The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.

The Chesapeake Ecology Center at Adams Park in Annapolis includes rain gardens, a butterfly garden, a xeriscape (drought tolerant) garden, the BayScape Garden, the Nature's Pharmacy Garden, the NAACP Freedom Grove's Riparian Forest Buffer and the Watermen's Garden. These gardens protect water quality in the adjacent College Creek and provide wildlife habitat benefits to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. Volunteers younger than16 should be accompanied by an adult. Volunteer times are flexible but must be scheduled in advance. Contact Zora Lathan, zoralathan@earthlink.net or Vince Leggett, vincent425@comcast.net.

Greater Clay Street Community Development Corp. is seeking volunteer program managers 18 and older for a new low-power radio station in the Annapolis area that provides programming topics and music directed to the Clay Street area, one of the more disadvantaged neighborhoods in Annapolis. The managers will be responsible for scheduling the programming for the station and for its operation, which is largely automated. Managers also will have on-air program opportunities. Five to 20 hours per week will be required depending on the number of volunteers. Contact Dennis Conti at 410-280-0751 or dennis_conti@hotmail.com.

Rob's Barber Shop Community Foundation features programs and projects that promote clean and healthy living. Volunteers 15 and older are needed for special projects, facilitating and or hosting events, public speaking, folding brochures, supervising children and administrative tasks. Volunteer barbers are also needed to serve the homeless and other people with special needs in the Odenton area. Contact Robert Cradle at 410-519-8143 or rcr365@aol.com.

Thomas Point Lighthouse Beach Party will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday at Phillip Merrill Environmental Center in Bay Ridge. The Annapolis Maritime Museum and the U.S. Lighthouse Society's Chesapeake Chapter will host the event to raise money and awareness for the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Project. All proceeds will benefit the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Project and the museum. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets and obtain sponsors and, on the evening of the event, to help with setup starting at 5 p.m., serve drinks and bus tables. Help also is needed at the door and with the silent auction and cleanup. Contact Jane Cox at 410-295-0104 or thomaspoint@12283.com.

Anne Arundel and Annapolis Local Emergency Response Team's 20-hour training will be held July 23-25 at the county Fire Training and Research Division in Millersville. AALERT is recruiting groups of volunteers from communities, businesses and faith-based organizations to train to assist in their own neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. Volunteers will be equipped by the Office of Emergency Management and trained in preparedness, safety for rescuers, triage, disaster psychology, light search and rescue techniques, CPR and medical aid. Call the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management, 410-222-8040, or Annapolis Emergency Management, 410-268-9000.

Rebuilding Together-Anne Arundel County (formerly Christmas in April) Sta-Bil National Lawn Mower Races need help with setup, car parking and cleanup July 23-24 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company fields. Volunteers 15 and older are needed to set up the perimeter fencing and hay bales for the races. They must wear sturdy shoes or boots and be able to lift heavy bales of hay/straw. Hours are flexible throughout the day July 23. Help is needed the next day to park cars in three-hour shifts starting at 8:30 a.m. Cleanup volunteers are needed after the race. All proceeds will benefit Rebuilding Together "Blitz Day" projects and year-round home modification projects in the county. Contact Diane Evans at 410-263-0405 or rt_aac@yahoo.com.

TEAM DNR (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) is a volunteer program organized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Volunteers 18 and older are needed for the 2004-05 school year to deliver hands-on classroom programs on Chesapeake Bay issues to elementary and middle school students in the region. Mandatory training will be provided. Volunteers must have transportation and be available during some daytime hours throughout the school year. For information about the next scheduled volunteer training, contact Matt Chasse or Hilary Blanchard at 410-260-8828, mchasse@dnr.state.md.us or hblanchard@dnr.state.md.us.

YMCA Camp Letts's annual Rhythm on the Rhode live music festival Saturday in Edgewater needs volunteers to assist with parking and to staff tables for activities such as face painting, children's games and a moon bounce. All proceeds are used to support scholarships for needy campers. Call Stacie Vollentine at 410-919-1412.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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