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.


AARP Drive to End Hunger, March 1-9, 2014

From March 1-9, 2014, volunteers from AARP and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will staff tables at select Safeway stores in their own communities around the state and encourage shoppers to purchase pre-stuffed bags of nutritious food for $10 (a $12 value). These bags of food will go to the local food banks and will be directly distributed to the recipient. Every day, nearly 9 million Americans 50+ face the risk of hunger and are forced to skip meals or buy poor quality food. For more information contact Jen Holz at jholz@aarp.org. To learn more about other volunteer opportunities with AARP Maryland, contact MDAARP@aarp.org or 866-542-8163. See website at: http://states.aarp.org/category/maryland/volunteering-maryland/.


American Red Cross Blood Drives

There is a desperate need for blood donors in the Annapolis Area and at the Glen Burnie Donor Center. There is also a pressing need for volunteers to help with greeting donors, providing customer service, and serving refreshments. Blood drives are situated throughout Anne Arundel County as well as at the Glen Burnie Center. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older, complete an application, and attend an orientation session. Volunteers over 18 years of age will require a background check. Contact: Terry Ann Karloff at 410-764-4602 Ext.1 or 1-800-272-0094 Ext. 1 or TerryAnn.Karloff@redcross.org. Website: www.redcrossblood.org/gcp.


The Arc Central Chesapeake Region

The Arc advocates for and supports County citizens with developmental disabilities. Volunteers are needed to serve on the board of directors, help with fund raising, assist in the office, and to help with special events. Volunteers, 16 years and older, are also needed as gardening assistants at the Arc’s sensory garden in Annapolis, including plant care, patio maintenance, planting trees/shrubs, etc. and to help with leaf and yard maintenance at 30 homes the Arc manages throughout the County.  Contact Angie DeMorland at (410) 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883, or e-mail: ADemoreland@thearcccr.org. Website: www.thearcccr.org. Special event for which volunteers may be needed:

  • 6:00-8:30 p.m,, Tues., Mar. 25, 2014, 2014 Annual Meeting &Awards Banquet: For the past 16 years, The Arc Central Chesapeake Region has proudly honored those in the disability community who have made a difference and personified our Core Values at our Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet. We need your help to make this year’s ceremony the best yet! Have you noticed someone in the community who has made a difference in the lives of those with developmental disabilities? What about a staff member of The Arc? Please review the 2014 award categories and nominate someone now. For more information contact Angie DeMorland at (410) 268-8085 or (410) 269-1883, or e-mail: ADemoreland@thearcccr.org. See website for nomination categories at: www.thearcccr.org/events/events_awards.htm.


Anne Arundel County Schools May 3, 2014, Wiley Bates PTA Arts in Motion 5K Race

Volunteers are being sought to assist with this fundraiser which will help the PTA provide needed services and programs for students at Wiley Bates Middle School, 701 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401. Volunteers are needed to help set up the 5k course and be a race monitor on the course, work at the food table, and help at our registration table between the hours of 7:00­–10 AM on Sat. May 3, 2014; the race starts at 8:30AM. For more information contact Deirdre Ralph, Bates Middle School PTA President at 410-693-2442(C) or ralphjd@verizon.net. Volunteers may register at: http://www.volunteerannearundel.org/OpportunityCalendar (Click on May 3 date).


Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy

The Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy is offering free trees and shrubs to Anne Arundel County residents as part of the DNR Backyard Buffers program. For more information about the program and to order see the website at: http://www.aawsa.org/ (click on Backyard Buffers Signup). For more information contact Chase Bergeson at cont-cbergeson@aacps.org or 410-222-3811. A free Buffer Planting Workshop will be held at 5:30pm, March 11, 2014, at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, 975 Indian Landing Rd, Millersville, MD 21108.  The workshop will cover tree spacing, tree planting, tree staking and caging techniques. Sign up on the above website.


Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to enriching the lives of blind and visually impaired men and women by providing them with the freedom to travel safely, thereby assuring greater independence, dignity and new horizons of opportunity. This nonprofit organization serves the Bay Region by raising puppies as potential future guide dogs. Volunteer puppy raisers are needed to provide the love, support and direction these puppies need to prepare them for formal training. Volunteer raisers (as young as 13 with parental supervision) take puppies into their homes for fourteen to eighteen months and teach them manners and social skills. In addition to daily work and play with their dogs, raisers attend local classes and puppy evaluations.  Website: http://www.guidingeyes.org.  Puppy training classes are 7:00 pm on 2nd and 4th Thursday nights in Bowie. Contact Carrie Barnett at (410) 960-7427 or cbarnett@guidingeyes.org, for more information.


Historic London Town and Gardens

This Edgewater historic site seeks persons interested in history and/or horticulture to become docents, historic interpreters and gardeners at this 17th-18th century tobacco port. Volunteers give site tours, house tours or demonstrate colonial crafts and daily life. They may work in historic or ornamental gardens. For more information contact volunteer@historiclondontown.org or 410-222-1919 x204 or download volunteer application from the web site: www.historiclondontown.org. Events for which extra volunteers may be needed:

  • 6:00–10:00 p.m., Fri., Apr. 25, 2014, A Privateer Party: Guests are invited to the Historic London Town and Gardens annual benefit, “A Privateer Party” which features fine food and refreshments from the region’s top caterers, music and dancing, and live and silent auctions. For more information about this event contact 410-222-1919 X 200 or londontown@historiclondontown.org. To register, visit website at www.historiclondontown.org.
  • 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Jun. 23-27 & Jul. 7-11, 2014, Colonial Adventures Summer Camps: Colonial Adventures offers children who have completed 1st-6th grades the opportunity to spend part of their summer experiencing colonial life in a hands-on, experience-based environment. Children will live the colonial life dressing in period clothing, hearth cooking their own lunch, learning colonial crafts (including making leather journals, writing with quill pens and more), and playing colonial games and throwing tomahawks. They will even become a pirate for a day. For more information and to register, contact 410.222.1919 X212 or publicprograms@historiclondontown.org, and visit the website at www.historiclondontown.org where registration may be carried out online.


Metro Maryland Youth for Christ

The Youth for Christ Campus Life ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help senior high young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools. Like every ministry of YFC, Campus Life seeks to engage these young people wherever they are found. Volunteers are needed in the Anne Arundel County area to help with weekly Campus Life Club meetings Monday in Linthicum, Tuesday in Millersville, and Wednesday in Annapolis. For more information and to volunteer, see website at http://www.mmyfc.org/ or contact Jacob Helms at helms82@gmail.com or 410-529-4434.