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

American Red Cross, Central Maryland Chapter, needs volunteers to help the Red Cross provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteers are needed to educate the community, raise money, and serve on the group's board or committees. For information, contact the Red Cross Office of Volunteers at 410-764-5313, 800-235-5075 or

A blood appeal has also been issued because of blood supply shortages; all types are needed. Donors must be 17 or older or 16 with signed parental consent. Call 800-448-3543 to donate blood. Volunteers, who must be 14 and older, are needed to help with blood drives. (Some positions require ages 18 and older.) The hours are flexible, and training is provided. Contact Terry Karloff at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or

Anne Arundel and Annapolis Local Emergency Response Team (AALERT) is scheduling training sessions (20 hours) for the weekend of Oct. 28-30 at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training and Research Division in Millersville. AALERT is recruiting volunteers from communities, businesses and religion-based organizations to assist in their communities in the event of an emergency. These volunteers will be equipped by the Office of Emergency Management and trained in preparedness, rescue safety, triage, disaster psychology, light search and rescue techniques, CPR and medical aid. For information, call the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management at 410-222-8040 or the Annapolis Neighborhood Watch office at 410-268-9000, or visit

Kinder Farm Park of the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks needs volunteers to assist with educational, cultural, natural history and recreational projects. Projects involve one-day and extended programs.

The annual Farm Harvest Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The day include children's games, pony rides, scarecrow-making, an antique tractor display, pumpkin painting, a farm animals display, blacksmith demonstrations, food concessions and hayrides. Adults and teens are needed to assist children with crafts and to staff booths. Call the park office at 410-222-6115.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services is seeking donors to participate in its Holiday Sharing Program and purchase a meal and gifts for less fortunate seniors and families in Anne Arundel County for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers for general office support and data entry are also needed. Contact Maria Huguley, 410-269-4461.

Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank needs volunteers to sort food and clothing in Crownsville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and occasionally on weekends by appointment. Volunteers with pickup trucks are especially needed during the day. Help is also needed with answering phones, photocopying and other office tasks from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and with a database, computers and the Web. Contact Bruce or Linda at 410-923-4255, or visit

Anne Arundel Medical Center's Blood Donor Center is experiencing a severe shortage of all blood types, 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.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the largest conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay, needs adults to assist at its Annapolis headquarters as well as for the following events:

* Boat Show volunteers are needed in two daily shifts to staff two foundation informational booths at the annual U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis today through Monday and the U.S. Powerboat Show Oct. 13-16. Training is provided on site and includes a T-shirt and free admission.

* A Speakers' Bureau Workshop is being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 for those who want to volunteer for the foundation's program to inform people about the bay's health and to inspire them to take action on behalf of the bay. The workshop will cover the history and mission of the foundation, bay issues, the state of the bay and Speakers' Bureau policies and procedures.

For information or to sign up, contact Heather Hetzeck at or 443-482-2037.

Chesapeake Children's Museum has volunteer opportunities in exhibit upkeep, hands-on programs and outreach, special events, grant writing, publicity and landscaping. Someone good with numbers is needed to be on the finance committee. Contact Jennifer Adkins, director of volunteers, at or ask for a volunteer application at 410-990-1993.

Dyslexia Tutoring Program trains volunteers to tutor children and adults with reading disabilities. Volunteers should have a high school degree, good language skills, patience and the desire to make a difference in someone's life. A 20-hour training course and screening are required. Contact Marcie Schein at 410-889-5487.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts provides many creative experiences through quality arts education and culturally diverse programs in the performing and visual arts. Volunteers are needed to usher at Maryland Hall performances; assist with exhibit openings or act as docents in the two art galleries; and to assist in the office, in the garden or with special events. Contact Louise White at 410-263-5544, Ext. 23, or visit

Maryland Native Plant Society needs volunteers to help remove Japanese stilt grass, English ivy, garlic mustard, tree of heaven and other invasive plants at 10 a.m. Saturday on Fort Meade. This effort is a partnership between the Maryland Native Plant Society, the U.S. Department of the Army, the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club and volunteers. Participants receive a short training session in identification, removal and control techniques for non-native invasive plants. Bring hand tools, gloves, lunch and water. Long sleeves and pants are recommended. A Fort Meade representative will meet participants at the guard station on Llewellyn Avenue and escort them to the work site. For information, contact Don Marquardt at 301-677-9185 or

Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel County has many volunteer positions available. For information, contact 410-897-9207 or, or visit

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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