The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.
American Healing Arts Alliance needs volunteers 16 and older for Web design and consulting and office assistance at the Edgewater office. It also needs help with newsletters and press releases and with a speakers program from 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Borders Books & Music in Westfield Shoppingtown (Annapolis Mall). Volunteers are also needed to act as liaisons with other organizations and regional wellness and inner-peace programs, to assist with volunteer coordination and more. Contact Alice Yeager at 410-956-0055, Ext. 3, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arc of Anne Arundel County advocates for and supports county residents with developmental disabilities and mental retardation. Volunteers 16 and older are needed as gardening assistants at the Arc's sensory garden in Annapolis for plant care, patio maintenance and tree and shrub planting and to help with leaf and yard maintenance at 30 homes that the Arc manages throughout the county. Contact Terri Nyman at 410-269-1883 or email@example.com. Web site: www.arcofannearundel.org.
Maryland Aviation Administration/BWI Airport Pathfinder Volunteer Program welcomes tourists to the area by providing airport information, giving directions, making hotel reservations and fielding questions. Information desk volunteers are needed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and must be able to volunteer for at least a four-hour shift every two weeks. Minimal computer skills and language skills are beneficial. Free parking and training are provided, including free courses leading to national certification as a travel counselor. Orientation for volunteers will be held May 25 with an introduction to the program, an airport tour and guest speakers. Contact Rachel Ruocco at 410-859-7321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marjorie House assists homeless recovering alcohol and drug abusers with housing, food, clothing and jobs. Volunteers, some as young as 16, help with all aspects of home repair and maintenance. Mentors for individuals and families can assist with transportation to medical appointments. Help with alcohol/drug counseling also is needed. Volunteers also can assist six days a week with the Annapolis Junque Boutique at 520 Defense Hwy., which supports the work of this nonprofit organization. Volunteers at the flea market move furniture, load and unload trucks and make deliveries. Contact Martin Keithline at 410-573-1138 or email@example.com.
Maryland State Special Olympics Summer Games need individual volunteers, families and groups to assist with the largest multi-sport event in Maryland this summer, the 2004 Summer Games on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Help is needed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4-6. Volunteers will keep score, distribute lunches and beverages, escort Special Olympics athletes to competitions and awards events and more. All registered volunteers will receive an event T-shirt and lunch. Register online at www.somd.org or contact Janet Novak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-789-6677, Ext. 3.
The Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County, which provides support, education and relief services to immigrant Hispanic-American families, needs tutors and mentors for Hispanic children and adults in Annapolis. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute bilingual and bi-cultural information to the community at special events. The bilingual volunteer staff at Community Resource Center, 80 West St., Annapolis, helps Hispanic constituents prepare tax and other documents. Training is provided. Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-956-5882 or email@example.com or Juan Alvarez at 410-269-4421.
Opportunities Industrialization Center provides job training and placement services to unemployed and underemployed residents of Anne Arundel County. Office volunteers are needed immediately from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays at 1908 Forest Dr., Annapolis, to answer phones, take messages, assist with paperwork and light filing and more. Knowledge of keyboarding and Microsoft Word is required, and training is provided. Also a volunteer is needed from 9 a.m. to noon the first week of each month to assist with intake and student orientation. Contact Sue Winterfield at 410-222-1208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners in Care helps elderly and disabled adults remain independent in their homes. Volunteer drivers are needed throughout the county on a continuing basis to help take older adults to medical offices, grocery shopping and other errands. Scheduling is flexible. Contact Barbara Huston at 410-544-4800 or email@example.com. Web site: www.partnersincare.org.
South River Federation's Fullerton Beach work party needs volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 22 to help complete its living shoreline project. Wear sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves; drinks and lunch will be provided. Directions: Take Route 2 south, turn left on Mayo Road, turn left again on Londontown Road (at Royal Farms), then turn right on Fullerton Road to end. Call Drew Koslow, South River-keeper to sign up, 443-482-2154.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary needs volunteers 13 and older to help monitor the fish population in shallow water and wetlands by catching, identifying, measuring and then releasing the fish from noon to 3 p.m. May 29 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 26. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is at 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. Entrance fee: adults, $3; seniors and ages 17 and younger, $2. For information, call 410-741-9330.
The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County has many volunteer positions available. Contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.
-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING
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