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

American Red Cross's Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Regionneeds volunteers to help staff blood drives throughout Maryland. Volunteers provide customer service to donors and help in the refreshment area. A commitment of two or more blood drives (lasting four to six hours each) a month is required. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Drives take place in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Training is provided. Contact the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

Annapolis High School Mock Job Interview Programneeds adult volunteers to conduct interviews with 11th-grade English students today and tomorrow. Interviews will provide real-world experience on concepts taught in the classroom. Students have covered topics such as appropriate dress, eye contact, oral communication, courtesy, assertiveness and résumé writing. No experience necessary. Contact Eric Elston at 410-266-5240, Ext. 230, or eelston@aacps.org.

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilitiesneeds volunteers to serve in multiple locations and programs around the county. Call the volunteer coordinator at 410-222-4464.

· The Foster Grandparent Programneeds volunteers to work with special-needs children. Income-eligible seniors 60 and older spend approximately 20 hours per week at schools, Head Start centers and other nonprofit child-care facilities working one-on-one with children. A tax-free stipend, transportation and paid training are provided. Contact Kristin Plumer at 410-222-4464 or agkrpl77@aacounty.org.

· The Senior Center Plus Programneeds volunteer leaders and assistants to help plan and implement activities. This new program is designed to meet the needs of less active, frail seniors who wish to continue to participate in a senior center. It will be carried out at select senior centers on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call Susan Puddester at 410-222-4464.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities,the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and Citizens Corps Councilare recruiting and deploying church youth groups, families, Scouts and high school groups as well as adult organizations for the Snow Patrol program, which provides for the removal of snow and ice for elderly or disabled seniors. To volunteer, call Bill at the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207. Residents needing assistance should call the Department of Aging at 410-222-4464.

Anne Arundel County Department of Social Servicesneeds volunteers to participate in structured mentoring relationships with children and adolescents. Mentors are asked to make a one-year commitment and meet with the clients one hour a week on the volunteers' own schedules. Screening and background checks are required. Training and other support provided. Contact Maria Huguley at 410-269-4461 or mhuguley@dhr.state.md.us.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity,which builds affordable homes for low-income families, needs financial and volunteer support. Crew leaders are needed to work on construction sites; no minimum commitment is required. Volunteers are also needed to provide lunches for construction crews on Saturdays. Help is also needed in the office and with special events. Contact Leslie Merwin, 410-384-9212, Ext. 118, or leslie@arundelhabitat.org, or visit http://www.arundelhabitat.org. The Arundel Habitat Annual Dinnerand 20th-Anniversary Celebration, a fundraising and volunteer recognition event, will be from 7 to 10 p.m. April 20 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. Call Sue at 410-384-9212, Ext. 110.

The Caring Collectionneeds volunteers 12 and older to help make stained-glass angels and sun-catchers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Annapolis. No experience needed. Volunteers will learn the art of stained glass while creating works that will be sold to benefit oncology patients at Anne Arundel Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Volunteers interested in marketing are needed to contact the media. Call Bobbie Burnett at 410-849-5333, e-mail caringcollection@att.net or visit http://www.caringcollection.org.

Cats R Us Inc.,a nonprofit feral-cat rescue group, operates two small shelters in Annapolis and Arnold. Adult volunteers are needed to help with the care and socialization of cats at the Arnold shelter. Cats R Us is a no-kill facility. Call 410-349-1156.

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help),based at the Gardner Center in Parole, helps Hispanic immigrants who come to the Annapolis area from El Salvador, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Immigrants need assistance with basics such as food, clothing and health care, as well as help in reading notices and other documents. Bilingual office help is needed during regular office hours, and on-call staff are needed for translation assistance. Call 410-295-3434.

Chesapeake Children's Museum,25 Silopanna Rd. in Annapolis, needs volunteer docents for two- and three-hour shifts a week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help with exhibits and publicity, to mend costumes and puppets, and as "environmentors," adults who work with middle school students on animal care, water testing and outdoor tasks. Help is also needed to prepare a newsletter for mailing and library distribution during the last week of the month. Most volunteer positions are for youths 14 and older and for families with children. Volunteers can earn free museum admission passes for themselves or friends, and discounts on museum programs. Donations of a working bathroom scale, a short-handled crab net and a microphone are also sought for exhibits. A shop vacuum with crevice attachment is also needed. Call Deborah Wood at 410-990-1993 or e-mail info@theccm.org.

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. Volunteer orientation and training will be at noon Saturday. For information or to use HAVEN's services, call 410-224-2437 or visit http://www.havenannapolis.org.

Hospice of the Chesapeakewill present its Volunteer Information Night from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 445 Defense Hwy., Annapolis. Staff members will discuss volunteer opportunities including patient care, bereavement support, help in the office and community outreach. Refreshments will be served. Contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or kbourgard@hospicechesapeake.org.

Regency Park Assisted Living Residenceneeds a volunteer driver21 or older with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a good driving record to transport caregivers to the facility in inclement weather conditions during winter months. Call Judy Long at 410-923-1200 or e-mail regencyparkgambrills@comcast.net.

Secure the Call, a local coalition of more than 120 organizations, collects used cellphones and redistributes them for 911 emergency use. Adult volunteers are needed to form groups to place Secure the Call phone collection barrels in approved locations within mapped areas of Anne Arundel County. Call Corey Jarman at 301-891-1676, e-mail info@securethecall.org or visit http://www.securethecall.org.

Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel Countyhas many positions available. Call 410-897-9207, e-mail info@volunteerannearundel.org or visit http://www.volunteerannearundel.org.

--Compiled by SHARON FANNING

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