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 email@example.com or regular mail to Volunteers, Southern Maryland Extra, The Washington Post, 100 North Oak Ave., La Plata, Md. 20646.
Charles County Hospice
Hospice of Charles County will be offering patient care and bereavement training for volunteers in October. The sessions will qualify volunteers to work with hospice patients and their families, grief and bereavement support groups and hospice office staff. For information, call the hospice office at 301-934-1268.
St. Mary's Women's Center
The St. Mary's Women's Center will be offering a 30-hour Advocate Training Program in October for anyone interested in assisting victims of domestic violence. The center offers legal assistance to victims of domestic violence in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties, and needs volunteers in the following areas:
Court Advocacy--support victims throughout the court process;
Intake Specialist/Receptionist--assist in managing front office;
Outreach--provide educational presentations on domestic violence and related topics to community groups, business groups and schools;
Newsletter Editor/Writer--research, design, write and edit a quarterly newsletter as an information and marketing tool;
Lay Legal Advocacy--support victims under a protective order.
For information about these and other volunteer opportunities, call Alexis Rizas, deputy director/volunteer coordinator, 301-862-3636.
Charles County Cooperative
Ministry on Aging
Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging needs volunteers to deliver meals on wheels to homebound, elderly clients, and volunteer callers for a telephone reassurance program. For information, call the 24-hour voice mail line, 301-392-3438.
Disabled American Veterans
The Disabled American Veterans Pfc. John C. De Marr Jr. Memorial Chapter 36 Inc. is a nonprofit organization that helps, serves and dispenses information to all veterans and their families. The chapter provides free transportation networking for all veterans with appointments at VA hospitals in Washington or Baltimore, or at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Outpatient Clinic. Volunteer drivers are needed to make the network successful. If interested, call Richard Bamberger, 301-645-1971 in Charles County, or Thomas Grimes in Charlotte Hall, 301-884-7102, Ext. 5010.
Christmas in April-St. Mary's
Christmas in April-St. Mary's needs volunteers to act as monitors and guides at its second annual Southern Maryland Farm Life Festival, Oct. 9-10 at the John K. Parlett Farm Life Museum in Charlotte Hall. The proceeds of the festival will be donated to the St. Mary's chapter of Christmas in April, an organization that rehabilitates the homes of low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and disabled. Training will be provided. To volunteer, call Mary Ann Chasen, 301-863-2905.
Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Charles County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center needs volunteers who can help seniors with sewing and cooking projects, mobility around the facility, sing-along and exercise programs, entertainment and music. Volunteers also are needed for office duties, gardening and to make friendly visits to residents. For information or to volunteer, call Bonnie Pelletier, 301-934-1900, Ext. 126.
Project Echo Shelter
Project Echo, a homeless shelter in Prince Frederick, needs volunteers to staff a shift or help provide a meal. Only four hours a month are required. For additional information, call Lori Hony, 410-257-0003, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., or leave a message with the best time to contact you.
Charles County is seeking nominees for its 13th annual "Maryland's Most Beautiful People" volunteer awards program. Nominees will be recognized for their contributions to Charles County at a ceremony and reception at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the auditorium of the County Government Building. One nominee will be chosen to represent the county at a statewide awards ceremony hosted by Gov. Parris N. Glendening on Nov. 3.
Nomination forms are available in the Charles County Tourism Office in the County Government Building at 200 Baltimore St. in La Plata; by calling 301-645-0558 or 301-870-3000; or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations with details of the person's contributions must be mailed to "Maryland, You Are Beautiful," Charles County Tourism, P.O. Box B, La Plata, Md. 20646, and received by Sept. 1.
Boys' and Girls' Homes and Community Services
Boys' and Girls' Homes and Community Services is seeking donations of used vehicles, boats or motorcycles. Proceeds from the sales of these items will benefit abused and neglected youths. Towing is free. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Call 301-587-9750, Ext. 3.
United Cerebral Palsy
The Southern Maryland chapter needs volunteers for its Buddy and Canister programs, fund-raising events, committees and office help. If interested, call Pat McDevitt, 301-863-8870 or 877-290-8679 toll free.
The Southern Maryland Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers to staff its fifth annual Memory Walk from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 25. Volunteers will help with registration, crowd control, the water station and other duties. The association also 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, call 301-465-3535 in Leonardtown, or 301-342-4100, the Patuxent River office.
Spring Dell Center
Spring Dell in La Plata is looking for retirees to teach computer skills to individuals with disabilities. If you have computer skills and have a few hours a week to volunteer, call Mary DeGeorge, 301-934-4561 or 301-870- 3758.
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. Volunteers must be at least 18 and pass a driving record clearance and a criminal background check.
Yard Maintenance--Cut grass, clean 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 at least 18 years old.
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, call 410-535-8780.
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 in craft activities, and volunteers to work with young children in a community early development program. Contact Wendy Tankersley, volunteer coordinator, 410-288-0103.
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 Rosemary, 301-645-8994 or 301-843-1110.
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 Jennifer Jones, 301-373-3279.
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, call 301-934-9494, or write to P.O. Box 1964, La Plata, Md., 20646, or to email@example.com via e-mail.
The Center for Children in Waldorf needs men age 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 for information, call 301-374-9442.
The 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, call 301-893-1819 or 800-834-1702 for more information and a volunteer packet.
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.
Civista Medical Center
Civista Health Auxiliary Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist at the medical center, especially in the Snack Bar/Gift Shop. Hours are flexible. If interested, call 301-609-4129.
Help 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. If you have called us previously and not had any response from us, please call again. For details, call Eli Flam, 301-934-1412.
Adult Education Tutors
and Other Volunteers
The Family Center of St. Mary's, a center for young parents with infants and toddlers, is looking for volunteers. This is an opportunity to acquire experience working with young adults. 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, 47450 Lincoln Ave. in Lexington Park, across from Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
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 Persons program is seeking volunteers. The program needs volunteer advocates for Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused women and children. For more information, call 301-855-1075, 410-535-1121.
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. All proceeds benefit patients and families of Charles County Hospice. For information, 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 is provided; set your own hours. Other volunteer opportunities also are available. To learn more and to request a volunteer application, call the volunteer coordinator, 410-535-5327.
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, 410-414-5987.
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.
Birthright of Prince Frederick
Volunteers are needed to answer phones, sort clothes, distribute donations and assist 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.