April 21: 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 Food & Resource Bank

Founded in 1986, the Food Bank is the only free, multi-purpose Agency in Maryland that provides food, nutritional supplements, medical equipment, furniture, vehicles, appliances, and more to those in need, free of charge.  They support individuals and other non-profits. The Food Bank needs drivers who own their own van or pickup to haul food, furniture, and other items between their facility in Crownsville and various locations within Anne Arundel County.  There is no heavy lifting involved and with the exception of some food pickups, there will be resources at each end to load and unload the vehicle. Some vehicle cost reimbursement is available.  Multiple volunteers are being sought as help is needed most days of the week. Call Bruce at 410-923-4255 or Bruce@aafoodbank.org.  See website: www.aafoodbank.org.

Big Brothers and Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake

Want an excuse to be a kid again?  Play catch?  Fly kites? Most volunteers start because they want to give back and help a child.  Soon, they discover being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the best experiences of their life! As a Big, you are simply a friend.  We ensure your experience fits your lifestyle, and we have something for everyone.  Busy people of all ages can get involved.  You can choose the program that works best for you.

Volunteers spend time with a child (age 7-15) a few times per month, a few hours each time, over the course of one year.  Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a monthly list of free or low-cost activities to give you ideas and are with you every step of the way. For more information about being a Mentor, please contact Shawnice Jackson at 410-319-0066 or sjackson@biglittle.org. Web: www.biglittle.org.

Box of Rain Foundation

This nonprofit was formed to honor the memory of Lee Griffin & his passion for sailing to teach life building skills through maritime experiences for local youth-at-risk, targeting kids 9-14 years old. Volunteer are needed as mentors for the big sailor/little sailor program and as sailing instructors. Donations of funds and safety boats for sailing classes, boats, boating equipment – especially life preservers and gear are also being sought. For information contact 443-254-0024 or kelsamclaughlin@yahoo.com; see web site: www.boxofrain.org.

Success in Style

Success in Style is a nonprofit which helps disadvantaged men and women find employment by providing interview appropriate attire at no cost. Volunteer consultants are needed to help find appropriate well-fitting attire from our inventory. Training will be provided. For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator Missy Burke at 301-498-5035 or missyatcharitys@gmail.com. See website: www.successinstyle.org.

Chesapeake Ecology Center

The Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) works with its members, volunteers, community groups, and students, including at-risk students at Adams Academy at Adams Park (where it is based), to provide environmental education and, at the same time, develop on-the-ground habitat restoration/protection projects. The CEC holds volunteer education/planting days and tours mid-April through November, and provides technical assistance to a variety of community and school groups for their projects. In addition to numerous on-the-ground restoration projects at the CEC and elsewhere, it promotes conservation landscaping through a variety of media, and through presentations and tours of the CEC’s 24 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. An adult should accompany volunteers under age 16. Visit www.ChesapeakeEcologyCenter.org for volunteer information and to learn about the CEC. Questions can be directed to Zora Lathan at zoralathan@earthlink.net.

  • 10:00 a.m.–Noon, Wed., Apr. 23, Sat., May 10, Wed. May 21, and Wed., Jun. 18, 2014, Spring Planting Sessions:  On these volunteer days, Master Gardeners provide great assistance and will be available to answer plant and pest questions as part of the tours of the Demonstration Gardens. Events at the CEC will be held if there is light rain, and canceled if there is moderate to heavy rain. Volunteer Days are suitable for adults, families, and community groups. Gardening tools and refreshments will be provided, however, there are no public facilities available.

Scenic Rivers Land Trust

The Scenic Rivers Land Trust is a private, nonprofit 501(C)(3), non-governmental organization that protects the scenic and natural qualities of the Severn, South, West, Rhode and Patuxent Rivers and their surrounding lands. The Trust has been preserving land in Anne Arundel County since 1988 and today holds conservation easements on 61 properties, totaling 2,700 acres. While The Trust has limited volunteer opportunities, it always needs volunteers for its annual Walk for the Woods event held in the springtime and for the Volunteer Land Steward Program where volunteers monitor specific easements once a year.  If interested in participating email mariel@SRLT.org. Special event for which volunteers are needed:

  • 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Sat., May 3, 2014, 25th Anniversary Garden Party Fundraiser: Volunteers are needed to help with parking and traffic control for this gala event sponsored by The Brick Companies, Elm Street Development, PNC, Wendy’s Restaurants, and Whitaker Homestead Trust.  The event is being held at Hidden View Farm, 702 Defense Highway, Crownsville, MD 21032. There will be a gorgeous array of art available for auction, local artists painting Plein-Air style, guided and self-guided tours of this amazing property, a gourmet picnic lunch, live music, complimentary wine selections, and so much more! All proceeds will benefit Scenic Rivers Land Trust. Contact Shelly Ford at 443-951-2025 or sford@thebrickcompanies.com. See website at: www.srlt.org.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, Volunteer Speed Matching April 29, 2014

Prospective volunteers are invited to this event being held from 2:30–5:00 pm, Tues., April 29, 2014 at Room 219, CADE Building, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD 21012. Organizations that are seeking volunteers will be represented, and the event is designed to allow individuals to find out more information about local organizations and their volunteer opportunities. This new event will have all the characteristics of speed dating with score sheets, a stopwatch, “daters” moving from table to table, and the bell sounding every 3 minutes. Participating organizations include Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation & Parks, BWI Pathfinders, Centro de Ayuda, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Epilepsy Foundation, Friends of Anne Arundel County Parks, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Hospice of the Chesapeake, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Meals on Wheels, Partners in Care, Rebuilding Together, Red Cross, Spa Creek Conservancy, Ulman Cancer Fund, Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County Flex & Skilled Volunteer Programs, and Walk the Walk.  For more information and to sign up, go to the website at www.volunteerannearundel org and click on the date in the Opportunity Calendar or contact 410-897-9207 or info@volunteerannearundel.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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