STAIR, Start The Adventure In Reading

STAIR is a reading and mentoring program designed to provide early intervention for at-risk second grade students and has partnered with Annapolis City Schools for the last ten years. Throughout the year, students, identified by their reading teachers, work one-on-one with a tutor twice a week after school for approximately one hour on a variety of activities, all focused on increasing basic reading skills and utilizing an educator-approved Heic online jp curriculum. The volunteer tutor and student read together, play word games, practice phonics, and write stories. A bond is forged between tutor and student, and learning occurs in a safe, nurturing environment.

STAIR begins for tutors with a required 2-hour tutor training session held on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church at 171 Duke of Gloucestor Street in Annapolis. Tutors must be at least 17 years of age. High school juniors and seniors, and college students are welcome to apply. A one-year commitment to tutoring is required. New tutors must watch the Anne Arundel County School (AACPS) Sexual Harassment and Abuse power point video and submit an AACPS background check form. Contact Linda Barbour at 410-279-6480 or at .  And please visit our website at

Chesapeake Children's Museum

Assist with hands-on learning activities, help care for animals, keep grounds and gardens looking great, tidy up after children, and generally assure that visitors enjoy their time at the museum.

CCM’s mission is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies and the ecologies of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and for the child in us all.

We operate a hands-on museum for families and youth groups to visit, with special activities planned on themes in the arts, sciences, and humanities.  The museum is open seven days a week, 10 am to 5 pm in the summer and 10 am to 4 pm during the school year.

A variety of talents and skills are needed. Volunteers can commit to a regular schedule of a few hours per week or more.  Or let us know your general availability so we can call upon you as needed. Work directly with children conducting crafts, games, nature walks, etc.  Help with the gardens, cleaning, painting, or animal care.  Students 14 years old or older can volunteer; younger students can volunteer with an adult parent or mentor.  Contact Debbie Wood or Scotti Preston at 410-990-1993 or at . And please visit our website at

Hammond-Harwood House Museum

Do you enjoy history? What about talking with the public? The Hammond-Harwood House Museum in downtown Annapolis has a great opportunity for interested outgoing individuals who enjoy learning about art and architecture and sharing that knowledge with the public. The volunteer docent would be expected to learn the tour script and complete three training sessions and listen to other docents give the tour. Once training is completed, the volunteer would be expected to work one to two shifts per week lasting about five hours. The museum is open Tuesday thru Sunday 12pm to 4pm with tours on the hour. The last tour leaves at 4pm. The docent would greet visitors and guide them through the house highlighting the museum’s collection and architecture. This is a great opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in the arts, marketing, and any kind of public speaking. The Hammond-Harwood House Museum is located in historic downtown Annapolis Maryland at 19 Maryland Avenue. Complimentary parking for volunteer docents is available while on duty. Opportunity is unpaid, however, course credit and college reference letters are available for volunteer docents. For more information please visit To volunteer please e-mail Site Administrator/Curator Rachel Lovett at . Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Happy Helpers for the Homeless

Happy Helpers for the Homeless is an all-volunteer organization. Each weekend, we engage young people, their parents, and organizations in preparing food and goods for the needy.  We bring love and necessities directly to homeless and poverty-stricken men, women, and children every Saturday and Sunday no matter the weather and including holidays.  We also hold many themed parties for those whom we serve annually.
Happy Helpers meets on the following days (aside from special occasions):

Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
We gather at the 7-11 at 7701 Quarterfield Road in Glen Burnie at 11AM, to gather some supplies in a corner of the 7-11 fridge that was donated to us.  From there we go to our headquarters at 1550 Caton Center Drive in Halethorpe where we make and bag sandwiches.  After this, we then head to Harundale Presbyterian Church (1020 Eastway, Glen Burnie, MD 21060) where we give out some of our sandwiches and some other goodies to Glen Burnie’s needy.  We are typically done by 2PM.

Sundays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 We meet at the same 7-11 at 1PM, where we carpool up to Our Daily Bread Employment Center at 725 Fallsway Road in Baltimore.  We set up their dining room, organize our goods and clothing, and then hand out all that we can to Baltimore’s needy.  Then we clean up and have announcements.  We are typically done by 3:30PM.

If you would like to show up at our working locations instead of the 7-11, please arrive at the respective working locations at 11:30AM on Saturdays, and 1:40PM on Sundays.

Minimum age to volunteer is 13 years old or age 6 if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  For more information contact Bobbi Coffman at 443-433-2416 or visit us on our website at