Annapolis Department of Transportation has been improving the landscaping on Chinquapin Round Road by creating gardens with Maryland native plants. Volunteers are needed to spruce up existing gardens and plant more flowers today, tomorrow and Saturday. They should bring gloves and wear work clothes and work shoes. Volunteers are also needed to help with refreshments and to take on a long-term stewardship program for the gardens. Contact Paul Foer at or 410-263-7964, Ext. 109.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity provides homeownership to low-income families in the county through financial and volunteer support in construction of affordable homes. To help, contact Jim Gourley at 410-384-9212, Ext. 10, or Web site:

Camp Blaze is a family education center that provides information and life skills for families. Contact Cheryl Carnwath for volunteer opportunities at 410-974-0026 or

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center is seeking volunteers to help with data entry and general office duties at the Annapolis office, the speakers' bureau, committees and the board. Contact Linda Deming at 410-266-9033 or

Cats R Us Inc., a nonprofit feral cat rescue group, operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. At the shelter in Arnold, stray and feral cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized and ear-tipped for identification by veterinarians. The shelter in Annapolis houses cats and kittens found abandoned at feral sites. The cats stay at the shelter as long as it takes to find them permanent homes. Qualified volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers 13 and older also are needed to help clean the shelters or spend time with the cats. Volunteers younger than 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Parental consent forms are required. Contact 410-263-1719 or Web site:

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary needs volunteers to help collect, identify and count stream invertebrates for the evaluation of stream health from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 17. Volunteers also are needed to help monitor the fish population in shallow water and wetlands of Two Run Creek by catching, identifying, measuring and then releasing the fish from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 18. All volunteers should be 13 and older. Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is at 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. 410-741-9330. Web site:

Our Daily Bread, the largest soup kitchen in Maryland, is in downtown Baltimore and serves more than 780 hot lunches every day of the year and breakfast on weekday mornings. Volunteers as young as 15 (14 when accompanied by an adult) are needed to help serve lunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Donations of casseroles, cookies, desserts, canned foods, baby food, diapers and seasonal decorations are needed. Contact 410-659-4016 or Web site:

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will hold "Arts Alive 6," a tented gala under the stars, tomorrow at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. This fundraiser needs many volunteers. Food servers are especially needed. The shift is from 6 to 10:30 p.m., and responsibilities include setting up tables, opening bottles of wine, directing teen volunteers, helping serve some food (meal is buffet) and helping clear tables. Contact Louise White at 410-263-5544, Ext. 23, or

Pets on Wheels, Life Enrichment Program and Mom & Me need volunteers, alone or with their pets or children, to go to homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals or other places in the county where people lack visits from family and friends. The minimum age is 13 if visiting one-on-one. Call Diane Dzambo at 410-222-0738 or

Sarah's House is a housing program for homeless women, children and men that provides case management, child care, transportation and employment services at Fort Meade in west Anne Arundel County. Volunteer orientations are offered most Fridays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sarah's House.

Volunteers are needed to provide morning or evening child care, to tutor and to assist with homework in the evenings. Help also is needed for summer camp and front desk work at all hours (answering phones, sorting mail, etc). Drivers are needed for donation pickup and to drive guests to and from appointments (a van is provided). Volunteer groups are needed to prepare monthly dinners for 40 to 50 shelter guests. Sarah's House also is seeking donations of large diapers, baby wipes, general cleaning supplies, bathroom tissue and more. Volunteers 14 and under must have adult supervision.

Contact Bruce Clopein at 410-551-7722, Ext. 218, or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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