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

Annapolis Film Festival is seeking people to assist with its monthly film screenings, which are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Films directed and produced by regional filmmakers are shown at the Annapolis Cinema Grill at Forest Plaza by the nonprofit film festival and Asteros Filmworks. Proceeds are donated to local charitable organizations. Contact 410-263-2388, demetrea@ or

Annapolis Maritime Museum summer concert musicians will perform from noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday (weather permitting) until Sept. 15 from a historic boat near the Alex Haley Memorial at Annapolis City Dock. Volunteers are needed as shore hands and deckhands. Also needed are U.S. Coast Guard-licensed boat captains. Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., three shore hands will help prepare for the concert, greet the musicians and handle closing duties. One deckhand will assist the boat captains. Volunteers can work one Wednesday or more. Contact 410-295-0104 or

Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues is seeking volunteers to serve on committees and participate in ongoing activities. The commission's goal is to help 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 in Annapolis. Call Bill Anderson at 410-222-4383.

Books for International Goodwill (BIG) sends textbooks and other books to schools in foreign countries. Volunteers can drop off good used books and/or help sort books from 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the BIG warehouse, 3106 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater. Individuals are welcome on a drop-in basis. Sorters range from 8 to 80 years old. Groups should schedule with Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865, or

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society operates and maintains the Captain Salem Avery House, a Shady Side watermen's museum to preserve South County history and traditions. Volunteers 16 and older are needed for positions such as docents and greeters on weekdays and weekends, children's activity leader, researcher, bus trip coordinator and event coordinator. Other positions include a flower arranger, kitchen assistant, landscaper, library assistant, museum educator, oral historian, photographer, seamstress, setup/cleanup volunteers and video editor. Days and times of volunteer activities depend on the volunteer position, but many are flexible. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 410-867-4486 or

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, a nonprofit arts organization, welcomes support from community members who are able to donate time, expertise, money or equipment. Volunteers 18 and older with finance and/or fundraising backgrounds are needed to serve on the board, to help with grants and financial reports, and for other duties. Footworks is also looking for office volunteers for two to four hours per week to answer phones and assist with tasks such as filing and word processing. Internet research, data processing and other some other duties could also be done at home. Contact Megan Downes at 410-897-9299, or

Governor's Day at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium is Aug. 29. Teams of four volunteers are needed to assist at the fair's four gates. Volunteers 16 and older will welcome volunteers and their families and friends to this annual celebration of volunteer service in Maryland, give out Maryland Volunteer stickers, and direct people to areas where the ride and food package may be purchased. Each shift lasts 21/4 hours, and teams can wear their organization's T-shirt or a Governor's Day at the Fair 2004 T-shirt. Volunteers receive a T-shirt and free admission to the fair. Contact the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism at 410-767-1821 or

Happy Helpers for the Homeless will hold the third annual Worldwide Freedom Harvest Canned Goods Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Anne Arundel Food and Resource Bank. The Freedom Harvest is held in honor of the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Arlington. The goal is to collect 90,011 canned items, including cereal, peanut butter, juice, tuna, soup, fruit and baby food. Call Amber or Bobbi Coffman at 410-766-4973 for information.

Hospice of the Chesapeake will hold an information session for prospective volunteers from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 445 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis. Volunteer opportunities include patient care and bereavement support, office support and community outreach. The hospice staff will discuss volunteer opportunities and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. To register, contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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