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Volunteer Opportunities in AA County

volunteercenterMany 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: VolunteerAnneArundel.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below.

American Red Cross

The mission of the American Red Cross (ARC) is to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross Central Maryland Chapter has a variety of volunteer opportunities for motivated individuals who are willing to participate in the success of the American Red Cross in the community. Click on VOLUNTEER/Volunteer Opportunities at redcross-cmd.org for a current listing of volunteer opportunities and other information about volunteering. Also, contact Red Cross Office of Volunteers, 410-624-2023, or E-mail: volunteers@arc-cmc.org. Current specific needs:

· Disaster Team Action (DAT) Dispatchers: Adult volunteer DAT Dispatchers are needed for county disaster responses, primarily house fires. The dispatcher is part of the Central Maryland Chapter disaster response system to receive and verify requests for ARC disaster assistance, deploy DAT members to verified disasters, and serve as a liaison for DAT teams in the field and the support staff. Equipment (pagers) and training will be provided. Interested volunteers should respond to Karen Johnson at the AA County Office of Emergency Management at 410-222-0611 or fdjohn99@aacounty.org.

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: 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.

Anne Arundel County CASA, Inc.

CASA needs volunteers for both Court Appointed Special Advocates and Friends of CASA. Each Special Advocate is screened and trained to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child. Extensive trainings are scheduled after potential volunteers are interviewed and screened. Friends of CASA are volunteers who assist with fund-raisers, or donate other talents and resources. Contact Denise at 410-267-7877 ext 2., or via email at denise@aacasa.org. Website: aacasa.org.

OHLA (Organization of Hispanics/Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County)

OHLA provides support, education and relief services to immigrant Hispanic-American families. Volunteers serve as Outreach Coordinators bridging existing gaps in areas such as health, jobs and other services needed by the community. Bi-lingual volunteers staff the Annapolis office located in the Community Resource Center at 80 West St., and assist Hispanic constituents with many issues ranging from immigration to interpreter services, training provided. Volunteers must be age 18 and up and some computer skills are preferred but not necessary. A volunteer bilingual licensed clinical social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist is needed to help initiate a Mental Help Support Group for Hispanic women. Leading and counseling the group would involve an hour once every week or two. Contact Joyce Masterson at 410-266-6145 or ohlajoyce@verizon.net. Web: ohla.us.

Anne Arundel County Dept. of Recreation & Parks

Recreation and Parks has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults associated with specific events at county parks as well as programs that are listed on their web site at aacounty.org/recparks. Also, contact Wendy Scarborough at rpscar88@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554 for more information.

· Quiet Waters Park needs volunteers to maintain 20 oyster cages hanging from the Harness Creek boat dock. The project runs through June 2012, and requires only a 1-hour commitment once a week. For more information, click here or contact: Nicki Fiocco at Quiet Waters Park at 410-222-1777 or qwvolunteer@aacounty.org.

· Counselor-in-Training (CIT) 2012 Program: Youth candidate volunteers are being sought for this year’s program. Due to increased interest in the CIT program, acceptance has become more competitive. The CIT program is now offered for 3 – two week sessions in our Summer Fun Center locations and Quiet Waters Day Camp. Downs Park Day Camp is not available this summer. Applications and more information are available online at aacounty.org/recparks or contact Wendy Scarborough (rpscar88@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554). Applications must be submitted by May 4, 2012.

· Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2012: The Volunteer Summer Serve Leadership Challenge 2012 (VSSLC) program is a 2-week volunteer program for youth who have completed 7th grade and are younger than 15. A total of four different sessions will be offered this summer, for a fee of $100/session. Participants may apply for one or more sessions to learn about and discuss various topics ranging from school year volunteer opportunities to conflict resolution strategies and social issues that they may face in today’s society. Youth who successfully complete the program may earn community service hours as well as gaining work experience that will help them prepare for employment interviews, applying for college, and other life skills. Applications are available online at aacounty.org/recparks and must be received by May 4, 2012 for consideration. Contact Wendy Scarborough (rpscar88@aacounty.org or 410-222-7313, ext. 3554).

Opportunity Builders, Inc.

This nonprofit provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer Instructor Aides, minimum age 18, assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques. Volunteers who can commit to coming to the Millersville facility, once a week for at least 3 months are preferred. Volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee and more. Contact Megan Gibbs at mgibbs@obiworks.org or 410-787-0700. Website: obiworks.org.

• 6-10 pm, Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, 14th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser: Sponsors, donors, and attendees are being sought for this fund raiser featuring music, casino gaming, great food, beer & wine, and a live and silent auctions; for more information contact Megan Gibbs at 410-787-0700 or MGibbs@obiworks.org.

Que Options Inc.

This non-profit organization develops and administers social programs for the underserved population. Services provided include housing support, job training, transition services, and internships & scholarships. Volunteers age 16 and up are needed to design and maintain the organization’s web site. Adult volunteers are also needed for the Tools for Success program to counsel students on career options, help with preparation of college applications, scholarships and fellowships and to help applicants write winning essays for such applications. In addition, a Spanish language instructor is being sought. Also, someone with bookkeeping/accounting experience is needed to help with IRS forms, Annual Reports, operating budgets, and financial statements. For more information contact Sheila Chambers at 443-454-7943 or queoptionsincorporated@gmail.com.

YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

The YWCA is announcing volunteer service opportunities at its Arnold location for Martin Luther King’s Day of Service. The YWCA will be sorting through, organizing and archiving historic items in its basement storage facilities between the hours of 10 am–4 pm, Mon. Jan. 16, 2012; refreshments and lunch will be provided. In addition, the YWCA will be assembling packages of school supplies for 80 children participating in YWCA after school mentoring programs during the hours of 10:00-11:30 am, Jan. 16, 2012, and is asking for the community to support this effort with assembling packages and donations of school supplies; coffee and pastries will be provided. To volunteer or to obtain the wish list of school supplies needed for the YWCA’s Day of Service, please contact Stephen Isler at 410-626-7800 x118 or sisler@ywcaaac.org.

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