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

Annapolis High School GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is seeking volunteers for its fall after-school Panther Academic Center, which provides help with homework. Volunteers assist and tutor students in grades 9 through 12 in English, math, science and social studies. The center is open from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Annapolis High School on Riva Road. Contact Yolanda Clark or Odessa Ellis at 410-266-5240 or gearupclarky@yahoo.com.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging RSVP Program has opportunities for computer-literate senior volunteers with general office experience who are available at least once a week to help in more than 20 programs for seniors. Help is needed for:

* Friendly Visitor. Prepare monthly mailings to volunteers in the field.

* Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program. Counsel Medicare beneficiaries Monday through Friday mornings. Extensive training and in-service education are required.

* Senior Information or Assistance. Data entry for two to four hours Tuesday or Thursday.

* Senior Nutrition. Data entry and filing for three to four hours weekdays except Wednesday.

For information, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services needs donors for its Back to School program. More than 7,000 children in the county qualify for federal lunch assistance. The Back to School program matches donors (individuals, groups and businesses) with elementary school children in need of school supplies. Donors are sent information on the children and a list of supplies for the grade they are entering. School supplies are placed in a backpack and delivered to school guidance offices through Friday. The average cost for one child is from $40 to $60, depending on the grade. Call 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4466 for information.

Food Link provides free food and other essentials 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 serving the hungry. Assistance is also needed with emergency food pantry and baby pantry items. Call Cathy Holstrom at 410-222-7853.

Clay Street Public Safety Team is seeking volunteer program managers 18 years and older for Radio Clay Street (1600 AM), a new low-power radio station serving the greater Clay Street and inner West Street areas of Annapolis. The station will provide programming topics and music, with some live programs provided by local community leaders. The managers will be responsible for scheduling programming for the station's largely automated operation. There is also an opportunity for on-air programs. 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.

Hospice of the Chesapeake will conduct free community outreach volunteer training for individuals or associations from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1 at 445 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis. Participants will gain knowledge and skills necessary to represent the Hospice of the Chesapeake during community events and health fairs throughout Anne Arundel County. To register, contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or kbourgard@hospicechesapeake.org.

The Maryland Seafood Festival, an annual family event sponsored by the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, will be Sept 10, 11 and 12 at Sandy Point State Park. The festival provides an opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to raise funds to support their programs. Volunteers are needed each day to help with parking, to help at the front gate, and to sell food tickets or soda. Shifts are from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or from 3:30 to 8 p.m. each day. Each volunteer receives free admission to the festival and $10 in complimentary food tickets. Call the volunteer coordinator at 410-268-7682.

Spa Creek Conservancy, a new nonprofit organization that serves as a steward of the Spa Creek Watershed, needs volunteer officers and board members. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Rain Garden and BayScapes Gardens next to the Chesapeake Children's Museum, 25 Silopanna Rd., Annapolis. Volunteer tasks include mulching, cleaning up the creek and creating garden and flower areas. Volunteers from supervised youngsters to adults are welcome. Projects can be reserved for volunteers who want to take responsibility for a particular project. Contact Mel Wilkins at 410-721-7991 (home), 410-271-5546 (cell) or mel82nd@comcast.net.

Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office needs volunteers to work on projects in the Annapolis offices with support staff members, advocates and lawyers. Computer literacy is a must. Internships are available. Call Jane Strong at 410-222-1740, Ext. 3895.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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