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

Cats R Us Inc., a nonprofit rescue group for feral cats, operates two small shelters in the Annapolis area. At the shelter in Arnold, humanely trapped stray and feral cats are evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized and ear-tipped for identification. The shelter in Crownsville houses abandoned cats and kittens. This is a no-kill shelter; cats stay at it until they are adopted. Qualified volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers who are 13 and older also are needed to help clean the shelters or spend time with the cats. Volunteers ages 13 to 15 should be accompanied by adults. Parental consent forms are required. Contact 410-263-1719,, or

The Community Action Agency needs family mentors for its Empowerment Services Program. The mentors will help counselors in their work with clients: assessing clients' needs, setting goals, developing and implementing plans to improve their quality of life, and encouraging them to become self-sufficient. This is suitable for college students who need internships and in-service hours. Hours and locations are flexible. Contact Rhonda Ulmer at 410-626-1900, Ext. 1003, or Office assistants are needed in the Energy Assistance Program to accept applications, answer phones, and do data entry and filing. This is an opportunity for high school students to receive in-service hours and build customer-service skills. Schedules are flexible between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Contact Gretchen Huntley at 410-626-1900, Ext. 1027, or

Community Foundation of the Chesapeake, 2083 West St., Suite 203, Annapolis, needs volunteers to be board members, to serve on event committees and to help with mailings. Contact Gail Sanders 410-266-8836 or

The Four Rivers Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town and South County revitalizes local communities and encourages partnerships through heritage tourism and preservation. Adult volunteers familiar with nonprofit accounting and QuickBooks software are needed to help with bookkeeping and accounting for four hours a week in the Annapolis office. Hours are flexible, and parking costs will be reimbursed. Contact Donna Dudley at 410-222-1805 or or visit

Gallagher Services, a program of Catholic Charities, provides an array of services to enhance skills and build self-esteem for people with developmental disabilities. Individuals and groups known as "Special Friends" volunteer at group homes and conduct arts and crafts and other recreational activities with individuals or small groups. Volunteers must be 14 or older. Training is provided, and Special Friends can schedule their time in blocks of one to two hours at a group home near them. Three to six youth volunteers are needed this summer in a group home in the Arnold-Severna Park area. Service-learning hours are available. For information contact Joseph Tremblay at 410-252-4005 or

Greyhound Welfare Inc. places ex-racing greyhounds in adoptive homes and educates the public on greyhounds and on general animal welfare. Adult volunteers help with public outreach and the newsletter, screen adoption applications, conduct adoption follow-ups, transport dogs to special events, plan and implement fundraising events, and foster greyhounds before adoptive homes are found. Many opportunities are available in the evenings and weekends. Volunteers also may help from home. For an application, contact Rieko Yumoto at 301-949-0615 or

The HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) seeks volunteers for its summer and fall agenda to help plan the annual picnic and crab feast or take someone to a doctor's appointment or to a support group. Especially desired are people who are bilingual in English and Spanish and have experience working with diverse populations. To register, contact Tony at 410-224-2437 or

Metropolitan Washington Ear Inc. is recruiting volunteer readers to record newspaper and magazine articles for free telephone access by the visually and physically impaired. Volunteers are asked to read for at least two hours once a week or for two hours every other weekend. An audition is required. For information, contact the office at 301-681-6636, or at 35 University Blvd., Silver Spring, Md. 20901.

North Arundel Hospital's Camp Airways needs seven junior volunteers 15 and older for its annual asthma day camp for children 6 to 12. Volunteers must attend the camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-12 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park. Each volunteer serves as a mentor for two campers, helping with arts and crafts, outdoor activities, asthma education and swimming. All volunteers must provide their transportation to and from camp. Applications are due by tomorrow. A mandatory volunteer orientation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. July 18 and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 25 at the hospital. Call 410-787-4246.

Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series needs volunteers to help with parking, assist performers, provide information and clean up. It is not necessary to volunteer for every concert. Concerts take place on Saturdays from July 2 to Sept. 17. July and August concerts begin at 6 p.m. and September concerts begin at 5:30 p.m. For information or to sign up, contact park ranger Melissa McCormick at Quiet Waters Park, 410-222-1777 or

RESPECT Inc., a nonprofit advocacy coalition working to enhance the accomplishments of the black community, is seeking a volunteer executive assistant. The volunteer executive assistant would work for about four hours per week with the executive director, maintain a membership database, send out new-member packets and renewal letters, and maintain an awards dinner database. Hours are flexible, and work can be done from a home computer. Call John Wilson at 410-956-4848.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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