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

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has opportunities for computer-literate senior volunteers with general office experience who are available at least once a week to help in more than 20 programs for seniors. Help is needed for the following:

* American Cancer Society in Gambrills needs volunteers with clear speaking voices to make and receive phone calls, handle filing and assist with large mailings.

* Office of Emergency Management needs trained volunteers to present emergency preparedness information at such special events as health and safety fairs and the county fair and for community groups, churches and other organizations and to provide technical assistance for special projects in the Emergency Operations Center.

* The Friendly Visitor Program needs volunteers to visit with isolated and lonely seniors for regular visits and outings. The program also matches up adult volunteers and senior clients for its telephone reassurance program. Volunteers in teams of two are needed immediately to call and check in daily with seniors across Anne Arundel County from an office in Glen Burnie. Schedules are available for one or two days a month. Clients and volunteers are screened and qualified. A background check and brief training session is required.

* Maryland Environmental Trust needs individuals with an interest in the environment, photography and working with people to help coordinate and manage volunteers who monitor easement properties in Maryland to ensure compliance with land-preservation agreements.

* Maryland State Highway Administration needs several volunteers to work in the state highway sign shop in the Glen Burnie area. Duties may include painting historical markers, fabricating signs and more. Mechanical aptitude is helpful but not necessary. Training is provided.

* Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to disabled residents or to pack meals. Volunteers are assigned a regular schedule and are needed in all parts of the county.

* Schools volunteers are needed to assist with tutoring children, one-on-one or in small groups at a local school near you.

For information on any of the above opportunities, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services holiday sharing program matches donors with needy recipients, serving more than 5,000 families and seniors during the holidays. Volunteers can donate money, which is used to purchase food, clothing, toys and gift certificates, or they can sort toys or help match donors with recipients. Donors contribute Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, toys or clothing. Deliveries are made in person. Volunteers are also needed to assist with data entry. Volunteer for one to five hours a day during regular business hours.

Volunteer mentors, especially men, are needed for children and adolescents in a one-on-one structured relationship. Screening and background checks are required. An initial workshop, "How to Mentor," is provided by the social services department, and periodic meetings are held to support mentors.

Volunteers are needed as representative payees who assist physically and mentally impaired individuals with their finances. Training is provided. The commitment is a few hours each month and may be done from home.

For more information, call 410-269-4462 or

Anne Arundel County Employees Federal Credit Union is sponsoring a food drive to help needy families in Anne Arundel County. Help fill bare cupboards with donations of nonperishable food. The names of donors will be entered in a drawing next Thursday for a $50 Giant Food gift card. Bring nonperishable food to credit union locations at 2666 Riva Rd., Annapolis, or 8436 Veterans Hwy., Millersville. For more information, call 410-222-7283.

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization providing sports programs to more than 300 eligible athletes, ages 8 to adult, with cognitive delay or developmental disabilities. All training takes place locally and is offered free to athletes. Contact Terri Hamrick at 410-590-6394, or about the following volunteer opportunities:

* Floor hockey practice began Nov. 3 at Ridgeway Elementary in Severn. Practices continue on Wednesdays through February leading to the state tournament.

* Ten-pin bowling practice began last Thursday at Greenway Lanes in Odenton. Practices continue on Thursdays through February leading the state tournament.

The Severna Park Jaycees will sponsor a holiday meals program for the needy. Food, clothes and toys are to be purchased using donations from the community. Meals are packaged and delivered by Jaycees and other volunteers to needy families in the Anne Arundel County area. Each $60 donation will buy a complete turkey dinner for a family and other food items. Donations in any amount may be mailed to Holiday Meals, Severna Park Jaycees, PO Box 524, Severna Park, Md. 21146. Volunteers interested in helping to contact recipients or to package or deliver meals Dec. 18 should contact the Jaycees at 410-647-2103 or

South County Assistance Network (SoCan) and area churches help people in their community with emergency needs, a food pantry and other services. SoCan needs volunteers to stock shelves, bag food and donate food and other items for the pantry at its facility at St. James' Church in Lothian from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays and Saturdays. For more information, call Dottie Fender at 301-261-5265.

Spa Creek Conservancy, which serves as a steward of the Spa Creek Watershed in Annapolis, needs volunteer officers and board members. Volunteer tasks for the whole family include mulching, cleaning up the creek, installing ties along paths, creating garden and flower areas and more. Volunteers of all ages, from supervised youngsters to adults, are welcome. Projects can be carved out for volunteers who want to come by at their convenience and take responsibility for a particular sub-task or project. For more information, contact Mel Wilkins at 410-721-7991 (home), 410-271-5546 (cell) or

We Care and Friends, a local nonprofit, presents its 14th annual free Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and needy from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 at Stanton Center, 92 W. Washington St., Annapolis. This annual dinner feeds more than 3,000 and continues to grow, thanks to donations of food (turkeys, hams, roast beef, desserts, beverages), paper goods, time and money. Volunteers are needed to pick up prepared food before noon Nov. 22 and to assist with the dinner and cleanup. For more information, call Larry Griffin at 410-269-1595 or 443-336-0332.

The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County provides comprehensive integrated services for individuals and families through a domestic violence hotline and shelter, legal and career counseling, family services, child care and after-school activities. Contact Debbie O'Banion at 410-626-7800, Ext. 109, or for information about the following volunteer opportunities:

* After-school tutors are needed at Annapolis, Marley and Chesapeake middle schools.

* The West County Branch needs tutors for its GED, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and computer training. Child care providers are needed for the evening support groups and classes at both the Odenton and Arnold locations.

* Individual or group volunteers are needed immediately to assist with landscaping or routine building maintenance. Duties would include light landscaping, gardening, cleanup, changing of light fixtures, ceiling panels and other work. Hours are flexible. Volunteers are also needed to perform office duties and assist in mailings at the Arnold office.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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