Check Out These Opportunities Through The Volunteer Center

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Many volunteer positions are available through the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center. If you do not see an opportunity below that fits your needs, visit www.aacvc.org.

Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival – Saturday, September 12
This large event at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium from noon to 6:00pm on September 12 features unlimited beer tastings of more than 100 craft beers from more than 45 regional and national artisan breweries. There will also be live music of every variety and great oysters on the half shell along with other food. Adult volunteers are needed to pour for the breweries for a three-hour shift during the event (noon to 3:00pm or 3:00pm to 6:00pm). If interested, email annapolisshows@gmail.com for an application. Visit www.theannapoliscraftbeerandmusicfestival.com for more information.

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council
You can change a life through literacy. Volunteer tutors are needed for combating adult and out-of-school youth illiteracy. After completing training, you pick your own schedule and locations with your assigned student, or you can tutor at local detention centers. For information, call 410-269-4419 or email programdirector@aaclc.org. Hours are flexible, and most work can be done at home.

Tutor training will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm on September 26 and October 10. The tutor training sessions will be held at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and will include both basic literacy and English language learner instruction. There is a class size limit of 35. Enrollees must attendee both sessions. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending this training, email programdirector@aaclc.org or call 301-523-6750 to reserve a seat.

Arnold Volunteer Fire Department
The Arnold Volunteer Fire Department is always recruiting volunteer members age 16 and older to serve both as firefighters and to assist with administrative tasks. Current needs include firefighter/EMT, building maintenance, public outreach and fire safety education, fundraising, event planning and administrative assistance. All firefighting training and equipment are provided free of charge. For more information, visit www.arnoldvfd.com, call Jean Allen at 410-757-5942 or email treasurer@arnoldvfd.com.

Arundel Child Care Connections
The mission of Arundel Child Care Connections Inc. is to promote the availability and accessibility of high-quality child care for families in Anne Arundel County through referrals, training, public education and collaboration between community-based organization, government agencies, employers and child care providers.

Arundel Child Care Connections is rebuilding its board of directors. Positions needed are a seasoned board president and members with backgrounds in finance, law, business and fundraising. For more information, contact executive director Debbie Langer at 410-222-1794 or dlanger@arundelccc.org. To learn more, visit www.arundelccc.org.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Maryland Hall is planning volunteer orientations with positions open only for volunteer ushers for performing arts events at this time. Plan to attend one orientation and one usher training session. Usher orientation training date(s) will be announced later. Contact Louise White, volunteer manager, at lwhite@mdhallarts.org or 410-263-5544 ext. 23 to register. An application form is available at www.mdhallarts.org.

An orientation will be held from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on September 17. Training will be held at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street in Annapolis. Those interested in volunteer ushering will attend one orientation, and an usher training date will be scheduled shortly after the orientation trainings.

Ombudsman Program (Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities)
The ombudsman program is a free, confidential service that advocates residents’ rights and quality long-term care. Resident advocates are needed to receive and resolve complaints made by or for residents of nursing homes and assisted living homes. Advocates also educate the public on long-term care facilities and services and promote opportunities for volunteers. The ombudsman program needs compassionate individuals to visit nursing homes and assisted living homes and advocate on behalf of residents. Each interested individual will be interviewed to discuss the position and the individual’s background. If the program is a good match for the volunteer, he or she will be provided training and supervision. For more information or to volunteer, contact Wendy Harris at agharr44@aacounty.org or 410 222-4464. Visit www.aacounty.org/Aging/agingServices/ombudsman.cfm to learn more.

Project Green 9/11 Day of Service on Saturday, September 12
To commemorate Marylanders who lost their lives in service to their country, including on September 11, the Volunteer Center will celebrate a day of service on Saturday, September 12. The day will begin at 8:30am with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial located in the median of 1920 Ritchie Highway and Route 450 in Annapolis. Volunteer sign-in begins at 8:00am. From 9:00am until noon, volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning at the World War II Memorial and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. This is a rain or shine event and will be delayed or cancelled only if there are local thunderstorms.

For more information and to preregister, go to www.aacvc.org/opportunitycalendar. For more information, contact holli.aacvc@outlook.com or 410-897-9207.

Youth for Understanding USA
Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a worldwide movement of committed individuals and organizations working together to prepare young people for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community. It advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Volunteers are being sought to mentor high school age international exchange students. Families are also needed to host students. For more information, visit www.yfuusa.org or contact Tchi Sogoyou at 240-235-2102 or tsogoyou@yfu.org.

YMCA Camp Letts
This Edgewater camp needs volunteers for projects at the retreat center and camp office. Led by a volunteer advisory board, YMCA Camp Letts also offers a large slate of volunteer-driven special events dedicated to raising scholarship funds to help send kids to camp. Whether it's the annual turkey chase, women's wellness weekend, the golf tournament or Rockin' on the Rhode, each event is its own brand of camp fun, and they all offer wonderful opportunities to make friends while making a difference. To learn more, go to www.campletts.org or contact Chessa Ormond at 410-919-1411 or chessacampletts@yahoo.com.

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