The following groups in Southern Maryland need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.

Health, Social Services

Trico Corp. needs volunteers to greet patients, answer telephones and process paperwork. Trico is an outpatient mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation clinic in Hollywood that provides care regardless of a client's ability to pay. Contact Kim Clarke at 301-862-4961, or

The Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross La Plata office asks volunteers to call 800-Give-Life and schedule appointments to donate blood. A chapter blood drive is held from 2 to 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the office, 9255 W & W Industrial Rd. Contact 301-934-2066 or

Civista Medical Center needs volunteers to help with the gift shop, information desk, coffee cart, pharmacy and reception. Call 301-609-4129.

American Cancer Society training is offered for volunteers in all three Southern Maryland counties. Call 301-261-6000 or 888-603-4304.

Calvert Healthcare Solutions needs volunteers to help with fundraising activities and events. Contact Raymon Noble at 410-414-5628 or

Alternatives for Youth and Families needs foster parents in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. Call Sarah at 301-884-0312, Ext. 122.

Safe Harbor, a Calvert County organization that supports victims of domestic violence, needs volunteers to give time, goods and money. Free training is provided, and hours are flexible. Call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

Calvert County's Crisis Intervention Center needs volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Free training is provided, and hours are flexible. Call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

Calvert County Health Department needs volunteers to assist with health outreach and prevention activities. All ages and skill levels are welcome. For an application or information, call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitation Services needs volunteers to help with clerical and telephone duties. The office, which helps disabled adults find employment, is at 23110 Leonard Hall Dr. in Leonardtown. Call 301-475-2851.

March of Dimes needs volunteers for office support, including data entry, mailings, typing, preparing material for distribution and answering phones. Contact Jennifer Abell at 301-934-2235 or

Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteers to raise puppies to become guide dogs. Manners and daily activities are taught for the first 18 months. The young dogs then will be returned to Guiding Eyes for the Blind for advanced training to assist a visually impaired person become more independent. Classes meet twice a month at Freestate Mall in Bowie. Call Pat Clark, 301-809-9683.

Metropets Online Inc. needs volunteers to promote the adoption of homeless animals and the well-being of companion animals in the Washington area through the Internet. For more information, call 301-873-0846 or visit

Greenwell Foundation needs volunteers to assist with a variety of programs and special projects, including gardening, office work, events, trail and park maintenance, and summer camp. Foundation programs take place at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood. Contact 301-373-9775, or

Calvert Animal Welfare League needs volunteers to help homeless animals in Calvert County. Contact 410-535-9300 or

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland needs volunteers to mentor youngsters after school and assist with homework, recreational activities and skill development. A background check is required. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland operates four programs in St. Mary's County and four in Calvert County. Specify the county in which you wish to volunteer. Call 410-326-2200.

Calvert County Office on Aging needs volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to the homebound. Call Harry or Carolyn at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Project Echo Shelter, a shelter in Prince Frederick for homeless people, needs volunteers to staff a shift or help serve a meal. Volunteers must agree to commit four hours a month. Call Lori Hony at 410-257-0003 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or leave a message telling the best time to contact you.

Center for Abused Persons needs on-call volunteers to assist and support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers must be 21 or older. Training is provided. Call Diane at 301-645-9387 or 301-645-8994.

The Center for Children needs mentors -- adult role models 21 and older -- who can share their insights with the children of prisoners or those on probation or parole. This program serves children ages 4-15 and focuses on emotional support, academics, life skills and character development. Call Ellen Sarrett at 301-753-4002. Volunteers are also needed in Charles and St. Mary's counties to serve as office and fundraising assistants. Monitors are needed to supervise visitations between non-custodial parents and their children. Training is provided. The Center for Children is an outpatient mental health clinic providing therapeutic services for children and adults. Call Loretta Graham in Charles County at 301-609-9887 or Darnetta Arce in St. Mary's at 301-475-8860.

Charles County Literacy Council needs volunteers for secretarial tasks, data entry, library maintenance and grant writing. Tutors are needed to help illiterate and partially literate adults read and write. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed; training is provided. Contact 301-870-5974 or

Spring Dell Center needs volunteers to assist developmentally disabled people during lunch. Call Debbie at 301-870-3758 or 301-932-1601.

Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging needs volunteers to help with the Meals on Wheels and Telephone Reassurance programs. Call Olivia Baird at 301-392-6325.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates are needed in St. Mary's County to help provide a voice in juvenile court proceedings for abused and neglected children by advocating placements and services. Volunteers work about 10 hours a month and are screened and trained. Call Rose Deckelman at 301-475-6667.

Hospice of Charles County always needs volunteers. Training is provided twice a year, in March and October. For an application, call Susan Loomis at 301-934-1268.

Hospice of St. Mary's County is seeking volunteers. Assistance is needed with patient care, administrative work, bereavement counseling and fundraisers. Schedules and hours can be made to fit a volunteer's availability. Interviews are required before and after patient-care training. Call Kim Knight at 301-475-6478.

Calvert Hospice always needs volunteers. Call Ann Lavezzo at 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

Community Volunteers

Humane Society of Charles County needs volunteers to help clean out the wooded area next to the shelter at 9 a.m. June 5. The facility is on Industrial Park Drive. People with pickup trucks are needed. Call 301-645-8181.

The Rehabilitation Services Division of the Maryland State Department of Education needs volunteers at its Waldorf offices to help with clerical and telephone duties one morning or afternoon each week. The division helps adults with disabilities obtain employment. Call 301-645-8882.

Historic St. Mary's City needs volunteers to help with the gardens, maintain and sail the tall ship, greet visitors and host special events. For more information, call 240-895-4979 or e-mail

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum needs volunteers for the Family Discovery Room, the museum shop and the new Louis L. Goldstein gallery, and to work with archaeologists and conservators on projects at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Contact Tom Esterly at 410-586-8595 or

St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum at Colton's Point needs volunteers to assist with student and group tours, weekend visitors, special events and museum store duties. Call 301-769-2222 or visit

Historic Sotterley Plantation needs volunteers to work in the gift shop, assist guests and share the history of Sotterley with the public. Sotterley, a historic Tidewater plantation, offers visitor and education programs. Contact Carole Wible at 301-373-2280 or

The Re-Use Barn, a cooperative effort between the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and the Charles County Board of Commissioners, helps keep usable items out of the landfill. The Re-Use Barn, similar to a huge yard sale, needs volunteers from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for as many hours as possible at 3810 Renner Rd. in Waldorf. Proceeds are reinvested in the community. Call 301-645-5349 or 301-645-9451.

Summerseat Farm Sanctuary needs volunteers to conduct tours, work in the gardens and vineyard and with the animals, or work from home helping to coordinate membership and volunteers. Contact Jean at 240-298-6072 or

Mattawoman Creek Art Center asks volunteers to visit the center at Smallwood State Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday or call 301-743-5159.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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