Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

June 4, 2014

Dress For Success, a not-for-profit organization, seeks energetic volunteers to help disadvantaged local women by serving as coaches, mentors, trainers, professional style consultants and fundraisers for its various programs. Opportunities are available Monday-Saturday at various locations in the Washington area, and training is provided. Contact 202-269-4805, kjones@dfsdc.org or www.dressforsuccess.org/washingtondc.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary seeks volunteers age 6 and older to provide weekly care for turtles that live in the educational enclosure. Commitment is weekly through the season. Training classes are scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. June 28. To register, call 410-741-9330 or programs@jugbay.org or www.jugbay.org.

The Prince George’s Audubon Society is in need of an editor for its newsletter, “The Bluebird.” Duties include publishing the newsletter four to five times a year, online and e-mailed to members. Work can be done from home and members provide most of the news. Contact Maureen Blades at 301-262-5148 or mblades@comcast.net or Meghan at 202-247-6974 or polyxenes@verizon.net.

The Prince George’s Audubon Society seeks volunteers to help clean up the Governor Bridge Natural Area on June 21 at 7:30 a.m. Meet in the parking lot, 7600 Governor Bridge Rd., Bowie. Contact kiwisuits@msn.com.

Anacostia Trails Heritage Area is in need of more than 100 volunteers to assist with the Undaunted Weekend Battle of Bladensburg Festival on Aug. 23. Volunteers are needed to work the information booth, set up, help with behind-the-scenes activities and more. Call 301-887-0777 or visit www.princegeorges1812.org.

Accokeek Foundation is in need of volunteers for its Ecosystem Farm program. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays to assist with a variety of tasks, including farm hands, market assistant and farm happy hour. Contact volunteers@accokeek.org or visit www.accokeekfoundation.org.

The American Heart Association needs volunteers for Lawyers Have Heart 10K, 5K and Fun Walk scheduled for June 14 at Washington Harbour in Georgetown. Visit www.lawyershaveheartdc.org or contact 703-248-1784 or joellen.brassfield@heart.org, 703-248-1784.

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 atleahkf@umd.edu, call 301-405-2533 or visit inclusivedesign.umd.edu.

Progressive Equestrian Therapeutic Services, an accredited therapeutic horseback riding group, seeks volunteers age 14 and older to serve as side walkers and horse leaders for riders with disabilities as well as volunteers able to assist with horse care. No experience necessary. Orientation and training provided. Call 301-627-4308 or visit pgpets.wordpress.com.

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.

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.

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.

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/
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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.

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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