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

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services needs volunteers in all four county office locations. Volunteers work as tutors, mentors, case aides, transportation aides, representative payees, board members, child-care aides and office assistants. The department's volunteer office also screens students interested in a field placement in the agency. Hours are flexible and projects range from one-time commitments to ongoing involvement. Volunteers are also needed to assist the agency's Holiday Sharing Program, which matches donors to families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For information, contact Maria Huguley at 410-269-4461 or, or visit

The Lost Towns Project, of Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, locates and explores Colonial-period sites. The project needs volunteers 16 and older to assist the county archaeology staff in excavation work; to help the laboratory staff in washing, labeling and cataloging artifacts from sites around the county; and to perform archives research. Current and potential volunteers are invited to presentations about a variety of topics including historic ceramics, preservation law, underwater archaeology, site synthesis and historical document research. The presentations are held weekdays at the county's Heritage Office Complex, Chesapeake Room, second floor, 2664 Riva Rd., Annapolis. For more information, contact Erin Cullen at 410-222-7441 or

Giving Tree Campaign, sponsored by Annapolis Lighting, invites participants to select a child's holiday stocking from a Christmas tree at the store's showroom at 71 Forest Plaza in Annapolis. Each stocking includes the name and age of a particular boy or girl and gift suggestions. A sticker identifies the child and his or her wish card to ensure a match between the donor and the recipient. Participants can bring gifts, unwrapped, to the showrooms before Dec. 5. The District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency will distribute the gifts. For information about the Giving Tree Campaign, call Alex Mead at 888-346-4427. For information about the Child and Family Services Agency, contact 202-442-6000 or

HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) seeks volunteers to drive people to doctor's appointments or support group meetings, to be a buddy, or to help with special events, fundraisers, parties and office work. People are invited to participate in a candlelight walk at 6:30 p.m. Dec.1 near the Alex Haley statue at the City Dock to observe World AIDS Day. The walk will be followed by an interfaith gathering from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Stanton Community Center at 92 West Washington St. in Annapolis. Volunteers are also needed from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 to help with a holiday party for 150 individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Contact Tony at 410-224-2437 or, or visit

Partners in Care helps frail seniors and disabled adults stay independent in their homes by linking them with neighbors who volunteer to help with occasional tasks and errands, yard work and home repair. Participants can provide services, receive services or both. For each hour of service donated, an hour of service credit is earned. That credit can be used later by the individual or donated back to the program for others in need. Drivers are needed to take older adults to medical appointments, grocery shopping and on errands. Additional liability insurance is provided for volunteer drivers. Volunteers are also needed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Boutique resale shop in Severna Park. Contact Joyce Cavey at 410-544-4800 or

PKD Foundation needs adult volunteers for fundraising events, the annual September Walk for PKD, publicity, kidney patient support education and to serve on the board of directors. For the National Capital chapter, contact Heather Reilly at 301-775-9122 or For the Baltimore chapter, contact Dawn Dice at 410-729-3887 or

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church's Angel's Attic Thrift Shop needs volunteers on Saturdays, as well as donations of new or gently used children's clothes, toys, games, books, videos and small household items. Profits supplement the church's Our Reach missions. Contact Angela Donovan at 410-798-7823.

Severna Park Jaycees need contributions for their holiday meal program for the needy. A $60 donation will buy a family a complete turkey dinner plus additional items for a fulfilling holiday season. Mail donations of any amount to Holiday Meals, Severna Park Jaycees, P.O. Box 524, Severna Park, Md. 21146. Volunteers who can help contact recipients and package and deliver meals on Dec. 17 should contact the Jaycees at 410-647-2103 or To learn more about the Severna Park Jaycees, an organization for ages 21 to 40, visit

The Sharing Foundation assists the families of the working poor and others in need in Anne Arundel County. Volunteers help with fundraising, special events and programs such as Santa's Share Your Christmas, Books for Kids and Children's Winter Coats. Volunteers are needed until Dec. 25 to collect, sort and wrap gifts and books. Contact 410-544-8208, or

Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are recruiting weekday and weekend volunteer gallery teachers or docents interested in Asian arts and cultures. A training course covering the galleries' exhibitions and collections and museum interpretation techniques will be held in early 2006. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 30. Contact or

Winter Relief Program, run by area churches, needs volunteers through early April to help check in homeless men and women at the Salvation Army in Glen Burnie and transport them to showers. The program's location rotates among participating churches in Annapolis, Arnold, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Odenton, Millersville, Pasadena and Severna Park. For one week at a time, each church hosts men (some can also accommodate women) in need of a hot meal, shelter for the night and breakfast the next morning. Interested volunteers can call 410-863-4888 and leave a message.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County's Holiday Volunteer Guide lists volunteer opportunities and donation needs through December. For a guide, contact the Volunteer Center at 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 130, in Annapolis; 410-897-9207;; or

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is a seniors volunteer program offered through the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Volunteers with an aptitude for numbers are needed at all seven county senior centers. Call the RSVP office, 410-222-4464, or the senior director at the senior center closest to you: Annapolis Senior Center, 410-222-1818; Arnold Senior Center, 410-222-1922; Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 410-222-6847; O'Malley Senior Center, 410-222-6227; Pasadena Senior Center, 410-222-0030; Pascal Senior Center, 410-222-6680; or South County Senior Center, 410-222-1927.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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