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 North 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.
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 301-843-1110.
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 19 or older 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, please call Alison at 301-374-9442.
Tutors and Guest Speakers Needed
The Talent Search Program at Charles County Community College is seeking volunteers to help middle and high school students with reading, writing and job/career support. From July 12 through Aug. 13, guest speakers also will be needed. 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. to 6 p.m., or leave a message about the best time to contact you.
Special Olympics of Charles County is recruiting volunteers for the fall season. Coaches and assistant coaches are needed for power lifting, soccer, volleyball and motor activities bowling. Volunteers also are needed to serve on various committees such as fund-raising and publicity. Call the Department of Community Services for more information, 301-934-0137.
Greenwell Foundation of Hollywood
Volunteers are needed to provide educational, recreational and job training opportunities for persons with disabilities. Volunteers also are needed for other programs including therapeutic horseback riding. To volunteer or for more information on the program, contact Rebecca at 301-373-9775.
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.
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
United Way of Calvert County Volunteer Resource Center is seeking volunteers to meet immediate needs including: short- or long-term tutors for learning disabled students, volunteers to assist an adult with cerebral palsy with craft activities, and volunteers to work with young children in an early development program. If you can help with any of these needs or have a desire to volunteer in other areas, contact Wendy Tankersley, volunteer coordinator, 410-288-0103.
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.
Volunteers in Nature Education
Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center in Calvert County needs weekend docents, storytellers and hosts. Training provided, set your own hours. Other volunteer opportunities also available. To learn more, and to request a volunteer application, call the volunteer coordinator, 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.
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. Training is provided. CASA also needs volunteers to help in the office and with special projects and events. Call Brenda McAllister, 301-373-3279.
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.