The Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services needs volunteers for its Winter Holiday Sharing Program. Become a donor for seniors and families in need or help shop for food, sort toys and match donors to those in need. Call 410-269-4461.
Happy Helpers for the Homeless needs help distributing bag lunches and other items to the homeless 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays in Glen Burnie and downtown Baltimore. Volunteers can meet in Glen Burnie to caravan to Baltimore. Help serve a hot lunch, provide entertainment and collect and distribute presents 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Christmas Party for Glen Burnie's Homeless. Help distribute 1,000 presents to Baltimore's homeless from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Contact Amber or Bobbi Coffman at 410-766-4973.
HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) needs volunteers in its Buddy Program to provide daytime transportation for HIV-positive county residents to and from doctor appointments throughout the county and to Baltimore, or provide evening rides to support group meetings in Annapolis. Help is also needed in the office, as fundraisers and event planners. One-day volunteers are also needed. Training is provided where necessary. Call 410-224-2437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation needs volunteers to wrap gifts at Westfield Shoppingtown Annapolis to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Wrapping is done in shifts from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during mall hours through Tuesday. Contact Becky Coffman at 410-626-8556 or e-mail Coffmanrlc@aol.com.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland needs individuals and groups to assist the homebound. Drivers are needed to deliver meals 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (holidays included). Volunteers also are needed to accompany drivers, pack meals, shop for groceries or make phone calls. Many opportunities are flexible. Locations are in Annapolis, Glen Burnie and Severna Park. Call Judy Sharp at 410-431-5257 or e-mail email@example.com.
Ordnance Road Correctional Center needs volunteers 21 and older who can pass a background check to help with book clubs, an art program and a literacy/education program at the Glen Burnie facility. Volunteers are especially needed to lead life skills classes. Training and materials are provided. Call Cindy Meyers at 410-222-6350, Ext. 315, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners In Care assists the elderly and adults with disabilities to remain independent in their own homes. Volunteer your time to help with occasional home repairs, tasks and errands. Hours and locations are flexible. All volunteers 16 and over are welcome. Transportation volunteers are needed immediately (additional liability insurance is provided for volunteer drivers). Participants who provide services are eligible for services themselves. Volunteers are also needed for Re-Sale Boutiques in Severna Park and Crofton. Contact Barbara Huston at 410-544-4800; e-mail email@example.com; or see the Web site at www.partnersincare.org.
Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, a nonprofit in Harwood, needs volunteers to care for abandoned, sick and wild cats until they find new homes. Volunteers are needed to visit with cats, to help socialize feral cats and to help screen potential adopters. Carpenters are needed to help design and build habitats for disabled cats, and animal caretakers are needed at least two hours a week to clean and care for cats. Call 410-798-9559; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or see the Web site at www.RudeRanch.org.
SPCA of Anne Arundel County needs regular volunteers 18 and older to walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for animals, help with pet shows, bathe and brush dogs and fill other needs. Contact Christina Lopez at 410-268-4388; e-mail email@example.com; or see the Web site at www.aacspca.org.
Severna Park Health Organization needs volunteers to staff the This & That Shop, 714 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. The shop, sponsored by the Severna Park Health Organization to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, offers gently used household items, toys, clothes and more. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 410-647-0976.
Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has many volunteer opportunities available throughout the county. Call 410-897-9207; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or stop by the center at Suite 130, 2666 Riva Rd., Annapolis.
-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning
To volunteer, contact the agencies directly. To submit an item seeking volunteers, e-mail email@example.com; fax 410-267-6972; or mail to Volunteers, Anne Arundel Extra, The Washington Post, 3 Church Cir., Annapolis, Md. 21401.