American Red Cross, Southern Maryland chapter, seeks volunteer phone operators in the La Plata office, which will support the national Red Cross as a remote call center. Training will be provided. Operators are needed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 301-934-2066 or 888-276-2767.

The La Plata chapter also seeks blood donors. Call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. The chapter holds a blood drive from 2 to 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at its office at 9255 W&W Industrial Rd. 301-934-2066 or

Arts Council of Calvert County needs volunteers to help with bus trips and musical events, art workshops for adults and children, administrative office work and the CalvArt Gallery. 410-257-7005.

Charles County Literacy Council needs volunteers to provide one-on-one help with reading, writing, spelling, basic math and English as a Second Language (ESOL). Contact 301-870-5974 or

Tri-County Animal Shelter needs volunteers 14 and older to help clean kennels, wash bowls and toys, do laundry, sweep, and take photos of and spend time with dogs and cats. 800-903-1992 or 301-932-1713.

Volunteer Southern Maryland, a community-based program housed at the College of Southern Maryland, helps individuals find volunteer opportunities and posts information on the volunteer programs and services of nonprofit agencies. VSMD also helps businesses and other organizations recruit, manage and retain volunteers. Contact Anne Whisner at 301-934-7642 or

Maryland Alliance of Dogs Deserve Better seeks volunteers to assist with telephone calls, mailings, meetings and research to help get legislation passed to improve the lives of tethered, chained and penned dogs. Contact Lynne at 410-414-7170 or

Special Olympics of St. Mary's needs volunteers for sports training programs for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. Classroom training for new ski coaches will be held Nov. 19; snow training will be Jan. 7 and 8. Skiing competitors will train on snow Feb. 11 and 12; state ski competition is Feb. 26-28. Basketball practices will be held Saturdays at area schools January-March, with local and state competitions in March. Call MaryLu Bucci at 301-373-3469.

Dentsville Volunteer EMS and Auxiliary needs volunteers. Free training to become a Maryland certified emergency medical technician or an ambulance driver is available. Auxiliary members are needed to help with fundraising and committees. Call Edward Holland at 301-934-3443.

Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm needs volunteers to help with gardening, farm maintenance and administration. Call Gretchen Heinze at 301-292-5665.

St. Mary's County Meals on Wheels needs drivers and substitutes to deliver meals to homebound people once a week. Call Marilyn at 301-475-4200, Ext. 1060.

Center for Children, an outpatient mental health clinic for children and adults, needs mentors 21 and older for children ages 4 to 15 who have a parent who is in prison, on probation or on parole. The program is designed to provide the children with emotional support and to help them with academics, life skills and character development. Call Chana Smikle or Allison Bough at 301-609-9887. The center also seeks Charles County children to participate in the program. Call Ellen Sarrett at 301-753-4002.

The center's supervised visitation program needs volunteers to monitor court-ordered supervised visits between noncustodial parents and their children. A background check and training are provided. Call Chana Smikle at 301-609-9887, Ext. 129.

St. Mary's Animal Welfare League needs foster homes, board members and volunteers to help with socializing animals, publicity, fundraisers and adoption events. 301-373-5659, or

Birthright of Prince Frederick needs volunteers to work with pregnant women at its center on Armory Road. Call Patricia Kelly at 410-535-3593.

Charles County Children's Aid Society needs volunteers to perform general office duties. Call Maria Bryan at 301-645-1561 or visit

Three Oaks Center, a shelter for homeless men, needs volunteer monitors from 8 a.m. to noon or from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift a month. Training is provided. Call Ruben Berry at 301-863-9535.

Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue, a nonprofit rescue and adoption organization specializing in finding homes for retired racing greyhounds, needs people to work with or adopt dogs. Call 301-373-4820 in St. Mary's or 410-326-3555 in Calvert or visit

Calvert Memorial Hospital needs volunteers in many areas, including the patient information desk, gift shop, emergency department, urgent care centers and patient shuttle. Call Susan Stevens at 410-414-4523.

Community Support Systems Inc., which serves low-income residents of northern Charles and southern Prince George's counties, needs volunteers to assist with food tables at its food pantry on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Volunteers are also needed to set up displays, hand out brochures and answer questions about the agency. 301-372-1491.

Trico Corp. needs volunteers in its Hollywood and Waldorf offices. Trico is an outpatient mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation clinic that provides care regardless of clients' financial resources. Call Kim Clarke at 301-862-4961 or visit

Civista Medical Center needs volunteers to help with its gift shop, information desk, coffee cart, pharmacy and reception desk. 301-609-4129.

American Cancer Society offers volunteer training in all three Southern Maryland counties. 301-261-6000 or 888-603-4304.

Calvert Healthcare Solutions needs help with fundraising activities and events. Contact Raymon Noble at 410-414-5628 or

Alternatives for Youth and Families needs foster parents in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. Call Sarah at 301-884-0312, Ext. 122.

Safe Harbor, a Calvert County organization that supports victims of domestic violence, needs volunteers to give time, goods and money. Training is provided, and hours are flexible. 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

Calvert County Crisis Intervention Center needs volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training is provided, and hours are flexible. 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

Calvert County Health Department needs volunteers to assist with health outreach and prevention activities. 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, Ext. 344.

The state Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Division, which helps adults with disabilities find employment, needs volunteers to help with clerical and telephone duties in the Waldorf office one morning or afternoon each week. 301-645-8882.

March of Dimes needs volunteers for office support duties, including data entry, mailings, typing, preparing materials for distribution and answering phone calls. Contact Jennifer Abell at 301-934-2235 or

MetroPets Online needs volunteers to help promote the adoption and proper care of pets in the Washington area. 301-873-0846 or

Greenwell Foundation needs volunteers for programs and special projects, including gardening, office work, trail and park maintenance, summer camp, barn chores, mowing, special events and fundraising. Foundation programs take place at Greenwell State Park in Hollywood. 301-373-9775, or

Calvert Animal Welfare League needs volunteers to help homeless animals in Calvert County. 410-535-9300 or

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maryland needs volunteers to help with homework, recreational activities and skill development. A background check is required. The organization operates five programs in St. Mary's County and three in Calvert County. Specify the county in which you wish to volunteer. 410-326-2200.

The Calvert County Office on Aging needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to the homebound. Call Harry or Carolyn at 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Project Echo Shelter, a Prince Frederick shelter for homeless people, needs volunteers to staff a shift or help serve a meal. Volunteers must commit to four hours a month. Call Lori Hony at 410-257-0003 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or leave a message including the best time for you to be contacted.

The Center for Abused Persons needs on-call volunteers to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers must be 21 or older. Training is provided. Call Diane at 301-645-9387 or 301-645-8994.

Spring Dell Center needs volunteers to assist developmentally disabled people during the center's lunch period. Call Debbie at 301-870-3758 or 301-932-1601.

Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging needs volunteers to help with its Meals on Wheels and Telephone Reassurance programs. Volunteers are also needed for positions on the board. Call Olivia Baird at 301-392-6325.

Court-appointed special advocates are needed in Charles and St. Mary's counties to help provide a voice in juvenile court proceedings for abused and neglected children by advocating for placements and services. CASA volunteers work about 10-15 hours a month and are screened and trained. In St. Mary's, call Rose Deckelman at 301-475-6667 or e-mail In Charles, call Stefanie Myers at 301-609-9887 or e-mail

Hospice of Charles County needs volunteers. Training is provided twice a year, in March and October. Call Susan Loomis at 301-934-1268.

Hospice of St. Mary's County seeks volunteers to help with patient care, administrative work, bereavement counseling and fundraisers. Schedules can be flexible. Interviews are required before and after patient care training. Call Kim Knight at 301-475-6478.

Calvert Hospice needs volunteers. Call Ann Lavezzo at 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

Historic St. Mary's City needs volunteers to help with gardens, to maintain and sail a tall ship, to greet visitors and to host special events. 240-895-4979 or

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum needs volunteers for its Family Discovery Room, museum shop, education programs and the Louis L. Goldstein Gallery. Volunteers can also work with archaeologists and conservators at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. Call 410-586-8501.

St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum at Coltons Point needs volunteers to help with student and group tours, weekend visitors, special events and the museum store. 301-769-2222 or

Historic Sotterley Plantation needs volunteers to work in the gift shop, assist guests and share the history of Sotterley with the public. Call Carole Wible at 301-373-2280 or e-mail

Summerseat Farm Sanctuary needs volunteers to conduct tours, work with animals, help in the gardens and vineyard, and help coordinate members and volunteers from home. Contact Jean at 240-298-6072 or

Mattawoman Creek Art Center seeks volunteers. Visit the center at Smallwood State Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday or call 301-743-5159.

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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