Volunteer Notes

January 29, 2003

Red Cross seeks donations to help with fire relief

Volunteers from the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross have responded to numerous residential fires this winter. During a two-week period this month, the Red Cross assisted 80 area families with food, clothing, shelter, mental health counseling and replacement furnishings after their homes were destroyed by fire. The chapter has committed approximately $30,000 to meet immediate needs, but estimates that the total relief cost for the 14-day period will reach $80,000.

To make a contribution to the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross-cmd.org or mail to P.O. Box Disaster Relief, Baltimore 21263-0550.

WalkAmerica event will be held Feb. 12

More than 70 area residents will participate in the Anne Arundel County WalkAmerica Kickoff on Feb. 12 at Jillian's in Arundel Mills. The event is the first of many community activities leading to the national March of Dimes WalkAmerica on April 27.

Gene Condon, general manager of Arundel Mills, is chairman of the 2003 Anne Arundel County Revenue Committee. Sponsors include Arundel Mills and KinderCare. Condon encourages walkers to take the challenge individually and raise $203 or more to help children in Anne Arundel County.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency that aims to prevent birth defects and reduce infant mortality. The group funds research, community service, education and advocacy programs.

Information: 410-752-8179 or www.modimes.org.

Greater Crofton Council discusses area issues

The Greater Crofton Council represents 28 member communities and six associate members in the greater Crofton/Gambrills area, providing a forum for decision-making on a broad range of issues the affect the region. The regular meetings of the council are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Village of Waugh Chapel community center.

Guest speakers address topics of interest and concern at the meetings. All are welcome to attend. Information: www.great ercroftoncouncil.org.

Genesis ElderCare seeks craft volunteers

Volunteer opportunities are available at Genesis ElderCare in Brooklyn Park. A craft group meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The group is working on items for the spring bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10. Extra hands are needed to help with glue, paint pouring, steadying items and support. No experience is needed.

People also are needed to attend monthly shopping or restaurant outings. Volunteers can help push wheelchairs or bring trays to the table at cafeteria-style restaurants.

Information: Vicki Love-Davis, activity director, 410-636- 3400 or 410-978-7327.

Volunteers drivers needed for Ride Partners program

Partners in Care, a local nonprofit organization serving older and disabled adults of Anne Arundel County, has created a pilot transportation program called "Ride Partners." The nonprofit group, working with the Annapolis Department of Transportation and Volunteer Maryland, is focusing on recruiting people to help with appointments and other quality-of-life trips and will involve mileage for volunteer drivers. There will be an informational meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at the Partners in Care office, 348 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

Partners in Care's mission enables older and disabled adults to remain independent in their homes by providing various niche services, such as transportation and handyman repairs.

Information: 410-544-4800 or 410-263-7964.

Department of Aging seeks tutors, police aides

Volunteer opportunities are available for retirees and senior citizens through the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging. Volunteers receive Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) orientation, on-site training and supervision, and liability insurance.

Opportunities include:

Volunteers in Police Service and Reserve Program: Volunteer at county headquarters and all precincts. VIPS provide support to police in crime analysis, technical service, administrative duties and special projects. Reserve officers perform duties including traffic control, fingerprinting, working desk detail at district stations or serving as a captain's aide. A six-month commitment is requested and training is provided.

American Cancer Society: Volunteers are being sought to stuff envelopes and help with duties that include planning a breast cancer awareness campaign, driving patients to treatment appointments, and raising money to support cancer research programs and patient services.

Telephone reassurance: Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. one day a month in Glen Burnie to check in with 150 frail seniors who live alone in Anne Arundel County. Training and supervision are provided by RSVP, Department of Aging.

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