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

The Anne Arundel and Annapolis Local Emergency Response Team (AALERT) is scheduling training sessions for the weekend of Oct. 15-17 or Wednesday evenings Oct 13 through Nov. 17 at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training and Research Division in Millersville. AALERT is recruiting groups of at least three volunteers from communities, businesses and faith-based organizations to train for a total of 20 hours to assist in their communities in the event of an emergency. These volunteers will be equipped by the Office of Emergency Management and trained in preparedness, safety for rescuers, triage, disaster psychology, light search and rescue techniques, CPR and medical aid. For information, contact the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management at 410-222-8040 or the Annapolis Neighborhood Watch Office at 410-268-9000.

Belvedere Elementary School Fifth Grade Mentoring Program in Arnold is looking for volunteers to serve as mentors for fifth-graders who are having trouble in school. Mentors help the youths by sharing life experiences, listening and spending time together. These students need a caring adult to help them explore their interests and abilities. Once a week through the school year, mentors will spend one-on-one time with their student and also the whole class and other mentors. Screening and training are provided. Contact Margaret at margaret@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207.

Partners in Care helps elderly and disabled adults remain independent in their homes. Volunteers assist with occasional yard work, home repairs, tasks and errands. The hours and locations are flexible. Volunteers ages 16 and older are welcome. Those who provide services are eligible for services themselves. Volunteer drivers and staffers for the Re-Sale Boutique in Severna Park and Crofton are also needed. Call Barbara Huston at 410-544-4800.

The SPCA of Anne Arundel County needs volunteers, ages 18 and older (13-17 accompanied by a parent) to walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for needy animals, help with pet shows, and bathe and brush dogs. The next volunteer orientation session will take place this fall. Contact Christina Lopez at 410-268-4388, Ext. 121, or volunteer@aacspca.org.

The Homeowners Association of Town Pines, a 22-unit development in the heart of the Clay Street area, needs a volunteer to help guide the association through its start-up phase. Ideally, this volunteer should have some experience on the board of a homeowners association or at least have the knowledge of how such organizations are run. It is expected that a few hours a month of volunteer time will be needed. Call Dennis Conti of the Clay Street Public Safety Team at 410-280-0751.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Tree-Mendous Maryland program needs volunteer groups to help plant and care for trees and restore and protect the natural environment in their communities. Your neighborhood, school, business or corporation, club or organization, can plant native trees on public land in your community. Contact Terry Galloway at 410-260-8510 or tgalloway@dnr.state.md.us.

The Chesapeake Ecology Center needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 to help plant and spruce up the center's gardens for fall. Learn about native plants that will work well on your property and tour the 12 demonstration gardens on site. Barring heavy rain, bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Snacks will be provided. The Chesapeake Ecology Center is at the Adams Academy at Adams Park, 245 Clay St., Annapolis. For information, contact Zora Lathan at 202-277-9167 or zoralathan@earthlink.net; Thistle Cone at thistlec@aol.com; or Vince Leggett at 410-269-7815 or vincent425@comcast.net.

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland needs volunteers to answer phones and perform office duties weekdays at its Annapolis office. Volunteers are also needed to fill board and committee positions, spend a few hours a month delivering or picking up fundraising canisters at retail locations or help the "buddies" program provide companionship and gardening assistance. Flexible schedules available. All positions require that volunteers be 18, and in some cases, 21 years old. Volunteers are screened and must complete a volunteer application. Contact Kathy Ballard at 410-280-2003, ucpinfo@ucpsm.org or www.ucpsm.org.

The Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Bereaved Parents of the USA needs volunteers to help with planning and producing its annual Memory Walk from 8 a.m. to noon. Oct. 2 at the Dogwood Pavilion at Quiet Waters Park at 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd. in Annapolis. Participants and sponsors are also needed. Contact Barbara Bessling at 410-761-9017, MemoryWalk@sdalex.org or www.aacounty-md-bereavedparents.org.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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