On Our Own of Howard County welcomes volunteer instructors who can teach basic adult education, budgeting, computer skills, job skills, current events, arts and crafts, and other topics. Call 410-772-7905; e-mail [email protected]
On Our Own of Prince George’s County is looking for volunteers. For information about the latest openings and online application.
One World Center for Autism, Inc. is seeking volunteers and donations. This 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization serves “individuals living with autism and other related special needs in Prince Georges County, Maryland. [Their] mission is to empower those living with autism through family support, community awareness, and individual therapeutic and medical services.” Call 301-957-1382 or e-mail [email protected]
Oxfam works “to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.” Join volunteers around the world. To learn more and to volunteer, click HERE.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network [PanCAN] needs volunteers who can help at area health fairs. PanCAN is currently receiving three to five requests per week for their presence at community events. Most of these health fairs occur in the middle of the business day, usually around lunchtime. For anyone able to get away for a long lunch, this is an excellent opportunity to help. To volunteer for health fairs or to inquire about other PanCAN volunteer positions, please contact Mary Zapor via e-mail [email protected]
To volunteer at PurpleStride, October 10, please contact Aubrey Hopkins at [email protected]
Partners in Care Inc. of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Frederick Counties. The organization uses time banking to serve residents, particularly disabled and elderly. “Time banking,” also known as service exchange, involves one volunteer member doing work for someone in exchange for someone doing something for the volunteer. For example, a member picks up groceries for someone in exchange for having a computer fixed. For more information and types of services provided Online volunteer member application Partners In Care can also be reached at 410-544-4800 or 1-800-227-5500 or e-mail [email protected]
At the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, volunteers are not an endangered species and opportunities are available from time to time. For a list of assignments, a link to current opportunities and who to contact, click HERE.
Patuxent Riverkeeper, with the assistance of its volunteers, strives to provide stewarardship over the Patuxent River watershed. Volunteers can participate in the following programs: Citizen Water Quality Monitoring, Patuxent Roughnecks, Annual Patuxent Cleanup and Riparian Tree Planting. For more information.
Pets on Wheels volunteers make weekly visits to older adults living in nursing and assisted living homes. Friendly, furry pets help lift the residents’ spirits. To volunteer and have your pet evaluated for the program, call:
* Anne Arundel County – 410-222-0738
* Howard County – 410-313-7461
* Montgomery County – 301-424-0656
* Prince George’s County – 301-853-3330
Pilots ‘n Paws is an online network of pilots who transport rescue animals by air. For more information about this charitable organization, read the dampfang.com article Pilot volunteers. To join the network, click HERE.
Prince George’s County Public Schools wants AVID Program tutors who can work with middle and high school students in English, math, science and social studies. Call 301-952-6247.
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation has openings for teens through 17 for their Building Block training program. Ongoing through December 1 and registration is required. Call 301-446-3321 or visit their web site.
Prince George’s Summer Teen Theatre is an all-volunteer organization that promotes theater productions for teens. To learn more and to volunteer, click HERE. Location: 1 Morton Place, Laurel. Phone: 301-785-7516.
Rebuilding Together Howard County “works in partnership with the community to address the needs of low-income homeowners, primarily the elderly, disabled, and families with children. RTHC is committed to helping Howard County residents who have worked hard to own their own homes but whose failing health or fixed income does not allow them to cover the extraordinary costs of home repair.” [Credit: Rebuilding Together web site] Online volunteer application. Homeowner information.
For additional volunteer opportunities, check out the following organizations in the Laurel quad-county area:
* Anne Arundel
* Christmas in April*Prince George’s County
Recycling For Dollars and The Environment. Bond Mill Elementary School and Laurel Elementary School participate in the Paper Retriever Recycling program. Citizens place recyclable paper products [see list below] into the green and orange bins located outside the school. The neighborhood will be a cleaner place and the school PTO will receive a monthly check.
Paper Retriever accepts: newspaper and newspaper inserts, magazines and catalogs, school and office papers, direct mail, window envelopes, paperback books, workbooks and books that are stapled or spiral bound.
For details, read West Laurel reporter, Cindy Dollen’s, April 1, 2010 column.
The Red Devils always welcome volunteers to knit or crochet and donate chemo caps and scarves to local breast cancer patients. The organization also funds services to patients and their families such as house cleaning, transportation to doctor appointments, preparing meals and entertainment. To volunteer, call 877-643-0202.
Rotary Club of Laurel is raising funds for international aid kits that will be sent to Haitians in need of shelter. The kit contains a 10-person tent [sturdy enough to withstand heavy wind and rain], portable stove, blankets and other survival tools. Each kit costs $1,000. The Rotarians are working with ShelterBox, the international organization which has already sent 2,000 kits to Haiti. Any donation is welcome. Call Joy Kline at 301-498-4950 or send checks, payable to the Rotary Club of Laurel, to P O Box 1453, Laurel, MD 20725-1453.
RoundUp – WSSC [Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission] now offers customers the opportunity to round up their water bill payment to the next dollar amount. The extra amount goes into the Commission’s Water Fund and benefits WSSC customers who have a financial hardship. Click HERE for more information or call 301-206-9772 or 1-800-828-6439.
Route 1 Day Resource Center, 8826 Washington Blvd, Jessup, needs volunteers to help prepare meals, serve the homeless visitors and to orient them to the other facilities in the Center – including the shower and laundry facilities. Affiliated with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Contact Anne Dunn via e-mail [email protected] Phone: 301-776-9900. For more information about the Center. For volunteer information.
Current need: Monday driver for the 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. shifts once or twice a month. Ideal for a congregation or fraternal group that has a van. Call 301-776-9900.
Food & Clothing Donations: The Center is always challenged in their efforts to keep the food and clothing pantries shelves stocked. They are currently in need of:
Spam, canned chicken, ham
socks – white, mid-calf
30-gallon garbage bags
men’s jeans – 32-36 waist
men’s and women’s underwear
Rude Mechanicals is a theater company that infuses old classics with a modern flavor. To support the 501(c)(3) organization’s efforts, click HERE. For more information, call the artistic director, Jaki Demarest at 301-317-7964 or via E-mail.
St. Dysmas Community, a Lutheran community within the Jessup prison, is looking for volunteers who can either participate or lead Friday evening worship service and interact with attendees after the service. For information about the application process or the St. Dysmas Community, contact either Pastor Tom Miller or Pastor Connie Miller at 301-725-1666, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m, Monday through Thursday.
Sarah’s House, a safe and supportive haven for those in need, is a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore and is located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Read the 30 May 2009 dampfang.com article. Note that the link to their web site has changed since the article was written. For information about volunteering at Sarah’s House, click HERE.
Savage Senior Center Local volunteers gather and work on the first and third Wednesday of each month with Pennsylvania-based ConKerr Cancer in the fight against cancer. Volunteers make bright, colorful pillowcases for children who have cancer. “A case for smiles,” is ConKerr’s slogan. Many of the group’s pillowcases wind up at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, while others may be distributed nationally and internationally; wherever there is a need. For more information, to donate fabric or to volunteer, call Edie Bennett at 410-880-5915 or Judi Bard at 410-313-7460.
Save Our Souls Foundation is an international non-profit organization with local impact and support for those in need. Click on link above for details, call 443-364-4926 or via E-mail. Volunteer information and an online form – HERE.
School and Youth Programs that help The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society battle blood cancers. “Through meaningful service and cooperative team work, kids across the country have raised more than $100 million over the past 14 years, proving they can make difference in the lives of others. Give your students the chance to participate in the School & Youth programs and gain the hands-on experiences that cultivate caring, respect and sharing with others.” [S&Y Program web site] Click on the links for more information or to register or call the School & Youth Team at 703-399-2943.
Scotchtown Hills Elementary School has an ongoing recycling program for cell phones and printer cartridges. Proceeds will be used to purchase physical education equipment for the school. The school will accept any cell phone that has a battery. Cell phones and printer cartridges should be dropped off at the school’s main office at 15950 Dorset Road, Laurel. Phone: 301-497-3994.
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care welcomes volunteers. Contact them for a chance to help patients and family members during a difficult part of their lives. For more information, click HERE or call 866-693-4067.
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. has volunteer opportunities in administration, events, field work, fundraising, newsletter production, volunteer coordination and at their phone bank. To download an application [then click on “volunteer application” under the “Volunteer” heading.] For more information call Lawrence Manning at 410-528-1555 or e-mail [email protected]
Side by Side, a faith-based non-profit organization is looking for volunteers. The organization works with the Prince George’s County Public Schools to support and encourage school families. For more information or to volunteer, either call 202-710-5555 or e-mail [email protected]
Sierra Club – For volunteer opportunities and events in your area, click on the links below:
Anne Arundel County
Prince George’s County
Soles for Souls is a non-profit charitable organization that sends shoes to needy people around the world. Donors can donate new or lightly used shoes or financial aid. For information and ways to help, click HERE.
Songs For Soldiers sends the joy of music to American soldiers far from home. To learn more and to donate click HERE. Students can help the troops and raise money for their schools. Check it out!
Special Olympics Maryland has opportunities for volunteers. Click HERE to learn about volunteering. For more information, call either 410-789-6677 or 1-800-541-7544 [MD only]. E-mail [email protected]
Stop the Silence is an international non-profit organization dedicated to stopping child sexual abuse and to promoting healing for the victims and survivors. To volunteer, click HERE.
Tree-Mendous Volunteers – Tree-Mendous Maryland, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources program, offers folks, who like to work outdoors and improve their environment, many volunteer opportunities in their communities. As a group or as an individual, dig into the possibilities HERE.
The Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults has volunteer opportunities. The organization helps educate and support loved ones and young adults with cancer. Click HERE for more information. For questions or to volunteer, contact Sarah Wainio at 410-964-0202 ext 109 or via E-mail.
United Through Reading, in cooperation with the USO, relies on the financial support of concerned Americans to make a special program available to soldiers, who have a long deployment away from home, and their families. United Through Reading [UTR] volunteers create a video of a soldier as he talks to his family or reads for his children. A DVD is sent to the soldier’s family. According UTR, it’s all about making “powerful and lasting connections with their children and parent from afar.” For more information and to contribute, click HERE.
In July 2010, the United Through Reading program celebrated their 20th anniversary. During that time, they have served over one million beneficiaries. Keep up the good work!
USO supports and serves members of the United States armed services in all parts of the world. In Maryland, there are four support service locations. For more information about volunteer opportunities, to watch an educational video and for contact names and phone numbers, click HERE .
Voices United Against Sexual Violence, Inc. has several opportunities for volunteers to support and advocate for survivors of sexual violence. Call Bettina Hodges at 240-412-8344.
Volunteer Center Serving Howard County – Visit their web site for volunteer opportunities, publications, news and announcements, matching organizations’ needs with available volunteers and much more. Phone: 410-0715-3172 E-mail: [email protected]
The Washington Home is seeking “volunteers of just about every age, race, ethnic background, skill, and interest. Though we are thrilled to have volunteers with special talents – musicians, massage therapists, artists and computer experts – we need people who can simply be friendly companions.” Since 1888, this non-profit 501(c)(3) hospice organization has been helping people in Prince George’s county. To download a volunteer application [Credit: The Washington Home web site.]
Wishing Well, Inc. needs volunteers, sponsorships and donations. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization assists and supports American veterans. For more info, call 301-980-4262 or e-mail [email protected]
Women’s Giving Circle needs volunteers to help during some of their events. For more information about WGC, click HERE. To learn more or to be placed on their “Volunteer List,” contact Kristin Metz Mentz at [email protected]
** Currently need volunteers for August 22 Iron Girl Triathlon.
Woodland Job Corps Center [Maryland City] – The Speakers, Tutors, Achievement, Retention and Success [STARS] program is looking for adults to mentor or tutor economically challenged youth ages 16 to 24. Tutors help students with basic math and literacy skills in preparation for the GED or online high school diploma. Mentors help students with vocational and life skills development. Call Gloria Coliton 301-362-6045 or e-mail [email protected]
World Wide Community is a Christ-centered non-profit organization that helps children of elementary through high school age. Click HERE to learn more or call 240-461-8474. Volunteer information HERE.
Writing Outside the Fence is seeking qualified, committed volunteer teachers. The program offers creative writing workshops for ex-offenders and their extended community through the Reentry Center in Baltimore City. Volunteer instructors are asked to commit to a month of weekly meetings (four consecutive meetings total per teacher) for Spring 2010. The workshop meets Tuesdays from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Reentry Center at 2401 Liberty Heights Ave. in the Mondawmin Mall. For more info and to register, please contact Lucy Bucknell via email at [email protected]