The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.
The Parole Rotary Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) Project needs help with its quarterly book sale Saturday and May 29. The B.I.G. project has sent more than 1.5 million books to developing countries and more than 4,000 books to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. For further information, contact Steve Frantzich, 410-293-6865 or email@example.com. Tax-deductible financial donations to help defray the cost of sending books to the troops can be sent to: B.I.G., PO Box 6327, Annapolis, Md. 21401.
American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" is an overnight team event dedicated to cancer survivors and those who have lost their battles with cancer. The event combines fundraising with cancer education and community awareness. Volunteers are needed for each of the Relay for Life events scheduled next month in Anne Arundel County. Call Sylvia Burch at 410-721-4304 or 301-261-6000, Ext. 1002. North County Relay, June 12-13, North County High School, Glen Burnie; South County Relay, June 18-19, South River High School, Edgewater; West County Relay, June 25-26, Arundel High School Football Field, Gambrills. Volunteers are also needed to staff health fairs Saturday at the Kiwanis Club Shady Side and Wednesday at Baywoods of Annapolis. Call Debbie Russell 410-721-4304.
South River Federation needs volunteers to maintain the oyster gardens on Harness Creek from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. Volunteers are needed to replace lines damaged in the winter and to shake buckets. Directions: From Route 50 take Aris T. Allen Boulevard, which changes to Forest Road; turn right on Spa Road; and then turn left on Harness Creek Road to No. 3265. Call Drew Koslow, South Riverkeeper to sign up. 443-482-2154.
B&A Trail Park Trail Blazers are volunteer members of the safety management team at the park who assist rangers with programs and events, provide assistance to visitors, identify safety hazards and more. The park is interested in starting in-line skating patrols, along with its existing bike patrols. Volunteers must be 18 or older, committed to helping others and be active in the program. The next Trail Blazer meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the park ranger station, Earleigh Heights Road (off Route 2), Severna Park. For information, contact Ranger Tom Mayer, 410-222-6244.
Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Foster Grandparent Program needs volunteers to work with special-needs children. Seniors 60 and older who are income eligible spend approximately 20 hours per week at schools, Head Start centers or other nonprofit child care facilities working one on one with the children. A tax-free stipend, transportation, paid training and more are provided. Call Ruth Gamble or Nickie Ardis at 410-222-4464. The Friendly Visitor Program needs volunteers 21 and older to visit with an isolated and lonely senior one hour each week. A telephone call or card, alternating with the visit, can help improve their lives. Training is provided, and volunteers are matched with seniors who have similar interests. A four-month commitment is suggested. Call Peggy Morgan at 410-222-4464.
Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank needs volunteers to sort food and clothing for distribution from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and on weekends by appointment in Crownsville. Especially needed are volunteers with pickup trucks during the day and assistance with phones, copying and other office duties (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Volunteers also are needed to maintain the database, work with computers and as the Web master. Contact Bruce or Linda at 410-923-4255 or Bruce@aafoodbank.org.
Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Maryland needs volunteers 21 and older to spend time with a child 8-12 years old twice a month for at least a year. Big Brothers are particularly needed. Potential volunteers attend an information session and complete an application. After an interview, background check and review of references, a case manager matches the volunteer with a child who has similar interests and supervises the match for the duration. Call 410-243-4000 or contact Anne Martien at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.biglittle.org.
Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County's Freetown Village, Meade Village and Van Bokkelen branches offer a safe place to learn and grow for youth in the Severn and Pasadena areas. The clubs are open from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Contact Donya Maria Twyman between noon and 8 p.m. at 410-222-6243, email@example.com or Lisa Hammack at 410-519-6166, firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer summer camp counselors and aides 16 and older are needed 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 28 through Aug. 6. Training is provided, but experience working with youth is desirable. Contact Donya Maria Twyman.
The Community Action Agency (Anne Arundel County Economic and Opportunity Committee) needs administrative volunteers to assist the deputy CEO on a flexible basis during the workweek. Volunteers assist up to three days per week with computer data entry, word processing, filing and more. Contact Eleanor Harris at 410-626-1900. Volunteers are needed in the community action public affairs office for one or two half-days per week (three to four hours) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to help with tasks that include writing and distributing a newsletter, maintaining a mailing list database and assisting on small publicity projects. Flexible schedules are available. Contact Max Ochs at 410-626-1900, Ext. 1026 or email@example.com.
Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank (EVBB) is one of two volunteer blood donor centers for dogs in the United States. For each unit of blood donated by a healthy dog, a free unit of blood is available should the dog need it. The dog will receive a health check each time blood is donated. In addition to the main location on Bestgate Road in Annapolis, EVBB has facilities at the Highway Veterinary Hospital in Bowie. Call Barb Vernon at 410-224-2265.
First Baptist Church of Eastport needs volunteers for assistance with groundskeeping, painting inside and out and other handyman-type projects. Contact 410-268-7378 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Friends of Arundel Seniors, directed and run by volunteers, sponsors and obtains grants, funds and gifts to provide a safety net for seniors and disabled citizens of the county. The main purpose is to provide and install safety equipment in homes. All the labor is provided by county volunteers from Kiwanis clubs and Partners in Care. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made out to Friends of Arundel Seniors Inc. and sent to FOAS, 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 400, Annapolis, Md. 21401. 410-222-4464.
The Volunteers Center of Anne Arundel County has many volunteer positions available. Contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or email@example.com. Web site: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.
-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING