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

Maryland Aviation Administration/BWI Airport Pathfinder volunteer program welcomes tourists to the area by providing airport information, giving directions, making hotel reservations and fielding questions. Information desk volunteers are needed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and must be able to volunteer for at least a four-hour shift every two weeks. Minimal computer skills and language skills are beneficial. Free parking and training are provided, including free courses leading to national certification as a travel counselor. For an application, contact Rachel Ruocco at 410-859-7321/7826 or rruocco@bwiairport.com.

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help), based in the Allen Apartments in Parole, offers assistance to Hispanic immigrants who come to the Annapolis area from El Salvador, Mexico and several other Latin American countries. Assistance is needed with basics such as food, clothing and health care and also with reading notices and other documents in English. Tutors also are sought for children and adults in English as a Second Language programs. Contact Robert Angle or Claret Vega at 410-266-8013 or centerofhelp@riva.net.

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. Students, teachers and members of the public learn conservation landscaping concepts here through hands-on educational activities. Volunteers are needed to help with planting and maintenance. Volunteers younger than 16 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.

Chrysalis House in Crownsville provides addiction treatment services for women with or without children in a residential setting. Volunteers are needed to teach basic word processing, spreadsheets and resume writing, and to help with computer maintenance and upgrades, building repairs and grounds maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to work in the child-care center (after appropriate screening) and to work on recreational activities for residents. Some volunteer positions are flexible; both day and evening times are possible. Internships for bachelor's and master's degree programs are often available. Call Alice Leazer at 410-974-6829, Ext. 15.

The Family Tree, a statewide nonprofit organization that helps prevent child abuse and neglect by providing family support and education, needs volunteers 18 and older to work with a structured weekly children's program in North County. Volunteers 21 and older are needed as parent educators in both North and South County to co-teach a parenting course in 12-week intervals. Volunteers 21 and older are also needed to provide weekly guidance for a self-help group for parents under stress. Contact Stephanie Jacobs at 410-889-2300, or sjacobs@familytreemd.org.

The Four Rivers Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County revitalizes local communities through the development of heritage tourism and preservation. Volunteers 18 and older are needed in the Annapolis office for Web site maintenance (must be familiar with MS Publisher) and for assistance with bookkeeping (must be familiar with Peachtree accounting software). Times are flexible. Volunteers will be reimbursed for parking expenses. Contact Donna Dudley at 410-222-1805 or information@fourriversheritage.org.

Glenwood Senior High Rise, an Annapolis residence for frail elderly persons and persons with disabilities, needs volunteers to help residents with daily living tasks, go to the grocery store, assist with chores, do repairs, or just visit or have lunch. Contact Sylvia Hill at 410-263-9055.

Joint Action in Community Service is a nationwide nonprofit organization that empowers 16- to 24-year-olds who have recently left the Job Corps (a federally funded education and job training program). Volunteer youth advisers 18 and older are matched with a Job Corps graduate living near the volunteer's home. The volunteer mentors the youth by telephone, helps assess the youth's needs and gives advice, encouragement and community resource referrals. Volunteer advisers must provide references and pass a criminal background check. Training is provided, and volunteers talk with their assigned youth on the phone once a month for up to 12 months. Contact Christa Loffelman at 1-800-782-5227 or loffelman.christa@dol.gov.

Kinder Farm Park of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks will begin a "Weed Warrior" program at 11 a.m. Sept. 4. A weed warrior is a volunteer who helps at the park by removing nonnative invasive plant species. After learning about the alien plant species and being trained in weed removal, volunteers will then be free to remove weeds on their own time. Advance registration is required. Meet at the park Comfort Station, 1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. 410-222-6115.

Marjorie House assists homeless recovering alcohol and drug abusers with housing, food, clothing and jobs. Volunteers, some as young as 16, help with all aspects of home repair and maintenance. Mentors for individuals and families can assist with transportation to medical appointments. Help with counseling on alcohol and drugs also is needed. Volunteers also can assist six days a week at the Annapolis Junque Boutique, 520 Defense Hwy., which supports the work of this nonprofit organization. Volunteers at the flea market move furniture, load and unload trucks and make deliveries. Contact Martin Keithline at 410-573-1138 or marjoriehouse@aol.com.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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