The following groups need help for a day, a week or on a regular basis.
Annapolis Opera seeks volunteers ages 16 and older to take ticket reservations, provide computer support, distribute posters and brochures, sell advertising, and plan and arrange decorations, food and programs for special events. Volunteers also are needed to sew and fit costumes, build sets, obtain props for productions and host guest artists. The board of trustees is also looking for volunteers with fundraising and publicity experience. Call Patricia Howard at 410-267-8135 or 410-280-9354 or e-mail email@example.com.
Anne Arundel Commission on Disability Issues makes recommendations on disability issues to the county executive. Volunteers are needed to serve on committees and participate in activities. Monthly meetings are held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday. Call Bill Anderson at 410-222-4383.
Anne Arundel Foster Grandparents Program seeks volunteers to work with special needs children. Seniors, who are ages 60 and older and income-eligible, spend about 20 hours per week at schools, Head Start centers and other nonprofit child-care facilities working one on one with children. A tax-free stipend, transportation, a meal and paid training are provided. Contact LaTonya Walker or Trisha Richardson at 410-222-4464.
Anne Arundel Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) invites volunteers ages 55 and older to help with nutrition sites, telephone reassurance program, income tax assistance and office work. RSVP volunteers also serve as tutors and mentors in county schools and as administrative support for state and county police. Contact Peggy Morgan at 410-222-4589.
Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. promotes fair housing for all people in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including Anne Arundel County. Volunteers ages 21 and older visit properties and meet with real estate representatives about housing for rent or sale. They generally are asked to perform tests at specific locations and dates. There is some flexibility. Volunteers must complete a two-hour training session. Depending on funding, BNI provides a stipend for reports completed according to the guidelines. Some travel costs are reimbursed at 24 cents per mile. To register for the next training session, call Anna Petrillo at 410-243-4400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys and Girls Clubs needs tutors and mentors ages 21 years and older to assist with general equivalency diploma (GED) preparation courses for ages 16-21 and an After School Homework Club (from 2 to 4 p.m.) in reading and math for ages 6-16. Volunteers also are needed to assist with computer labs, arts and crafts, sports coaching and the leadership council. The club branches at Freetown Village, Meade Village and Van Bokkelen Elementary School are open from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Summer camp counselors and aides are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27-Aug. 5. Contact Darlene Blue at 410-222-6243.
Children's Hispanic Festival sponsored by the Center of Help seeks volunteers to set up, clean up, tend booths, and serve as backstage attendants and food servers. The festival is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 25. Call 410-295-3434.
Fort Meade needs volunteers to help remove invasive plants such as Japanese stilt grass, English ivy, garlic mustard, tree-of-heaven, multiflora rose and crown vetch. Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Reece Road guard station at the main entrance. An escort will take volunteers to the work site. Volunteers will receive a short training session from the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club or the Maryland Native Plant Society on the differences between native and nonnative plants. Bring hand tools, gloves, lunch and water. Long sleeves and pants are recommended. For more information, call Don Marquardt at 301-677-9185 or email@example.com.
HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) seeks volunteers to drive people to doctor's appointments or support group meetings, be a buddy and help with special events, fundraisers, parties and office work. A training session will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 20. Call 410-224-2437.
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary is looking for volunteers to search for turtles, frogs, toads, salamanders and snakes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Groups are encouraged. Children must be at least 6 years old. Contact Lindsay Funk at 410-741-9330 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids That Care Day, a family event that encourages all people to serve their communities and help others through volunteerism, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature more than 25 local charities and nonprofit organizations, a food drive benefiting the Salvation Army, children's entertainment, arts and crafts and face painting. Marley Station, center court, 7900 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie. Call 410-766-2033.
-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON