Volunteer briefs

April 27, 2010

Rebuilding Together

Plumbers, electricians, roofers, tillers, dry wall, carpet and floor installers, painters and general workers are needed for this all-volunteer nonprofit organization that repairs and revitalizes homes of low-income elderly and low-income disabled homeowners, as well as homes of low-income families with children. Also needed are volunteers to assist with fundraising, serving on the various committees of the board of directors, and computer work.

Information: 410-923-9992.

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.

In addition to working and playing daily with their dogs, the volunteers attend classes and puppy evaluations. Puppy classes are 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at St. Matthew's Church in Bowie.

Information: 410-960-7427, volunteer.guidingeyes.org, or e-mail Gretchen Pierce, gpierce@guidingeyes.org.

Eastport Girls Club

The club is seeking high school seniors or adult volunteers to serve as weekly tutors to club participants in grades 5-12 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Training will be provided, and a background check is required.

To schedule an interview or learn more, call 410-919-3347.

Hospice services

Heartland Hospice, a facility that provides hospice care to patients with limited life expectancy, seeks volunteers ages 18 and older with a driver's license as friendly visitors to look in on patients in their homes or nursing homes, to serve as vigil volunteers and sit with patients without immediate family who are nearing death and also as bereavement volunteers to call on families of those recently deceased. Information: 410-977-8403.

SPCA

Volunteers, 18 and older (or 13-17 with parental permission), are needed to walk dogs, socialize cats, provide foster homes, help with adoption shows, bathe and brush dogs, or help with other duties. Training is available. Information: 410-268-4388 or go to aacspca.org.

Special Olympics

Volunteers, 16 and older, are needed as coaches in the evenings, to assist with special events and regional competitions, fundraising and more. Information: 410-553-6311 or soaamd.org.

Summer Garden Theatre

Numerous opportunities are available with the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in production support, artistic involvement and other areas. Information: 410-268-9212 or summergarden.com.

Operation Military Kids

The organization is the Army's collaborative effort with communities to support the children of deployed service men and women. There are volunteer opportunities that range from camp counselors to workshop facilitators. Information: operationmilitarykids.org.

Ombudsman program

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities seeks volunteers to assist in protecting the rights and promoting the well-being of residents in long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes and assisted-living homes. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

Quiet Waters Park

Volunteers are needed to support the operation of the park and events throughout the year. People ages 15 and older are needed for a variety of tasks.

Information: 410-222-1777.

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