Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

March 13, 2013

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County will host an information session for prospective volunteers, 21 and older, from 6-7:30 p.m. March 13 at Local 400 Union Hall, 4301 Garden City Dr., Landover. Volunteers must spend at least 10 hours per month visiting children living in foster care and helping to ensure their needs are met. Call 301-209-0491 or visit www.pgcasa.org.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region is seeking friendly volunteers to assist blood collections staff at blood drives in Prince George’s County and the Washington area. Duties include greeting donors and offering refreshments. Must have own transportation. Training provided. Contact Terry Ann Karloff at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or terryann.karloff@redcross.org.

The American Red Cross is in critical need of blood and platelet donors to help replenish decreasing supply. All blood types are needed, especially O-negative. Donors must be at least 17, meet height and weight requirements and be in good health. Call 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive.

The AFS-USA High School Exchange Program needs host families for the 2013-14 school year to house and provide meals for foreign students participating in the program. Volunteers must pass a background check. Contact Jennie Schmalzle at 800-876-2376, Ext. 3310, or jschmalzle@afs.org, www.afsusa.org.

EurAuPair Intercultural Child Care Program is seeking kind, compassionate volunteers to become local community counselors. Duties include mentoring au pairs from abroad, maintain monthly contact with host families, and organizing a monthly activity/meeting with the au pairs. For more information or to apply, visit www.euraupair.com/volunteerinfo.html or e-mail holly@euraupair.com.

Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center seeks volunteers to serve as docents or to participate in the youth education program. 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-209-0592. www.pgaamcc.org.

Reading Partners needs volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to elementary school students in the District who are reading below grade level. Commitment: one hour a week. No experience necessary; follow guided curriculum. Contact Afua Sarpong at afua.sarpong@readingpartners.org or visit www.readingpartners.org.

Art Lives Here seeks local artists to participate in public art projects, including performing and visual art performances in the Gateway Arts District. Artists may apply to multiple Request for Proposals and submit an unlimited number of proposals. Contact Neena at neena@joesmovement.org or visit artlivesheremd.wordpress.com.

Hospice of the Chesapeake is seeking volunteers for the Tuck-In Team. Volunteers will call in-home hospice patients and caregivers on Thursdays to make sure they have medications and supplies to last through the weekend. A morning and afternoon shift are available, and training is provided. Contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or kbourgard@hospicechesapeake.org.

Laurel Mill Playhouse seeks volunteers to be involved in costuming, light/sound design and operation, stage management, set construction and design, and publicity. Contact Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557 or maureencrogers@gmail.com

Pets on Wheels is in need of people with friendly pets to become certified therapy pets and visit those in nursing homes. Apply online at www.petsonwheels.org. 443-975-9204.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary seeks volunteers age 16 and older to work in the office, welcome visitors and help with other tasks. A training class for new and experienced volunteers is scheduled for Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. Contact Debra Gage, office manager, 410-741-9330.

The Hyattsville Community Development Corp. seeks local filmmakers to produce a suite of fixed-budget, short, clever promotional videos for marketing of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts and Entertainment District and its stakeholders. 301-683-8267 or www.hyattsvillecdc.org.

Meals on Wheels of College Park needs volunteers to help prepare, deliver and administer food to clients in College Park, Greenbelt, Berwyn and part of Beltsville. Drivers may receive reimbursement for gasoline. Call 301-474-1002 weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. mowcp.yolasite.com.

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist staff members during inclement weather. Volunteers must provide proof of auto insurance and pass a criminal background check. Call 301-499-4500, 443-837-1549 or toll-free 800-745-6132.

The Partnership for Animal Welfare needs volunteers to foster homeless dogs and cats, provide transportation to vet appointments and handle animals at adoption shows. For information, go to www.paw-rescue.org or leave a message at 301-572-4729.

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program seeks youths 12 to 18 interested in aviation and emergency services for its leadership training program. Includes search-and-rescue missions, flying, first-aid training and international Aviation Cadet Exchange activities. Bowie Squadron meets 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Baptist Church, 7210 Race Track Rd., Bowie. College Park Squadron meets 7-9 p.m. the first four Wednesdays of each month. Hap Arnold Center, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr. at College Park Airport. 800-359-2338 or www.mdcap.org.

Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, an accredited therapeutic horseback-riding group, seeks volunteers 14 and older to serve as side walkers and horse leaders for riders with disabilities. Help also sought with horse care. No experience needed. Training provided. 301-627-4308 or www.pets-inc.org.

Branch Avenue in Bloom is a program of the Maryland Small Business Development Center that is seeking volunteers interested in gardening, marketing or economic development projects to be part of its community revitalization efforts. 301-403-2080 or jsmithfu@umd.edu.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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