March 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-300x23811112

Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA)

BGCAA is a non-profit organization consisting of six clubs (four in Annapolis, and one each in Pasadena and Meade Village). The Club is a safe place for youth come to come after school to receive tutoring, computer education, sports training, homework help, and mentoring. Every day, BGCAA strives to improve each Club member’s life by instilling self-esteem, courage, and positive values. The Club has been serving Annapolis and Anne Arundel County youth since 1988, reaching more than 2,800 youth from age 5 to 18 every year. Volunteers are needed as tutors, mentors, assistants in computer labs, arts & crafts, sports coaching, and as administrative help in the office. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to request an application, please contact Tierra Snowden at TSnowden@bgcaa.com or call 410-263-2542. Web site is: www.bgcaa.org. Event for which extra volunteers may be needed:

·        6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thurs., Apr. 10, 2014, 25th Annual Ed Casey Youth of the Year Awards Dinner: Sponsors and attendees are being sought for this gala event being held at the Annapolis Sheraton Hotel. There will be cocktails, dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony honoring Youth of the Year.  Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to donate to the silent auction “Wine Extravaganza.” For more information visit the website at: www.bgcaa.org.

GreenScape 2014, April 26, 2014

GreenScape is a City and community partnership investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces through the City. For more than 20 years, hundreds of projects have been initiated and adopted by individuals, community groups and neighborhood associations. Join us for a City and community investment of beautification, clean-up, and planting in public spaces. Spring GreenScape will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014. The projects are year-round commitments for care, watering, and weeding. For more information contact Marisa Wittlinger at mdwittlinger@annapolis.gov, or Annapolis Recreation and Parks at 410.263.7958 or recpark@annapolis.gov.

Hope For All

Hope For All. is an all-volunteer non-profit Christian ministry serving families in need in the north AA County, Baltimore City areas and also the Appalachian region by collecting and distributing donated school supplies, household goods and furniture, and clothing. There is a great need for volunteers at Warehouse 146 which is normally open every Tues.–Thurs. from 9:30 am–3:00 pm for volunteers to sort clothes, for cleaning, helping in the yard sale area, or anything else that needs to get done. Call the warehouse at 410-766-0372 before coming. There is also a pressing need for donations of select furniture, household and linen items, clothing, and cleaning & toiletry items. For more information, contact Leo Zerhusen at 410-859-1297 or E-mail lzerhusen@verizon.net. See www.hopeforall.us.

Homeless Resource Day, Sat., March 29, 2014

This “one-day, one stop” event is being held at Glen Burnie High School for individuals and families experiencing homelessness so they can access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources, mental health counseling, and a variety of social services which can ultimately lead to housing and self-sufficiency. You can help by donating your time, goods, services, or money.

•     4–8 pm, Fri., Mar. 28, 2014 Resource Day Setup: Volunteers, age 15 and older, are needed to help with set up and receiving, sorting and organization of donations and giveaways. 

•     7:30 am–6 pm, Sat., Mar. 29, 2014 Resource Day: Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed, in shifts, to provide guidance to attendees, assist service providers, and help with distribution of donations. A 1½- hour training session is required for all Saturday volunteers. Volunteers, age 15 and older, are needed to help with take down from 3:00-6:00 pm.  For information & sign up, go to web site www.aacounty.org/HomelessResource. For additional information, contact us at 410-269-4462 or jbieler@maryland.gov.

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 Kelly at 410-491-5760 or kelly@metavivor.org. 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.

Walk the Walk Foundation

The goal of the Foundation is to provide avenues that directly benefit kids in need by partnering with professionals, volunteers, donors, program recipients, and other nonprofits whose focus fits the Foundation’s mission. We want to create a cycle of giving, and are always looking for new ways to help those in need. Our main programs at present are Christmas, Back to School, and Diaper Drives. There are always volunteer opportunities for all ages, and many families love to help out together. Volunteer opportunities change seasonally, but help sorting in our warehouse: organizing school supplies, clothes, toys, diapers, etc. is our largest need. For more information and to volunteer contact Chelsea MacCubbin at chelsea@wtwf.org or 866-989-3674 and see website at: http://www.wtwf.org.

Youth for Understanding USA

Youth for Understanding (YFU) is a worldwide movement of committed individuals and organizations working together to prepare young people for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community; it advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Volunteers are being sought to mentor high school age international exchange students; families are also needed to host such students. For more information, contact Tchi Sogoyou at 240-235-2102 or tsogoyou@yfu.org. See website at https://yfuusa.org/

YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County focuses on providing crisis intervention services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This is accomplished through the domestic violence safe house shelter, a 24-hour crisis phone line, counseling services, an Abuser Intervention Program, hospital accompaniment for victims of sexual assault, legal representation of victims who are obtaining peace and protective orders, and after school tutoring and mentoring programs. Volunteer opportunities are available for all these programs. Contact Molly Knipe at mknipe@ywcaaac.org or (410) 626-7800 and see website at http://www.annapolisywca.org/ for more information.

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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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