Anne Arundel County Department of Aging/RSVP needs senior volunteers for various programs throughout the county. All seven senior centers need greeters, office support, instructors and help with special events. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs volunteers to serve in various ways, including at 19 nutrition sites, for telephone reassurance calls, for tax preparation and as office assistants. RSVP volunteers also serve as tutors and mentors in county schools, and provide administrative support for the state police and county police. The Foster Grandparent Program needs volunteers to work with special needs children. Contact Dianne Turpin at 410-222-4464 or by e-mail at

The Friendly Visitor Program needs volunteers 21 and older to visit with isolated and lonely seniors for one hour each week. Even a telephone call or a card, alternating with the visit, can help to improve their quality of life. Training is provided and volunteers are matched with seniors who have similar interests. A four-month commitment is suggested. Call Dana Cleland at 410-222-4464.

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council needs reading and English as a Second Language tutors at local detention centers. Tutors can work according to their own schedules. Upon completion of an Adult Basic Education course, volunteers will be certified as tutors and assigned a student. The next two-part course will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Rd., Severna Park. Those interested in becoming ESL tutors may sign up for the two-part English as a Second Language workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8. The February location will be announced. Call 410-553-0809 or e-mail to register.

Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank on Bestgate Road in Annapolis is one of only two volunteer blood donor centers for dogs in the United States. In return for your dog's generous donation of blood, he or she will receive a health check each time blood is donated. Call 410-224-3527.

Glenwood High Rise, an Annapolis residence for frail elderly and disabled residents, needs volunteers to help with daily living tasks, grocery shopping, chores, repairs or just to visit. Contact Sylvia Hill at 410-263-9055.

Historic London Town and Gardens needs volunteers to serve as museum interpreters, gardeners, education docents, archaeological assistants and interpreters, Oral History Project transcribers and special event assistants. The next training session for new museum or education docents is 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to March 11, to learn about Colonial life and archaeology, including skills such as hearth cooking, spinning, carpentry and ropemaking. Call Vicki Lerch at 410-222-1919, e-mail or see

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a nonprofit agency that provides job training and placement services to unemployed and underemployed residents of Anne Arundel County, needs volunteers to help teach basic computer skills, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, re{acute}sume{acute} writing, math skills, writing skills, job interviewing skills and more. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. An office support volunteer is needed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Math tutors/teachers are needed immediately for basic math instruction on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the OIC office in the Gardner Center on Forest Drive, Annapolis. Call 410-222-1208 or 1209.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County needs volunteers to assist the Web master, to help design and build a database, for bookkeeping, telephone calls and other administrative tasks. Volunteers can work at home. Call Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207.

YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County needs tutors for GED preparation, English as a Second Language and computer training at both the main location in Arnold and the West County branch. Caregivers are needed to supervise during evening support groups and classes at both locations. There are other opportunities for after-school tutors at Annapolis, Marley, Bates and Corcoran middle schools. Client Advocates also are needed to answer a hotline for domestic violence victims. Training is provided, and the hours are flexible (24 hours). The minimum required age is 18. Contact Casey Harden at 410-626-7800 or e-mail

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning

To volunteer, please contact the agencies directly. To submit an item seeking volunteers for your organization, please e-mail; fax 410-267-6972; or send mail to Volunteers, Anne Arundel Extra, The Washington Post, 3 Church Cir., Annapolis, Md. 21401.