Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

September 19, 2013

Greenbelt Arts Center will host work parties for volunteers to assist with set construction for its upcoming production “Avenue Q” on Sept. 21, 22 and 28 at 1 p.m. A pianist is also needed for rehearsals and the live performance. Location: 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. 301-441-8770, www.greenbeltartscenter.org/volunteer.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 60seeks vendors for its community yard sale/flea market scheduled for Oct. 12 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at its building, 2 Main St., Laurel. Space is available for $20, and $5 for additional table with two chairs. Contact Vicki at 301-922-5327, vlkunde@gmail.com.

Oxon Cove Park seeks volunteers to help pick up trash for National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Participants can earn service hours. Bring work gloves and rakes. Meet in parking lot, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd. 301-839-1176, stephanie_marrone@nps.gov, www.publiclandsday.org.

The Accokeek Foundation’s Green Thumbs volunteer group seeks gardeners of all ages and skill levels to help plant and harvest vegetables, and manage weeds and pests in the museum garden. Volunteers work together in the garden space, share ideas, knowledge, skills and stories. Call 301-283-2113 or www.accokeekfoundation.org, volunteers@accokeek.org.

American Heart Association needs volunteers for the Greater Washington Heart Walk schedule for Nov. 9 at the National Mall. Visit www.greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org or contact joellen.brassfield@heart.org, 703-248-1784.

The Maryland Judiciary seeks young artists to enter the Conflict Resolution Day Student Bookmark Art contest. Youths can create bookmarks based on the theme of resolving or preventing conflict without violence. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in three age groups, and winning students and their families will be honored at a ceremony and reception Oct. 17. The best 1,000 entries will be displayed in the Annapolis Courts of Appeal Building through Nov. 21. Submission deadline is Oct. 1. Original artwork may be submitted using a template from the Web site www.mdcourts.gov/macro, or on any paper format to MACRO, 903 Commerce Rd., Annapolis. Contact Alecia Parker at 410-260-3540, alecia.parker@mdcourts.gov.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center seeks vendors, community groups, and local businesses to participate in the 14th annual “Halloween in the Garden” trick-or-treating event scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. To participate, groups must agree to dress up in family-friendly costumes, decorate their booth and hand out treats to children. Interested groups must submit booth application by Oct. 1. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org.

Laurel Library is seeking a volunteer coach for the Teen Glee Club. The group meets two Wednesdays a month at 7 p.m. Contact Perry at 240-305-4477.

Greenbelt Arts Center seeks local artists to showcase their drawings, paintings, photographs and other works in the lobby gallery. Submit samples in jpg format or a weblink to gallery@greenbeltartscenter.org. For more information, call 301-441-8770 or visit www.greenbeltartscenter.org.

Capital Caring seeks administrative support volunteers to assist with general secretarial tasks such as answering calls, greeting visitors, and providing clerical assistance as needed. They are also seeking members for their Leadership Council to help with a variety of tasks, including identifying and solving problems, assisting in the planning and implementation of various projects, providing community outreach and patient care support. Location: 1801 McCormick Dr., Suite 180, Largo. Allison Kuchar at 301-883-0866 or akuchar@capitalcaring.org. www.capitalcaring.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. Volunteers work 5-20 hours a month. Location: 9201 Basil Ct., Suite 160, Largo. Lizet Porter, volunteer coordinator, 301-390-4092, lporter@cafyonline.org, www.cafyonline.org.

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers to provide a variety of assistance to families in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. Areas of need include pet therapy, support for veterans in hospice care, Reiki/healing touch work, Spanish translators, sign language interpreters, massage therapists, truck drivers, donation sorting, community outreach duties and more. Volunteer training sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also on Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 9500 Arena Drive, Suite 250, Largo. E-mail dsancilio@hospicechesapeake.org, call 443-837-1549 or visit www.hospicechesapeake.org.

The Calvert Marine Museum seeks vendors who produce homemade or homegrown goods for the Patuxent River Appreciation Days Festival, scheduled for Oct. 12-13. Vendors must be in compliance with all Maryland State Health Department regulations for sale and distribution of goods. Call 410-326-2042, Ext. 41, or e-mail mccormmj@co.cal.md.us.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region seeks youths to serve as greeters and refreshment volunteers at local blood drives. Those interested should enjoy working with others, have excellent customer service skills and be able to commit to one to two blood drives per month. Orientation provided. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail terryann.karloff@redcross.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse seeks volunteers to be involved in costuming, light/sound design and operation, stage management, set construction and design, and publicity. Maureen Rogers at 301-452-2557 or maureencrogers@gmail.com. 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. 301-474-1002 weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. mowcp.yolasite.com.

Greenbelt Arts Center is seeking an art gallery manager. Those interested should call 301-441-8770 or e-mail gallery@greenbeltartscenter.
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Hyattsville Aging in Place needs volunteers to drive senior citizen residents to medical and other appointments on weekdays. 301-887-3101 or hapcares@gmail.com.

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

Hospice of the Chesapeake needs volunteers who are bilingual and/or American Sign Language interpreters to assist patients and staff members. 9500 Arena Drive, Suite 250, Largo. Julie Medlin, 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 Partnership for Animal Welfare needs volunteers to foster homeless dogs and cats, provide transportation to vet appointments and handle animals at adoption shows. 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, a program of the Maryland Small Business Development Center, 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.

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. 2270 Beaver Rd., Landover. Cathy Bryan at 202-347-6278 or cathy@heartofamerica.org.

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 to encourage enthusiasm for science. No teaching or education background required. Training provided and expenses covered. John Meagher at 703-250-0236 or reset@resetonline.org, www.resetonline.org.

AFS-USA, Inc. is looking for volunteer host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries for the 2013-14 school year. For more information, please contact Jennie Schmalzle at 800-876-2376, Ext. 3310, or jschmalzle@afs.org. www.afsusa.org.

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. 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.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

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