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

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services Back-to-School Program, in partnership with the Board of Education, organizes donors (individuals, groups or businesses) who provide backpacks and school supplies to county students from low-income families. Donors are sent information on the children and their needed supplies. School supplies are placed inside the backpacks and delivered to elementary schools from Aug. 15 to 19. Contact the Volunteer Office at 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4466 about donating money or supplies or to assist in delivering the backpacks. www.dhr.state.md.us/aadss.htm#Programs.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity's Renovation Station in Arnold needs volunteers to drive a truck and pick up donations on Tuesdays or Wednesdays or to help in the store with merchandise and customer service. Call Leslie Merwin at 410-384-9212, Ext. 18.

Books for International Goodwill needs used-book donations and volunteers to help sort books from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and July 23 at the new B.I.G. warehouse in the Triangle Tobacco Warehouse, 1325 Marlboro Rd. in Waysons Corner. Individuals are welcome on a drop-in basis. Alternative warehouse sorting hours may be arranged for groups. Groups should schedule with Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865 or frantzic@usna.edu. There is also an Annapolis drop-off location at Extra Space Self-Storage, 2107 West St. Both drop-off locations are accessible 24 hours a day. www.big-books.org.

Community Preservation and Development Corp. (CPDC) Learning Center, an on-site community services program for Admiral Oaks in Annapolis, needs volunteers to assist with activities at its Techno-Sport Summer Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-29. Contact Bill McIntyre at 410-280-2172 or wmcintyre@cpdc.org.

Homefront Challenge, a residential camp in Upper Marlboro for 8- to 12-year-old children of Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers, needs teen mentors 14 and older to assist group leaders from July 31 to Aug. 5. Mentors will stay in the cabins and will also be able to participate in their own activities. There is a $50 fee for participation. The teen mentors will receive T-shirts, bracelets, Frisbees and more. Training will be provided online. By July 15, contact Kim West at 301-405-2833 or Scott Samples, National Guard family readiness coordinator, at 410-702-9777.

Opportunity Builders provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer instructional aides ages 18 and older help clients learn work skills and meet production quotas. Volunteer individuals or groups also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, help with painting and maintenance projects, serve on committees and do other activities. Volunteer aides who can commit to coming to the Opportunity Builders site in Hanover once a week for at least three months are preferred. Contact Diane Rich at 410-787-0700, obi@oppbuildinc.org or www.oppbuildinc.org.

Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County Inc., formerly Christmas in April, will host the National Lawn Mower Races fundraiser and other entertainment at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company fields at Route 2 north and Magothy Bridge Road in Severna Park. Volunteers are needed to staff the gate, assist with on-site logistics, prepare the racing field, serve as safety staff members inside the track, recruit sponsors and serve as entertainers during pre-race activities. All proceeds from this event will be used to repair homes of qualifying low-income elderly and disabled Anne Arundel County homeowners. Contact Diane Evans at 410-923-9992 or rt_aac@yahoo.com.

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Anne Arundel County Mentoring Roundtable are sponsoring mentoring awards in September. The award categories include school-based mentoring, business-based mentoring, faith-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and a mentor of the year. Information about and criteria for nominations are listed on the award nomination forms. The forms must be postmarked by Aug. 16 and are available at www.volunteerannearundel.org, holli@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207.

-- Compiled by

SHARON FANNING

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