American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to assist blood drives in Maryland. Volunteers greet donors, observe them during the donation process and serve refreshments. Training is provided. Blood drives last four to six hours and are held daily. A commitment of two or more drives a month is requested. Training is provided. To register for training, contact the volunteer office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or

Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department's fall GreenScape and Make a Difference days will be Oct. 22. GreenScape is a city-sponsored volunteer effort to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas. Make a Difference Day is a national day of helping others. The city of Annapolis will participate in several projects throughout the city. Contact the department at 410-263-7958 or to volunteer.

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recruits volunteers 55 and older to serve at 19 nutrition sites and as Telephone Reassurance volunteers, VITA tax volunteers, office assistants, tutors and mentors in county schools and administrative volunteers with the state and county police. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 410-222-4464 or

Anne Arundel County Police Department needs volunteers for its Reserve Officer program. Uniformed reserve officers assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations and other responsibilities. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old and undergo a criminal background check. Reserve officers work all hours and days, but schedules are flexible. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required at one of four district stations. Contact the coordinator at 410-222-0042 or (click on volunteer) for an application.

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 for an appointment.

Baltimore and Annapolis Trail Park's Trail Blazers are volunteers who help identify safety hazards, provide information to trail users and aid with programs and events. Trail Blazer members and individuals interested in the program can attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the B&A Trail Park ranger station on Earleigh Heights Road, off Route 2, in Severna Park. 410-222-6244.

Chesapeake Children's Museum seeks volunteer docents, office assistants and a newsletter designer. Contact Deborah Wood at 410-990-1993 or

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has many flexible volunteer options for adults, both as individuals and in groups, to work directly with Scouts throughout the year or for a short-term project or event, even if only for a few hours. Training is provided. Contact Valerie Brooks at 410-358-9711 or

Anne Arundel Medical Center volunteers install the Lifeline personal emergency alert system that is linked through the telephone and show older residents how to use it. Volunteers, high school age or older, are needed in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's counties. For the next training session, call 443-481-1460.

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

St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Spa Road in Annapolis seeks volunteers and sponsors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Oct. 15-31 to help with its annual Pumpkin Patch, which features holiday crafts, baked goods, pumpkins and pumpkin specialty sales. Contact event chairman Craven Engels at

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers to assist the Coast Guard in non-law-enforcement programs, including public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, marine environment protection and more. Call 410-757-4848.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has volunteer positions available throughout the county. Call 410-897-9207, e-mail or visit

Volunteers for Medical Engineering works to help the elderly and individuals with disabilities be independent. Active or retired medical/rehabilitation professionals, or those with engineering backgrounds, are needed to assess client disabilities and design and build medical devices. Volunteers 16 and older are also needed weekdays to test, repair and refurbish donated computer equipment in the computer loan center in Baltimore. Contact Jenny Burdette at 410-243-7495 or

Walk Now is a five-kilometer walk and community resource fair from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at FedEx Field to benefit Cure Autism Now. The fair will include autism service providers. People are invited to walk or volunteer to register participants, staff water stops and help with setup and cleanup. E-mail or visit

Woodside Gardens Community Association needs adult mentors and tutors at Homework Haven to teach computer skills; help with recreation and self-help endeavors and grocery shopping; and cook and prepare meals at its community center in Annapolis. Call Daphne Howard at 410-269-6563 or Jackie Spriggs at 410-263-5279.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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