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

Anne Arundel County Special Olympics runs free sports programs for more than 300 athletes ages 8 and older with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to help with soccer practices from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Ruth Parker Eason School in Millersville and power lifting practices from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Merritt Athletic Club in Annapolis. Call Terri at 410-553-6311.

Anne Arundel Medical Center's blood bank is experiencing a severe shortage of all types of blood, but especially O-positive. The blood bank is open for donations from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays and 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Fridays. Call 443-481-4215 to schedule an appointment.

Baltimore Inner City Outings is a community outreach program of the Sierra Club that provides outdoor trips for low-income inner city youths. Volunteers are needed to help organize and lead outings for youths ages 8 to 17. Contact Walter Jones at 410-655-3113 or

Chrysalis House provides addiction treatment services for women in a residential setting. Volunteers are needed to teach basic computer skills and help with building repairs and grounds maintenance, the child-care center (after appropriate screening) and with recreational activities. Internships for bachelor's and master's degree programs are often available. Contact Patty Shreve at or 410-974-6829, Ext. 15. Chrysalis House also needs people to serve on its board of directors. Contact Executive Director Lorene Lake at 410-974-6829 or

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble seeks volunteers and donors who can give time, expertise, money or equipment. Volunteers ages 18 and older with finance and/or fundraising backgrounds are needed for the board and to help with grants and financial reports. Footworks is also seeking office volunteers for two to four hours a week to answer phones and assist with filing and word processing. Internet research, data processing and other tasks could be done at a volunteer's home. Contact Edward Johnson at 410-897-9299, or

Historic London Town and Gardens, a 23-acre county park on the South River in Edgewater, needs volunteers to work in the eight-acre garden, assist with children's education programs, lead tours, work as craftsmen on historic preservation and reconstruction, and to assist in the reception area, front desk and at special events. Contact Vicki Lerch at 410-222-1919 or

Hospice of the Chesapeake helps families care for terminally ill loved ones. Volunteer opportunities include patient care and bereavement support, office support and community outreach. Volunteer community outreach training will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdayat Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Hwy. in Annapolis. The training will teach knowledge and skills necessary to represent Hospice of the Chesapeake at community events and health fairs. To register, contact Kathy Bourgard at 443-837-1549 or

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place Sept. 17 at Kinder Farm Park in Millersville. Volunteers ages 13 and older are needed to help plan and/or participate in the event. Contact Tammy Mountcastle at 410-544-5989 or

Anne Arundel Medical Center installs and shows users how to use the Lifeline medical alarm in case of a fall or other injury. Volunteers, high school age or older, are needed in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties. Contact Dani Folts at 443-481-1460 or

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts needs volunteers for its "Arts Alive 7" event tomorrow. Decorating and setup crews are needed for morning and afternoon shifts today and tomorrow. Dinner servers and teen assistant servers are needed to help with a buffet from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. Contact Louise White at 410-263-5544, Ext. 23, or

Fall Mentoring Fair, co-sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Mentoring Partnership and Anne Arundel County Community College, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept 16 at Anne Arundel Community College, John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts, Room 219, 101 College Pkwy., Arnold. The public is invited to participate. Representatives from the sponsoring organizations and local mentoring programs will discuss the advantages of mentoring to youths. Contact Holli Dillard at 410-897-9207 or

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture needs volunteers ages 16 and older to assist at the information desk and with special events. Training will be provided. Call Christina Sullivan at 443-263-1815.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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