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

Make A Difference Day, on Saturday, is a national day of helping others. The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel is recruiting volunteers for many projects scheduled throughout the county, including:

* American Red Cross. Help is needed with painting projects at the Edgewater and Fort Meade offices. These could be individual or group activities.

* Arc of Anne Arundel County. Volunteers are needed to work in the sensory gardens in Annapolis from 8 a.m. to noon.

* Arundel Lodge. Volunteers needed at the concession stands at the Navy-Marine Corps stadium in Annapolis for the 1:30 p.m. Navy vs. Rice football game.

* Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) Project. Volunteers can drop off good used books and help sort books from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the B.I.G. warehouse at 3106 Solomon's Island Rd., Edgewater.

* Chesapeake Children's Museum. Volunteers help replace wood chips on nature trails, clean up woodlands, mulch garden areas, plant fall perennials in the BayScapes gardens and help with plantings in the fern and rain gardens at the museum.

* Community Action Agency (AACo Economic and Opportunity Committee). Help is needed with Community Action Partnership Day, an all-day festival on the grassy field on West Street between Southgate and Monticello streets.

* The Community Center, Severna Park. Outdoor metal railing needs to be painted.

* Greenscape. Volunteers are needed from 9 to 11 a.m. to help with planting at several locations in the city of Annapolis.

* Happy Helpers for the Homeless. For the 11th year, volunteers are needed to take a group of homeless people for a day of services in Glen Burnie from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

* Providence Center. Volunteer groups are needed to help with indoor painting at six sites in Arnold and Pasadena. Landscape work is also needed at two Arnold facilities. A group is also needed to host a pizza or ice cream party.

* Rebuilding Together -- Anne Arundel County. Skilled adult volunteers are needed to build three ramps at sites around the county. Work on each project begins at 8 a.m.

* Spa Creek Conservancy. Volunteers are needed to clean up creek shorelines in Annapolis, plant bioretention areas, restore shoreline areas and prepare perennial gardens for winter.

For information on any of these projects, contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or info@volunteerannearundel.org.

The Caring Collection needs volunteers 12 and older to help make stained-glass angels and sun catchers every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. No experience is needed. Volunteers can learn the art of stained glass while creating artwork that is sold to benefit patients at oncology centers at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. The annual angel sale is from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 at the Annapolis Studio, 1692 N. Harbor Ct. Volunteers are needed to get the angels ready for sale and to assist at the studio during the sale. Contact Bobbie Burnett, 410-849-5333, caringcollection@att.net or www.caringcollection.org.

Friends of Colonial Players will hold a volunteer fair and reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the theater, 108 East St., Annapolis. Enjoy light refreshments, meet others who are interested in supporting this all-volunteer theater and learn about various volunteer possibilities, including working in the box office, as an usher, painting and construction, stage crew, costumes, helping with lights and sound, serving as stage manager for shows and arranging parties and other social events. Contact Joan Hamilton at 410-544-9780 or jkhamltn@comcast.net, or Jerry Hopkins at 410-269-1030 or jerhopkins@cconline.net.

Friends of Hancock's Resolution operates and preserves this historic farmstead in Pasadena, which dates to 1785 and had an important role in the War of 1812. Volunteer gardening assistants are needed; days and times are flexible. Other volunteer projects include assisting with historical research, public education and fundraising. Volunteers are needed to help on Tom Sawyer Day on Sunday and for a special Halloween program on Oct. 31. Contact Barbara Ballengee at 410-255-6991, friendsofhr@hotmail.com or visit www.historichancocksresolution.org.

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center are sponsoring an open house from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Thursday to celebrate Make a Difference Day and National Week Without Violence. Community groups, governmental agencies and faith-based organizations provide conflict resolution, education and other services to prevent violence and to assist victims of violence. Many local groups need volunteers to help raise awareness about ways to resolve disputes that can lead to violence in the home, in schools or in the workplace and to help children escape the cycle of violence. Join the Volunteer Center and the Conflict Resolution Center for light refreshments at 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 130, Annapolis. Contact Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207 or Desiree Wolford at 410-266-9033.

YMCA Camp Letts needs volunteers for ongoing upkeep of buildings, grounds and for general office support at the Education Center. Contact Joyce Lynn at 866-963-6000, 410-919-1417 or jlynn@ymcawashdc.org. The camp gift and supply store operates for groups and camps and needs volunteers 16 and older for two-hour shifts around meal times, including weekends. Contact Stacie Vollentine at 410-919-1412 or svollentine@ymcawashdc.org. Web site: www.ymcawashdc.org.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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