Volunteer briefs

March 14, 2010

Alzheimer’s support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association, a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through supporting research and to enhance care and support for sufferers, their families and caregivers, is seeking volunteers to lead support groups once a month. Training will be provided. Call 410-561- 9099, e-mail jose.jimenez@alz.org or go to alz.org/maryland.

Chesapeake Arts Center

The Chesapeake Arts Center seeks volunteers ages 16 and older to serve as ushers and at the box office for performances at the Hammonds Lane and/or Studio 194 theaters. Volunteers are also needed to help in the gift shop office with mailings and other activities. Go to ches apeakearts.org or call 410-636-6597.

Electronics Museum

The museum at 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum seeks volunteers 14 and older weekdays and weekends for education and outreach, special events, as an administrative assistant, collections assistants and for visitor services. Training will be provided. Call 410-765-0230 for more information.

Friendly visitor

Volunteers are needed for the Friendly Visitor Program coordinated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities. A 90-minute training program takes place at the end of the month. The department matches a homebound person 55 or older or an adult with disabilities with a volunteer visitor who comes to the person’s home. Call Susan Law at 410-222-4464, ext. 3022 or e-mail aglaw@aacounty.org.

Help at detention center

Volunteers 21 and older who pass a background check are needed at the Jennifer Road Detention Center to work in the library, assist with pre-GED classes and the education program, facilitate self-help workshops on parenting, job readiness, financial issues and more. Training is provided. The education program is held Wednesday and Thursday evenings; self-help workshop scheduling is flexible. Call 410-222-7093 or e-mail dcmcdo01@aacounty.org.

Tax preparation

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities needs volunteers who can help low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax forms. Training sessions will be offered. For more information, call Kim Quillet at 410-222-6717.

Train guide dogs

Volunteers are needed to raise puppies as potential guide dogs and prepare them for formal training. The volunteers, who can be as young as 13 with parental supervision, take the puppies into their homes for 14 to 18 months and teach them manners and social skills. Information: 410-960-7427, volunteer .guidingeyes.org, or e-mail Gretchen Pierce, gpierce@guidingeyes.org.

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