parish Hall, and Compass Rose Theater with Loews Annapolis Hotel as Festival Central and some educational and industry panels happening at O’Callaghan’s Hotel and others. Volunteer information is provided and registration is accomplished on the website at www.annapolisfilmfestival.net. Volunteers are required to complete two six-hour shifts (12 hour minimum) over the 4 day festival, with one six-hour shift to be completed during a Saturday OR Sunday of Festival weekend. Volunteers are also required to attend a mandatory training sessions. Also, contact volunteer@annapolisfilmfestival.net for further information.

AA County Office of Emergency Management CERT Training, March 21-23, 2014

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The public is invited to attend the upcoming CERT training:

  • 7-9 pm, Fri., Mar. 21, 8 am–5 pm, Sat., Mar. 22, and 8 am–5 pm, Sun., March 23, 2014, CERT Training: The training will be held at the Fire Training Academy in Millersville and participants are expected to attend the full, 20-hour course given over all three days. Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-cert-class-tickets-10346088429. Those with questions should contact Aaron Salter at 410-222-0609(W) or 443-699-4191(C) or FD009821@aacounty.org.

Severna Park Community Center (SPCC)

Volunteer opportunities include helping on committees, help with benefit events (Gala, Golf Tournament, etc.), help support small projects held at the Center, and much more. SPCC is an approved site for service learning hours for public schools and Anne Arundel Community College. For more information, contact Pauline Maynard at 410-647-5843, Ext. 205 or pmaynard@spcommunitycenter.org. See website: www.severnaparkcommunitycenter.com. Special event for which additional volunteers may be needed: 7:00 pm, Sat., April 5, 2014, Fundraising Gala at Chartwell Country Club.

Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.)

There is an immediate need for a person with computer skills to manage B.I.G.’s Excel-based mailing list used for announcing book sales 8 times each year. Training will be provided. Contact Steve Frantzich (see below).   B.I.G. receives books being discarded by current owners; identifies requirements for books by groups both domestic and international which have limited resources for acquiring books; sorts and builds shipments based on requirements; ships to needy groups for delivery to end users, and conducts book sales to provide revenue to meet expenses as well as putting books in the hands of new users on an individual basis. Volunteers drop off good used books and/or help sort 8:00 am–12:00 noon on the second and fourth Saturdays each month (volunteers should call to verify) at the B.I.G. warehouse at 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis. Individuals of high school age and older are welcome to help on a “drop-in” basis.  Select volunteers are welcomed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to sort and shelve books for future Book Sales. Please contact Joyce at 703-919-0069 if you are interested in helping get books ready for a B.I.G. Sale. There is also a book drop off at this location open 24 hours daily; directions are listed on the website, below. Special times may be arranged for groups. Groups should schedule with Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865 or frantzic@usna.edu. Website: www.big-books.org.

The Color Run, 5K, Sat., April 19, 2014, Cool Kids Campaign

The Color Run™ 5k is a unique experience focused less on speed and more on crazy color fun with friends and family. Color runners come from all different ages, shapes, sizes, and speeds; but everyone toeing the start line has a blast. The Cool Kids Campaign is the charity recipient for both Baltimore Color Run races at Camden Yards on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A donation is made for every volunteer recruited. A large number of volunteers are needed the day of the races starting at 7 a.m. or at 11 a.m. to help with color zones/color cleanup, course direction, en-route aid/water station, festival help, at the start & finish line, check-in, and parking. In addition, volunteers are needed the Thurs. and Fri. preceding the race to help with packet pickup. Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older. For more information about the Cool Kids Campaign and to volunteer to help with the races, visit the website: http://www.coolkidscampaign.org/.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Volunteers, age 18 and up (or 13-17 with parental accompaniment), are needed to walk dogs, socialize cats, provide foster care for “in-need” animals, help with adoption shows, bathe and brush dogs or help with any other available opportunities. Regular volunteers walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for “in-need” animals, help with adoption shows, bathe and brush dogs, assist potential adopters, and help with events. Training sessions are held once each month. The SPCA does not offer opportunities to fulfill court-ordered community service. Call 410-268-4388 or E-mail volunteer@aacspca.org. See www.aacspca.org.

Wish List of Items needed for the shelter: premium dog, puppy, cat and kitten food; six-foot nylon leashes and adjustable nylon puppy and adult collars; covered cat beds (not foam);grooming brushes, combs, nail trimmers and clippers and more. The shelter is open for donations on Mon., Tues., Fri., Sat. & Sun. from 9 am – 4 pm , and Wed. and Thurs from 9 am – 7 pm. Contact 410-268-4388.

METAvivor Research & Support, Inc.

This nonprofit organization, run largely by patients with metastatic/Stage IV breast cancer, supports others and builds awareness about this disease, and raises money to fund research grants specifically for metastatic breast cancer. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to support the organization and its mission. Assistance is needed with fundraising, website design and maintenance, and advertising in the media. Volunteer board members, advisors, an auditor are also needed. For more information and to volunteer, contact Volunteer Coordinator Avis Halberstadt at 410-757-4328 or avish1@verizon.net. See Website at: www.metavivor.org. Special fundraising event for which extra volunteers are needed:

  • 8:00 a.m., Sun., April 13, 2014, METAvivor Adventure Race: This event, consisting of kayaking around a 2-mile course, a 15 mi. bike segment, and a 3 mile run, will take place in the Hillsmere community in Annapolis. Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties to help with the event. For more information about the event go to www.active.com and search: metavivor. For information about volunteering contact kelly@metavivor.org or kimberlyteter@gmail.com.
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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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