The following groups in Southern Maryland need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis. This listing of volunteer opportunities is published the last Sunday of the month. Nonprofit groups in need of volunteers should send e-mail notices to firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail to Volunteers, Southern Maryland Extra, The Washington Post, 100 N. Oak Ave., La Plata, Md. 20646.
The Southern Maryland Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers to answer phones, provide callers with information about Alzheimer's, do general office work, help with special projects and special events. Volunteers are asked to work four-hour shifts between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The time commitment is flexible. Training will be provided. To volunteer, call 1-800-331-7299 or 301-934-5856; write to P.O. Box 1936, La Plata, Md. 20646; or stop by the office at 511 E. Charles St., La Plata.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross of St. Mary's County is in need of volunteers to help answer phones, file and enter computer data. Instructors also are needed, as well as volunteers to help raise funds and work on blood drives. If you are interested in helping, please call 301-465-3535 in Leonardtown, or 301-342-4100, the Patuxent River office.
Calvert County Social Services
The Calvert County Department of Social Services needs volunteers to perform the following tasks:
Friendly Visitors -- Provide companionship to an elderly or homebound person. Fix small meals, help with grocery shopping and errands. Flexible schedules, Monday through Friday as well as weekends, are available. Must pass a driving record clearance and a criminal background check. Also must be 18 years of age or older.
Yard Maintenance -- Cut grass, clean up yards and perform light maintenance tasks for elderly or disabled individuals. Flexible schedules, weekday and weekend work. Must pass a criminal background check. Must be 18 years of age or older.
Collect School Supplies -- Civic, professional, church and Scout groups are needed to collect school supplies for distribution this fall to children in need. Groups could set up collection boxes and collect supplies year round for this cause.
Collect Toiletries -- Civic, professional, church and Scout groups are needed to collect toiletries and personal hygiene items for distribution to disabled adults. Items needed include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, hand lotion and other personal items.
If interested in any volunteer opportunities, please call Fran Stump, 410-535-8780.
Center for Abused Persons
The Center for Abused Persons (CAP) offers counseling to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse and provides 24-hour telephone crisis intervention. CAP needs volunteers in three areas:
Outreach -- Volunteers meet with victims being treated at a hospital to provide support. The hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends.
Court Advocacy -- Volunteers support victims throughout the court process. Volunteers work one day a week, Monday through Friday.
Speakers Bureau -- Volunteers provide educational presentations on domestic violence and sexual assault to community and civic groups. Flexible hours.
Training is provided. For more information, call Nikki Donohue, volunteer coordinator, 301-645-8994 or
Charles County Literacy Council
The Literacy Council provides one-on-one tutoring for adults in reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language. The council regularly recruits and trains volunteer tutors. All training and materials are free to both tutors and students. To register for a volunteer workshop, please call 301-934-9494, or write to P.O. Box 1964, La Plata, Md., 20646, or to email@example.com in e-mail.
The Center for Children in Waldorf needs men over 19 to mentor at-risk teenage boys in Charles County. Mentors must have a high school diploma, be able to pass a criminal background check and be willing to contribute at least 20 hours a month for a long-term commitment. Training will be provided. To volunteer or to receive more information about the program, contact Alison Sherwell, 301-374-9442, Ext. 17.
Tutors and Guest Speakers Needed
The Talent Search Program at Charles County Community College is seeking volunteers to help students with reading, writing and job/career shadowing. From July 12 to Aug. 13, volunteers will be needed as guest speakers, and to help with career/job sharing information and remedial skill enhancement for middle and high school students. To volunteer, call 301-934-7750.
Project Echo Shelter
Project Echo, a homeless shelter in Prince Frederick, is in need of volunteers to either staff a shift or help provide a meal. Only four hours a month are required. For additional information, call Kate Quinn, 410-257-0003, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., or leave a message about the best time to contact you.
Special Olympics of Charles County, a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with mental retardation and/or closely related developmental disabilities, is looking for help in coaching, fund-raising, data processing and publicity. Call Pam, 301-934-0137.
Therapeutic Horseback Riding
The Greenwell Foundation of Hollywood, whose mission is to provide educational, recreational and job training opportunities for persons with disabilities, is currently looking for volunteers to help as leaders, and walkers, for a therapeutic horseback riding program. To volunteer or for more information on the program, please contact Rebecca Connor at 301-373-9775.
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Volunteers interested in working with people and making a difference in their lives will find numerous volunteer opportunities at the Charles County Nursing Center in La Plata. Volunteers are needed to help seniors with sewing projects, moving about the facility, cooking projects, sing-alongs, exercise programs, entertainment and music. Volunteers also are needed for office assistance, gardening and friendly visits. For more information or to volunteer, call Patricia Gaffney, 301-934-1900, Ext. 166.
Girl Scout Volunteers
Girl Scouting is committed to helping girls to develop confidence, determination and skills. Scouting promotes progressive and cooperative learning experiences, decision-making and progress evaluation. Girls can develop qualities of responsible citizenship and service that can help lay a foundation for responsible action as women. Leadership and decision-making skills are developed through specific activities, experiences with self-government, and the influence of adult role models. If you can volunteer some time, please call 301-893-1819 or 800-834-1702 for more information and a volunteer packet.
Help out a few hours a week with editorial and publishing tasks for the Potomac Review, Southern Maryland's first literary quarterly, located in Port Tobacco. Office skills and an inquiring mind are prized assets; some work can be done at home. For details, call Eli Flam, 301-934-1412.
Potomac River Swim
The Potomac River Association needs boaters, touring kayak paddlers and public safety workers to help with the sixth annual Potomac River Swim on June 5. The event raises funds and awareness for protection of the river. Free camping will be available for paddlers at Point Lookout State Park and free lodging for boaters at Scheible's Motel on June 4 and 5. Boaters and paddlers will launch at 6:15 a.m. from Point Lookout. There will be a free supper June 4 and a free picnic following the swim on June 5. To volunteer or for more information, call Joe Stewart at 410-243-4418, or write him at 3212 Avon Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21218.
Adult Education Tutors
The Family Center of St. Mary's, a center for young parents with infants and toddlers, is looking for adult education tutors. This is an opportunity to acquire experience working with young adults in education. Volunteers must be able to work independently and have good verbal and written communication skills. Call 301-737-1932 or stop by The Family Center at 47450 Lincoln Ave. in Lexington Park.
Calvert Meals on Wheels Drivers
Calvert Meals on Wheels needs drivers in all parts of the county to help deliver meals to shut-ins. If you can spare two hours or less one day a month, contact the Calvert Office on Aging, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
In St. Mary's and Calvert counties, Big Brothers and Big Brother/Big Sister couples are needed. Volunteers must be at least 18, have access to a car, and commit to regular contact with a child for a year. Four references are required, and a criminal history and background check will be conducted, as well as an interview. Volunteers also are needed to help with an annual bowl-a-thon, "Bowl for Kid's Sake." High school students may volunteer for this event and receive service learning credit. For more information, check the Web site at http://www.ameritel.net/bbbs or call 301-475-3930 in St. Mary's, 410-535-1115
in Calvert or 301-645-8414 in Charles.
Shelter for the Abused
The Calvert County Abused Person Program needs volunteer advocates for Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused women and children. For more information, call 301-855-1075, 410-535-1121.
After-School Activities in Calvert
Do you have a skill or talent to share with young people? Do you have an hour a week to tutor students having difficulty with reading or math? Do you have time to help with a club a teacher wants to sponsor? Do you have time to help others to volunteer at a school? Contact Marianne Roberts, 410-257-6604.
United Way Volunteers
The United Way Volunteer Resource Center of Calvert County connects caring people with opportunities to volunteer. Volunteer work schedules can be weekly, monthly, yearly or one-time special events. Calvert County has several agencies that need volunteers to work with youths. Drivers are needed to deliver meals and to provide transportation for the elderly and disabled. Contact the United Way Volunteer Resource Center of Calvert County, Wendy Tankersley, coordinator, 410-286-0103.
Disabled American Veterans
The Disabled American Veterans Memorial Chapter 36 Pfc. John C. DeMarr Jr. Inc. is a nonprofit organization helping to serve and dispense information to all veterans and their families. The chapter provides free transportation networking for all veterans with appointments at VA hospitals in Washington and Baltimore, or the Charlotte Hall Veterans Outpatient Clinic. Volunteer drivers are needed to make the network successful. If interested, call Marie Halter in Charles County, 301-843-8813, Thomas Grimes in Charlotte Hall, 301-884-7102, Ext. 5010, or Richard Bamberger, 301-645-1971.
Adult Day Care of Calvert County
Volunteers are needed for Adult Day Care of Calvert in Prince Frederick to work with frail elderly and medically disabled adults. This program is designed to enhance and maintain the health and independence of adults who might otherwise be placed in nursing homes because of illness, injury or frailty. Volunteer opportunities are varied and can accommodate the individual. Some of the most pressing volunteer needs include: bus aides to help transport clients to and from the agency; personal care volunteers to assist with weekly manicures and facials; arts and crafts group leaders; and recreation aides to assist in therapeutic games, specialized sports and group social activities. Call 410-535-0133 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.
Charles County Hospice
Volunteers are needed now to help with the 1999 Hospice Festival of Trees, to be held Nov. 22 to 29. The event requires more than 100 volunteers for various committees for poinsettia sales, a fashion show, tree decorating and sales, etc. All proceeds benefit patients and families of Charles County Hospice. For information, please contact Leslie Collins at 301-870-3268, or LKUCollins@aol.com.
Calvert Hospice needs volunteers to help care for dying patients in their homes, work with grief and bereavement support groups, and support the hospice office staff. Free training is provided. Call 410-535-0892, 301-855-1226.
Volunteer at Local Parks
Volunteers are needed to provide nature education to visitors and students at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Flag Ponds Nature Park and Kings Landing Park. Opportunities for scientific research, hosting the reception area, assisting naturalists with student education and trail maintenance are available. To lean more about volunteer opportunities and to request an application, call 410-535-5327.
Volunteer tour guides are needed at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum near Waldorf, as well as workers for the gift shop and admissions office. Call 301-934-4864.
Catholic Charities Calvert Family Center is seeking short- and long-term volunteers. A variety of duties are available, including clerical, pantry and yard sale assistance. Contact Maureen Hoffman or Brenda DiCarlo, 410-535-0309.
Habitat for Humanity
The area chapter of the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity organization that helps eliminate substandard housing has just begun its sixth Habitat Home for a needy family in Calvert County. Volunteers are needed in many areas: construction, newsletter, office work, family selection workers, public relations, fund-raising, Bargain Barn volunteers and much more. For more information, call 301-645-4531.
CASA of St. Mary's
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed to represent abused and neglected children before the juvenile court in Leonardtown. Volunteers come from all walks of life and have a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. No special experience is required, only a commitment to help children. Training is provided. CASA also needs volunteers to help in the office and with special projects and events. For more information, call Brenda McAllister, 301-373-3279.
Birthright of Prince Frederick
Pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Center in Calvert County needs volunteers to cover phones, sort clothes, distribute donations and counsel clients of Birthright, a group that offers education, support and referrals to needy women and their children. Training is provided for counselors. Call 410-257-1402.
Cancer Society Relay for Life
The Charles County chapter of the American Cancer Society is sponsoring an 18-hour relay event in which teams of walkers or runners will compete to raise funds for cancer research. This year's Relay for Life is scheduled for June 11 and 12 on the track at the Westlake High School stadium in Waldorf. Corporate sponsors are needed to help with the event. Call Gwen LaCour for more information at 1-888-603-4304.
Civista Health Center is accepting applications from 14- to 17-year-olds to work as volunteers this summer at the hospital in La Plata. For more information and an application, call 301-609-4322.