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

The Volunteer/Service Opportunities Fair, sponsored by the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and the Annapolis Police Department Americorps*VISTA Project in partnership with the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. More than 20 agencies will display information about their programs and volunteer needs. This is a family-oriented event with agency representatives to talk about how families can volunteer in their communities. Information about safety and free child identification kits from the Annapolis Police Department will be available. The fair also will help agencies recruit volunteers for Make a Difference Day, the national day on Oct. 23 to help others. To volunteer during the upcoming Make a Difference Day or all year long, contact the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County at 410-897-9207 or

Arc of Anne Arundel County advocates for and supports county residents with developmental disabilities/mental retardation. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, to assist in the office with special events and to serve on the board of directors. Volunteers 16 and older are especially needed as gardening assistants at the Arc's sensory garden in Annapolis, to provide plant care and patio maintenance, plant trees and shrubs, and help with leaf and yard maintenance at 30 homes that the Arc manages throughout the county. Call Terri Nyman at 410-269-1883 or Web site:

BWI Airport Welcome Center/Maryland Office of Tourism Development volunteers help travelers by answering questions about airport services, Maryland tourism, public transportation, hotel reservations and regional destinations. Volunteers work at the welcome center desk for at least one four-hour shift every two weeks between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. any day of the week. Volunteers receive free parking, invitations to Maryland familiarization tours, structured training leading to national travel counselor certification and more. Contact Margie Long at 410-859-7555 or

Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating promotes sailing in specially modified boats for people with disabilities and their families. CRAB volunteer skippers offer monthly "Sail Free" events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every fourth Sunday through October at the marina at Sandy Point State Park. Volunteers are needed as skippers, as board of directors members, as assistants for sailing programs for children from the Central Special Education Center and the Maryland School for the Blind, and more. Also, volunteers are needed to assist with the CRAB booth at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Oct. 7-11. Call Don Backe at 410-626-0273.

Clay Street Computer Learning Center is a free storefront computer lab providing a place for the children of Clay Street in Annapolis to do their homework and school projects, learn age-appropriate educational software and explore the world through the Internet with guidance. Volunteers 15 and older are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays to offer students friendly assistance with their homework and with educational computer projects. Contact 410-280-6467 or

First Baptist Church of Eastport needs volunteers to help with groundskeeping, painting inside and out and other handyman projects. For information, contact pastor Kline at 410-268-7378 or

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian needs volunteers 12 and older to help catch, identify, measure and then release fish in the River Farm area from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 as part of a continuing fish survey to monitor fish populations in shallow water and wetlands. For more information, call 410-741-9330 or

Kinder Farm Park's Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 needs volunteers 18 and older to help staff games and activities such as hayrides, scarecrow making, face painting, a corn maze, pony rides and more. There are a few volunteer opportunities for mature teens. Contact the volunteer coordinator at the Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-222-6115 or, to sign up, and then check in at the volunteer desk on festival day to get an assignment. Volunteers 18 and older are also needed to help plant trees and shrubs at the fall tree planting at 9 a.m. Oct. 16. The project will help feed, shade and shelter wildlife. Bring work gloves and a shovel if you have them. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 410-222-6115.

Marley Elementary School's Mentoring Program is looking for responsible, caring and dedicated volunteers to mentor students in first through fifth grades. Most volunteers are adults, but mature high school students may also participate. The program is designed to be flexible to accommodate a volunteer's schedule. Volunteers must be available to meet with their student for 30 minutes once a week throughout the school year. All mentoring occurs on school property and during regular school hours. Activities could include playing games, homework help, reading a book, working on the computer, eating lunch together, working on projects or just talking. For information, contact Margaret at 410-897-9207 or

Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County's Kids as Problem Solvers Project meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at 2666 Riva Rd, Suite 130, Annapolis. The KAPS program needs teens ages 14 to 18 to take part in the monthly meetings in a conflict resolution/peer mediation curriculum led by a trained mediator. It will include workshops on conflict styles, triggers, bullying, self-esteem, race relations, language barriers and more. In addition to the free school year curriculum, teens will take part in community service projects once quarterly with the dates to be announced. Contact Sarah at 410-897-9207 or

YMCA Camp Letts needs volunteers for its "Campfires & Vampires" from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 30. This annual family Halloween party is a major fundraiser for tuition assistance for needy campers. The party includes live music, an auction, fine food, a grand masquerade parade, a teen dance with a disc jockey and chaperoned children's activities. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, monitor the silent auction, help serve at the buffet or chaperone at the teen dance. Volunteers may sign up for two- or three-hour shifts and then stay to participate in the rest of the evening's festivities. Contact Joyce Lynn at 866-963-6000, 410-919-1417 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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