AARP Tax-Aide needs volunteers to prepare tax returns for middle- and low-income families with special attention given to those age 60 and older. Volunteers receive free IRS-certified tax training. AARP membership is not required. Contact Frank Winner at 410-647-3335 or e-mail n3seo@aol.com.

Annapolis Opera needs volunteers ages 16 and older to host guest artists and provide them with refreshments during rehearsals. They also staff the ticket desk, help with mailings and office tasks, distribute posters, sell advertising and serve on program committees. Call 410-267-8135, e-mail admin@annapolisopera.org or see www.annapolisopera.org for more information.

Light House Shelter needs volunteers ages 16 and older (younger if supervised) on a day-to-day basis to provide, prepare and serve dinner for the shelter's homeless clients. (Thanksgiving and Christmas are already assigned.) Volunteers are encouraged to stay and share dinner with the guests. Volunteers are also needed 10 a.m.-noon Mondays-Fridays or 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily to assist the staff with the food pantry and more. Volunteer orientation is 4-5 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. Call Earl Smith at 410-263-1835 to schedule.

Women for Afghan Women, a group which helps advocate and raise funds for projects to ensure human rights for Afghan women and children, needs help with office work, computer data entry, phone calls and fundraising on-site or at home, days or evenings. Volunteers with a desire to serve on the advisory board are especially needed. Call Jenny Jefferson at 410-849-8680 or e-mail jenny71530@yahoo.com, or call Fahima Vorgetts at 410-990-1160 or e-mail fahimawaw@yahoo.com. The Web site address is www.womenforafghanwomen.org.

Providence Center, which provides vocational, recreational and other services to developmentally disabled adults needs a volunteer to teach a reading class 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Thursdays. Help is also needed Dec. 7 with the Gathering of the Greens, an annual sale of fresh-cut Christmas trees, greens, garlands and poinsettias in Arnold. Greens volunteers can work 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 12:15-4 p.m. Contact Ellen Dannan at 410-315-8303 or e-mail edannan@providencecenter.com.

Anne Arundel Medical Center is looking for healthy individuals age 17 and older to donate blood in anticipation of shortages during the upcoming holiday season. Individuals who donate blood twice before Jan. 31 will receive a custom-designed soup or beverage mug. The hospital's blood donor center hours are 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Mondays, 8:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Thursdays and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. Parking is free. The Blood Donor Center is located on the first floor of the Acute Care Pavilion, Anne Arundel Medical Center, 2001 Medical Pkwy., Annapolis. Call 443-481-4215 for an appointment.

Christmas in April Anne Arundel County Inc., which repairs homes and builds ramps for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, needs financial support to continue. Due to the rising costs faced by seniors, their houses deteriorate and become dangerous. Form and fund a team of volunteers or sponsor the building of a house or ramp. Call 410-263-0405 or e-mail christmasinaprilaacc@yahoo.com. All work is usually done in April, May, June and October.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has many volunteer opportunities. For information, call 410-897-9207, e-mail vcaac@hotmail.com, or stop by the center, in Suite 130 at 2666 Riva Rd. in Annapolis.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning