Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

September 17, 2010

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, biweekly or monthly. Go to chesapeakerestore.org.

Head Start

Volunteers 18 and older are needed at seven sites throughout the county to serve as classroom assistants and for informal mentoring of students and families, and as storytime readers. Medical and background checks are required. Also, translators (primarily Spanish) are needed to assist Head Start teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. Information: 410-626-1900, ext. 1032.

Hearts & Homes for Youth

Volunteers 18 and older are needed for tutoring, mentoring, internships, renovation projects, recreation sponsors, 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.

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. Call 410-737-8282, ext. 232.

Operation Military Kids

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

Moveable Feast

Moveable Feast, a nonprofit organization, provides home-delivered meals for clients who are homebound with HIV/AIDS. Volunteers, who can be as young as 16 (15 or younger with an adult) are needed to deliver meals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Meal delivery takes about an hour. Drivers have flexibility in setting their schedules. Volunteers are asked to deliver once a week or once a month. Information: Tom Patrick at 410-327-3420, ext. 31, or tpatrick@mfeast.org or go to mfeast.org.

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.

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