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

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has several volunteer opportunities. For information, contact 410-269-1132, info@annapolissymphony.org or www.annapolissymphony.org.

Anne Arundel Medical Center's blood donor center on the Acute Care Pavilion's first floor seeks donors 17 and older. The donation procedure takes about 30 minutes and includes a free mini-physical and cholesterol reading. Appointments are required. Parking is free. Call 443-481-4215.

Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. needs volunteers 21 and older to visit specific housing properties and write up a visit report about the property, including its rental and sale status. Volunteers are generally asked to visit locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area and Anne Arundel County. Schedules vary according to project needs, but there is some flexibility. A two-hour training session is required. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel at 24 cents per mile. To register for training, contact Anna Petrillo at 410-243-4400 or fairhousing@bni-maryland.org.

Big Brothers Sisters of Central Maryland needs volunteers 21 and older to spend time with a child from age 8 to 12 twice a month for at least a year. Potential volunteers must attend an information session and complete an application. After an interview, background check and review of references, a case manager matches the volunteer with a child who has similar interests and supervises the match for the duration. Contact Carrie Cieslowski at 410-243-4000, Ext. 230, ccieslowski@biglittle.org or www.biglittle.org.

Darlene's Pantry at Harvest Church of God on South River Clubhouse Road helps up to 110 families per week. Volunteers are needed to bag grocery items on Wednesdays and help unload and distribute fresh produce on Fridays. Hours can be scheduled in advance. Contact Jackie Rainwater at 301-922-0673 or Jack Maio at 301-704-3909.

First Night Annapolis is looking for volunteers to help with this family-oriented celebration on Dec. 31. Volunteers are needed to assist First Night planners with data entry, development of graphs, site layouts and signs. In addition, volunteers are needed to help with the First Night hotline, take orders and assist event planners. The hours are flexible, and pre-event volunteers work in the First Night office. On New Year's Eve, volunteers are needed as stagehands and to help with monitoring different sites. All those who volunteer both ahead of time and on New Year's Eve will receive buttons to allow them to attend First Night events. Families are encouraged to apply. Call 410-268-8553 or download a volunteer application at www.firstnightannapolis.org.

Food Link, a hunger relief organization, provides free food and other essentials to people in need in Anne Arundel County and four counties on the Eastern Shore. Volunteers with trucks or vans are needed to pick up food from distribution centers, restaurants and other sites and deliver it to food pantries, shelters and other locations. Assistance is also needed with an emergency food pantry and emergency baby pantry. Call Cathy Holstrom at 410-222-7853.

Parole Rotary's Books for International Goodwill project needs volunteers to sort books on Nov. 6 and help with its quarterly book sale, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at the group's warehouse at 3106 Solomons Island Rd. in Edgewater. Proceeds are used to send thousands of books to developing countries and to U.S troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Books can be contributed at a 24-hour drop-off at the warehouse. Contact Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865, frantzic@usna.edu or www.parole-rotary.org.

Winter relief homeless program run by area churches needs volunteers to assist with check-in of homeless men and women at the Salvation Army in Glen Burnie and help transport them to showers from mid-November through early-April. The program's location rotates among participating churches in Annapolis, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Odenton, Arnold, Millersville, Pasadena and Severna Park. For one week at a time, each church hosts men (and sometimes women) in need of a hot meal and shelter for the night and breakfast the next morning. Interested volunteers can call 410-863-4888 and leave a message.

Woods Church needs volunteers to staff the winter relief homeless shelter on Thanksgiving Day. The shelter will be then located at Ferndale United Methodist Church, and various area churches will provide staffing throughout the week. Woods Church will be covering the 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Thanksgiving Day until about 7 a.m. Nov. 26. Contact Carol Wiles at the church office at cwiles@woodschurch.com or 410-647-2550.

-- SHARON FANNING

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