May 7: 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

Dyslexia Tutoring Program

This nonprofit organization trains volunteers to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Volunteers should have a high school diploma, good language skills, patience, a willingness to understand persons with language disabilities, and the desire to help someone who wants to learn to read. Volunteer tutors are trained through a twenty-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, spelling, and writing, are subject to a criminal background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. For more information call 410-889-5487 or e-mail njohnson@maday.org.  Web site: www.dyslexiatutoringprogram.org.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland

Individuals and groups can assist the homebound. Volunteer as little as an hour a month to make a world of difference. Drivers needed to deliver meals Monday through Friday between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. Volunteers also needed to accompany drivers, schedule routes or make birthday or other greeting cards to be delivered with the meals. Many opportunities are flexible, and training is provided. Locations are in Glen Burnie (Pascal Senior Center), Annapolis (St. Martin’s Lutheran on Forest Dr.), and Severna Park (Woods Church). Routes in Cape St. Claire/St. Margaret, Crofton, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Odenton and Old Mill communities are in urgent need. MOW can also use volunteers to man displays and assist at fund raising activities. A group of “Happy Knitters” is being formed to make lap blankets and scarfs to keep clients warm. Call Terry Lehr at 410-431-5257 or Ellen Falk at 443-573-0926 or e-mail volunteer@mowcm.org. See www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.

  • 9:15–11:15 am, Tues., May 13, 2014 Volunteer Orientation: The orientation is being held at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 5115 Old Court Road, Randallstown, MD 21133. RSVP by 5/11/19 to 443-573-0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org.
  • 9:00 am–11:00 am, Wed., May 21, 2014, Volunteer Orientation: The orientation is being held at the ShopRite Meeting Room, 6716 Governor Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD 21061. RSVP by 5/19/14 to 443-573-0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org.
  • 9:30 am–11:30 am, Wed., Jun. 5, 2014, Volunteer Orientation: The orientation is being held at Meals on Wheels Main Office, 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224. RSVP by 6/3/14 to 443-573-0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org.

Metropolitan Washington Ear

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a Radio Reading and Dial-In Newspaper service for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteer readers. Volunteers read The Washington Post, USA Today, Time and Washingtonian magazines and other current local and national publications daily. In addition, volunteers read grocery and shopping ads, magazines, TV listings, and audio described theater listings. The radios to access The Ear’s programs are available free of charge to anyone who qualifies for the services provided by The Ear. The Dial-In service is interactive and permits callers to use their touch-tone phones to skip and scan through the news articles much as print readers can. The Ear’s services are available throughout the Metropolitan area 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Washington Ear studios are located in northern Silver Spring. Volunteers are asked to give two hours a week. For more information and to volunteer, contact Rene Schecker. at 301-681-6636. or e-mail at volunteermanager@washear.org. See website: http://www.washear.org/.

OHLA (Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County)

OHLA provides support, education and relief services to immigrant Hispanic-American families. Volunteers serve as Outreach Coordinators bridging existing gaps in areas such as health, jobs and other services needed by the community.  Bi-lingual volunteers staff the Annapolis office located in the Community Resource Center at 80 West St., and assist Hispanic constituents with many issues ranging from immigration to interpreter services, training provided.  Volunteers must be age 18 and up and some computer skills are preferred but not necessary. Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-266-6145 or ohlajoyce@verizon.net. Web: www.ohla.us.

Opportunity Builders, Inc.

This nonprofit provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer Instructor Aides, minimum age 18, assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques. Volunteers who can commit to coming to the Millersville facility, once a week for at least 3 months are preferred. Volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee and more. Contact Megan Gibbs at mgibbs@obiworks.org or 410-787-0700. Website: www.obiworks.org.

South River Federation

This non-profit, membership organization includes individuals and civic and community associations dedicated to restoring, protecting, and preserving the South River Watershed. Volunteers are needed throughout the year for everything from oyster restoration projects to stream cleanups to event support! If you are interested in volunteering with us, we would love to hear from you! Contact Jennifer Carr at 410-224-3802 or jennifer@southriverfederation.net. See web site: www.southriverfederation.net.

Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA)

WSA trains and supports community leaders called Master Watershed Stewards to help their communities reduce pollution and restore their waterways.  For more information, contact Suzanne Etgen, WSA Program Coordinator, at 410 222 3822 or SETGEN@AACPS.org. Visit the website aawsa.org.

•     9:00 am- 12:00 pm, Sat.., May 17, 2014, Rain Barrel Installation Workshop:  WSA is offering opportunities for in-depth instruction on how to install a rain barrel in Galsesville. We hope to get together a team of qualified and confident people to help us install rain barrels throughout Anne Arundel County this year. Registration is required: aawsa.org.

•     1:00 pm–5:00 pm, Sun., Jun. 1, 2014, Severna Park Rainscaping Garden Tour: This tour is perfect for everyone from garden-lovers to landscape professionals! Board a bus to tour 5 sites in the Severna Park area demonstrating beautiful solutions to water pollution including rain gardens, conservation landscapes, stream restoration, and rainwater harvesting. This tour will depart from the Robinson Crossing 484 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146 and pre-registration is required (go to aawsa.org).

•     9:00 am- 12:00 pm, Sat., Jun. 28, 2014, Rain Barrel Installation Workshop:  WSA is offering opportunities for in-depth instruction on how to install a rain barrel in Hillsmere. We hope to get together a team of qualified and confident people to help us install rain barrels throughout Anne Arundel County this year. Registration is required: aawsa.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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