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

Arundel Lodge provides live-in and daytime 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, and help with social and recreational events. Call Laura Murphy at 410-841-6131, Ext. 125.

Bello Machre provides loving homes for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Volunteers can help with holiday decorating, making cookies and crafts, playing games or just being a friend to a resident. Holiday donations of winter coats, nonperishable food and complete sets of dishes and pans can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 7765 Freetown Rd., Pasadena. For more information, contact Tracy Lynott or Kim Reffitt at 410-255-3805, or, or go to

The Maryland Food Bank needs volunteers at its location in Halethorpe (Baltimore County) 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. weekdays. Volunteers must be 12 and older and wear close-toed shoes. Help is needed to sort and box food donations during the following shifts: 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 3, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6, and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21. To volunteer, contact Barbara Craig at 410-737-8282, Ext. 232, or

The National Aquarium's Chesapeake Bay Initiative habitat restoration project will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the aquarium's Fort McHenry Field Station in Baltimore. Volunteers are needed to help remove debris, restore habitat for wildlife and plants, maintain trails and observe wildlife at the tidal wetland bordering Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. To participate, register by Nov. 28 with the aquarium's Conservation Department at 410-659-4274 or

The Salvation Army needs volunteers for its Christmas programs through Dec. 22. Programs include food pantry donations, family sponsorship, the toy drive, kettle collections, the Angel Tree gift program and distribution of gift bags. Contact Capt. Chuck Whiten for information about the toy drive and kettle collection sites, Julie Whiten about the Angel Tree program and Renee Powell or Cindy Ernest for all other programs at 410-263-4091.

Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN), in cooperation with area churches, helps people who need food, emergency medical or prescription services, crisis assistance and other aid. SPAN needs donations, volunteers and sponsors for its Holiday Caring program. SPAN is housed in the parsonage behind Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Rd., Severna Park. Call 410-647-0889.

SPCA of Anne Arundel County needs adult volunteers (or ages 13-17 with a parent) to walk dogs, play with cats, provide foster care for needy animals, help with pet shows, bathe and brush dogs and more. The wish list of items needed for the shelter includes premium dog, puppy, cat and kitten food; six-foot nylon leashes and adjustable nylon puppy and adult collars; covered cat beds (not foam), grooming brushes, combs, nail trimmers and clippers. For more information, contact Anne Handel at 410-268-4388, Ext. 121, or, or go to

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County is offering the opportunity to spend a year in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. This is a full-time, 12-month position beginning in January.

The member will receive a modest annual living allowance of approximately $11,000 along with training, individual health insurance, student loan deferment and a post-service education award of up to $4,725 to help pay for future college courses or student loans. Candidates must be 18 or older, be self-starters, have reliable transportation, love working with people, and have good organizational and computer skills including familiarity with the Microsoft Office program.

This position will promote the center's youth service and disaster preparedness programs in low-income communities. The candidate should be prepared to do community outreach for the Volunteer Center's Kids as Problem Solvers program.

The center hopes to choose someone for this position by early December. An online application is required. For information, contact Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207 or

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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