Volunteer briefs

May 22, 2010

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. Information: Susan Law at 410-222-4464, ext. 3022, or aglaw@aacounty.org.

American Red Cross

Volunteers 14 and older are needed to help with blood drives. Volunteers greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Participants must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. Volunteers older than 18 must undergo a background check. Information: Terry Karloff at 410-764-4602, ext. 1 or 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

Hospice services

Heartland Hospice, a facility that provides hospice care to patients with limited life expectancy, seeks volunteers 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.

Lab rescue

Volunteers are needed at the Lab Rescue of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac to assist with Adopt-a-Lab Day on weekends, transport dogs to and from vets and shelters, evaluate dogs before accepting them into the system, conduct home visits in connection with adoptions and provide foster homes.

Volunteers also assist in recruiting veterinarians, writing grants, helping with computers and networks, accounting, public relations, posting fliers and more.

Information: 301-299-6756.

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 about 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.

Operation Military Kids

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

Peace Lutheran Church

Volunteers are needed to teach English to Spanish-speaking residents in Glen Burnie. Program runs 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, painters, electricians, roofers and tilers, dry wall, carpet and floor installers and general workers are needed for this 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.

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 other duties. Training is available. Information: 410-268-4388 or go to aacspca.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. Information: 410-760-4363 or go to ymaryland.org.

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