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Volunteers Needed in Anne Arundel

Here's a list of ways to volunteer locally and help in the community.

Volunteers Needed in Anne Arundel

Each week, the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County announces current opportunities available to help others.

Many Volunteer positions are available through the Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County. If you do not see an opportunity below that fits your needs, contact the Volunteer Center at info@volunteerannearundel.org or 410-897-9207. Check our Website: www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

Anne Arundel Community College Center for Learning Through Service

The Center for Learning Through Service at Anne Arundel Community College promotes citizenship and learning through service by providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff to serve the community.  The center works with over 100 community partners to match college volunteers with community needs. For more information call 410-777-2053. Web: www.aacc.edu/servicelearning.

§     The Cell Phones for Soldiers Project has been a great success at AACC, and will continue on an on-going basis.  Please continue to donate your old cell phones and accessories.  The materials will be recycled and proceeds will be used to purchase calling cards for soldiers serving overseas, enabling them to stay connected to their families and loved ones back home. Drop off location: Arnold Campus, SUN Bldg., Rm. 130, Mon–Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Contact Shauna Drye at sldrye@aacc.edu or 410-777-2053.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland

This full-time professional ballet company and training academy performs at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts four times each year and also performs full-length, mini-performances, and lecture/demonstrations throughout Maryland locations. Its School of Classic and Contemporary Dance provides professional training to children from age two and up, and including adults; from beginners through professionals. Volunteers are needed for a variety of administrative, fundraising, and special event capacities in Annapolis. For info contact Laura Lansing at 410-224-5644 or e-mail btmmgr@balletmaryland.org. See Web site: www.balletmaryland.org.

Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G) Project

Thousands of books gather dust in storage rooms and attics, while thousands of students and adults in developing countries lack both textbooks and recreational reading. Volunteers drop off good used books and/or help sort 8:00 am–12:00 noon on the second and fourth Saturdays each month (volunteers should call to verify) at the B.I.G. warehouse at 2000 Capital Dr., Annapolis. Individuals of high school age and older are welcome to help on a "drop-in" basis.  Select volunteers are welcomed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to sort and shelve books for future Book Sales. Please contact Joyce at 703-919-0069 if you are interested in helping get books ready for a B.I.G. Sale. There is also a book drop off at this location open 24 hours daily; directions are listed on the website, below. Special times may be arranged for groups. Groups should schedule with Steve Frantzich at 410-293-6865 or frantzic@usna.edu. Website: www.big-books.org.

Calvary Food Bank

Calvary Food Bank is certified by Anne Arundel County Food Link to provide free food to area residents; on Tues. evenings each week food is distributed to 75-100 needy persons. Volunteers are needed to help pick up and store food from Giant Food and other area supermarkets for about two hours on Mon. and Tues. mornings using the Calvary Food Bank truck. For more information call 410-969-5100 or e-mail: Francur07@aol.com. 

Cats R Us, Inc.

This nonprofit feral cat rescue group operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. The main focus is TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return). The shelter in Arnold is a "TNR" shelter, in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized, and eartipped for identification by veterinarians. This is a NO KILL facility and these cats will stay with CRU as long as it takes for them to find their forever home. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8 and older, are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, to attend adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, to make cat/kitten home deliveries, or to sit and spend time with wonderful cats. An adult should accompany volunteers younger than age 16. Training will be provided for shelter and adoption workers. Parental consent forms are required. Low cost spay/neuter clinics are held Mondays at Save-a-Life in Linthicum. For information, contact 410-263-1719 or MsKittyMeow3@juno.com. See website: www.CatsRUs.petfinder.com

Center for Social Change

This nonprofit provides services to children and adults with developmental disorders. Volunteers, age 16 and up, with compassion for people with developmental disabilities are needed as friendly visitors to visit clients at home, as job coaches to help build vocational skills (e.g., computers, resumes, etc.), and to help with fundraising. Training will be provided and screening, including references and background checks, is required.  For more information (or to volunteer) contact info@centerforsocialchangeorg or 410-579-6789.  See web site at: www.centerforsocialchange.org

Chesapeake Arts Center

Volunteers, age 18 and up, are needed to serve as ushers, ticket attendants, and house managers for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Studio 194 Theatres. Volunteers can also help in the gift shop office, conducting daily administrative duties, distribution of flyers/newsletters in the community, mailings, and more. Extra volunteers are also needed to help with special events such as the Gala, gardening help for the front garden is also needed. Contact the Arts Center at 410-636-6597 or email: rachels@chesapeakearts.org Web: www.chesapeakearts.org.

Fouse Center

This Glen Burnie nonprofit provides transitional housing for homeless men in Northern Anne Arundel County. Its goal is to assist men with the transition from homelessness to independent and stable living. Volunteers are needed to serve on Committees and the Board of Directors, to provide administrative assistance, as mentors and adult education tutors, landscape and building repair, inside painting, general cleaning, organizing supplies and more. Groups can come in and prepare a meal for 15–20 people. Contact Mario at 410-609-1224 or info@thefousecenter.com. Web site: www.thefousecenter.com.

Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

The museum is dedicated to serving the community by providing multifaceted support through meaningful interactions with history and material culture of Maryland African Americans. Volunteers are needed to assist at the Information Desk, as Docents, for Special Events, and more. There are ongoing opportunities on Saturdays and Sundays for assistance with greeting guests and patrons at the main entrance and to work with kid’s activities during public hours. The minimum age for volunteers is 14. Volunteering is open to adults, seniors, college, and high school students. Service learning credit hours can be earned by high school students. We are accepting applications for the following volunteer positions: Special Event Volunteer, Administrative Assistant, Curatorial Assistant, and Visitor Services. Volunteer orientations are held at 7:00 pm on the last Monday of each month. Contact Joy Hall, at 443-263-1852 or hall@maamc.org; web site: www.AfricanAmericanCultureorg .

Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center

The Center exists to preserve and present the history of the Wiley H. Bates High School by designing and installing exhibits highlighting accomplishments of Bates alumni and faculty. There is an ongoing need for volunteers, age 14 and up, to conduct exhibit tours and learn to become docents at the Center. Volunteers will receive orientation training and must have the ability to speak clearly, a willingness to learn, and an interest in history as well as a general knowledge of the community. For more information, contact 410.263.1860 or Email: Wileyhbates11@verizon.net. See website: www.whbateslegacycenter.org.

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