August 12: 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

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to restore the Chesapeake Bay through collaborative engagement of communities, businesses, and other conservation groups in the Bay watershed.  A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.  Current opportunities include support of communications efforts (including writing, and web, display, and document design), tagging and organizing our Flickr photo library, and helping to organize and/or staff restoration projects and events.   In particular, part-time volunteers are needed to staff our reception desk, provide administrative and clerical assistance (includes research, data entry, answering phones, and mailings) and provide program/project support for the headquarters staff.  Hours are flexible. For more information, e-mail contact@allianceforthebay or fill out an inquiry online at www.allianceforthebay.org. Sponsors and extra volunteers may be needed for the following event:

  • 5:30–9:00 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014, Taste of the Chesapeake 2014: Each year, the Taste recognizes environmental leadership and provides a venue for the Alliance to showcase our progress toward Bay restoration, as well as, our projects for the next year. “The Taste” is a vibrant celebration of local food and drink, businesses, and music and a great opportunity to gather with an exciting mix of people who share a commitment to and passion about their rivers, their communities and the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about the event being held at the Blue Heron Ctr. at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, contact Laura Ricciardelli, Director of Development at 443.949.0575 and visit the web site at www.allianceforthebay.org.

Anne Arundel County Community Action Partnership

The Community Action Agency empowers, educates, coordinates, and assists, qualified people, including families, youth, children, the disabled and seniors in reducing poverty and building a better life for themselves. The agency’s Energy Assistance Program needs volunteers at least 18 years of age, who have great communication skills are enthusiastic and enjoy helping people. The volunteers will assist with answering questions applicants may have, filing and other secretarial duties, assisting with office events, and more. Contact Cierra Fisher at 410-626-1920 or cfisher@aaccaa.org for more information. See website: www.aaccaa.org.

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

Volunteer tutors are needed for combating adult illiteracy; after completing training, you make your own schedule and locations with your assigned student or you can tutor at local detention centers. For information contact the office at 410-269-4419 or programdirector@aaclc.org. Hours are flexible and most work can be done at home. See website: www.icanread.org.

  • 9:00 AM– 4:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 AND Sat., Oct. 18, 2014, Tutor Training: The tutor training sessions will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will cover both basic literacy and ELL (English Language Learner) instruction. Registrants must attend both sessions. There is a class size limit of 35, and our March training filled up quickly. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in attending this training, please email programdirector@aaclc.org, or call 410-798-0408 as soon as possible to reserve a seat.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

This nonprofit organization helps families care for terminally ill loved ones in their homes or a home-like setting or wherever they need care. Volunteers play a vital role on the hospice team by providing patient care, serving as vigil volunteers, providing grief support, assisting administratively in our offices and in community outreach, helping at our resale shop, and more.  Become a hospice volunteer if you are age 18 and up and willing to complete volunteer training. For more information contact Mandisa Henry at 410-987-2003 X1329 or mhenry@hospicechesapeake.org or visit www.hospicechesapeake.org for an application form.

  • 5:00–8 PM, Sept. 4, 11, and 18, and Oct. 2 and 9, 2014, Patient Care Volunteer Training: Hospice of the Chesapeake will be hosting a Patient Care Volunteer Training consisting of 5 evening sessions in Pasadena, MD. For more information and to sign up, contact Mandisa Henry at 410-987-2003 X1329 or mhenry@hospicechesapeake.org.

Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County

This volunteer, non-profit organization repairs and revitalizes homes and neighborhoods of low income families in Anne Arundel County, to include elderly, disabled, and veterans, so they may live in warmth, safety and independence. Skilled Volunteers are needed, to include plumbers, electricians, roofers, tillers, dry wall, carpet, floor installers, painters, and general workers. Also needed are volunteers to assist with fund raising, and serving on various activities committees for the Board of Directors. Teams are being recruited now to sponsor home modification projects throughout the year. In-Kind Donations of building materials and/or skilled labor and Sponsorships for House Renovation Projects are most urgently needed. Monetary Donations may be sent to 819 Ritchie Hwy, Suite 2000, Severna Park, MD 21146. For Building Material Donations please call 410-923-9992 or email information@RebuildingTogetherAAC.org for further details. See website for more information:  http://www.RebuildingTogetherAAC.org

St. Mary’s Catholic Church English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

ST Mary’s ESL Program is looking for volunteers for this coming school year – our 13th.  We offer 7 levels of instruction 3 nights a week at St Mary’s High School. First semester classes begin on Tues., Sept. 9, and meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:45PM, until December. Each teacher is asked to commit to one class/one night a week, working as a lead teacher, assistant or mentor depending on background. Spanish-language ability is preferred for beginner classes only. Those with ESL or any teaching experience are encouraged to apply. We offer a teacher training session on Sat., August 16, 9:00AM – 12:30PMat St John Newmann Church and encourage all potential volunteers to attend. For questions or to sign-up for the 16 August session, please contact Coordinators Bunny Wilson, at bunnywilson@verizon.net or 410-544-5584; or Eneida Green at Eneida_Green@yahoo.com or 410-800-4717. Check our website for further details: http://www.stmarysannapolis.org/page.aspx?pid=441.

Wellness House of Annapolis

The mission of The Wellness House of Annapolis is to help people affected by cancer and their family members recover their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of support, education and hope in a “home-like” environment. All of our services are offered free to cancer patients and their care givers. There are many different volunteer opportunities at Wellness House of Annapolis. All services are offered to members for free by our amazing volunteers. We need assistance with our gardens, clerical work, outreach, and hostessing. We also need professional practitioners in massage and Healing Touch as well as yoga and art. For more information contact Deb Smith at 410-990-0941 or email debsmith@thewellnesshouse.org. See website at: http://annapoliswellnesshouse.org/.

  • 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Sat., August 23, 2014, La Fiesta Americana Fundraiser: Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of tasks at this gala fundraiser being held at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville, MD. Guests will sample delicious offerings from local restaurants, dance to the hot sounds of award-winning Trio Caliente, and peruse dozens of fabulous silent auction items. All proceeds help Wellness House continue to offer free programs and services to those affected by cancer. To volunteer contact Deb Smith at 410-990-0941 or debsmith@thewellnesshouse.org or sign up at www.volunteerannearundel.org/OpportunityCalendar.

 

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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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