Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

January 20, 2012

Dyslexia tutoring

Volunteers are needed to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Volunteers should have a high school diploma, good language skills, patience, a willingness to understand persons with language disabilities and the desire to help someone who wants to learn to read. Volunteer tutors are trained during a 20-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, spelling and writing. They are subject to a criminal background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. Information: 410-889-5487.

Greyhound welfare

Volunteers 21 and older are needed by Greyhound Welfare to help with public outreach, the newsletter, screening adoption applications, adoption follow-up, dog transport to events, planning and implementing fundraising events and donation drives, ordering supplies, writing routine correspondence, picking up donations, coordinating veterinary care, fostering a greyhound during the transition period before an adoptive home is found, and more. Information: 301-949-0615 or go to

Healing-arts alliance

An alliance of healing arts and sciences organizations, educators, professional practitioners, students and supportive individuals that sponsors regional and international peace-building educational programs needs volunteers 18 and older to help with monthly programs and special events. Information: Alice Yeager, 410-956-0055, or

Aid for youths

Hearts & Homes for Youth helps troubled children and youth who are abused, neglected or runaways become independent, productive adults by providing a broad spectrum of educational, residential, independent living and mental health programs. Volunteers 18 and older are needed for tutoring, mentoring, internships, renovation projects, recreation sponsors, office assistance and beautification projects. Information: 301-589-8444, ext. 212; or go to

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. Facilities include nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Information: 410-222-4464, ext. 3111.

Support groups

Volunteers 25 and older are needed to lead support groups for people with early-stage Alzheimer's and other forms of 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.

South River Federation

Volunteers are needed for special event planning, administrative assistance, seasonal work projects such as oyster garden planting, data collection, water sampling and more. Quarterly meetings are open to the public. Information: 410-224-3802 or

Youth Services Bureau

Mentors are needed for children ages 5 to 18. Background checks will be performed and training will be offered. Volunteers are also needed for educational and cultural activities. Information: 410-626-1800.

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