Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL)
Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) has a vibrant team of 500+ volunteers assisting in our 15 libraries located throughout the County. Library staff are often looking for volunteers to assist staff with a variety of library activities such as unpacking and checking in books, searching the collection for requested items, book repair, filing and computer orientation. These positions usually require the ability to bend, lift boxes and books, use a hand held scanning device, and to stand for periods of time. Volunteers are recruited, interviewed and trained at the local library level. Every library has one or more Volunteer Supervisors. You must be at least 14 years old to apply and are expected to volunteer 2-3 hours per week, usually in the morning. Due to the nature of the jobs and the training involved, libraries prefer a commitment of at least 6 months for most volunteer jobs. For more information see: www.aacpl.net/volunteer-at-the-library or call 410-222-7371.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Senior-Senior Program
AACPS recognizes the benefits of intergenerational partnership in learning. In fact, for the 2015-2016 school year AACPS is establishing a Senior-Senior Corps that will allow senior citizens and senior high school students (upperclassmen) to serve as skill developers and mentors to elementary students within the school setting. Senior-Senior will begin as a pilot initiative hosted at North Glen Elementary – an AACPS Triple E School in Glen Burnie, MD. Student volunteers will be selected from North County High School while Senior volunteers will be invited to partner from community centers, foster grandparent programs, and the surrounding areas of the school. During the pilot year, seniors and senior students will be invited to assist in classes and mentor students with the following focus areas: K-1st Grade: Developmental Centers and Structured Play (including recess); and 2nd Grade: Guided Literacy. For the purposes of the pilot, seniors and students will be asked to commit up to 20 hours per week in order to maintain a consistent presence with the students of North Glen. Of course, scheduling conflicts and varying availabilities can be addressed as they arise. For more information and to volunteer, contact: Jasmine A. Coleman, at 410.266.3426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne Arundel Public Schools (AACPS) AVID Program
Volunteer an hour or more each week in a local middle or high school working with students in the AVID program. College students and volunteers are needed to facilitate small groups of students as they work collaboratively together to study and review classwork and test material for a better understanding and increased performance in their classes. Times vary depending on each school's schedule of AVID classes but typically run anywhere from 7:30-4:00 Monday through Thursday. Contact Alexis Pogonowski or Dot Arida at (410) 222-5458 for more information and to schedule a visit to see the AVID students in action. Specialized training is provided. Any volunteer can help guide students through the tutorial process.
Opportunity Builders Inc.
This nonprofit provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteer Instructor Aides, minimum age 18, assist clients with staying on-task to meet production quotas and help them to learn appropriate work skills and techniques. Volunteers who can commit to coming to the Millersville facility, once a week for at least 3 months are preferred. Volunteers, individuals and groups, also conduct job interviews, teach computer classes, assist with special events, painting and maintenance projects, serve on an OBI committee, and more. Contact Megan Orzechowski at email@example.com or 410-787-0700. Website: www.obiworks.org.
The mission of Arts On Stage is to artistically, culturally, and educationally enrich the minds of children through live, professional theatre productions.
We are looking for community-minded ushers for our current theatre season. Individuals 18 years of age or older who have daytime availability and are comfortable working with the public are needed. This is a great opportunity for college students interested in theatre, marketing, or education. We host shows at Maryland Hall in Annapolis and Goucher College in Towson. Our typical productions are two back-to-back performances from 9am to 1pm, but you can volunteer just for one 2-hour show. Training is provided. And, you get to enjoy a really great performance! If interested or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross Southern Maryland has a great Home Fire Campaign where they canvas low income neighborhoods, offer education in fire safety, and provide free smoke alarms (which they install). They are looking for volunteers to help with the pre-canvassing and the actual campaign. This is a great volunteer activity for students and their families. Youth under the age of 16 can participate if a parent or legal guardian are with them. Youth 16-17 would need to have a completed parental consent form submitted prior to the event.
Here are the locations and dates:
Home Fire Campaign (educate the public and install smoke detectors) conducted from 9:00am-3:00pm
Deale MD – April 23rd (New sign-up link)
Glen Burnie – May 6th
Woodland Beach / Edgewater – May 13th
Lothian / Harwood – May 20th
Brooklyn Park, MD – June 17th
This is a great opportunity for students to get service learning hours doing really great service for the community.
You can register by following one of the links above or you can contact Ed Oaks at 410-570-2686 or email@example.com with questions.