Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates and maintains the Captain Salem Avery House, needs volunteers ages 14 and older for a variety of positions, including baker, bus trip coordinator, children's activity leader, docent, event coordinator and financial planner. Days and times of activities vary, but many are flexible. Interested individuals are invited to attend a volunteer reception at 7 p.m. April 25. Refreshments will be served. Call 410-867-2866 for reservations. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Janet Surrett at 410-867-4486 or captainavery@prodigy.net.

Chesapeake Center for Youth Development, which serves disadvantaged young people ages 7 to 21 with educational, clinical, recreational and employment programs, needs volunteers for a karaoke-style "Bowl-a-Thon" April 26 at AMF Ritchie Lanes in Glen Bernie. Volunteers are particularly needed to recruit teams for the afternoon session of the Bowl-a-Thon and to assist during the event with registration, giveaways and more. Call Sharon Watts at 410-355-4698.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County needs volunteers May 3 to assemble and distribute emergency/disaster preparedness kits for seniors. Contact the center for a list of items needed. A volunteer fair, co-sponsored by New Annapolitans and the Volunteer Center, will promote volunteer opportunities throughout the Annapolis area from 9 a.m. to noon May 3 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. More than 20 community agencies will be available to answer questions about volunteering for their programs. Call Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207; send e-mail to info@VolunteerAnneArundel.org; or visit www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

The American Cancer Society seeks help with its "Relay for Life" fundraisers in May and June. Volunteers are needed to recruit teams, plan entertainment, help with logistics, recruit cancer survivors to participate in the opening ceremony, enter relay team data, sell luminarias (for launching the ceremony) and help at the events. Relays will be held overnight May 16 and 17 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold; June 7 and 8 at North County High School in Glen Burnie; June 13 and 14 at South River High School in Edgewater; and June 20 and 21 at Arundel High School in Gambrills. Call410-721-4304.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County needs volunteers 18 and older to walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for needy animals, help with pet shows, bathe and brush dogs and more. Contact Christina Lopez at 410-268-4388 or info@aacspca.org, or see www.aacspca.org.

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics offers year-round sports training for most Special Olympics Maryland programs, including duckpin bowling, softball, bocce, track and field and aquatics. Athletes are trained physically and prepared psychologically. All training is conducted locally and is free. Volunteers are needed as coaches in the evenings and to assist with special events and regional competitions, fundraising and other duties. Contact Katy Schieman at 410-695-2760 or kks412@yahoo.com.

Timothy House, a residential facility in Annapolis for elderly and disabled people, needs volunteers to help residents with daily tasks and repairs so that they can remain independent and in their homes. Call Kiya McClellan at 410-269-5931.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) provides free support programs, education and resources for young adults affected by cancer, as well as their family and friends, while also promoting cancer awareness and prevention. Volunteers ages 18 and older with good communication and organizational skills are needed to be community educators and give at least three presentations a year on cancer and UCF services. Cancer survivors are ideal community educators. Training will be provided. Contact Hanock John at 410-964-0202, hjohn@ulmanfund.org or www.ulmanfund.org.

North Arundel Hospital is accepting applications for Junior Volunteers for the 15th annual "Camp Airways," an asthma day camp for children. Junior volunteers will earn 40 hours of community service credit and receive promotional items. Volunteers must be at least 14 and be able to attend the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 to 8. Responsibilities include serving as a mentor or "camp buddy" for two to three assigned campers and assisting campers with daily activities, including arts and crafts, asthma education, swimming and other outdoor activities. All volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from camp each day. For an application, call North Arundel Hospital's Public Relations Department at 410-787-4246.

-- Compiled by Sharon Fanning