Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

September 12, 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 age 55 or older or an adult with disabilities with a volunteer visitor who comes to the person's home. Call Susan Law at 410-222-4464, ext. 3022, or e-mail aglaw@aacounty.org.

Help for troubled youths

Hearts & Homes for Youth needs volunteers 18 and older for tutoring, mentoring, internships, recreation sponsors, renovation projects, office assistance and beautification projects.

The organization helps troubled children and youth who are abused, neglected or runaways to become independent and productive. For information, call 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

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.

Support groups

Volunteers 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for early-stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Volunteers must be licensed nurses or social workers 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.

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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