July 22: 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

9/11 Day of Service, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

To commemorate Marylanders who have lost their lives in service to their country, including on 9/11, the Volunteer Center celebrates a Day of Service. The day will begin at 8:30 am on Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial located in the median at 1920 Ritchie Highway, Route 450, Annapolis. Volunteer sign-in begins at 8:00 am. From 9:00 am until noon, volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning at the WW II Memorial and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. This is a “rain or shine event” and will only be delayed or cancelled if there are local thunder storms. In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control storm water runoff, we will participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) as volunteers record items of debris they find, giving a clearer picture of the items impacting the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Come help, and bring your friends! Registration is required. For more information and to pre-register go to: http://www.volunteerannearundel.org/SpecialEvents.

Annapolis Harbor Master

Volunteers needed to assist in office of Harbor Master, give information about boating in Annapolis Harbor, assist boating visitors with information about the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, primarily from May to Sept. 30th. Weekend or daily volunteers in shifts of 5 hours preferred. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at harbormaster@annapolis.gov or 410-263-7973. See web site: www.annapolis.gov/government/city-departments/harbormaster/.

Arundel Lodge

This nonprofit has residential and day Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs for approximately 160 individuals with mental illness. Volunteers are needed year round to assist the staff with clerical duties and to teach life skills, play board or card games at the drop-in center go for walks with members and help with social or recreational events. Spanish speaking volunteers are also needed to translate for mental health counseling appointments on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Lodge is also in need of a volunteer to staff the front desk and answer the door on Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact Cindy Garmoe at cgarmoe@arundellodge.org or 443-433-5914 to volunteer or for more information.

Arundel Child Care Connections

The mission of Arundel Child Care Connections, Inc. is to promote the availability and accessibility of high quality childcare for families in Anne Arundel County through referrals, training, public education and collaboration between community-based organization, government agencies, employers, and child care providers. We are currently looking for someone with a strong fundraising background to sit on our Board of Directors. For more information contact Debbie Langer, Ex. Dir. At 410-222-1712 or dlanger@arundelccc.org, See website at: http://www.arundelccc.org/.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum is in need for volunteers to expand its enlightening and interactive education programs, give guided tours to the general public, students, educators, and others, and assist with front desk maintenance. In addition, volunteers are needed assist with various library activities. If anyone is interested in volunteering as a tour guide or for upcoming events at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, feel free to contact LeRonn Herbert at the museum at 410.216.6180 or LeRonn.Herbert@maryland.gov. See website at: http://www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov/.

  • 10:00AM–12:00PM, Saturdays. August 9, 16, 23, & Sept. 6, 2014, Docent Training Program: Join the free Training Program and discover the people, places, and events that help shape Maryland’s African American past, present, and future. Attend all four sessions and you’ll be ready to join our team. The graduation ceremony is from 10 AM–12 PM on Sat., Sept. 13, 2014. E-mail    bannekerdouglassmuseum@gmail.com or call 410-216-6187 to register for this program.

First Sunday Arts Festival

The streets and parks on West and Calvert Streets in the downtown historic area will be filled with over 100 unique artists and crafters, live bands, dance, street performers, and international outdoor cafes for the 12th Annual First Sunday Arts Festival. The dates for 2014 are the first Sunday in the months May through October:  August 3, September 7, and October 5, each from 12:00 noon-5:00 pm.  There is also a First Sunday Holiday Arts Sale on November 2 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts at 801 Chase Street.  Admission is free to all First Sunday events. Volunteers are needed to help on four different shifts each Sunday between the hours of 8:00 AM–5:00 PM with set-up, assist the coordinator, and assist exhibitors and musicians/performers. Contact Julie Scott at: juscott10@gmail.com or 410-263-4012 for more information and to volunteer. See web site at: www.firstsundayarts.com/.

Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day at the State Fair from 10:30 am–5:00 pm, Sun. 8/24/14

Governor Martin O’Malley extends an invitation to all Marylanders involved in volunteer service to spend a fun-filled Sunday at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. The Governor’s Volunteer Appreciation Day is presented by the GOSV and the Maryland State Fair. All volunteers, friends, and family are welcome! Each pass will admit 1– 5 individuals to the Fair for $2. For more information go to: http://gosv.maryland.gov/statefairfaqs.html.

Light the Night Walk, Sat. September 27, 2014 

Every year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) hosts its annual Light The Night Walk in four communities throughout Maryland. Light The Night is one of LLS’ largest fundraising campaigns that brings hope into the dark world of cancer. Families, friends, and co-workers form teams and walk for 2 miles at dusk through their community holding lanterns that symbolize their support of people living with and who have passed from blood cancer. At 5:30 p.m., Sat., Sept. 27, 2014, the Light The Night Walk takes place at Park Place in Annapolis, and attracts hundreds of families from all over Maryland. The LLS–Maryland Chapter needs volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Volunteer duties can include helping registering walkers and passing out t-shirts, handling food and refreshments, being a walk route guide, and assisting in set-up, break-down, and clean-up of the event. Individuals, families, and groups of all ages are encouraged to volunteer. To help, please contact your Light The Night staff at 443-471-1631. See web site at www.lightthenight.org/md.

Wellness House of Annapolis

Wellness House of Annapolis is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones recover their health and well-being through participation in professional programs of support and education.  Volunteers are needed to support a celebrity chef fundraiser on Friday, August 1st.  This event features Carla Hall, the co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series, “The Chew.”  The Wellness House needs 4 volunteers to server beer and wine and 6 additional volunteers to help with setup and tear down/clean up after the event.  And, if you volunteer to help, you effectively get free admission to this great event.  Volunteers will need to be at the Wellness House from 5pm to 10pm.  Wellness House is located at 2625 Mas Que Farm Road (just south of the intersection of Forest Drive and Spa Road in Annapolis).  If you are interested in volunteering and having a great evening, contact Deb Smith at 410-990-0941 (for more information about the Wellness House, go to www.annapoliswellnesshouse.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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