Anne Arundel County's Kinder Farm Park needs volunteers to assist with weeding, gardening, farm animals, the blacksmith guild and the fall harvest festival in October. Contact 410-222-6115, or

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutoring program supports middle and high school students. Adult tutors are trained and paired with three or four students in grades six or nine. Volunteers commit to tutoring at an AVID site for a minimum of two hours a week during regular school hours for at least one semester. Call Carol Ann McCurdy at 410-222-5829 for an application. Call 410-222-5135 to register for one of two AVID training sessions, offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 1 or 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, at the county public schools' Carver Staff Development Training Center in Gambrills.

The Bay Ridge Resident Association is sponsoring a community day from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. Vendor booths will offer community assistance information, food, arts and crafts. The association is seeking donations of food items; all proceeds will go to help community residents. Call Katrina Jeter at 410-974-9689 or Lionel Coates 443-875-0225.

Chesapeake Ecology Center will hold a garden open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and needs volunteers. There will be tours of the gardens on the half-hour, refreshments, children's activities and a book signing. For directions and more information, visit, or contact Zora Lathan at or 410-212-4506 or Thistle Cone at or 443-253-8025.

The Community Action Agency needs office assistants in its energy assistance program for duties including accepting applications, answering phones, data entry and filing. High school students can receive in-service hours. Schedules are flexible between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition, a Volunteer Maryland coordinator is needed to work with staff members at selected nonprofit or government agencies to develop or expand a volunteer program. This is a part-time, one-year position as a member of AmeriCorps. Contact Gretchen Huntley at 410-626-1900, Ext. 1027, or

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk 2005 will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's programs to prevent suicide, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and help those who have lost someone to suicide. The walk begins at the Jones Station Park and Ride lot in Severna Park. Contact Denise Yarbough-Smith at 410-789-1980 or

Partners in Care helps older and disabled adults remain independent in their own homes. Volunteers are needed to assist by providing rides, handyman services and more. Volunteer help is also needed at The Boutique, an upscale resale shop that benefits Partners in Care. Contact Teri Shaffer at 410-544-4800, or An AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator is also immediately needed to serve for one year at Partners in Care. A living stipend, education award and other benefits are included. Contact Ann Myers at 410-544-4800.

Pascal Senior Center in Glen Burnie seeks a nurse volunteer to take blood pressure readings from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Monday of each month. Call 410-222-6680.

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel have many opportunities for volunteers. A signed volunteer agreement must be on file in the volunteer coordinator's office for some opportunities but not all. Some volunteer positions are available for 12- to 15-year-olds if accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are needed for the fawn survey at the end of August. Contact Phil LePelch at 301-497-5565 or to request an application or visit for more information.

The Salvation Army seeks donations of new school supplies for low-income children. The following items are needed: loose-leaf notebook paper, colored folders, notebook dividers, three-ring binders, pencils, ballpoint pens, highlighters, colored pencils, erasers, glue sticks, rulers, scissors, plastic goggles, liquid hand soap and backpacks. Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Family Services office in the Salvation Army Community Center, 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Call Renee Powell at 410-263-4091.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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