April 16: 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

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities

Chronic Disease Self-Management Instructors:The Department is looking for volunteers to becomeinstructors for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This six week (2.5 hours per week) workshop program, developed by Stanford University, will be taught at various places throughout Anne Arundel County, including BWMC, AAMC, senior activity centers, community centers, churches and libraries.  The program teaches participants how to manage their chronic disease(s) through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction and other self-management skills. No medical background is needed, but volunteers must be comfortable speaking in front of an audience. Training will take place  from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.June5, 6, 12, and 13, 2014at the Department of Aging and Disabilities, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. Volunteers must be able to attend all 4 days of training to become a certified program instructor. For more information, contact Pam Toomey, Living Well Coordinator at 410-222-4366 ext. 3081 or at agtoom88@aacounty.org.

By the Bay 5K Family Fun and Walk, May 10, 2014

Volunteers are needed starting at 7:30 am on Sat., May 10, 2014 at Downs Park in Pasadena in order to get their course assignments and help setting up for the race and walk.  The event is from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Volunteers will help by being a course monitor, helping to register racers and distribute race packages, set up concession table, etc. If you or your group would like to help with the race please contact Carolyn Ryan at 410-222-7313 or carolyn.ryan@aacounty.org.

Bello Machre

Bello Machre provides loving homes and support to people with developmental disabilities.  Our volunteers open their hearts to develop friendships with the individuals we serve.  We offer a variety of opportunities that are best suited to your talents, interests, and time.  Whether it’s spending time with an individual scrapbooking, cooking, watching movies, or playing video games, lending a hand with yard work or gardening at one of our homes, or helping staff at our administrative office. Volunteer hours are flexible and opportunities are available throughout Anne Arundel County.  Orientation training is provided and volunteers 18-years-old and up must pass a criminal background check.  Contact Evette Watson at 443-702-3064 or volunteer@bellomachre.org. See web site: www.Bellomachre.org.

·        8:00 am–12 Noon, Sat., Jun. 7, 2014, Every Step Counts, Walk & Bike-a-thon: This fun event is being held at Anne Arundel Community College.  Many volunteers are needed to help make this day a success including: help with set-up, route support, and clean-up to name a few; families and group volunteers are welcome. Volunteers are asked to sign up by Fri., May 23, 2014. For more information, contact Evette at 443-702-3064 or volunteer@bellomachre.org.

Baltimore Walk Like MADD, May 17, 2014

Walk Like MADD is a family friendly 5K walk and a whole lot more including live entertainment and food, activities for kids, teens and parents, marketplace of products and services, ignition interlock demonstrations, contests, prizes, and more! A large number of volunteers, age 14 and up, are needed to make this event from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Federal Hill in Baltimore a success.For more information on how you can participate in the as a volunteer, contact Glenn Alexander at glenn.alexander@madd.org or call 410-964-5757. Also, see website at:www.madd.org/get-involved/volunteer where you may fill out and submit a volunteer application.

Living Classrooms–The National Capital Region  April 26, 2014 Kingman Island Festival

Living Classrooms Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” On April 26, 2014, we are hosting our 5th Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival presented by Whole Foods Market, an environmentally focused celebration of Bluegrass in the Nation’s Capital, the Anacostia River, and our local Kingman and Heritage Island parks. A variety of volunteers are needed to help with the event. Visit http://vols.pt/4MNouW to view all available volunteer opportunities and to sign up. For more information contact Matt Babbitt at 202-488-0627 or bluegrassvolunteer@livingclassroomsdc.org

National Aquarium Chesapeake Bay Initiative Habitat Restoration Projects

The ten-acre tidal wetland bordering Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine now serves as a refuge for many species of wildlife including sea ducks, heron, muskrats, and red-winged blackbirds.  Join the Conservation Department at the National Aquarium in Baltimore at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine to help clean up the bay.  The National Aquarium in Baltimore is looking for community volunteers, ages 14 and older, to participate, rain or shine.  Activities include debris cleanup, planting native marsh grasses, trail maintenance and more. Register online at www.aqua.org or contact the Conservation Department at 410-659-4236 or conserve@aqua.org.

·        10:00 a.m.–2:00 pm, Sat., April 26, 2014, Ft. McHenry Field Day:  Volunteers are needed to help clean up the 10-acre park at 2400 East Fort Ave., Baltimore, MD 21230. For more information contact Site Captain Stephanie Pully at 410-576-1014.

Save the Bay Day, April 26, 2014

Volunteers will help beautify Lake Waterford Park and protect the Chesapeake Bay through planting, spreading mulch, raking, clearing, and cleaning the main park area and woods surrounding the lake. Help control stormwater runoff and learn about rain-gardens, weed and plant garden areas, clean up underbrush, trash and other debris from Lake Waterford Park. Experts will be on site to discuss problems facing the Watershed. Tasks will be assigned. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to register to volunteer. Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult per 6 children). Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, work gloves, and if available: gardening tools (marked with your name) including rakes, trowels, hoes, etc. (some tools provided). Contact: holli@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207 or sign up online at: http://www.volunteerannearundel.org/OpportunityCalendar. 

Spa Creek Conservancy

Spa Creek Conservancy is looking for candidates/volunteers who may be interested in leadership positions in a very dynamic organization that is serving as the steward of Spa Creek. There is a near-term need for officers and committee chairs, including Chair for an Educational Outreach Committee. Volunteers are also needed to assist with Rain Garden and BayScapes Gardens next to the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd, Annapolis. Volunteer tasks for the whole family include mulching, cleaning up the creek, installing ties along paths, creating garden and flower areas and much more. Volunteers of all ages are welcome from supervised youngsters to adult. Projects can be carved out for volunteers who want to come by at their convenience and take responsibility for a particular sub-task or project. We will “train” and assist in a smooth transition. For more information call Mel Wilkens at 410-271-5546 or email: mel82nd@comcast.net. Web site: www.spacreek.org.

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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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