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

The Light House Shelter needs volunteers 18 and older to help prepare and serve dinner each day to the homeless in Annapolis. The organization also needs people from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays to help with the food pantry and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily to sort and organize the food pantry for distribution. A one-hour orientation is held at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. Call Crystal Brownlee, 410-263-1835.

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 1120 Spa Rd., Annapolis, needs helpers for its annual Pumpkin Patch, an event featuring holiday crafts, baked goods, pumpkins and pumpkin specialties. E-mail event chairman Craven Engels at cravenc@comcast.net.

The Salvation Army needs lunch servers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, volunteers who can help with homework at the Boys and Girls Club between 3 and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and arts and crafts and sports helpers from 3 to 8 p.m. on weekdays. The center welcomes donations of toiletries, clean clothing, large baby diapers, wipes and other infant-care items at its 511 S. Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie, location. Call Kim Herron, Wanda Newton or Temesha Dorsey at 410-768-0477.

The HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network needs people to drive patients to daytime doctor appointments or evening support-group meetings; to act as a buddy to a person living with HIV/AIDS; to help plan and run special events, fundraisers and parties; and to help with office paperwork. A training session is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Call 410-224-2437.

Our Daily Bread needs volunteers to help serve lunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily at its downtown Baltimore location. Donations of casseroles, cookies, desserts, canned foods, baby food, diapers and seasonal decorations are needed. Call 410-659-4016, e-mail khartley@catholiccharities-md.org or visit the program's Web site at www.catholiccharities-md.org.

Annapolis Cares Inc. seeks volunteers daily to help collect, sort, pack and label supplies being given to hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast as well as to needy people in the county. Help is also needed with loading packed boxes into a trailer and with trash removal at the Sam's Club parking lot, 2100 General's Hwy., in Parole. E-mail Annapoliscares@aol.com.

The Family Tree needs volunteers to create a safe, structured, weekly children's program in north county. Also sought are parent educators 21 and older throughout the county who can co-teach a positive-parenting course in 12-week intervals and people to staff the organization's "tot-line," an emergency response resource for parents with children 4 and younger. Some experience or training in child development is preferred. Contact Stephanie Jacobs at 410-889-2300 or sjacobs@familytreemd.org or visit the Web site at www.familytreemd.org.

Anne Arundel County branch libraries have volunteer openings for a variety of activities such as unpacking books, book repair, filing and computer work. Shifts are flexible and may include weekend or evening hours. Training is provided. For information, contact: Barbara Lewis, Broadneck Branch, 410-222-1905; Kathleen Freeland, Edgewater Branch, 410-222-1538; Rachel Myers, Linthicum Branch, 410-222-6266; Myra Adams, Mountain Road Branch, 410-222-6699; Ellen Deltuva and Carol Dean, West County Branch, 410-222-6277; Jackie Langdon and Paula McCandless, North County Branch, 410-222-6270; or Edith Veach, Provinces Branch, 410-222-6280.

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Coordinators of Volunteers of Anne Arundel County are accepting nominations for the annual Volunteer Project Hall of Fame Awards. Entries must be postmarked no later than tomorrow. Nominations can be made in the following categories: project sponsored by a local nonprofit or faith-based organization; project sponsored by a local business; project sponsored by a local governmental agency (volunteer-driven); project sponsored by a youth, family or other group. Nomination forms are available at www.volunteerannearundel.org, or call 410-897-9207. Rules are listed on the nomination form. Winners will be announced at an induction luncheon Oct. 13.

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater has volunteer opportunities in its hands-on K-12 and public education programs that focus on the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Volunteers can serve as field trip assistants, canoe guides, storytellers, flier distributors, boat captains, data support staff members, aquarium and trail maintenance staff members, graphics designers and more. Call Jane Holly at 443-482-2216 or visit the Web site at www.serc.si.edu/education.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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