Volunteer briefs

August 12, 2011

Hospice of the Chesapeake

A "Volunteer Information Night" for prospective volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 445 Defense Highway in Annapolis. Staff will discuss the many opportunities available. Light refreshments will be served. Registration and information: 443-837-1549.

Maritime Museum

The museum needs volunteers to expand its innovative environmental education program, conduct tours to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, restore wooden boats, interpret the museum's exhibits to the public, and help with events including the winter seminar and summer concert series. Information: 410-295-0104.

Box of Rain Foundation

Volunteers are needed to act as mentors for the Big Sailor/Little Sailor Program and as sailing instructors. Donations of funds and safety boats for sailing classes, boats, boating equipment — especially life preservers and gear — are also needed. Information: 443-254-0024.

Commission for Women

The Anne Arundel County Commission for Women seeks volunteers to help address issues important to women and families in the county. The commission consists of 16 members representing a diverse cross-section of the community. Members, appointed for two-year terms, are expected to attend monthly meetings, ad hoc committees and working group sessions, a one-day annual planning retreat and commission-sponsored events. Send letter and resume to: Anne Arundel County Commission for Women, P.O. Box 59 Gambrills 21054. Information: 410-222-1090 or aacountycw.org.

Rebuilding Together

Plumbers, electricians, roofers, tilers, painters, installers of drywall, 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 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 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer's 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.

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; those older than 18 must undergo a background check. Information: Terry Karloff, 410-764-4602, ext. 1; or 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

Emmaus Center

Emmaus Center, a nonprofit that serves poor and homeless people, offers clinical and pastoral counseling and creates opportunities for employment, needs volunteer receptionists 18 and older to greet walk-ins and answer phones. Information: 410-766-7729, emmauscenter@gmail.com or emmauscenter.net.

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, neglected or runaways to become independent and productive. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212.

Youth Services Bureau

Mentors are needed for youths 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.

Watermen's museum

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society, which operates the Captain Salem Avery House, a Shady Side watermen's museum, is seeking volunteers 16 and older to act as docents and greeters, lead children's activities, help with research, coordinate events, do landscaping and act as flower arranger, kitchen assistant, landscaper, library assistant, museum educator, photographer, seamstress, video editor and in other capacities. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board of directors. Times are flexible. Information: 410-867-4486, volunteers@shadysidemuseum.org or averyhouse.org.

Barber foundation

The nonprofit organization features projects that provide no-charge grooming services for those who cannot afford to go to the barber or beauty salon. Volunteers 16 and older are needed for administrative tasks. Barbers and hairstylists are also needed to serve homeless and other needy people in the area. Information: 410-519-2622 or rbcf.com.

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