The following is a list of some suburban Maryland organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays.
Community Companions Program
This program needs new toys, video games, nonperishable food and a gym mat for children and teenagers with developmental disabilities. The center is open 2-6 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1010 Grandin Ave., Rockville. Arrange a delivery time for donations. For more information, contact Andrea Richardson.
Computer Learning and Resource Center Inc.
The resource center seeks donations of instant coffee, gloves, gift certificates and monetary donations to help provide computer training for people with disabilities. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 1751 Elton Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, contact Diane McManigal.
Friends of the Library
Donations of new books for elementary and middle school children are requested. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 99 Maryland Ave., Rockville.
Gaithersburg Holiday Basket Program
This program needs donations of grocery store gift certificates, toys, canned food (including cranberry sauce, fruits, vegetables, juice and gravy) and boxes of nonperishable food.
GUIDE Upcounty Youth Services
301-972-0307, Ext. 203
The youth intervention organization seeks donations of toys for children 3-13 for holiday baskets that will be delivered to low-income families. Donations can be delivered to 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown. Call to arrange a time for delivery. For more information, contact Monica Martin.
Hearts and Homes for Youth Inc.
301-589-8444, Ext. 311
The group, which helps more than 1,000 neglected and abused children annually, seeks donations of clothing, books, compact disc players, gift certificates and sports equipment. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 800, Silver Spring. Call to arrange for pickup of large donations.
Life Skills Workshop Inc.
The organization seeks donations of 75 $25 gift certificates from Target and volunteers for its annual holiday reunion for women recovering from addiction, mental illness or financial difficulties. Gift certificates can be mailed to Life Skills Workshop Inc., P.O. Box 2273, Kensington, Md. 20891. For more information, ask for Teresa Gardner-Williams.
Mental Health Association of Montgomery County
301-424-0656, Ext. 109
This organization's volunteer program Operation Santa Claus delivers gifts to individuals with mental illness. Gift suggestions include personal grooming items, liquid soap, dental supplies, playing cards, games, scarves, hats, gloves, sweaters and small radios. Gifts should be unwrapped and in unbreakable containers. Items may be brought to 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy. in Rockville 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Marsha Teichman.
Montgomery County Volunteer
and Community Service Center
This county agency is the liaison for community agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center can provide a list of holiday volunteer opportunities or help people find opportunities.
National Center for Children and Families
301-365-4480, Ext. 113
This organization seeks video games, sporting goods, board games, action figures, disposable cameras and gift certificates for children. Gifts should be unwrapped and can be delivered 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays to 6301 Greentree Rd., Bethesda, no later than Dec. 13. For more information, contact Elise Goede.
Rockville Holiday Drive 2002
The City of Rockville needs monetary and food donations for its 2002 Holiday Drive campaign. Nonperishable food items will be accepted 8:30-11 a.m. weekdays at the Manna Food Center, 614 Lofstrand Lane (designate "Rockville Holiday Drive" on food contributions). During business hours, donations also may be left at the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, 32 Courthouse Sq.; the back porch of Glenview Mansion, Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive; and Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr. On weekends or after 5 p.m., donations can be left at the Rockville police station at City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave. Monetary donations should be made payable to the Rockville Holiday Drive Fund and mailed to Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Rockville Holiday Drive, 32 Courthouse Sq., Rockville, Md. 20850. Volunteer opportunities are available.
Silver Spring YMCA Youth Services
301-593-1160, Ext. 12
Toys and gift certificates are requested for children 1-17. Gifts should be unwrapped. Donations will be accepted 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays at 9601 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, contact Jonah Green.
Community Living Inc.
Community Living provides homes and special services for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities. Toiletries, personal hygiene products and nonperishable food items are needed. Monetary donations are needed to fund the Snowflake Campaign, which allocates $50 to each resident. Contributions to the Snowflake Campaign should be sent to 620-B Research Dr., Frederick, Md. 21703.
Frederick Rescue Mission
In addition to nonperishable food, the mission needs toys, flannel shirts (all sizes), sweat suits (all sizes), blankets and winter coats. Donations are accepted daily at 419 W. South St., Frederick.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel Food Bank
Food donations will be accepted 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays at 1400 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. Monetary donations should be mailed to Anne Arundel Food Bank, P.O. Box 650, Crownsville, Md. 21032. For volunteer opportunities, contact Bruce Michalec.
Light House Shelter
The shelter seeks gift certificates, money and nonperishable food donations. Volunteers are needed 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily to prepare and serve dinners and organize the food pantry. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily at 206 West St., Annapolis. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 6149, Annapolis, Md. 21401.
Salvation Army of Annapolis
and Southern Anne Arundel
410-263-4091 or 410-768-0477
Volunteers are needed to help sort food and gifts for food baskets and stockings for low-income families; dress teddy bears and fill stockings for children 3-12; adopt families for Christmas; and serve as bell ringers. Bears and stockings are provided, but donations are needed to fill stockings. Information about the families is available at the Salvation Army office. Volunteers may be groups or individuals of all ages. Distribution of the food and gift baskets will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 and Dec. 23, 351 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis; and Dec. 18, 511 S. Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie.
Sarah's House provides individuals and families with temporary supportive housing. Donations of nonperishable food, toiletries, medical supplies, personal grooming items, household cleaning supplies and gift certificates will be accepted at 2015 20th St., Fort Meade. For volunteer opportunities, contact Bruce Clopein.
Severna Park Assistance Network
The network seeks donations of food, gift certificates and toys for its Holiday Caring Program. The group also seeks volunteers to sponsor a family and help create holiday gift baskets. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday at 400 Benfield Rd.
Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel
This nonprofit agency matches volunteers with local organizations. It also helps organizations find volunteers. For more information, call or drop by the office, 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 130, Annapolis.
Volunteer Services of Crownsville
The mental health care facility needs donations of art supplies, artificial plants, basketballs, board games, books, clocks, clothing, computer software and accessories, cosmetics, entertainment or sporting event tickets, exercise equipment, gift certificates, movie passes, musical instruments, nonperishable food, stationery, stereos, toiletries, umbrellas and video games. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts and coordinate activities. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Campanella Building. For more information, contact Sylvia Beall.
Calvert County United Way
These programs need support this holiday season:
Safe Harbor is a shelter for abused women. 410-535-1121.
Tree of Angels benefits needy children. 410-535-1883.
Operation Santa Claus provides gifts and holiday parties for seniors. 410-495-4458.
Calvert Churches Community Food Pantry
A joint venture of county churches needs donations of nonperishable food, laundry detergent, personal hygiene products and toiletries. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 3800 Old Town Rd., Huntingtown. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Huntingtown, Md. 20639.
Project ECHO Inc.
This emergency homeless shelter program needs nonperishable food, household cleaning supplies, linens and personal hygiene products. Donations will be accepted 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays at 300 Main St., Prince Frederick. Call before dropping off large items. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 2764, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678. Volunteers are needed to answer telephones, serve meals and supervise residents. For more information, contact Lori Hony.
301-645-1561 or 301-843-0352
The Christmas Connection, a joint venture between Charles County and community social service agencies, benefits needy families during the holidays. Volunteers are needed to deliver food baskets to senior citizens. New toys, nonperishable food and cash donations are needed. Toys and cash donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Children's Aid Society, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf.
The Volunteer Center
This arm of the Columbia Association's Community Services Division has compiled "Holiday Gift Guide 2002: A Guide for Giving," listing nonprofit and public agencies that need donations or assistance.
The following are a few of the opportunities available:
Animal Advocates of Howard County needs volunteers to help raise money and develop programs to help animals. Financial support also is needed. 410-880-2488.
Congregations Concerned for the Homeless needs donations of storage space, legal assistance and gift certificates for food, clothing and entertainment. 410-884-5408.
Hospice of Howard County needs money to help underinsured and indigent patients by paying for medications, equipment and home health care. 410-730-5072.
Movable Feast needs volunteers on Christmas to deliver meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and make weekly deliveries throughout the year. 410-327-3420, Ext. 31.
To receive a complete guide by mail, contact the center. Copies can be downloaded from the association's Internet site.
Prince George's County
American Rescue Workers Inc.
American Rescue Workers Inc. distributes wrapped gifts, stockings and more than 1,000 food baskets, including turkeys and trimmings. Monetary donations will be accepted 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays at 716 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights.
Catholic Charities of Prince George's County
Catholic Charities seeks household furnishings, clothing, Metro bus and rail passes, gift certificates and monetary donations for families in its transition program. Donations can be mailed or will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 6108 Old Silver Hill Rd., Suite 200, Forestville.
Clean and Pure Kids Inc.
This organization seeks coats, gloves, socks, thermal underwear, toys, furniture and nonperishable food items for children 6-15. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 9015 Woodyard Rd., Suite 201, Clinton. For more information, contact Angelina Floyd.
This emergency food and clothing pantry for children needs winter coats, clothing and nonperishable food. Donations will be accepted 9:15 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Thursday at 5601 Randolph St., Bladensburg. For more information, contact Dwight Robeson or Ariel Henry.
Prince George's County Volunteer
and Community Service Center
This county service organization is a liaison for agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center helps residents find volunteer opportunities. A list of holiday opportunities in Prince George's can be provided.
SHARE Food Network
SHARE seeks monetary donations to purchase ham dinners at Christmas for families. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 5170 Lawrence Pl., Hyattsville.
Underprivileged Kids Foundation
This community-based organization seeks nonperishable food, clothing, books and toys for children 7-17. Donations will accepted 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 7221 East Ridge Dr., Landover. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Underprivileged Kids Foundation, P.O. Box 5607, Takoma Park, Md. 20913.
United Support Foundation
This group seeks clothing and nonperishable food for homeless people and families. Donations can be delivered 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at 6201 Riverdale Rd., Suite 201, Riverdale. For more information, contact Emmanuel Edokobi.
St. Mary's County
Mike's Food Fund
This group seeks volunteers to organize and deliver food baskets filled with turkeys and canned goods. Donations of toys, Christmas decorations and cash will be accepted 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Mike's Bikes, 21310-C Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park.
St. Mary's County United Way
These charities under the United Way need donations:
A Community That Shares provides free in-home convalescent equipment. 301-769-4199.
Center for Life Enrichment offers shelter and vocational services to the disabled. 301-373-8100.
Health Share of St. Mary's provides medical and dental care to uninsured individuals. 301-475-4759.
Learning Disabilities Association promotes public awareness of disabilities and supports individuals and families. 301-994-1329.
Special Olympics offers athletic training and sports competition for people with developmental disabilities. 301-373-3469.
-- Compiled by Timothy Wilson