Prince George’s County volunteer opportunities

August 28, 2014

The Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Club will host a breakfast and coffee event for local military families to sign up for social and volunteer activities, meet nonprofit organization serving military members, and shop the gift store. Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, will serve as guest speaker. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10. The Bolling Club, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, 50 Theisen St. SW, the District. RSVP by Sept. 3 to Pam Ortiz-Marty at secondvp@noscdc.com or visit www.noscdc.com. $10.

The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation is in need of volunteers to help pass out flyers, set up, engage visitors, clean up and other tasks at its annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival, scheduled for Sept. 13. Contact Justin Fair, Economic Development Coordinator, at 301-683-8267 or visit www.hyattsvillecdc.org.

Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center is looking for vendors and exhibitors for its Fourth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, scheduled for Sept. 27. Interested parties should contact Serenella Linares at 301-927-2163.

City of Bowie seeks groups of volunteers to help apply storm drain markers along select curbs across the city. The task involves applying a four-inch steel marker to the storm drain with adhesive. Supplies provided. The project will require two to five hours and can be done over a weekend or in the evenings. Contact Tiffany Wright, watershed manager, at 301-809-3043 or twright@cityofbowie.org.

BEST Kids Mentoring Program seeks volunteers age 21 and older to mentor at-risk children ages 6-18 in the District’s foster care system. Duties include helping children build social skills and achieve set goals. Volunteers must pass background checks, and training is provided. To apply, visit www.bestkids.org, e-mail mentor_recruiter@bestkids.org or call 202-397-3272.

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers to provide a variety of support to families in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. Areas of need include patient care, vigil volunteers, grief support, support for veterans in hospice care, administrative, community outreach, youth summer camps, massage therapists and more. Training provided. E-mail dsancilio@hospicechesapeake.org, call 443-837-1549 or visit www.hospicechesapeake.org.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George’s County seeks male volunteers age 21 and older to serve as positive role models for at-risk male youths in foster care. Volunteers commit to 10-15 hours per month visiting children living in foster care and helping to ensure their needs are met. Must pass background check and training is provided. Contact Simon Lee at 301-209-0491 or slee@pgcasa.org, or visit www.pgcasa.org.

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.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science seeks scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians to work with K-12 Prince George’s County public school teachers. Duties include visiting the classroom at least once a week to assist teachers in lessons and lab experiments, plan field trips, and assist students with homework and science fairs. Flexible hours and training provided. Must pass background and security clearance. Contact Don Rea at 703-237-7683 or donaldrea@aol.com or visit www.aaas.org/senior-scientists-and-engineers/volunteers.

The Accokeek Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities available. Areas of need include Adopt-a-Trail program, crop masters, livestock farm hand and stitch ’n’ time club. Contact 301-283-2113, volunteers@accokeek.org or visit www.accokeekfoundation.org.

Greenbelt Arts Center seeks a box office manager and house volunteers to serve as ushers and help with productions. The manager works two to four evenings/afternoons a month and is responsible for training assistants, customer service and sales. Contact Betsy Marks Delaney at 301-441-8770 or visit www.greenbeltartscenter.org.

A LEGACY Left Behind, a nonprofit organization that provides grief support and mentoring services to local females who have lost a parent or sibling, invites young women to apply for its mentoring program. The program, which resumes next month, is open to girls in grades 6-12, and participants must provide a recent copy of a report card. To apply, visit www.alegacyleftbehind.org, call 301-938-5752 or e-mail info@alegacyleftbehind.org.

Laurel Museum is in need of volunteers to work as guides or in the gift shop once or twice a month. Shifts available Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two to three hours. Training provided. Call 301-725-7975 or e-mail assist@laurelhistoricalsociety.org.

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.

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.

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/volunteering/become-a-volunteer.

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.

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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