Annapolis Harbor Master needs volunteers now through Sept. 30 to help in the office, provide information about boating in Annapolis Harbor and give boating visitors information about the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Weekend or daily volunteers working in shifts of five hours are preferred. Call Linda Mowett at 410-263-7973.

Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is seeking volunteers to serve on committees and participate in ongoing activities. The commission says its goal is to create an environment that lets individuals with disabilities participate in their community. The commission studies disability issues and makes recommendations to the county executive. Meetings are from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Call Bill Anderson at 410-222-4383.

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks needs volunteers to assist staff members with recreation programs, especially therapeutic programs. Volunteers 18 and older must pass a background check, be open-minded and be willing to work with children with special needs. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the following therapeutic day camps: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 to Aug. 6 at Mayo Beach and Lake Waterford Park, and noon to 6 p.m. July 5-30 at Central Special School and Ruth Eason Special School. Call Wendy Scarborough at 410-222-7313.

Eastport Yacht Club Foundation's Family Boat Building Project needs volunteers from July 2-5 to help 20 area families or family groups build an eight-foot sailing dinghy from a kit and learn to sail their own boats. The event aims to bring families together while teaching them about boat building. Sponsors are needed to defray the cost of the event for disadvantaged families. Contact Dr. Joseph Crater at 410-626-1413, or

The Gateway @ Admiral Oaks is an in-house community services program that encourages residents of the Admiral Oaks community to become more active members of society. The program also works to strengthen bonds between home, school and community. Help is needed from July 6 to Aug. 13 with Kamp Kuumba. Volunteers can work with arts and crafts classes, dance and drama classes, drumming and lyric writing classes and the Reading Rainbow, or can help children compete in computer mazes, puzzles, basketball and sports activities. Volunteers work with up to eight children in a group. Volunteer schedules are flexible, with one or two hours any morning or afternoon preferred, or whatever your schedule allows. Volunteers are also needed to work with the Summer 2004 Online Book Club in collaboration with local librarians to select three books -- one for grades 1-2, one for grades 3-5 and one for grades 6-8 -- and establish an online book club. It will require setting up five-minute blocks of reading scripts for the children and writing questions at various skill levels for the children to interact and discuss ideas and opinions. For information about any volunteer activity, contact Carole Frederick at 410-280-2172 or

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center at Fort Meade needs youth volunteers age 14 and older from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to serve as receptionists, file clerks or escorts for patients or to assist with medical records. Hours volunteered can be used to fulfill community service requirements. The application process includes an orientation to the base and to the American Red Cross. Security badges will be issued to allow volunteers to enter Fort Meade. Call Mrs. August, 301-677-8218.

Red Cross's Central Maryland Chapter needs volunteers 18 and older July 19-22 for its new Survival Challenge camp in Howard County. Volunteers will lead team-building activities, conduct leadership training sessions, prepare meals and supervise youth participants as part of a three-day overnight camping experience to train high school students in wilderness survival and disaster preparedness. Contact 410-764-7000, Ext. 7426, or

Annapolis Film Festival and Asteros Filmworks raise money for local charitable organizations through a monthly showing of films directed and/or produced by regional filmmakers. Help is needed at the showings, held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Annapolis Cinema Grill at 81C Forest Plaza in Annapolis. Contact 410-263-2388, or

Annapolis Striders need volunteers for the Annapolis Junior Striders summer youth series, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24 and Aug. 28. Each meet requires 12 volunteers to help with registration, starting, timing, tracking and managing the long jump event as well as setup and tear-down. Contact Roger Hebden at 410-533-5689 or

Anne Arundel County Public Library branches need help with ongoing projects and short-term volunteer activities. Some examples include assembling story time projects, copying, computer projects, file maintenance, and cleaning, reshelving and recasing books, CDs and DVDs. Some shifts may be flexible and may include evenings or weekends. Some branches can work with volunteers as young as 14. Training is provided. Call your local branch or visit

Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park needs volunteers to serve as ushers and run the box office for performances at its theater. Volunteers are also needed to assist with special projects, distribute fliers, help with props and mailings, work in the office and more. Call the volunteer coordinator at 410-636-6597.

Eastport-a-Rockin' street music festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 26, needs individuals, families (with children at least age 9) and groups to help for one hour or more with early morning setup (tables, chairs, tents), ticket and raffle ticket sales, band setup, traffic direction, cotton candy or the moon bounce. Proceeds will benefit the Anne Arundel Abuse Counseling Center and the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Volunteers will receive free admission and soft drinks or bottled water. Contact Melissa Hicks at 410-295-3842 or 410-216-9209, or

Food Link provides free food and other essential goods to people in need in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to pick up food from distribution centers, restaurants and other sites and deliver it to food pantries, shelters and other locations. Help is also needed with an emergency food pantry and a baby goods pantry. Call Cathy Holstrom at 410-222-7853.

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival, a family celebration of the heritage, culture, history, music and cuisine of Africans, African Americans and African Caribbeans on Aug. 14 and 15 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, needs volunteers 15 and older to help with setup on Aug. 13 and breakdown on Aug. 16. During the festival, volunteers will be needed to take tickets and sell refreshments between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., and to serve as parking attendants between 7 a.m. and closing. Contact Ramona Green at 410-349-0338 or and

Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac rescues, fosters and places Labrador retrievers and golden retriever-Lab mixes for adoption. Help is needed with Adopt-a-Lab-Day on weekends, taking dogs to and from veterinarians and shelters, evaluating dogs before accepting them into the rescue system, conducting home visits in connection with adoptions and providing foster homes for Labs. Volunteers also help recruit veterinarians, write grants, and assist with computers and networks, accounting, public relations and more. Contact Walt Galvin at 301-299-6756 or and

Lifeline Service, Anne Arundel Medical Center, installs and shows homeowners how to use Lifeline Personal Response equipment in case of a fall or other injury. Volunteers, high school age or older, are needed in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties. The next volunteer training session will be in mid-July. Contact Doris Czoka at 443-481-1460 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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