Volunteer Notes

February 26, 2003

Noah's Ark shelter for wildlife asks for donation of supplies

Noah's Ark Wildlife Center, an all-volunteer organization, is preparing for a spring season of helping orphaned and injured wildlife return to their natural habitats.

The shelter is seeking donations of paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, trash bags of all sizes, Dawn dishwashing liquid, spring water in the gallon size, jars of turkey or chicken baby food.

Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays at the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, 1 Holly Drive, Severna Park.

Information: 410-626-700.

Volunteer Center lists Anne Arundel openings

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has several listings for those who would like to lend a hand. Call 410-897- 9207 or e-mail info@volunteer annearundel.org for information; for updated listings, check the Web site: www.Volunteer AnneArundel.org.

Current opportunities include:

Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks' Kinder Farm Park: Volunteers are needed to assist with educational, cultural, natural history and recreational projects for people of all ages either on extended or single-day projects, especially as the historic farm on Kinder Park property in Severna Park is developed to become a working farm. Information: 410-222-6115. Web site: www. kinderfarmpark .org.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Several volunteers ages 18 and older are needed at the Annapolis office to handle the front desk, greet and assist visitors and answer phones. Information: Heather Tuckfield, 410-482- 2151 or htuckfield@cbf.org.

Grasses for the Masses Training Workshop: A workshop on how to grow underwater grasses in your home for transplant will be held at 6 p.m. March 25 in Annapolis. The grasses participants grow will be transplanted in a location near the workshop site. A program fee may apply. Information: Marcy Damon, mdamon@cbf.org or 443-482- 2156.

Citizens' Review Board for Children: The board needs volunteers to serve on the Anne Arundel County Review Board, which reviews all cases of children who have been removed from their homes for six months or longer because of abuse and neglect. A commitment of one day per month is required. Information and application: 443-552- 2074 or crbc@dhr.state.md.us.

Friends of Hancock's Resolution: The Friends volunteer group operates this historic farmstead, which dates to 1785. Volunteers are needed to provide tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays from April through October. Training is provided. Volunteer gardening assistants are needed; hours are flexible. Other volunteer projects include historical research, public education and fund raising. Information: Barbara Ballengee, 410-255-4048 or friendsofhr @hotmail.com.

Homes for America: This nonprofit group creates and preserves affordable housing for individuals and families of modest incomes and people with special needs. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to teach basic computer and e-mail skills, lead exercise classes and a walking club, teach crafts, conduct book discussions and generally assist residents at senior housing locations weekly for about two to three hours in one of three Anne Arundel communities. An expert in conflict resolution would also be appreciated. Information: Kristine Campbell, 410-269-1222. Web site: www. homesforamerica.org.

Light House Shelter: This facility provides emergency shelter for single men and women and runs a transitional housing program in Annapolis. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the food pantry to sort and organize food for distribution. Information: 410-263- 1835.

Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden & Shop: Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks from gardening to assisting with tours to working in the gift shop at the state Department of Natural Resources, Tawes Building, Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, Annapolis. Information: Don Meyers, 410-260- 8183. Volunteer orientation will be held at 1 p.m. March 21 in the lobby conference room of the Tawes Building. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required: 410-260-8189.

Therapeutic riding group needs help with sessions

The spring session of Maryland Therapeutic Riding in Crownsville has begun and will run through March 29.

The program offers therapeutic riding sessions for people with special needs. Volunteers age 14 and older help conduct riding sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Volunteers also may assist with newsletters, photography, video production, public speaking, data entry, office assistance, special events and fund raising.

Information: Naomi Parry or Christine Langer, 410-267-8900, Christine@mtrinc.org or www. horsesthatheal.org.

A fund-raiser, Walk-n-Roll, will be held April 12 at Quiet Waters Park to benefit therapeutic riding. Volunteers are needed to help recruit walkers, solicit sponsors, help plan activities and events, and help on the day of the event. Information: Sue Ellen Sherblom, sueellensher blom@comcast.net.

London Town to offer training for new docents

London Town and Gardens in Edgewater is seeking volunteers to serve as museum interpreters, gardeners, children's education docents, archaeological assistants and interpreters, transcribers for the Oral History Project, and as assistants for events.

Training will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through March 11, for new museum or education docents. Learn about Colonial life and archaeology, including skills such as hearth cooking, spinning, carpentry and rope making.

Information: Vicki Lerch, 410- 222-1919, or www.historiclondon town.com.

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