Volunteer Notes

January 02, 2003

Organizations seek volunteers for variety of duties

Many volunteer positions are available through the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County. Here is a sampling:

ARC of Anne Arundel County: The ARC advocates for and supports county residents with developmental disabilities or mental retardation. Volunteers are needed to help with fund raising, assist in the office, help with events and serve on the board of directors. Volunteers are also needed to assist with gardening, including plant care, patio maintenance and planting trees and shrubs, and to help with leaf and yard maintenance at client residences. Information: Angie DeMorland at 410-990-1935. E-mail: Info@arcof annearundel.org. Web site: www.arcofannearundel.org.

Broadneck Family Youth Center: This youth and family center serves as a haven for about 30 youths daily. Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors for one-on-one sessions between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, or as scheduled. Volunteers also are needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday as mentors, counselors, carpenters, chaperones at recreational activities and to assist in the office. Many positions are open for teens ages 14 to 18. Information: Chuck Sellner at 410-626-8281 or bfyc1@aol.com. Web site: www.broadneckyouth.com.

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help): This nonprofit group, based in the Allen Apartments in Parole, offers assistance to Hispanic immigrants who come to the Annapolis area from El Salvador, Mexico and other Latin American countries. These immigrants need the basics, including food, clothing and health care, as well as help reading notices and other documents in the English language. Tutors are also needed to support children and adults in English for Speakers of Other Languages programs. Information: Magdalena Moreno, 410-266- 8013.

Clay Street Computer Learning Center: Volunteers are needed for this Annapolis neighborhood computer center to assist in homework and teaching basic computer skills to children, and teaching basic word processing, spread sheets, basic Web design, job search, resume writing and GED skills to adults from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers can be as young as age 15. Information: Kyria Lynn Jones at 410-280-6467 or kyria jones@hotmail.com. Web site: http://mywebpages.comcast. net/claystreet/.

Community Action's Head Start Program (Anne Arundel County Economic and Opportunity Committee): Volunteers are needed to make visits to one of the eight Head Start Centers in the county. Volunteers are asked to read a 20-minute story to preschoolers. Volunteers can bring their own age-appropriate story or use the center's books. Times vary by center, but generally are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Contact the following locations for information: Annapolis Gardens, 410-626-1033; Eastport, 410-626-1131; Freetown, 410- 360-8885; Lloyd Keaser, 410- 636-6587; Meade Village, 410- 551-2444; O'Bery Court, 410- 626-1927; Robinwood, 410- 263-7887; South County, 410- 867-8945.

Farring Bay/Brook Youth Place: This organization helps high-risk youths in an after-school program. Needed are tutors, mentors, meal-preparers and others for programs. Information: Lynette Franklin at 410-355-2612 or lynettef@ ccyd.org. Web site: www. ccyd.org.

First Baptist Church of Eastport Homework Club: Volunteers are needed for a homework club for local elementary pupils from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In addition to tutoring and providing homework help, volunteers will walk pupils from Eastport Elementary School to the church, serve refreshments and play games with the children. Information: 410-268-7378.

The Gateway at Admiral Oaks: The after-school "Homework Club" helps children complete homework assignments and study for tests and reinforces basic math and reading skills from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. "Dinner and a Book" reading nights are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers are needed from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays to help with recreational and fun activities. On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers can assist with a Teen Mothers Program, a Chat & Chew Program for Teen Girls or Rap Sessions for Teen Boys. All events take place at the Admiral Oaks Community in Annapolis. Information: Kathie Cronin at 410-280- 2172 or admiraloaksvolunteer @yahoo.com.

HAVEN (HIV/AIDS Volunteer Enrichment Network): Volunteers are needed for the buddy program, to provide daytime transportation for HIV-positive county residents to and from doctor appointments throughout the county and to Baltimore, and to provide evening rides to support group meetings in Annapolis. "One-day" volunteers also are needed, and training is provided when necessary. Volunteers also are needed as office workers, fund-raisers and event planners. Information: 410-224-AIDS (2437) or haveninc@aol.com.

Housing Opportunities Unlimited (Annapolis): Volunteers are needed to assist in an after-school program from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the school year. Volunteers work with children on reading and math skills in first through sixth grades. No training is required. Information: Yvette Foote at 410-267- 7508 or houafterschool@aol. com.

To obtain a volunteer profile form from Volunteer Anne Arundel, contact the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or info@volunteerannearundel.org. This allows the organization to match individuals, families or groups with the best volunteer opportunity that meets their interests, experience, skills and time commitments. Information: Casey Harden, 410-626-7800 or charden @ywcaaac.org for a volunteer application. Web site: www. VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

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