American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to assist blood drives in Maryland. Volunteers greet donors, observe them during the donation process and serve refreshments. Training is provided. Blood drives last four to six hours and are held daily. A commitment of two or more drives each month is requested. Training is scheduled at the volunteer's convenience at Red Cross offices in Baltimore or in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. To register for training, contact the volunteer office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or

Annapolis Opera needs volunteers 16 and older to work in the main office taking ticket orders, maintaining computer databases and other records, preparing communications, helping with accounting and communicating with patrons by telephone or e-mail. Contact Dennis Monk at 410-267-8135, or

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has several opportunities for volunteers. Contact 410-269-1132, or

Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center is seeking volunteers to serve on committees and help with the speakers' bureau, data entry and general office duties in Annapolis. Contact Linda Deming at 410-266-9033 or

Chesapeake Children's Museum has volunteer opportunities including exhibit upkeep, hands-on programs, outreach, special events, grant writing, publicity, landscaping and more. Contact Jennifer Adkins, director of volunteers, at or 410-990-1993.

Happy Helpers for the Homeless provides food, toiletries and clothing to the hungry and homeless in northern Anne Arundel County and Baltimore throughout the year. Donations of nonperishable foods such as tuna, soup, canned fruit, peanut butter, cereal, pasta and juice are needed for the annual Worldwide Freedom Harvest food drive through Sept. 11. Donated food can be picked up by Happy Helpers volunteers or dropped off at the Anne Arundel County Food Bank in Crownsville. Volunteers are also needed to sort food. Call Amber or Bobbi Coffman at 410-766-4973.

Historic Annapolis Foundation needs volunteer help with archaeology, conservation, preservation, horticulture, museum management, membership services and marketing. Docents also are needed weekdays or weekends through October at the William Paca House and Garden. Training is provided. Contact Maria Day at 410-990-4539, or

Maryland State Archives needs adult volunteers from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to help visitors access and understand state records. Volunteers scan, index or keyboard many historic records, assist patrons with genealogy, and research 19th-century African American and colonial records. Training is provided. Contact Chris Haley at 410-260-6435 or

Opportunities Industrialization Center provides job training and placement services to unemployed and underemployed residents of Anne Arundel County. Volunteers are needed to help teach basic computer skills, English as a Second Language, resume writing, math, writing, job skills, job interviewing, GED preparation and more. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, in Annapolis. A volunteer is also needed from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday the first week of the month to assist with intake and student orientation. Call Sue Winterfield at 410-222-1208 or 410-222-1287 for information.

Providence Center provides employment, vocational, recreational, retirement, medical day care and transportation services to more than 450 developmentally disabled adults daily. Adult volunteers are needed immediately to teach reading, sign language, yoga, exercise and aerobics classes. A Human Rights Committee volunteer is needed for one year to help oversee and review behavior plans and medications for developmentally disabled adults. Groups are needed for major cleanup projects, including tree removal, at three greenhouses in Arnold damaged by a storm. Contact Ellen at 410-315-8303 or

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has volunteer positions available throughout the county. Contact 410-897-9207, or

YWCA West County Family Support Center provides services for families including GED tutoring, English as a Second Language instruction, computer training, child care and meals. GED tutors are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and English as a Second Language tutors are needed from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays. Child-care providers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and also for evening support groups and classes. Interior painters are needed from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays or 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays as needed and scheduled. Contact Debbie O'Banion at or 410-626-7800, Ext. 109, or visit

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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