County residents will celebrate the third annual statewide CommunityService Day tomorrow by participating in many community improvement projects.
About 50 organizations, churches and community associations will participate.
Volunteer projects range from beautification and environmental cleanups to people helping people projects. Community Service Day activities reflect the joint efforts of government, business, civic associations and individuals working together for the betterment of the community.
County and town residents will have book and canned food drives, cleaning up beaches and visiting nursing homes.
Community Service Day originated in Montgomery County five years ago, was adopted as a statewide program in 1989 and has been steadily growing ever since.
This year more than 250 projects have been registered to take place this weekend.
In the past, all 23 counties and Baltimore City have coordinated volunteer-oriented community projects. This year, state agencies have also become involved in Community Service Day by offering resources and support to county coordinators, as well as planning agency activities.
This year's Community Service Day themeis "Make Your Community Blossom." Posters depicting this theme were donated by Maryland National Bank and S&S Graphics Inc.
County Executive Robert R. Neall will visit several projects under way on Community Service Day. At 10 a.m., he will visit an erosion-control project along Stoney Creek adjacent to Cutler Harbour Court in Elizabeths Landing in Pasadena. At 11 a.m., he will visit the erosion control project of the Belvedere Association along Cool Spring Cove off the Magothy River adjacent to 371 Alameda Parkway in Arnold.
Volunteers, projects and donations of equipment and resources are still welcome. Call Karen Henry at 222-1530 for more information.
Here is a list of county organizations and their projects:
Rally for Reading:
Many groups throughout the county are conducting a book drive to establish libraries for children in low-income housing areas, in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.
* Pascal Senior Center, Glen Burnie.
* Children of Shipley's Choice Elementary School in Severna Park.
* U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association in Annapolis. Also conducting food drive.
* Central Middle PTO, Davidsonville.
* Kilamarnock in Millersville.
* St. John's College in Annapolis.
* Meade High School, Fort Meade.
* St. Stephens AreaCivic Association in Gambrills. Also collecting reading materials and game prizes for Millersville Nursing Home.
* Anne Arundel CountyPublic Library, countywide.
* Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 77 in Gambrills.
* Future Teachers Club of Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold.
* Chapelgate Community Association, Odenton.
* Severna Park Elementary School PTA, Severna Park.
* Christ Our AnchorPresbyterian Church, Annapolis.
* Club Scouts Pack No. 478 at Sunset Elementary School in Pasadena.
* Elizabeth's Landing CommunityAssociation, Pasadena.
* Community United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
* Annapolis Chapter of Business and Professional Women in Annapolis.
* Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, Annapolis.
* Glen Square Senior Citizens CASOS Club, in Glen Burnie. Also conducting food drive.
* Hallmark Woods Property Owners Association, in Gambrills.
* Windsor Farm School in Annapolis.
* Cape St. Claire Elementary, Annapolis.
* Four Seasons Elementary School.
Visit nursing homes:
* CASOS Social Club of Pinewood in Glen Burnie will visit Arundel Geriatric.
Neighborhood yard sale:
* Woodholm Circle Community Service Association, in Pasadena. Yard sale with $5 table fee donated for food for the needy.
Kids on a tour:
* Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Anne Arundel County. Volunteers are taking kids to WJZ-TV CH. 13 to watch a news broadcast and tour the station. Children will see how Community Service Day will be publicized.
* The Octagon Club, Annapolis. Prepare a meal forthe Light House Homeless Shelter.
* Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council, countywide.
* Happy CASOS Club of Glen Burnie.
* Annapolis Senior Center.
* Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, in Deale. Food drive for County Food Bank and hoagie and hot dog sale for Teen Challenge and UM Board of Child Care.
* Delmont Improvement Association in Severn. Food drive for Christian Assistance Program.
* Parkwood United Methodist Church, Edgewater.
* St. Vincent De Paul Society, St. Mary's Church in Annapolis.
* Providence Center, Arnold.Community recycling. No newspapers.
Cleanup, beautification and environmental control:
* Belvedere Community Association in Arnold.Will install walkway to prevent erosion and plant shrubs along path to water with a county Environmental Grant and Beautification Grant. Also part of county coastal Week program.
* North Shore Association, Pasadena. Seed and fertilization of park.
* Forks of Patuxent Improvement Association, Odenton. Beautify and repair bulletin boards,distribute litter bags.