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

The Community Center in Severna Park is seeking volunteers to help with its Mini-Sailboat Regatta on Saturday in the center's pool, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. People are needed to distribute fliers throughout the greater Severna Park area before the regatta and to help with the races and other activities from 2 to 5 p.m. Call Patt Haun, executive director, at 410-647-5843.

Forte International Exchange Association needs host families for international exchange students for the 2005-06 school year. The students speak English and have health insurance and spending money. Contact 888-866-6869, or

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival 2005, a celebration of the heritage, culture, history, music and cuisine of Africans, African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, is being held Aug. 13 and 14 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Volunteers ages 15 and older are needed to help set up and break down the festival from noon to 4 p.m. Aug 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 12 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Volunteers are also needed Aug. 13 and 14 to take tickets from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and park cars from 9 a.m. to closing. Contact Joanne Jackson at 410-349-0338 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland needs volunteers to help serve meals from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers ages 14 and older are encouraged to help deliver meals with parents or grandparents who are volunteers. Packers are needed to prepare and package meals from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Contact Terry Lehr at 410-431-5257, or

Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County provides support, education and relief services to immigrant Hispanic American families. Volunteers serve as health and employment outreach coordinators. Bilingual staff members are needed at the Annapolis office in the Community Resource Center, at 80 West St., to help Hispanic residents with immigration and interpreter issues. Training is provided. Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-956-5882 or

Ordnance Road Correctional Center needs volunteers ages 21 and older to help with literacy tutoring, book clubs, arts and sewing programs, recreational and sports activities, and audiotaping inmates reading books for their children. Volunteers must pass a background check. The correctional center also needs volunteer CPR instructors; training will be provided. Weekday, weekend and evening positions are available with some flexibility. Call Cindy Meyers at 410-222-6350, Ext. 3155.

Parole Community Technology Center provides free Internet and e-mail access, free or low-cost computer classes, and online job search training and programs. Volunteers ages 16 and older with some computer knowledge are needed between 5 and 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays to help at the center, at 15 Old Solomons Island Rd. in Annapolis. Volunteers serve as computer lab monitors, teach computer skills once or twice a month, and help publicize the center. Contact Lynne Jones at 410-571-1948 or

Partners in Care helps older and disabled adults remain independent in their homes. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to drive older adults to medical appointments, grocery stores and errands. Additional liability insurance is provided. Individuals and groups can also assist with home repairs and small projects such as installing railings and building wheelchair ramps. Orientation and training are required. The hours and locations are flexible. Contact Teri Shaffer at 410-544-4800, or

Pets on Wheels/Life Enrichment Program/Mom and Me needs volunteers alone or with their pets or children to visit people in homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals or other sites where people lack visits from family and friends. The minimum age is 13 if visiting one on one. Contact Diane Dzambo or Maureen English at 410-222-0738 or

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Harwood needs volunteers to care for abandoned, sick and wild cats until they find new homes. Volunteers visit with the cats, help socialize feral cats and screen potential adopters. Animal caretakers are needed at least two hours a week to clean and care for cats. Carpenters are needed to help design and build habitats for disabled cats. Groups and individuals ages 16 and older are welcome. Contact 410-798-9559 or

South River Lion's Club needs volunteers at 6:30 p.m. July 25 to help with a hayride and bonfire for blind and deaf children attending camp at the West River United Methodist Center, at 5100 Chalk Point Rd. in West River. Call 410-867-1268 weekdays.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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