Volunteer briefs

May 29, 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.

Alzheimer's Association

Volunteers ages 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for early-stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Volunteers must be a licensed nurse or social worker with knowledge of the progression of the disease and have strong communication and group-support management skills. Training and background checks will be provided. Information: 410-561-9099.

American Cancer Society

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions at several locations. Information: 410-721-4304 or cancer.org.

Annapolis Language Bank

Volunteers with second-language capability are needed to help communicate with visitors who have difficulty speaking English. Information: 410-263-1183.

Annapolis Opera

Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to help with publicity, school outreach, ad sales, bookkeeping, computer work, support for vocal competitions and auditions and more. Information: 410-267-8135 or annapolisopera.org.

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, with mailings and other activities. Information: chesapeakearts.org or 410-636-6597.

County clearinghouse

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County is a clearinghouse for information about volunteering throughout the county. Help is needed to assist with the database, newsletter, and new youth service activities and maintaining online volunteer matching applications. Call Fay Mauro at 410-897-9207, e-mail fay@volunteerannearundel.org or go to VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

Electronics Museum

The museum at 1745 W. Nursery Road in Linthicum seeks volunteers ages 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. Information: 410-765-0230.

Healing Arts

American Healing Arts Alliance Inc., a nonprofit educational alliance of healing arts and sciences organizations, educators, practitioners, students and individuals, is seeking volunteers ages 18 and older to help with monthly programs and events. The organization sponsors peace-building educational programs.

Help is needed with volunteer recruitment, event planning and logistics, fundraising, coordinating entertainment, grant-writing and press releases.

Information: Alice Yeager, 410-956-0055, e-mail ahaainc@earthlink.net or go to americanhealingarts.org.

Salvation Army

•Volunteers are needed at the 511 S. Crain Highway location to serve lunch to the homeless between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Information: 410-768-0477.

Volunteers are needed to drop off donations Monday through Friday for the Salvation Army's food pantries in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Suggested items include nonperishable canned goods and boxed food; toiletries are also welcome. Groups that hold food drives can arrange to have the food picked up. Information: 410-263-4091.

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.

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.

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.

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