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

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination project from Sept. 12 through Sept. 29. Volunteers will work with county and U.S. Department of Agriculture staff to distribute edible, fish-flavored, vaccine-containing baits that help immunize raccoons against rabies. Adults will place the baits in likely raccoon habitats during daytime hours on weekdays. Volunteers must attend a training session in Annapolis from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 or 7. For information or to volunteer, call Kyle Shannon at 410-222-7168 by Aug. 29.

The Back-to-School Program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Board of Education, organizes individuals, groups and businesses to provide school supplies for students from low-income families. The program sends donors information on the children and their needed supplies, which are placed inside backpacks and delivered to elementary schools from Aug. 15 to 19. Volunteers 14 and older are also needed for data entry. Call the volunteer office at 410-269-4462 or 410-269-4466, or e-mail For more information, see

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Tutoring Program supports middle and high school students who might "slip through the cracks." Adult tutors will be trained and paired with groups of three or four sixth- or ninth-grade students who have been selected to participate. Volunteers commit to tutoring at an AVID site for a minimum of two hours per week during regular school hours for at least one semester. Training will be scheduled through January. Call Carol Ann McCurdy at 410-721-8381 to register for one of the following AVID training sessions at the public schools' Carver Staff Development Training Center in Gambrills: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 1; or 3-7 p.m. Sept. 21.

BWI Airport Pathfinder volunteers staff two information desks and three mobile information podiums, providing directions, making hotel reservations and answering questions. Adults are needed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and must be able to work at least one four-hour shift every two weeks. Any computer and language skills are beneficial. Free parking and training are provided. Volunteers can participate in free courses leading to national certification as a travel counselor. For a volunteer application, contact Rachel Ruocco at 410-859-7321/7826 or

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help), based in the Gardner Center in Parole, helps Hispanic immigrants who come to the Annapolis area from El Salvador, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Immigrants need assistance with basics such as food, clothing and health care, as well as help in reading notices and other documents. Tutors in English as a second language are also sought for children and adults. Contact Mary Schumaker or Mary Ellen Brady at 410-295-3435 or Bilingual office staff help is needed during regular office hours or on call for translation needs; call 410-295-3434.

Cypress Creek Therapy Association and the Severna Park Assistance Network are joining forces to collect food for families in need in and around Severna Park this month. Drop boxes are located in the Edgewater and Severna Park Cypress Creek therapy clinics. To donate nonperishable food items, contact Jason Hopp, 410-384-9129, Ext. 106 or

First Night Annapolis needs volunteers to provide office assistance and computer-literate people to help plan and coordinate events. The hours are flexible. Call 410-268-8553, e-mail or download a volunteer application at

The Jennifer Road Detention Center needs volunteers 21 and older who pass a background check to work in the library, assist with book clubs, tutor and provide presentations on life skills, parenting, anger management and more. Contact Karen McDonald at 410-222-7093 or

Maryland Department Of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking adults to join TEAM DNR (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay and other environmental issues. Volunteers should have an outgoing personality and a strong desire to protect the bay. No prior teaching experience is necessary. TEAM offers schools free classroom programs on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, streams, oyster reefs, horseshoe crabs and Chesapeake watermen. DNR is offering a training workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Office Building, Lobby Conference Room, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis. To register, contact Amy Henry, 410-260-8828 or For information, visit

USO International Gateway Lounge at Baltimore-Washington International Airport serves U.S. military service members traveling to and from duty stations. Adult volunteers are needed to assist daily from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Four hours of training is required. Volunteers must work two shifts monthly. Parking is free. Call Shauna Van Buren at 410-859-3890 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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