Volunteer Notes

October 15, 2003

Molly Maid drive to benefit shelters for violence victims

Molly Maid and the Ms. Molly Foundation are sponsoring their seventh annual Making a Difference Drive as a part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Molly Maid home-service professionals will collect personal-care items and monetary donations from customers for delivery to local domestic violence shelters. The shelters need items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, diapers and baby formula.

This year the foundation hopes to raise $150,000 in goods and monetary contributions.

Information: 410-349-8080.

Trees, shrubs available for a greener Annapolis

To increase the canopy cover in Annapolis, the Annapolis Environmental Commission will give away five native trees or shrubs per family.

The tree give-away will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at Back Creek Nature Park off Edgewood Road. With the trees, families will get a 15-minute lesson on tree planting and care by State Forester Bud Reaves.

A number of native species are available on a first-come, first-served basis: green ash, northern red oak, persimmon, red bud, sweet crabapple, willow oak. Shrubs include: American plum, gray dogwood, indigo bush, red osier dogwood, winterberry, witch hazel.

Information: 410-263-5653 or oneRtwons@earthlink.net.

GreenScape program offers daffodil bulbs for planting

In conjunction with the city's GreenScape program, daffodil and tulip bulbs will be available to plant in public spaces throughout Annapolis. GreenScape participants are encouraged to conduct a fall cleanup of their landscape area and possibly plant a few bulbs for this spring.

Reservations for bulbs are being taken at the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department. Participants must indicate what city or public landscape area that will be planted, number of bulbs requested, name, contact phone number and organization.

There is a limited number of bulbs available, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies are depleted.

Information: 410-263-7958; e-mail: Recpark@annapolis.gov.

Center seeks participants for Make A Difference Day

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County is recruiting volunteers to participate in national Make A Difference Day events scheduled for Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Information: 410-897-9207 or info@volunteerannearundel.org.

Cancer Society needs help with walk Oct. 26

The American Cancer Society needs volunteers for its second Making Strides against Breast Cancer 5-mile walk Oct. 26 at Patterson Park in Baltimore. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the walk will begin at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to set up and clean up the event, help with registration, hand out snacks and water along the walk route, work in information booths, serve as greeters, and deliver posters and pledge materials to area businesses.

Information: 800-787-4337.

Red Cross is in need of relief, recovery help

The American Red Cross has an immediate need for volunteers to help with relief and recovery efforts. Drivers, warehouse workers, procurement workers, nurses and others are needed.

Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7070.

Salvation Army seeks aid in Christmas Campaign

The Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel County needs volunteers and donations for its Christmas Campaign. Volunteers are needed to dress 500 12-inch bears and to fill 1,000 stockings for children ages 3 to 12. Donations are needed for the stockings and the food pantry.

The Salvation Army will provide bears. Stocking stuffers for the 12-inch netted stockings can include hairbrushes, combs, barrettes, hair accessories, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, lip balm, jump ropes, playing cards, jacks, miniature cars, socks and underwear. No gum or candy. A list of stuffer suggestions can be obtained from the Salvation Army office.

Volunteers also are sought to serve as bell ringers during the kettle campaign, to staff tables near Angel Trees in Westfield Shoppingtown and other locations, to sort toys for distribution and to adopt families.

The Salvation Army also is seeking donations of nonperishable items for the food pantry. Information: Renee Powell, 410-263-4091.

Volunteer Center seeking AmeriCorps VISTA workers

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County is offering two people the opportunity to spend a year serving in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County as AmeriCorps VISTA members. The full-time, 12-month positions will begin next month.

AmeriCorps VISTA members will receive an annual living allowance of about $10,400, training, health insurance, student loan deferment and a post-service stipend of $1,200.

Candidates must be at least 18 and must have transportation.

The workers will collaborate with local volunteer agencies in marketing coordination and community outreach efforts, including Web-based communications, print media and collateral materials.

Additional duties include creating assessment tools to track program effectiveness and designing youth volunteer activities.

Information: Fay Mauro, 410- 897-9207.

Community Foundation to name volunteer of year

The Community Foundation of the Chesapeake will honor its volunteer of the year during an annual awards luncheon at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel in Annapolis on Nov. 21.

County nonprofit organizations are invited to submit nominations.

Information: Carolyn Sullivan, 410-757-2753; or Devon Madden, 443-481-4747.

Red Cross seeks helpers for regional blood drives

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to help at blood drives. Volunteers assist donors and serve refreshments.

This program is open to people ages 14 and older. Training will be provided.

Information: 800-272- 0094, Ext. 1; or karlofft@usa. redcross.org.

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