Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

May 23, 2012

Alzheimer's Association

Volunteer opportunities include office and clerical assistance including data entry and mailings, community outreach representatives including those to attend health fairs and speakers, help line specialists, and family support group facilitators. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising events such as Walk to End Alzheimer's, galas, and charity golf. Training and materials are provided. Information: 410-561-9099 or go to alz.org/maryland.

Department of Aging

The organization needs volunteers 55 and older to serve in programs or projects that provide services to seniors and those with disabilities. Information: 410-222-6717.

Department of Social Services

The department seeks clerical volunteers for the Back to School Program to help answer phones and enter data into the computer at the 80 West St., Annapolis office. The Back to School Program is a partnership between the department and county public schools, which provides 4,500 low-income elementary school children with backpacks and school supplies. 410 269-4461.

Department of Transportation

Volunteers are needed as "Annapolis Street Team" members and distribute and post marketing materials about the new circulator trolley and improved parking garages, and to assist locals and tourists in an effort to improve the community. This is an opportunity for high school and college students through the end of August. Volunteers will wear Annapolis shirts and caps and work downtown on weekdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 410-263-7964.

Food and Resource Bank

Volunteers with pick-up trucks are needed to pick up food donations during the day and help with answering phones, copying and other office duties from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 410-923-4255 or email bruce@aafoodbank.org. Information: aafoodbank.org.

Light House Shelter

Volunteers 18 and older are needed for a variety of duties associated with the food program, children's program, cleaning and maintenance, office and administration, adult education programs and the overnight homeless program. Pro bono professionals are needed to serve the shelter and its clients with skills such as accounting, medicine, law and carpentry. Hours are flexible and training is provided. Information: 410-349-5056, ext. 14, or marshall@annapolislighthouse.org.

Public library

Volunteers are needed at branches for cleaning and recasing books, CD and DVD collections, assembly of Story-Time projects, copying, data processing or other computer projects, and file maintenance. Also, daily morning shifts include helping with unloading and processing delivery and looking on shelves for requested items. Shifts are often flexible and may include some evenings or weekends in addition to daytime hours. Some branches can work with volunteers as young as 14 and may keep applications on file to call prospective volunteers when needs arise. Training is provided. Information: aacpl.net.

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 southriverfederation.net.

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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