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

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking volunteers 18 and older to help in its annual raccoon oral rabies vaccination project, scheduled for two weeks beginning Aug. 10. Volunteers and Health Department personnel will distribute fish-flavored baits containing rabies vaccine in likely raccoon habitats throughout the county from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers can work more than one day. All volunteers must attend a training session from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday or next Thursday in Annapolis. Call Marie Simpson or Joe Horman at 410-222-7256 by today.

The Anne Arundel County Mentoring Roundtable will hold its first business information session for business owners and employees to learn about sponsoring a mentoring program. Paul Forest of Vulcan-Hart in Baltimore County will tell of the company's experience with its mentoring program over the past four years. It sent 20 mentors weekly to Sandy Plains Elementary School last year. The information session will be held at 8:30 a.m. next Thursday at the Anne Arundel County public schools office, 188 Green St., Annapolis. For information, contact Margaret Buck, 410-897-9207 or margaret@

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary needs older teenagers and adults to collect water samples, clear trails, weigh turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, seine for fish, serve as host at the Visitor Center on weekends and more. Contact Lindsay Funk at 410-741-9330, or

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and its complications, needs volunteers from Anne Arundel County to serve on the board of directors for its Maryland chapter. Contact Lauren Banaszewski at 410-823-0073 or

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a reading service for the blind and visually impaired at 35 E. University Blvd. in Silver Spring, is seeking volunteers to read local and national newspapers, magazines and other publications for airing on closed-circuit radio or a dial-in telephone service. A brief audition is required. For information, call 301-681-6636.

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 children and adults in Annapolis. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute bilingual and bicultural information at special events. The bilingual volunteer staff members at Community Resource Center, 80 West St., Annapolis, help Hispanics prepare tax and other documents. Training is provided. Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-956-5882 or or Juan Alvarez at 410-269-4421.

The Pets on Wheels, Life Enrichment and Mom & Me programs of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging need volunteers to visit one on one or with their pets or children at shelters for the homeless, nursing homes, hospitals and other sites where people lack visits from family and friends. The minimum age is 13 to visit one on one. Contact Diane Dzambo at 410-222-0738 or

Project Linus-Anne Arundel County makes personalized blankets and donates them to children. Volunteers are needed to sew, quilt, knit and crochet washable blankets for children ages 2 to 8 who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise need help. Blankets can be made at home and dropped off at collection sites. Volunteers work on projects the third Saturday of every month at the Community Center in Severna Park. For information, contact Cathy Horrell at 410-798-6334 or Susan Dickerson at 410-431-5102 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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