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

The American Association of University Women's Severna Park branch is collecting books at the Safeway parking lots on Ritchie Highway in Arnold and Benfield Road in Severna Park for its annual fall book sale. Book donations may be made from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month through October. AAUW members will be there to receive books and provide receipts. Encyclopedias, textbooks and magazines will not be accepted. Proceeds from the November book sale will support the AAUW's scholarship fund. For information, call 410-573-0868.

The American Red Cross has issued an urgent blood appeal because of blood supply shortages. All types are needed. Donors must be at least age 17, or 16 with signed parental consent. Call 800-448-3543 to donate. Volunteers age 14 and older (some positions 18 and older) are needed to help with the blood drives. Training is provided and hours are flexible. Contact Terry Karloff at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or Karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

The Annapolis Striders' Annapolis 10-Mile Run will take place Sunday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Volunteers are needed for race events, including race number pickup from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 7:15 a.m. Sunday at the stadium. On Sunday, volunteers are needed to monitor the course, staff water stations, distribute T-shirts and more. The race begins and ends at the stadium. To volunteer, contact Donna Cogle at 443-623-6628 or rundonna1@aol.com, or Joe Ross at 410-207-7525 or jensonjnisan@aol.com.

The Anne Arundel County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is recruiting volunteers 55 and older to work in the Telephone Reassurance Program in the Glen Burnie office. Volunteers, in teams of two, check in daily with senior clients across the county. Schedules are available for one or two days per month. Senior volunteers are also needed to work in the Maryland State Highway Administration sign shop in Glen Burnie. Duties may include painting historical markers and fabricating signs. Mechanical aptitude is helpful but not necessary. Call the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

The 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, work in the office and more. Call the volunteer coordinator at 410-636-6597.

The Chesapeake Children's Museum needs volunteer docents for two- or three-hour shifts weekly between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., including weekends. Volunteers can earn free admission passes to the museum and discounts on the museum's programs. Volunteers are also needed as publicity helpers, EnvironMentors (adults to work with middle school students on animal care, water testing and outdoor tasks) and more. Most volunteer positions are available for those 14 and older and families. Help is also needed with the Church Circle Family Street Party on Sept. 12. Volunteers will celebrate the completion of the re-bricking project and help with children's activities. For information, contact Deborah Wood at 410-990-1993 or info@theccm.org.

The Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank is one of two volunteer blood donor centers for dogs in the United States. For each unit of blood donated by a healthy dog, a free unit of blood is available should the dog need it. The dog will receive a health check each time blood is donated. In addition to the main location on Bestgate Road in Annapolis, the blood bank has facilities at the Highway Veterinary Hospital in Bowie. Call 800-949-3822 or 410-224-2265. Web site: www.evbb.com.

Historic London Town and Gardens seeks volunteers interested in history and/or horticulture to become docents, historic interpreters and gardeners at this tobacco port from the 17th and 18th centuries. Volunteers give site tours and house tours and demonstrate Colonial crafts and daily life. Training is offered for volunteers in hands-on education programs for third- through eighth-graders. These include Science in the Garden, focusing on the interdependence of plants and animals; Early Maryland, Colonial life in a port town; African-American Foodways, slave life in the Maryland Colonial period; and archaeology, working alongside archaeologists to learn about the lives of women, convicts, indentured servants and slaves. Contact Victoria Lerch at 410-222-1919 or volunteercoordinator@historiclondontown.com.

Hospice of the Chesapeake will conduct free community outreach volunteer training for individuals or associations from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 445 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis. Participants will be trained to represent the hospice 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 Parole Rotary Books for International Goodwill project needs help throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with its quarterly book sale at the B.I.G warehouse, 3106 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater. Proceeds are used to send thousands of books to developing countries and to U.S troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865 or frantzic@usna.edu. Web site: www.parole-rotary.org.

The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County will offer Volunteer Mobilization Center training from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8, Sept. 14 and Oct. 20. Sign up for one of these dates if you are interested in providing coordination and referral of volunteers in response to a disaster or emergency in the county. Space is limited; a fee of $10 will cover training materials and lunch. Contact Fay at 410-897-9207 or fay@volunteerannearundel.org.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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