Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

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.

The Accokeek Foundation needs volunteers to remove trash and debris as part of the 25th annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at various locations in the Washington-area. Wear boots, gloves and appropriate clothing. Meet at the visitor center. 301-283-2113. Register online at accokeekfoundation.org.

The Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure is in need of volunteers to help with the annual 5K walk/run scheduled for May 11 on the Washington Monument grounds in the District. Variety of duties and shifts available. Contact 703-416-7223, volunteer@globalraceforthecure.org, info-komen.org.

Community Advocates for Family and Youth is in need of volunteers to assist those who have survived traumatic crimes. Administrative support and mail assistance is also needed. Location: 9201 Basil Ct., Suite 160, Largo. Lizet Porter, volunteer coordinator, 301-390-4092, lporter@cafyonline.org, www.cafyonline.org/volunteerapplication.php.

Hospice of the Chesapeake is in need of volunteers who are bilingual and/or American Sign Language interpreters to assist patients and staff. 9500 Arena Drive, Suite 250, Largo. Contact Julie Medlin at 240-487-1065, jmedlin@hospicechesapeake.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 Heart of America Foundation seeks detailed-oriented volunteers to help arrange and prepare the books in its warehouse, which is used by children who have limited access to books. Duties include heavy lifting and bending. Commitment: full day or half day Monday-Friday. Location: 2270 Beaver Rd., Landover. Cathy Bryan at 202-347-6278 or cathy@heartofamerica.org.

The Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks volunteers to help pick up trash and debris along the Potomac River Watershed 9 a.m.-noon April 6. Bring work gloves and rakes. Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. Find other work sites at www.potomaccleanup.org. 301-839-1176.

The University of Maryland and the City of College Park calls on volunteers for Good Neighbor Day, an annual day of service with university students, staff and alumni and local residents. Help clean up Old Town Playground, Old Parish House and trails, and sort donated food items, repair playground equipment and other tasks. All ages welcome. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 6. 301-405-1105. www.goodneighborday.umd.edu.

ReSET, a nonprofit organization, seeks volunteers to share their fields of interest and work with local elementary school students and teachers in hands-on science and math experiments in order to spark enthusiasm for science. No teaching or education background required. Training is provided and expenses are covered. Contact John Meagher at 703-250-0236 or reset@resetonline.org, www.resetonline.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 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, maintaining monthly contact with host families, and organizing a monthly activity or 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.

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 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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