Volunteer Notes

November 12, 2003

Group seeks help sending gifts to U.S. troops

Operation Christmas Stocking, a volunteer program that sends gift packages to U.S. troops for the holidays, seeks volunteers. The program was launched by a group of soldiers' mothers. The volunteers will help make and stuff stockings with cash donations or gifts.

Gifts could be anything small and useful for passing the time. Suggested items include: compact discs, AA batteries, toiletries, pens, snacks and canned food, writing paper, and phone cards to call home. Hand-warmers, gloves and winter socks would be especially practical gifts.

To volunteer or donate: www.operationchristmasstocking.org or 410-897-9207.

Department of Aging needs volunteers

Anne Arundel County Department of Aging needs volunteers to serve in multiple locations and programs around the county.

All seven senior centers need volunteers as greeters, office support, instructors and for special events. The department needs computer-literate volunteers with general office experience to help on a very flexible schedule.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) recruits volunteers ages 55 and older to serve in various programs, including 19 nutrition sites, as telephone reassurance volunteers, as VITA tax volunteers and as office assistants. RSVP volunteers also serve as tutors and mentors in county schools, as administrative support with the state and county police and in other locations.

The Friendly Visitor Program needs volunteers age 21 and older to visit with isolated and lonely seniors for an hour each week. Telephone calls or a card, alternating with the visit, can help to improve their quality of life. Training is provided, and volunteers are matched with seniors who have similar interests.

Information: Dianne Turpin, 410-222-4464 or www.aa-aging.org.

State archives seeking help with documents

Maryland State Archives in Annapolis is seeking volunteers age 18 and older from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Volunteers will assist in providing accessibility and understanding of state records. Volunteers scan, index or keyboard many historic records, assist patrons with genealogy, research 19th-century African-American records and Colonial records. Training is provided.

Information: Chris Haley, 410-260-6435 or chrish@mdarchives.state.md.us.

Correctional center wants help with programs, clubs

Volunteers age 21 and older are being sought by Ordnance Road Correctional Center for book clubs, art programs and literacy/education mentors.

Participants are especially needed to lead "Life Skills" classes and to assist with recreational and sports activities. Volunteers must be able to pass a background check. Training and all materials are provided.

Information: Cindy Meyers, 410-222-6350, Ext. 3155 or demeye00@mail.aacounty.org.

Blood donors, volunteers for health group sought

Many volunteer positions are available through the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below:

American Healing Arts Alliance Inc.: This nonprofit alliance of healing arts and science professionals and the public offers health- and peace-building educational services. Volunteers age 16 and older are needed for Web design and consulting; office assistance and help with newsletter and press releases; help with monthly speakers program; as a liaison with other organizations for regional Peace Programs; volunteer coordination; and other areas. Information: Alice Yeager, 410-956-0055 or ahaainc@earthlink.net.

Anne Arundel Medical Center, Blood Donor Center: Located on the Acute Care Pavilion's first floor, AAMC seeks blood donors age 17 and older, by appointment. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and includes a free mini-physical and cholesterol reading. Parking is free. Information: 443-481-4215.

The Community Center, Severna Park: Volunteer opportunities include working with youths, tutoring in math or English at the After School Middle School Program, serving on the board or a standing committee, helping with maintenance work, gardening or coordinating other volunteers. Chaperones needed for Friday/Saturday Night Youth Center Events. Information: Patt Haun at 410-647-5843 or phaun@ccatwoods.org. Website:www.ccatwoods.org.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland: Individuals and groups can assist the homebound. Drivers are needed to deliver meals Monday through Friday (holidays included) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers also are needed to accompany drivers, pack meals, do grocery shopping or make phone calls. Many opportunities are flexible. Locations in Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Severna Park. Drivers are especially needed for Glen Burnie (Pascal Senior Center.) Information: Daisy Abitria, 410-431-5257 or mowcm@charm.net.

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