Volunteer briefs

May 07, 2010

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.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Information: 410-268-8816 or cbf.org.

County food bank

Volunteers are needed to sort food and clothing for distribution from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and occasional weekends in Crownsville. Especially needed are persons with pickup trucks and those who can help with phones, copying and other office duties.

Call Bruce at 410-923-4255, e-mail bruce@aafoodbank.org or go to aafoodbank.org.

Garden theater

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre seeks volunteers to work in the box office, usher, or help with production. Volunteer opportunities may also be available for artistic involvement as performers.

The theater presents outdoor productions up until Labor Day. Its schedule includes Quilters: The Musical (through July 26); and Copacabana (Aug. 6 to Sept. 5).

Applicants should e-mail prod_dir@summergarden.com. Information: summergarden.com.

Junior League of Annapolis

Volunteers are needed to work on projects supporting children and families, including the Teen Empowerment and Mentoring Program, assist with fundraising, serve on the Board of Directors and support other programs and services. Information: 410-224-8984 or jlannapolis.org.

YMCA of Central Maryland

Volunteers 18 and older are needed as instructors in after-school youth activities for children ages 5-11 at various schools in the area anytime from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and any days Monday through Friday. Volunteers are also needed before and after school to work with elementary school children providing homework assistance, reading, making snacks, and doing arts and crafts projects. Working with youth requires a background check and fingerprinting process. Information: 410-760-4363 or go to ymaryland.org.

Maryland Environmental Trust

Organization that preserves open space by working with owners of farm, forest or historic properties, needs adult office volunteers to research information on property conditions. Work will include printing digital photographs, Web-based data retrieval and writing reports. Time commitment is approximately three to six hours per week with flexible days and hours. Training is provided.

Information: 410-514-7915.

Maryland Food Bank

Volunteers are needed for two- to three-hour shifts Mondays-Fridays at 2200 Halethorpe Farms Road, to help sort and box food. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Information: 410-737-8282, ext. 232.

My Brother's Pantry

This nonprofit on the grounds of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold needs volunteers to work in the food pantry and perform other duties. Information: 410-757-5190.

Peace Lutheran Church

Volunteers are needed to teach English to Spanish-speaking residents in Glen Burnie. Program runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the church, 416 Wellham Ave. Training is provided.

Information: 410-766-3283.

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.


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.

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