Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

August 14, 2010

Call 410-561-9099, e-mail jose.jimenez@alz.org or go to alz.org/maryland.

Alzheimer's support groups

The Alzheimer's Association, a nonprofit 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.

Information: 410-561-9099, jose.jimenez@alz.org or alz.org/maryland.

Arts Council of AA County

Volunteers, 18 and older, are needed to answer phones and input information for the membership database. For more information, call 410-222-7949.

Dyslexia tutoring program

Dyslexia Tutoring trains volunteers to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Volunteers should have a high school diploma, good language skills, patience and a willingness to understand persons with language disabilities.

Tutors are trained through a 20-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching, reading, spelling and writing. Interested people will also undergo a background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. Information: 410-889-5487 or dyslexiatutoringprogram.org.

Emmaus Center

Emmaus Center, a nonprofit that serves poor and homeless people, offers clinical and pastoral counseling and creates opportunities for employment. Volunteer receptionists, 18 and older, are needed to greet walk-ins and answer phones.

Information: 410-766-7729, emmauscenter@gmail.com or emmauscenter.net.

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers are needed at the Arundel and Baltimore ReStores for sales, stocking and receiving merchandise, picking up donations, answering phones and other duties. Individuals are needed who can help weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Information: chesapeakerestore.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. Information: 410-222-7093 or dcmcdo01@aacounty.org.

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, to 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.

Rebuilding Together

Plumbers, electricians, roofers, tillers, dry wall, carpet and floor installers, painters and general workers are needed for this all-volunteer nonprofit 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.

Secure the Call

Secure the Call, a local agency that redistributes used and unwanted cell phones as 911 emergency-only phones, needs volunteers 18 and older to place collection barrels. Information: 301-891-2900.

Waterman's museum

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates Captain Salem Avery House, a Shady Side watermen's museum, is seeking volunteers ages 16 and older to act as docents and greeters, lead children's activities, help with research, coordinate events, do landscaping and act as flower arranger, kitchen assistant, landscaper, library assistant, museum educator, photographer, seamstress, video editor and in other capacities. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board of directors. Times may be flexible.

Information: 410-867-4486, volunteers@shadysidemuseum.org or averyhouse.org.

Wildlife sanctuary

The Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary treats and cares for injured and orphaned animals and, if possible, releases them back into the wild. Volunteers who can commit to working at least one morning a week are needed to feed, water and clean for various animals. Information: 410-798-0193 or wildlifesanctuary.us/dws.

Youth Services Bureau

Mentors are needed for youth ages 5-18. Training will be provided and a background check is required. Volunteers are also needed for educational and cultural activities for children.

Information: 410-626-1800.

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