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

The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutoring program supports middle and high school students. Adult tutors are trained and paired with three or four students in grades six, seven, nine or 10. Volunteers commit to tutoring at an AVID site for a minimum of two hours a week during regular school hours for at least one semester. Call Carol Ann McCurdy at 410-222-5829 for an application. Call 410-222-5135 to register for one of two AVID training sessions, offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 or 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at the county public schools' Carver Staff Development Training Center in Gambrills.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes for low-income and needy families. Current volunteer opportunities include fundraising, working on a committee, enlisting church and faith group partnerships, doing office work, supplying and preparing lunches for the Saturday work crews and building houses. Contact Leslie Merwin at 410-384-9212, Ext. 18, or Volunteers are also needed for Youth United, a new program in which young people ages 5 to 25 raise money to build houses and youth ages 16 to 25 build them. For information, contact Candace Malone at 410-384-9212 or

Arundel Lodge provides residential and day psychiatric rehabilitation programs for approximately 160 people who suffer from mental illnesses. Volunteers are needed to help the staff teach life skills, play board or card games at a drop-in center, go for walks with members, help with social or recreational events or serve on the board. Volunteers who speak Korean or Taiwanese are also needed to help discuss nutrition, diet and medical treatment needs. Volunteers are needed to help set up, decorate, serve food and clean up for a Halloween party from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Call Laura Murphy at 410-841-6131, Ext. 125.

Hammond-Harwood House volunteers can join the museum's Auxiliary Committee to plan and execute special events at the historic house, at 19 Maryland Ave. in Annapolis. Weekend tour guides are needed. Training is provided. Help is also needed with publicity, children's events, research and home woodworking and sewing projects. Volunteers are also needed for the third annual Colonial Dog Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. The show will feature a parade of types of dogs that were common during the 18th and 19th centuries, along with sale items, crafts, dog treats and an SPCA booth. Call 410-263-4683, Ext. 12.

Annapolis Film Festival, a nonprofit organization that hosts the city's annual film festival, needs volunteers to assist at its monthly screenings on Wednesday evenings at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The organization, along with Asteros Filmworks, shows films directed and produced by regional filmmakers. Proceeds are donated to local charities. Volunteers are also needed from Nov. 11 to 14 for the film festival, which showcases works by local and international filmmakers. Contact 410-263-2388 or or visit

Annapolis Maritime Museum is looking for volunteers to help in its office on a regular basis. Duties include filing, copying, data entry, word processing, labeling and other similar office tasks at the Eastport location. Contact Mary LaLonde at 410-295-0104, or visit

The Anne Arundel Volunteer Firefighters Association needs volunteers ages 16 and older to work as cadets, firefighters and emergency medical technicians and to provide office support for local volunteer fire companies. Many of the county's fire stations are staffed partly by volunteers. Training and uniforms are provided. Those interested in volunteering should apply for membership at their local volunteer fire company. For information, contact 410-923-5646,, orJackie Olson at 877-926-7816, or or visit

Coats for Kids is a program sponsored by the Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Police Department and Admiral Cleaners to collect and distribute coats to children in need. Coats may be dropped off through Nov. 15 at the Annapolis City Police Department, any of the Annapolis Fire Department's three stations or the Salvation Army. Admiral Cleaners will clean the coats and the Salvation Army will distribute them on Dec. 7 and 8. Volunteers are needed to sort and distribute the coats. Call Renee Powell at the Salvation Army, 410-263-4091.

The Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County needs tutors and mentors 21 and older at its Freetown Village, Meade Village and Van Bokkelen branches. Volunteers will help students 16 to 21 prepare for general equivalency diploma courses. Volunteers are also needed from 2 to 4 p.m. to tutor 6- to 16-year-old students in reading and math during an After-School Homework Club. The club is open from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers are also needed to assist with computer labs, arts and crafts, sports coaching and the leadership council. Call Darlene Blue at 410-222-6243 or visit

The Caring Collection Inc. raises money for cancer research and oncology patient care at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital by making and selling stained glass angels. Volunteers can help assemble, wash and pack angels from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from Nov. 7 to Dec. 16. Help is also needed with the annual Caring Collection sale from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 at Bobbie Burnett's Stained Glass studio, 1692 Harbor Ct. N., Annapolis. Contact Bobbie Burnett at 410-849-5333,, or visit

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help), based in the Gardner Center in Parole, helps Hispanic immigrants who come to the Annapolis area from El Salvador, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Immigrants need assistance with basics such as food, clothing and health care, as well as help in reading notices and other documents. Bilingual office help is needed during regular office hours, and on-call staff are needed for translation assistance. Call 410-295-3434.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind seeks volunteers to raise puppies that will become guide dogs. Volunteers spend 14 to 18 months with the puppies, providing love and teaching them everyday obedience. In addition to daily work and play with their dogs, volunteers will attend local classes and puppy evaluations. The puppies return to Guiding Eyes for the Blind for guide dog training. This fall, outdoor puppy training classes are held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the picnic rotunda next to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market at Annapolis Harbour Center, 2512 Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis. Contact Dorothy Szepesi at 301-262-3795 or, or Barbara Byle at 410-414-9865 or for information, or visit

The Maryland Food Bank needs volunteers at its location in Halethorpe (southern Baltimore) to help sort and box food to be sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to provide office assistance. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Saturday and evening shifts are also available on select dates through November. Volunteers must be 12 and older and wear close-toed shoes. A Family Fun Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5. This is a day of hands-on service and learning to introduce children to the issue of hunger and the role that the Maryland Food Bank plays. To volunteer, contact Barbara Craig at 410-737-8282, Ext. 232 or

Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons for people with special needs. Volunteers age 14 and older can help Tuesday through Thursday mornings and afternoons and Saturday mornings. Volunteers assist as horse leaders and side walkers and perform general barn maintenance. Training is required and will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Volunteer applications and other forms can be downloaded from the "Meet the Volunteers" page at If you would like to attend the training session or for more information, call 410-923-1187 and leave a message.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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