Volunteer briefs

May 13, 2011

Arts council

The Arts Council of AAC needs volunteers age 18 and older to help in the office with answering phones and doing computer input for its membership database. Information: 410-222-7949.

Bay alliance

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay needs volunteers to staff the reception desk, answer phones, and provide clerical support and program and project support for the staff. Hours are flexible. Email office@allianceforthebay.org.

Correctional Center

Volunteers age 21 and older who pass a background check are needed at the county Correctional Center to serve as adult literacy tutors, to assist in the library and the sewing program, as a newsletter editor and as a photographer for special programs and events. The center also needs people to assist with recreational and sports activities, to teach CPR and to lead substance-abuse meetings. Information: 410-222-6350, ext. 3159.

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. Information: chesapeakerestore.org.

Help for troubled youths

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

The organization helps troubled children and youths who are abused, neglected or runaways to become independent and productive. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

Hospice of the Chesapeake

The organization seeks volunteers to join the "Tuck-In-Team." They will call patient caregivers on Thursdays from the Annapolis office and check whether they have enough medications and supplies to last the weekend. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, and training is provided. Information: 443-837-1549.

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.

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. Information: 410-737-8282, ext. 232.

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. Scheduling is flexible. Volunteers are asked to deliver once a week or once a month. Information: Tom Patrick at 410-327-3420, ext. 31, email tpatrick@mfeast.org or go to mfeast.org.

Operation Military Kids

The organization is the Army's collaborative effort with communities to support the children of deployed servicemen and servicewomen. Volunteer opportunities include camp counselors and workshop facilitators. Information: operationmilitarykids.org.

Rebuilding Together

Plumbers, electricians, roofers, tilers, painters, installers of dry wall, carpeting and floors, 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.

Special Olympics

Volunteers age 16 and older are needed as coaches in the evenings to assist with special events and regional competitions, fundraising and more. Information: 410-553-6311 or soaamd.org.

Support groups

Volunteers age 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for people with 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 to become 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. 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.

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland needs volunteers for a variety of positions, including office assistant, the board of directors and committee members, handyman, placing and picking up donation canisters, assisting at events, assisting with recreational activities, yard work and more. Information: 410-224-4205.

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