Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

January 25, 2013

Anne Arundel police

Volunteers are needed for the reserve officer program. This is a uniformed position to assist sworn officers in traffic control, administrative duties, community relations, etc. Prospective volunteers must be older than 21 and undergo a criminal background check. Hours are flexible. Reserve officers work all hours of the day and on weekends. A minimum of 16 service hours per month is required, and volunteers can be placed at any of the four district stations. Information: 410-222-0042 or

Centro de Ayuda

The organization provides a variety of social services to the Latino community in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, with support offices in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. Volunteers are needed for a variety of functions. Information: 410-295-3434 or centrodeayuda.org

Blood drives

The American Red Cross needs volunteers age 14 and older (some positions 18 and older) to greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Interested persons must complete an application and attend an orientation and training session. Those older than 18 require a background check. Information: 410-764-4602, ext. 1; 800-272-0094, ext. 1; or redcross.org

Head Start programs

Volunteers 18 and older are needed at seven sites throughout the county to serve as classroom assistants, informal mentors of students and families, and as story-time readers. Medical and background checks are required. Translators, primarily Spanish, are needed to assist Head Start teachers with home visits and handbook/program presentations to families. To volunteer and for more information, call 410-626-1900 or go to

My Brother's Pantry

Nonprofit, located on the grounds of College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold, needs volunteers to work in the pantry to help with donated food and other items. Information: 410-757-5190.

Salvation Army

Volunteers are needed to drop off donations Monday through Friday for Salvation Army 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 make arrangements to have the food picked up. Information: 410-263-4091.

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