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

The Annapolis Jaycees will be assembling holiday food baskets on Friday and delivering them on Saturday to more than 50 families, including about 115 children whose names are provided by the Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services Holiday Sharing program. To volunteer, call 410-224-1776 or e-mail

First Night Annapolis is looking for people who are familiar with downtown Annapolis to serve as monitors at more than 20 performance venues on Dec. 31. Duties include verifying admission buttons, providing hospitality, counting guests and providing directions. Assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are also needed from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to set up the Children's Museum's creation station and help children make crafts, such as ribbon sticks and hats to be used during the First Night community procession. Call 410-268-8553, e-mail or download a volunteer application at

Central Special School, at 140 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, needs volunteers for a therapeutic developmental movement workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays from Jan. 6 through Feb. 17. Volunteers help preschool- and elementary-age students do dance movements. Call Jen Bond, 410-956-5885.

Dachshund Rescue of North America Inc. needs foster homes for dachshunds. For information, call 703-304-2702, e-mail or visit

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is accepting new, unwrapped toys from 7 to 11 p.m. daily through Dec. 22 at Anne Arundel Community College, Department of Public Safety (a two-story white building). The Marines will distribute the toys to needy children with the aid of local social welfare agencies and churches. Call Darrell Wallace at 410-777-2315 or 410-777-2729.

Providence Center is a nonprofit group that provides employment and vocational, recreational, retirement, medical day care and transportation services to more than 450 people each day. Volunteers are needed to organize a holiday party in mid-December for the Glen Burnie Center. Call Ellen Dannan at 410-315-8303 or e-mail

Rude Ranch Animal Rescue in Harwood finds homes for adoptable animals placed in its care, provides rehabilitation of feral and neglected cats rescued from abusive situations, and attempts to put an end to needless euthanasia. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, gift wrapping and photos with Santa. Groups, youths age 16 and older and families with an adult present are welcome. Donations of canned cat food and dog food will be accepted. For information, call Katherine Rude at 410-798-9559, e-mail or visit

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. Call 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.

Sarah's House is a program for homeless women, children and men in Anne Arundel County providing case management, child care, transportation and employment services at Fort Meade. Volunteers are needed to handle donations a few hours a week. Schedules are flexible. Volunteers are also needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 to sort and move Christmas donations, wrap gifts and other duties. Call Bruce Clopein at 410-551-7722, Ext. 213 or e-mail

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 call the Jaycees at 410-647-2103 or e-mail For information 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. Call 410-544-8208, e-mail or visit

South River Federation includes individuals and civic and community associations dedicated to restoring, protecting and preserving the South River watershed. Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis for administrative assistance, grant writing, membership recruitment and management, fundraising, event planning and more. A volunteer is needed to help maintain the Federation Web site. Geographical Information System experts are needed to help set up the GIS system at the South River Federation office in early 2006. Call the office at 443-482-2155, e-mail, call Lee Ann Candon at 443-482-2155, e-mail or visit

The YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County offers services and programs for girls and women. The YWCA is accepting donations of the following items for its domestic violence shelter: cotton balls, cotton swabs, curling irons, dental floss, deodorants, emery boards, nail clippers, feminine hygiene products, hair care products, aspirin, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, book bags, folders, pencils and other school supplies. Other needs include alarm clocks (wind-up preferred), books of stamps, flashlights, umbrellas, twin-size bedding, white towels and more. Items can be dropped off at 1517 Ritchie Hwy., Arnold, until Dec. 16. For more information, call Debbie O'Banion at 410-626-7800, Ext. 109, or e-mail

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

-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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