Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

December 04, 2010

Snow patrol

The Department of Aging and Disabilities, the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County and the Citizens Corps Council are recruiting church youth groups, families, scouts, high school and adult organizations to help isolated seniors with medical needs and those with disabilities during winter storms. Volunteers remove snow and ice so that driveways and sidewalks can be accessed by caregivers and so that residents can reach the street to be provided transportation. Information: Bill, 410-897-9207 or bill@volunteerannearundel.org. Download an intake form at http://www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

Holiday homeless drive

The nonprofit organization Giving Back, Linda's Legacy, is looking for volunteers to collect and sort clothing, food and toy donations for its holiday homeless drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20-23 at the farmers' market on Riva Road and Truman Parkway in Annapolis. Volunteers are also needed to load and distribute gifts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Also, doctors, nurses, carolers, musicians and people in costumes are needed to go with the delivery trucks. Information: 410-295-0889 or homelessdrive@usa.com.

Winter Relief Program

The shelter program in effect through April at various churches and shelters needs volunteers to assist at the Intake Center, 514 N. Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, and be transportation escorts. Information: 410-863-4888 or e-mail pbailey@arundelhoh.org.

Holiday volunteer guide

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County has a Holiday Volunteer Guide listing volunteer opportunities and donation needs through the holiday season. Pick up a free copy at the center, 2666 Riva Road, Suite 130 in Annapolis, via e-mail by sending a request to info@volunteerannearundel.org or at http://www.VolunteerAnneArundel.org.

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.

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 goes to the person's home. Call Susan Law at 410-222-4464, ext. 3022, or e-mail aglaw@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.

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 between 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.

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 youths who are abused or 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.

American Red Cross

Volunteers 14 and older are needed to help with blood drives. Volunteers greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Participants must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. People older than 18 must undergo a background check. Information: Terry Karloff, 410-764-4602, ext. 1 or 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

Cats R Us Inc.

This no-kill facility, which operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas, seeks volunteers to provide foster homes. Volunteers 8 and older are needed to assist with cleaning shelters, attending adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, making home deliveries or sitting with cats. Training is provided for shelter and adoption workers. Information: 410-263-1719 or go to catsrus.petfinder.com.

Salvation Army

Volunteers are needed at the 511 S. Crain Highway location to serve lunch to the homeless from 11:30 a.m. to 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.

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