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

Anne Arundel Medical Center needs adult volunteers to work in its gift shop and Clothes Box consignment shop and as receptionists and greeters, to visit patients and to perform other duties. Day and evening hours are available seven days a week. An open house for potential volunteers is held at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the auxiliary conference room. Registration is required. Contact Kathy McKay at 443-481-5050 or kmckay@aahs.org.

Adult volunteers are needed at the Annapolis headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the largest conservation organization dedicated to preserving the ecology of the bay. Volunteers are also needed to staff an outreach booth from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 during National Night Out, an annual event that brings community members together with public officials, police, fire officials, rescue squads and private organizations to promote civic involvement and community. The event will be held about 10 miles south of Prince Frederick in Calvert County, directly across from the Calvert Nuclear Power Plant. Contact Heather Hetzeck at Hhetzeck@cbf.org or 443-482-2037.

Chesapeake Children's Museum needs volunteer docents, office workers and a newsletter designer. Help is also needed to set up and staff the museum's booth at the Kunte Kinte Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 13-15. Contact Deborah Wood at 410-990-1993 or info@theccm.org.

Friends of Hancock's Resolution, which operates and preserves the 1785 Hancock's Resolution farmstead in Pasadena, needs adult volunteers to give tours of the house and gardens from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays through October. Training is provided. Volunteer gardening assistants are also needed; days and times are flexible. Other volunteer projects include assisting with historical research, archaeology, public education and fundraising. Additional help is needed at the American Indian Lifeways program with Daniel Firehawk, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 7, and the War of 1812 Reenactment Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Contact Barbara Ballengee at 410-255-6991 or friendsofhr@hotmail.com or visit www.historichancocksresolution.org.

Light House Shelter in Annapolis needs volunteers 18 and older (or younger if supervised) to provide, prepare and serve dinner for the homeless in Annapolis. Volunteers are also needed from 10 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays to help with the food pantry, to sort and organize food for distribution, and more. Volunteer orientations are held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Space is limited. Call Karen Wallace or April Tung at 410-263-1835 to register.

The Maryland Seafood Festival, to be held Sept. 9-11 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, needs volunteers for shifts from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 8 p.m. each day to sell food tickets and soda, take tickets at the front gate, coordinate parking, and help with finance, parking and the grounds. Volunteers receive free admission and $10 per shift in complimentary food tickets. Register online at www.mdseafoodfestival.com/volunteers, or call 410-266-3960, Ext. 110.

The National MS Society Challenge Walk will be held from Sept. 9 to 11 to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Participants in the three-day, 50-mile walk will see a variety of sites on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, including historic Annapolis and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Walkers will be given dormitory-style accommodations in a camp setting. The route is fully handicapped accessible. There is a $55 registration fee for walkers and crew volunteers, but pledges are optional for crew members. Register at www.baychallengewalk.org or call 1-800-Fight-MS.

Sarah's House, a housing program for the homeless in Anne Arundel County that provides case management, child-care, transportation and employment services at Fort Meade, needs volunteers. Orientations are offered most Friday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sarah's House. Volunteers 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please register with Bruce Clopein at 410-551-7722, Ext. 218, or bclopein@catholiccharities-md.org.

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is recruiting weekday and weekend volunteers to work with visitors in two popular programs, the "Hands-On Science Center" and the "Whatever Happened to Polio?" exhibitions. A training course covering historical content and museum interpretation techniques will be held this fall. For information, see the "Get Involved" section of www.americanhistory.si.edu or call the docent program manager at 202-633-3690 by Aug. 13.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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