The Court Appointed Special Advocates program of Anne Arundel County needs volunteers. Special advocates are screened and trained to help make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. Extensive training is offered in February after potential volunteers are interviewed and screened. Friends of CASA are volunteers who assist with fundraisers or donate other talents and resources. Board members are also needed. Call Nicki McCabe at 410-267-7877 or e-mail or see

The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks needs volunteers at the following county parks:

* Downs Park -- To donate plastic, one-gallon spring water jugs (no milk jugs) with lids through January for the Downs Park's maple syrup program. Call 410-222-6230.

* Kinder Farm Park -- To assist with educational, cultural, natural history and recreational projects either on extended or one-day projects. The historic farm on Kinder Park property in Severna Park will become a working farm to help educate children about the history of local agriculture. Call 410-222-6115.

* Lake Waterford Park -- To donate aquariums and terrariums for a new nature center. Usable tanks, lights and related equipment are needed for creation of displays. Call 410-222-6248.

The Chesapeake Arts Center needs volunteers to serve as ushers and run the box office for performances at the Brooklyn Park theater. Also needed is assistance with special projects, fliers and mailings, props and office work. Contact C.J. Crowe at 410-636-6597 or e-mail

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation needs volunteers age 18 and older to work at the front desk, greet and assist visitors, answer phones and more at the Annapolis office. Contact Heather Tuckfield at 410-268-8816, e-mail or see

The Parole Rotary Club Books for International Goodwill needs volunteers to help sort and prepare books on scheduled Saturdays for its quarterly shipment to students and adults in developing countries who lack textbooks and recreational reading materials. More than 1.3 million books have been sorted and sent to schools in foreign countries. The quarterly book sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 and noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at 1525 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville. Profits from this sale will go toward covering future shopping costs. Call 410-293-6865 or e-mail

Rebuilding Together*Anne Arundel County (formerly Christmas in April), which repairs homes and builds handicapped access ramps for low-income, elderly and/or disabled county residents, needs volunteers to interview prospective clients, work in the office, handle computer/data processing and help with fundraising. The group also needs people to serve on its board of directors. Teams are being recruited to fund and work at home sites on April 26 and throughout the building season. Call Marilyn Henderson at 410-263-0405 or e-mail

SPCA of Anne Arundel County needs volunteers age 18 and older to walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for animals, help with pet shows and wash and brush dogs. Call Christina Lopez at 410-268-4388, e-mail or see

United Way of Central Maryland's First Call for Help database provides information to more than 82,000 callers annually. Volunteers with good people skills and attention to detail are needed to maintain a database of 4,100 community resources. Four hours of orientation/training will be provided. Database volunteers will work at least two hours a week during business hours at the Elkridge office (9920 Amberton Dr.) or at Baltimore headquarters (100 S. Charles Street). Contact Lindy Utermohle at 410-895-1462 or e-mail

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers to assist the Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs, including public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environment protection and more. Call 410-757-4848.

Vision Workshops needs volunteers age 16 and older for the February session, from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, to help with photography and writing classes for low-income and limited English-speaking students. Contact Kirsten Eistner at 410-295-0101 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 mail to Volunteers, Anne Arundel Extra, The Washington Post, 3 Church Cir., Annapolis, Md. 21401.