These area organizations need volunteers, clothing, food, money and other resources during the holiday season.
The Giving Tree campaign encourages the community to fulfill children's wishes. Patrons select stockings from the tree in the showroom at 1616A Rockville Pike and deliver unwrapped gifts by Dec. 5.
Community Companions Program
This program needs new toys, video games, nonperishable food and furniture for children and teenagers with developmental disabilities. The center is open from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays at 1010 Grandin Ave., Rockville. Arrange a delivery time for donations. For more information, call Steven Edwards.
Hearts and Homes for Youth
301-589-8444, Ext. 206
The group, which helps more than 1,000 neglected and abused children annually, seeks donations of clothing, books, compact disc players, gift certificates and sports equipment. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 800, Silver Spring. Call to arrange for pickup of large donations. For more information, call Rakia McDonald.
This nonmedical, volunteer hospice, which provides free support to terminally ill patients and their families, needs volunteers to gift-wrap purchases from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at Barnes & Noble, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Three- to four-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends through Dec. 24.
Life Skills Workshop
The organization seeks donations of 75 Target gift certificates of $25 each. Volunteers are needed for its annual holiday reunion for women recovering from addiction, mental illness and financial difficulties. Gift certificates can be mailed to Life Skills Workshop Inc., PO Box 2274, Kensington, Md. 20891. For more information, ask for Teresa Gardner-Williams.
Montgomery County Volunteer & Community Service Center
This county center is the liaison for community agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center can provide a list of holiday volunteer opportunities and places seeking donations.
National Center for Children and Families
301-365-4480, Ext. 113
This organization seeks art supplies, sporting goods, board games, action figures, disposable cameras and gift certificates for children. Gifts should be unwrapped and delivered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays by Dec. 15 to 6301 Greentree Rd. in Bethesda. For more information, call Elise Goede.
Rockville Holiday Drive 2005
The city of Rockville is seeking donations of money and new, unwrapped toys for its holiday drive. During business hours, donations may be left at the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, 20 Courthouse Sq., No. 205; the back porch of Glenview Mansion, Baltimore Road and Edmonston Drive; the Rockville Senior Center, 1150 Carnation Dr.; and Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville. Make checks payable to the Rockville Holiday Drive Fund and mail them to the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Rockville Holiday Drive, 20 Courthouse Sq., Rockville, Md. 20850.
St. Luke's House
301-493-4200, Ext. 215
St. Luke's House provides psychiatric rehabilitation, housing and a clinic for adults with serious and persistent mental illness. Among the items being sought are art supplies, gift certificates, winter hats and gloves, socks, stationery, stamps, new twin-size bed linens and personal-hygiene products. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 6040 Southport Dr., Bethesda. For more information, contact Diane Wagner.
Community Living provides homes and services for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities. Toiletries and nonperishable food items are needed. Monetary donations also are needed to fund the Snowflake Campaign, which allocates $50 to each resident for holiday gifts. Contributions to the Snowflake Campaign should be sent to 620-B Research Dr., Frederick, Md. 21703.
Frederick Rescue Mission
In addition to nonperishable food, the mission needs toys, flannel shirts and sweat suits of all sizes, blankets and winter coats by Dec. 19. Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends at 419 W. South St., Frederick.
Prince George's County
Catholic Charities of Prince George's County
Catholic Charities seeks household furnishings, clothing, Metro bus and rail passes, gift certificates and donations of money for families in its transition program. Donations can be mailed or will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 6706 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Md. 20747.
Prince George's County Volunteer Center
This county service organization is a liaison for agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center matches residents to volunteer opportunities. Contact the center for a list of holiday volunteer opportunities in Prince George's.
SHARE Food Network
SHARE seeks donations of money to buy turkey and ham dinners for families for Christmas. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 5170 Lawrence Pl., Hyattsville. Volunteers also are needed for food distribution. For more information, call Ninochika Twitty.
The Giving Tree campaign encourages the community to fulfill children's wishes. Patrons select stockings from the tree in the showroom at Dobbin Center, 6345 Dobbin Rd., Columbia, and deliver unwrapped gifts by Dec. 5.
All Creatures Great and Small Wildlife Center
This volunteer organization cares for small, orphaned mammals and birds with the goal of returning them to the wild. Items requested include unscented laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels and monetary donations to assist with veterinary supplies. For more information, call Judy Holzman.
The Volunteer Center
This arm of the Columbia Association's Community Services Division has compiled "Holiday Gift Guide 2005: A Guide for Giving," which lists nonprofit and public agencies that need donations or assistance. To receive a complete guide by mail, contact the center. Guides also can be downloaded from the association's Web site.
The following are a few of the opportunities available:
Animal Advocates of Howard County needs volunteers to help raise money and develop programs to help animals. Direct donations of money are also needed. 410-880-2488.
Moveable Feast needs volunteers to deliver meals to people with HIV/AIDS. 410-327-3420, Ext. 31.
The STTAR Center needs large unisex sweat clothes, new undergarments and stuffed animals for victims of sexual trauma or abuse. 410-290-6432.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel Food and Resource Bank
Food donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at the Central Kitchen Building, Crownsville Hospital Center, 1520 Crownsville Rd. Please mail monetary donations to Anne Arundel Food Bank, PO Box 650, Crownsville, Md. 21032. For volunteer driving opportunities, call Bruce Michalec.
This community service organization seeks monetary donations to benefit its holiday food basket project, which provides local families with food, clothing and toys. Monetary donations with the notation "Holiday food baskets" should be mailed to Annapolis Jaycees Foundation, PO Box 248, Annapolis, Md. 21404.
The Giving Tree campaign encourages the community to fill children's wishes. Patrons select stockings from the tree in the showroom at 71 Forest Plaza, Annapolis, and deliver unwrapped gifts by Dec. 5.
This residential treatment program for women and children seeks art supplies, board games, diapers, personal-hygiene products, disposable cameras, prepaid telephone calling cards, stationery, towels and bed linen. Donations will be accepted from 5 to 8 p.m. daily at 1570 Crownsville Rd., Crownsville. Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information, call Patty Shreve.
This hunger-relief organization seeks cash donations, grocery store gift certificates and frozen turkeys. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 2666 Riva Rd., third floor, Annapolis.
Rotary Club of West Anne Arundel County
This community commerce organization seeks donations for its annual holiday food drive for needy families. Donations of nonperishable food items can be delivered to the O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Rd., Odenton; Citizens National Bank, 1253 Annapolis Rd., Odenton; County National Bank, 8759 Piney Orchard Pkwy., Odenton; and Bank of Glen Burnie, 1405 Annapolis Rd., Odenton, and 811 Reece Rd., Severn. Monetary donations should be mailed to the Rotary Club of West Anne Arundel County, 1121 Annapolis Rd., Box 175, Odenton, Md. 21113. For more information, call David Magayna.
Salvation Army of Annapolis
Volunteers are sought to help dress teddy bears and fill stockings for needy families, serve as bell ringers and volunteer at the Angel Tree at Annapolis Mall. Bears and stockings are provided, but donations to put in the stockings are needed. Volunteers also are needed to help distribute gift baskets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at 351 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis. Businesses, clubs and organizations are sought to sponsor canned-food drives.
Sarah's House provides individuals and families with temporary housing. Donations of nonperishable food, toiletries, medical supplies, personal grooming items, household cleaning supplies, infant fleece clothing and gift certificates will be accepted at 2015 20th St., Fort Meade, and must be received by Dec. 17. For more information, call Bruce Clopein or Angela Murray.
Above, Lisa Lewscki, left, and Jessica Linsin pack boxes for Thanksgiving distribution, part of Rockville's Holiday Drive 2005. At left, Marcelo Ramagem lugs bags of onions.
Caitlin Wiggington sorts potatoes at the Rockville Thanksgiving drive. The city's Holiday Drive 2005 needs donations of money and new toys.