Student Volunteer Opportunities
Last Updated: April 15, 2017
 
Students:  Below are volunteer opportunities that specifically welcome high school and college students.  Contact information is provided for each of the agencies.  If you have general questions, please feel free to call us at the Volunteer Center at 410-897-9207 or e-mail us at info@aacvc.org.  ALSO, please mention to the agency that the Volunteer Center sent you!
P.A.W.S (People & Animals Who Serve Anne Arundel County)
P.A.W.S is a nonprofit volunteer organization that serves senior residents in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and local hospitals.  Our volunteers, their pets, and children visit residents throughout Anne Arundel County.

Volunteers to our program must be at least 18 years of age.  We prefer a student who can commit to two hours a week at our Glen Burnie office during the academic school year.

We would welcome a student who can work with us to create promotional and educational materials using Microsoft Publisher and other computer programs.  For more information, contact P.A.W.S at
pawsaac@yahoo.com or call 410-222-0738.

 
Footworks is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to operate and manage a full-time professional troupe that performs and teaches multi-cultural percussive dance with live acoustic music for theaters, arts festivals, schools, and community events. There is an immediate need for website assistance for migrating the existing website to a new Content Management System. Volunteer help is also needed to help with fundraising and public relations. A volunteer with graphic design experience is needed to assist in creating promotional pieces for new production. For more information and to volunteer (volunteers must be 18 years old or older), contact Footworks at office@footworks.org or 410-897-9299. Website:  www.footworks.org
 
Volunteers are needed to provide excellent customer service as they greet donors and serve refreshments to blood donors at local blood drives. American Red Cross has a donation center located in Glen Burnie; as well as various community blood drives located throughout Anne Arundel County. Shifts are available at our Donation Center on weekdays from 3:30-7:00 p.m. and Saturdays. Must be willing to make a one year commitment and must be 15 years of age or older. There is an application to complete and an in-person training to attend. Volunteers over 18 years of age must pass a background check. To start the application process, visit our website at www.redcross.org/gcr/volunteer.  For questions, contact: Gloria Coliton at 410-627-5369 or Gloria.Coliton@redcross.org.
 
HOPE For All is a Christian based non-profit serving all of Anne Arundel County. HOPE partners with the Anne Arundel County School System as well as Social Services and around 20 other state and local agencies in the county. We assist those transitioning from various degrees of homelessness and those in substandard living conditions. We provide furniture, clothing, linens, towels, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. There is no charge to those we assist. We serve homeless children and families, families, veterans, aged, disabled, those with health issues either physical or social/emotional. We discriminate in no way regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation. This past year we assisted 290 families and clothed around 3,000 individuals in this county. The need is exponentially great despite what is said about the economy.

Currently we have a few weeks available for students seeking service hours. You should be at least 16 and in good physical condition to assist with pickups and deliveries of items (furniture, etc.). The opportunities are from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The same is available during the school year on all Saturdays. We always welcome those who can assist during the week and on Saturdays as well as those who are not in school, retired, and not working. Always call before you come.

Currently we are also seeking volunteers to assist on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with clothes sorting and hopefully to learn the process of filling orders. We also can use assistance with our linen and household departments. Times are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You set your own hours.

If you enjoy and appreciate yard sales we are always looking for adults to assist with conditioning and pricing items. We display over a 1,000 items. This can be done Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You set your own hours.

Please check out our website at hopeforall.us. Our e-mail address is hopeforall72@gmail.com. Our phone number is 410-766-0372. Please ask for Jeanne, Chris, or Michelle. Jeanne handles clothing, linens, and household; Chris handles pickups and deliveries, and Michelle the yard sale. The yard sale is the second Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and indoors rain or shine.
 
Mission: The Center of Help exists to assist Hispanic-Latinos and other immigrants socially, educationally, and economically in order to become contributive citizens in the Anne Arundel Community.

How you can help in our mission: Volunteer to teach adults English (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10:30-noon. We offer 4 different levels). We are looking for an enthusiastic person who can commit to M/TH or Tu/Fr who has some experience teaching.

OR with our Saturday Leadership and Learning program for kids ages 6-18 10 am – noon. We work with basic ESOL students who need to advance in their English skills in order to be successful at school. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Applications/forms MUST be filled out in advance of volunteering. Visit our office at 1906 Forest Dr., Suite 2B (in the Gardner Center) or call 410-295-3434 ask for Jorge or Karen or email us at jorgegonzalezcoh@gmail.com and we can send an application via email.

Visit our website www.centrodeayuda.org
 
Service-learning opportunities: 
Volunteers are always needed to assist us in the Annapolis office, especially during the summer and winter months, when we run the Back to School and Holiday Sharing programs.  The Back to School Program provides backpacks and school supplies through donors to elementary school students that are on the free and reduced lunch list. There may be an opportunity during the Back to School Program for volunteers to assist with packing backpacks and school supplies and deliver backpacks to schools (varies from year to year).  The Holiday Sharing Program provides families and seniors in need with Thanksgiving and Christmas meals and/or gifts.  Students will have the opportunity to enter family and senior wish lists’ into our data system, answer and make phone calls, hand out gift cards, and deliver gifts.  Students 14 years or older are welcome to volunteer in our office.  Contact Tanya Steele Clements at tanya.steeleclements@maryland.gov or 410-269-4460.

Volunteers Needed to Support 5K Fundraiser for Harmony House
The Social Services Board for Anne Arundel County is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, April 29th, at Quiet Waters Park to benefit AADSS's Harmony House, one of our underfunded programs that assists in the reunification of parents and children that have been separated.  
The event is a 5K run/walk so there are several volunteer needs:
  •          Day before (4/28) packet pickups (3:00pm-6:00pm) at an Annapolis location (TBD) – Support distribution of runners packets.
  •          Set up (arrive at 7:15 a.m.) and Clean up (arrive at 11:00 a.m.)
  •          Traffic/parking/crowd control (arrive at 7:30 a.m.) – Provide people with directions on where to go.
  •          Registration table (arrive at 7:30 a.m.) - Sign in participants, many of which would be pre-registered but there could be walk ups.
  •          Walker/runner paths (arrive at 8:30 a.m.) - Persons to be posted along the paths to assist if necessary.
  •          Face painting (arrive at 9 a.m.) - Face painting for kids attending
  •          Awards ceremony (arrive at 10:00) - Help set up, organize and assist with awarding winners. 
Minimum age to volunteer is 15.  If you are interested, contact Kathy Aytch at Kathy.Aytch@maryland.gov.
 
Hints for the Volunteer
Talk to a few organizations that have opportunities that meet your interests. In addition to discussing their volunteer opportunities, also ask them about their mission, what they do, who they serve. Make sure you are comfortable with the organization as a whole as well as with your specific volunteer duties. Find out how your volunteer work contributes to their mission and goals. Remember, in addition to the organization interviewing you, you should be interviewing the organization.  Look around until you find an organization that you like that has a volunteer opportunity you feel is just right for you.
 
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