Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

March 20

Community Crisis Services seeks caring and compassionate volunteers for its crisis hotline. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of training and pass criminal and child protective services background checks. Contact Nathan Dimes at nated@ccsimd.org or 301 864-7095. www.ccsimd.org.

Prince George’s County Historical Society is in need of volunteers to help sell and collect tickets at sites during the House and Garden tours, scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26. Contact Jack Thompson at 301-237-6249 or pgchsmembers@hotmail.com.

Riverdale Park Arts Council seeks applicants for the 2014 Gerald King Apprenticeship Study Program. Named after deceased Riverdale Park master painter, Gerald King, the annual $1,500 art class scholarship provides funding for artists to study at King’s Riverdale Park studio, Atelier Royale. The year-long apprenticeship is open to local artists age 18 and older who demonstrate basic art skills and originality in their work. The award recipient will be announced at ArtsFest, scheduled for May 4. Applications are due by March 31 and can be found at www.rpartscouncil.org or call 301-502-1243.

The Jewish Council for the Aging is in need of volunteers for its SeniorTech computer classes. Computer savvy seniors are needed to teach basic computer and social media skills to other seniors at the Microsoft store in Pentagon City mall. Training is provided. Call 240-395-0916, e-mail seniortech@accessjca.org or visit www.accessjca.org.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County will host an information session for prospective volunteers, age 21 and older, from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the City of Hyattsville Administrative Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Volunteers must spend at least 12 hours per month visiting children living in foster care and collaborating with other adults to help ensure the child’s needs are met. Training classes are scheduled for May 6 and June 5 from 6-9 p.m. Call 301-209-0491, www.pgcasa.org.

The Heritage Film Festival seeks volunteers for the ninth annual independent film festival, scheduled for April 17-19. 240-374-1405, info@heritagefilm-videofest.org. heritagefilmvideo.wix.com/hf.

House of Help City of Hope Women & Children’s Shelter is in need of wall-mounted clothing bars and clear plastic storage bins to outfit its clothing closet that provides clothing for needy families; materials to renovate the shelter’s bathrooms are also needed. Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 2420 Brooks Dr., Suitland. 301-735-2391, www.hollowayministries.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. 800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bowie seek high school sophomores and juniors residing in Bowie for the 2014-15 Youth Leadership Bowie program. The program exposes youths to potential career opportunities through site visits, lectures and informal discussions, and teaches leadership and problem-solving techniques. Applications must be received by May 2. 301-262-0920, www.bowiechamber.org or kelly@bowiechamber.org.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee seeks women 18 and older to apply for the 2014 Women in Business scholarship, an educational grant awards program for working women interested in receiving additional education/training or starting their own business. Women must be Bowie residents with a high school diploma or equivalent, show a history of achievement and community involvement, and secure two references. Application deadline is May 2 at 4 p.m. Visit www.bowiechamber.org or call 301-262-0920 or e-mail info@bowiechamber.org.

Doctors Community Hospital seeks volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles to transport essential employees to and from its campus in Lanham during inclement weather. Volunteers receive mileage and gas reimbursements and meals. Qualified drivers must be 21 or older, and provide proof of valid driver’s license and auto insurance. Call 301-552-8888. www.dchweb.org.

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic seeks volunteers to help grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland. Volunteers work in teams of two and interview the child and family to determine the wish, work with staff members to help fulfill the wish, stay engaged with the child while waiting for the wish to happen and then throw a party when the wish is granted. Volunteers must be age 21 or older and pass a background check. Commitment varies depending on wish and number of wishes volunteer is involved with. The wish interview and granting generally occurs in the evening or on a weekend. Volunteers make a two-year minimum commitment. Contact Cara Montufar at 301-962-9474 or cmontufar@midatlantic.wish.org or visit midatlantic.wish.org/ways-to-help/volunteering/become-a-volunteer.

The Inclusive Design Lab at the University of Maryland at College Park seeks children ages 8-11 to participate in studies on designing technology for children. Volunteers will participate in two hour-long studies, one at home and the other in the campus lab. Monetary incentives are offered. Contact Karen at kr579@umd.edu or Leah at leahkf@umd.edu, call 301-405-2533 or visit inclusivedesign.umd.edu.

Jewish Council for the Aging seeks computer literate senior volunteers to teach and coach computer classes to other seniors. Volunteers will teach courses in beginner and intermediate Windows 8.1, Microsoft Excel, Facebook, Internet searching and more. Contact Robin Blackman at 240-396-0916 or seniortech@accessjca.org.

ReSET, a nonprofit organization, is in need of volunteers to share their fields of interest and work with local preschool and 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 or visit www.resetonline.org.

Hospice of the Chesapeake needs volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to assist patients and staff members in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties during inclement weather. Volunteers must provide proof of auto insurance and pass a criminal background check. Call 443-837-1549 or toll-free 800-745-6132.

College Park Community Library seeks volunteers to work Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. 9704 Rhode Island Ave. Call 301-474-8044, e-mail colparklib@gmail.com or visit www.cpcommunitylibrary.org.

Research with Sol Espinoza, a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University, who seeks U.S. native born and black, white or Mexican American volunteers ages 35-45 and 55-65 to participate in a research focus group for a dissertation on gender, race, economics and family formation. Participants will be entered in a raffle drawing for cash prizes. Contact 443-310-3428 or espinoza823@gmail.com.

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.

Accokeek Foundation is in need of volunteers to help steward and maintain Piscataway Park. Volunteers will work with staff members to provide event and program support and engage the community. Volunteer orientation classes are held the first Saturday and third Thursday of each month. Contact 301-283-2113 or volunteers@accokeek.org, or visit www.accokeekfoundation.org.

The Greenbelt Arts Center needs volunteers to assist with a variety of theater roles, including box office assistants, advertising liaisons, facilities manager, grant writers and stage managers. The center seeks local artists to showcase their drawings, paintings, photographs and other works in the lobby gallery. Submit samples in .jpg format or links to gallery@greenbeltartscenter.org. Call 301-441-8770.

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind seeks volunteers to help raise and train 12- to 18-month-old puppies that will later be used as guide dogs for the blind or service dogs for veterans. Call 866-282-8046 or go to www.guidedog. org.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has a variety of volunteer needs in Prince George’s County. Opportunities include boxing and cheerleading coaches, junior basketball officials, ushers and more. Participants can earn student service learning hours. Call 301-446-3321 or visit www.pgparks.com/volunteer.htm.

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. Call 301-209-0592 or go to www.pgaamcc.org.

Community Advocates for Family and Youth needs volunteers to assist those who have survived traumatic crimes. Administrative support and mail assistance are also needed. Volunteers work five to 20 hours a month. 9201 Basil Ct., Suite 160, Largo. Contact Lizet Porter, volunteer coordinator, at 301-390-4092 or lporter@cafyonline.org, or go to www.cafyonline.org/volunteerapplication.php.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region seeks youths to serve as greeters and refreshment volunteers at local blood drives. Those interested must enjoy working with others, have excellent customer service skills and be able to commit to one to two blood drives per month. Orientation provided. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail terryann.karloff@redcross.org.

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett

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