Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

November 05, 2010

Winter Relief Program

A shelter program in effect from late October through April at various churches and shelters needs volunteers to assist at the intake center, 514 N. Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, and to work as transportation escorts. Information: 410-863-4888 or e-mail pbailey@arundelhoh.org.

Ombudsman program

The Department of Aging and Disabilities needs volunteers to assist in protecting the rights and promoting the well-being of residents in long-term care facilities. Program also helps residents maintain control over their lives and personal dignity. The facilities include nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

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.

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.

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. 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. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

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