Community Service Opportunities

U.S. Elite Track and Field, Inc.
· 3:00–9:00 pm, Fri., May 15, 2009, U.S. Elite Athletic Convention: Volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and participants are being sought for this event intended for high school students and their parents. The event is free and is being held at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, 8100 Sheriff Rd., Landover, MD. For more information and to register call 202-413-2699 or 240-770-8318 or e-mail: keishiatd@yahoo.com.

After prom clean-up at Severn School– Saturday morning from 9-11 a.m. at the gym. Please remember that you are limited to 5 hours of service at Severn each year.

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau
The mission of the Bureau is to plan, produce and promote programs designed to increase the volume of leisure and business visitors to the area while preserving the community and managing the travel and tourism industry. Volunteers, age 16, and up are needed at the West St. Visitor Center and City Dock Information Booth to provide visitors with knowledgeable, appropriate, and current information to assist them in having the best possible experience. Help is also needed for computer data entry. Completion of a training program and a 3-month provisional period is required of new volunteers; participation in ongoing training and continuing education is required for all volunteers. For more information: contact 410-280-0445x108, e-mail: cmardall@visitannapolis.org, or see web site at www.visitannapolis.org.

Arthritis Foundation – Maryland Chapter
The Maryland chapter serves the residents of Maryland (except Montgomery and PG Co.), Delaware, and Eastern West Virginia, by making the public knowledgeable about arthritis and the importance of appropriate treatment and by helping people take personal control of their arthritis through self-help classes, warm water and land exercise programs and support and education groups. For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.arthritis.org.

· 8:00–11am, Sat., May 16, 2009, 16th Annual Walk for Arthritis: The Arthritis Foundation of Southern Maryland needs an extra large number of volunteers to help plan and implement the event at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis because Olympic Gold Medalist, Mary Lou Retton, is joining the Walk which should result in a large turnout. The event includes a 1K, 3K or 5K walk through beautiful Quiet Waters Park, continental breakfast, our Ambassador ceremony, prizes, awards & raffles, healthcare and senior groups will provide information, and there will be an arts and crafts area where kids can get their faces painted and make crafts to take home. For more information contact 410-544-5433, gban@arthritis.org or visit web site: www.arthritis.org.

Cats R Us, Inc.
This nonprofit feral cat rescue group operates two small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas. The main focus is TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return). The shelter in Arnold is a "TNR" shelter, in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, sterilized, and eartipped for identification by veterinarians. This is a NO KILL facility and these cats will stay with CRU as long as it takes for them to find their forever home. Qualified foster volunteers are needed to provide foster homes. Volunteers, age 8 and older, are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, to attend adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, to make cat/kitten home deliveries, or to sit and spend time with wonderful cats. An adult should accompany volunteers younger than age 16. Training will be provided for shelter and adoption workers. Parental consent forms are required. Low cost spay/neuter clinics are held Mondays at Save-a-Life in Linthicum. For information contact 410-263-1719 or MsKittyMeow3@juno.com. See website: www.CatsRUs.petfinder.com

Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues
This group of twenty-one citizen volunteers promotes positive change for county citizens with disabilities. Members include citizens with disabilities, family members of individuals with disabilities, citizens with an interest in assisting individuals with disabilities, a member of the Anne Arundel County Council and representatives of agencies providing services to individuals with disabilities. The commissioners assess needs; investigate opportunities for improvements in quality of life; support community participation; and advise the County Executive on disability issues. Meetings take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month- from 1 to 3 pm. Volunteers are also needed to serve on committees and participate in ongoing activities. Contact Pam Jordan, ADA Coordinator, at 410-222-4383 or E-mail EXJORD00@aacounty.org for information.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland Great Strides Walk, June 6, 2009
The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is holding this fundraising walk at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The foundation is seeking volunteers to help with the event as well as participants. Join other fund-raising teams for a day of fun, food and entertainment. Registration starts at 10:00 am and the Walk begins at 11:00 am. Register at: www.cff.org/Chapters/maryland/GREATSTRIDES/ or contact Ann Krulevitz 410.628.0795 or akrulevitz@cff.org.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is the largest conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay. A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. See web site www.cbf.org for upcoming projects and opportunities or contact Heather Tuckfield, CBF Volunteer Manager, at htuckfield@cbf.org or (410) 268-8816. A volunteer application form can be submitted from the web site, www.cbf.org . Opportunities include:

· Hands On Restoration Projects: Doing tree nursery work, living shore line, wetland, underwater grass, and oyster restoration and gardening projects, Clean the Bay Day, and more. See website for details and calendar.

· Outreach and Education: Representing CBF at boat shows, seafood festivals, state fairs, and other outreach events, assisting with education programs, participating with the speaker’s bureau to give presentations to interested groups about health of the Bay and its tributaries.

· Advocacy: Provide administrative assistance helping with a variety of office tasks, including research, data entry, answering phones, and mailings. Opportunities are also available to serve as a tour guide at Philip Merrill Environmental Center and the Annapolis green headquarters building.

Kids ‘N’ Kaboodle, Sun., June 7, 2009
Plans are cooking for the annual free fair for all the children of Annapolis. This is a collaboration of many agencies, organizations and businesses serving children and families in the area. Volunteers and donations make this a day of creative fun and joyous laughter, with no cost for anything. Volunteers are needed now to round up food and donations, secure live entertainment, gather supplies for crafts and games, arrange for career exhibits, and handle publicity. Pony walkers, hamburger grillers, career exhibitors, face painters, game and craft facilitators, greeters, and grounds people will be needed the day of the event. Please call Dr. Deborah Wood at Chesapeake Children’s Museum: 410-990-1993 or email: debbie@theccm.org.

Volunteer Summer Serve Leadership Challenge
May 16th is the last date for registration for this summer 2009 program engaging youth currently Grades 7-9 in volunteer service projects that are challenging, rewarding, and fun! The program is sponsored by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks in collaboration with the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, which is subsidizing the program with funding from a grant received from the Comcast Foundation. The program will be conducted three times in two-week sessions during June and July 2009. Applicants will be given the choice of applying for one, two, or all three sessions. Applicants must have completed (at least) the 7th grade by June of 2009 and must fill out and submit an Application Form to the Anne Arundel Dept. of Recreation and Parks by May 16, 2009.For additional information and to apply, contact Wendy Scarborough, A.A. Recreation and Parks at (410) 222-7313 ext. 3554, or Fay Mauro at the Volunteer Center at (410) 897-9207. or go to www.volunteerannearundel.org/YVCSumServ.html.