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

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Community Center at 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park. Donations are urgently needed at this time of year. To schedule, call Patt Haun at 410-647-5843.

Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation's Lost Towns Project needs field, laboratory and archival volunteers to help with archives research and assist county staff members with excavation work, including washing, labeling and cataloguing artifacts. Jeannette Agro will lecture on local Colonial-era jewelry for current and potential volunteers Sept. 10 at the Heritage Center office complex, Chesapeake Room, second floor, 2664 Riva Rd., Annapolis. Call Erin Cullen at 410-222-7441.

The public is invited to help with "Dig Day" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept.10 at 17th-century London Town in Edgewater. Volunteers assist with archaeological excavations, sift for period artifacts, listen to half-hour staff member presentations on archaeology and tour the site. Children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. 410-222-1919 or

Ballet Theatre of Maryland provides training and classes to children and adults. Volunteer help is needed with event coordinating, managing, fundraising and administrative work in two Annapolis offices. Contact Charlotte McNutt at 410-263-8289 or

Chesapeake Arts Center needs volunteers ages 16 and older to serve as ushers and run the box office at Brooklyn Park Theater, assist with special projects, distribute fliers, and help with props, mailings and office work. The center is also seeking members to serve on its board of directors. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Dan Gugliuzza at 410-636-6597, or

The Community Center in Severna Park has the following volunteer opportunities: tutoring in math or English for the After School Middle School Program, serving on the board or a standing committee, helping with maintenance work and gardening, coordinating volunteers, or chaperoning Friday and Saturday night youth center events. Contact Patt Haun at 410-647-5843, or

The HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) seeks volunteers to drive people to doctor's appointments or support group meetings, be a buddy, or help with special events, fundraisers, parties and office work. A volunteer training session will be held Oct. 3. Call 410-224-2437.

Hospice of the Chesapeake will conduct community outreach training for volunteers or organizations from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at 445 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis. Volunteers will be trained to represent Hospice of the Chesapeake at community events and health fairs. To register, contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 410-837-1549 or

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts needs volunteers to usher at performances, help with exhibit openings, guide visitors at two art galleries, or assist in the office, in the garden or with special events. Volunteers also are needed for the Maryland Hall's "Arts Alive 7" event Sept. 9. Decorating and setup crews are needed for morning and afternoon shifts next Thursday and Sept. 9. Dinner servers and teen assistant servers are needed to help with a buffet from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept 9. Contact Louise White at 410-263-5544, Ext. 23, or

Maryland Seafood Festival on Sept. 9-11 at Sandy Point State Park raises funds for participating nonprofit organizations. Volunteers are needed for 41/2-hour shifts, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 8 p.m., to sell food tickets and sodas, take tickets at the front gate, and to help with finances, parking and the grounds. Each volunteer receives free admission to the festival and $10 in complimentary food tickets per shift. Register online at, or call 410-266-3960, Ext. 110.

St. Mary's Catholic Church's English as a Second Language Program is designed to help newcomers to the Annapolis area meet their English-speaking, listening, reading and writing needs. Volunteers are needed to teach English from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. one night a week through June at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. Training and teaching materials are provided. Contact Ellen B. "Bunny" Wilson at 410-544-5584 or

The Survivors of Suicide group has developed a Web site to assist those who have lost someone to suicide. Information about support groups, available resources, meetings and the annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Web broadcast is provided. Volunteers who have lost someone to suicide are needed to coordinate sites for the Nov. 19 Web broadcast. Contact

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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