September 2: 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

A Day to Serve – Crownsville Cemetery Cleanup, Sept. 13, 2014

The NAACP along with local churches and communities are sponsoring this cleanup event at Crownsville Hospital Cemetery from 8:30 a.m. – 12 Noon, Sat., September 13, 2014. Volunteers are needed to help with clean up this Historical Cemetery where thousands of African Americans have been buried. Please come so that we can allow those souls to be at rest and uphold the dignity that is due to them. The cemetery is located at the end of Farm Rd. (turn onto Marbury Dr. from Crownsville Rd.), 1520 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville, MD 21032. For more information, contact, Apostle Larry Lee Thomas at 410-852-3700 or Dena Johnson at 443-742-4200, or email ebcaf1@aol.com.

Anne Arundel County Police Department

  • Reserve Officer Program: Volunteers are needed for its Reserve Officer program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc.  Volunteers must be over 21, undergo a criminal background check, hours of availability are flexible. Reserve Officers work assignments all hours of the day and weekends. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations.
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS): The VIPS Program is designed to involve civilian volunteers in non-enforcement roles within the Anne Arundel County Police Department. Members of the VIPS Program share their time and talents performing such tasks as clerical assistance, computer programming, crime analysis, data processing, graphic arts, photography and other tasks as the need arises. VIPS personnel do not wear uniforms nor are they compensated monetarily. Applicants must be age 18 or older, have a Maryland Driver’s License with a good driving record, and be capable of performing a minimum of 16 hours of volunteer service per month. For either program, call the Coordinator at 410-222-0042 or get an application from the County Police website at www.aacounty.org/Police/volunteer.cfm#.U_83AvldV8E.

Homework and Reading Ministry-Eastport United Methodist Church

The Homework and Reading Ministry offers after-school assistance to elementary and kindergarten children. Volunteers are needed to help students with their homework; provide the opportunity to strengthen their reading, writing, comprehension, math and analytical skills (more than 400 books have been donated for this purpose), and engage in other educational activities such as a board game, a puzzle, or drawings. Participants, who include individuals from both the community and the church, meet twice a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the church. Volunteers are not expected to attend all sessions. They can come as often as their schedules allow. No special training or credentials are needed. For more information and to volunteer, see website: www.eastportumc.org/templates/default.asp?id=37043&PID=1003608 or contact Mike Keller at mjkeller@att.net or 410-263-5490.

Friends of Hancock’s Resolution

The Friends volunteer group operates and preserves this historic farmstead in Pasadena, which dates to 1785, and had an important role in the War of 1812. Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to give tours of the house and gardens to visitors from 1–4 pm on Sundays from April through October. Training is provided. Volunteer gardening assistants are needed and days/times are flexible. Other volunteer projects include assisting with historical research, archeology, public education and fundraising. Call 410-255-4048 or E-mail info@historichancocksresolution.org. See website: www.historichancocksresolution.org or. Extra volunteers may be needed for the following events:

  • 1–4 p.m., Sun., Sept. 28, 2014, Family and Friends Day: Family pictures of past occupations, artifacts, and information about family and friends will be on display. Light picnic fair will be provided. For more information call 410-255-4048 and see website at www.historichancocksresolution.org.
  • 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 5, 2014, Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Day: Enjoy a farm dinner based on historic recipes, beekeeping demonstrations and much more. For more information call 410-255-4048 and see website at www.historichancocksresolution.org.
  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun., Oct. 19, 2014, Tom Sawyer Day: Volunteers are needed to help whitewash buildings. Dry day will be required. Beekeeping discussions and demonstrations are also being held.
  • 2 p.m., Sun., Oct. 26, 2014, Animal Appreciation Day & Pet Parade: Registration is between 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. Admission and registration are free. For more information call 410-255-4048 and see website at www.historichancocksresolution.org.

Hispanic Heritage Festival, October 12, 2014

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage month, the Center of Help is hosting its 2nd Hispanic Heritage Festival, Sunday, October 12, 2014 from noon –6 p.m. the Collison Field at Truxton Park, in Annapolis, MD. This family friendly event is designed to bring the community together to celebrate with live music, entertainment, food, children’s activities and information exhibits by city, county and community organizations representing health and human services, police, fire and emergency/safety and more. Nonprofit organizations providing services to the community are invited to register and provide exhibits and information relating to such services. For more information, contact Center for Help at 410-295-3434 or at information@centrodeayuda.org. 

The Light House, Run for The Light House, Sun., Sept. 28, 2014

The mission of The Light House is to help rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition towards self-sufficiency.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties associated with the food program, children’s programs, front desk help and adult education programs. Pro bono professional volunteers are also needed with specialized skills such as accounting, dentistry, licensed therapists, law, and carpentry. Volunteers with trucks to transport items to the county dump are also needed. The hours are flexible for many tasks and training is provided. To volunteer or arrange to donate, please contact Michele Marshall at (443)569-4208 or Marshall@AnnapolisLightHouse.org.

  • 7:30 a.m., Sun., September 28, 2014, The 4th annual Annapolis Run for The Light House: The 4th annual Annapolis Run for The Light House provides scenic half-marathon and 5K routes along the trails of Quiet Waters Park and through the beautiful Chesapeake Bay-front community of Hillsmere Shores. The race start is 7:30 a.m., for the Half Marathon, and 7:45 a.m. for the 5K Jogging Joe Shafran Memorial Run. Volunteers are needed to assist on Race Day. For more information, contact Kristin Mrotek at 443-569-4209 or email events@annapolislighthouse.org; see www.annapolisrunforthelighthouse.org/#!volunteer/c1u6k.

Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County

The Tennis Alliance’s goal is to maximize opportunities for our residents to enjoy the game of Tennis as a sport for life. The Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County is hosting a Tennis Fair, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. at Annapolis High School. Volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles–primarily assisting with our game booths, player registration, event set up and break down, and fitness activities. For more information and to volunteer, contact Louise Gengler Thomas at genglerthomas@gmail.com or 410-956-2857. See website at: www.tennisallianceaac.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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