Books for International Goodwill, at 1325 Marlboro Rd. in Lothian, needs volunteers to sort and pack books for shipment to hurricane-damaged schools and developing countries from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 10, 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 and during a book sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Contact 410-293-6865, or

Captain Salem Avery House, a museum in Shady Side dedicated to the watermen of Chesapeake Bay, is operated and maintained by the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society. Volunteers are needed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday to assist with activities and greet visitors during a children's holiday tree-trimming event. Volunteers also are needed Dec. 12 to prepare and assist with a Christmas brunch. Call Janet Surrett at 410-867-4486 or contact or

Chrysalis House in Crownsville provides addiction treatment services in a residential setting for women and for women with children. Help is needed with collecting and wrapping Christmas gifts for residents. Contact Patty Shreve at or Lorene Lake at, or call 410-974-6829.

The Community Center in Severna Park offers these volunteer opportunities: tutoring in math or English after school, serving on the board or a standing committee, helping with maintenance work and gardening, coordinating volunteers or chaperoning Friday and Saturday night youth center events. Contact Patt Haun at 410-647-5843, or

HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network (HAVEN) seeks volunteers to be buddies, drive people to medical appointments or support group meetings, or help with special events, fundraisers, parties and office work. Volunteers are also needed from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 to help with a holiday party for 150 individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. Contact Tony at 410-224-2437, or

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian has opportunities for older teenage and adult volunteers to collect water samples, clear trails, weigh turtles, guide visitors on nature walks, draw maps, lead canoe trips, make posters, net fish, work at the visitor center on weekends and more. Contact Lindsay Funk at 410-741-9330, or

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland urgently needs volunteers to help deliver meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. The Pascal Senior Center site needs drivers to deliver prepared meals on routes serving Brooklyn Park and Glen Burnie. Volunteers are also needed take meals from the O'Malley Senior Center to locations in the Odenton area, from the Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park to the Cape St. Claire area and from St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Annapolis to Crofton. Volunteers are also needed to accompany drivers, pack meals, shop for groceries or make phone calls. Many opportunities are flexible. Contact Terry Lehr, program administrator, at 410-431-5257, or

My Brother's Pantry, supported by nine area congregations and operated out of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold, provides food for families experiencing unemployment or disability. Volunteers are needed to work in the food pantry. Sponsors are needed through Dec. 25 to provide Christmas food baskets and/or holiday gifts for children. 410-757-5190.

Partners in Care helps frail seniors and disabled adults stay in their homes by linking them with neighbors who 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, to grocery stores and on errands. Additional liability insurance is provided for volunteer drivers. One-hour orientation programs for new volunteers will be held at 2 and 5 p.m. today at the Partners in Care Office, 348 Ritchie Hwy., Severna Park. Contact Joyce Cavey at 410-544-4800 or

The Ridge School of Anne Arundel County in Crownsville educates students in grades 8-12 who have learning disabilities, emotional disturbances or special needs. Volunteers are needed to help in the library. Contact Beth Overton at 410-923-6410 or

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging, needs tax preparers at the county's seven senior centers. Volunteers will attend training in early January and then prepare simple individual state and federal returns at the senior centers from February through April. Competency with tax software and the e-filing process is required. Call the RSVP office at 410-222-4464 or contact the assistant director of your local senior center.

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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