The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has openings for volunteers age 55 and older for the following activities:
* Telephone Reassurance Program volunteers make daily calls to senior or disabled clients from the Department of Aging's office in Glen Burnie from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays.
* The U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis needs two people to scan photographs of ships into a computer database and another person to help in the library and the photo archive area. Knowledge or interest in ships or aircraft is helpful but is not necessary. Hours are flexible, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
* The American Red Cross needs volunteers to meet, process and recruit donors at blood drives and at the new donor center in Glen Burnie at least twice a month. The schedule is flexible.
* Ride Partners, coordinated by Partners in Care, needs drivers to provide transportation for medical appointments and other errands to county residents. Some mileage reimbursement may be provided.
* The Friendly Visitor Program needs people to make weekly visits to isolated seniors or disabled adults. The schedule is flexible, and training is provided.
* Senior Nutrition, Handy Cab, Information and Assistance, Senior Center Plus and Ombudsman programs at the Department of Aging need people to help once a week.
* The American Cancer Society needs help with phone calls, mailings and general office tasks. A clear, pleasant speaking voice is necessary. Flexible weekday hours are available.
* County schools need volunteers for the 2005-06 school year.
* The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program needs tax preparers at the seven senior centers in the county. Volunteers will attend training in January and then prepare simple individual state and federal returns at the senior centers from February through April. Competency with tax software and the e-filing process is required.
* The Anne Arundel County Police Department needs office assistance during normal business hours at district offices throughout the county.
* Lifeline of Anne Arundel Medical Center needs volunteers to help install personal emergency response equipment. Flexible weekday hours are available. Training is provided.
For more information about these opportunities and others, call the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, 410-222-4464.
-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING
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