Anne Arundel County volunteer briefs

Alzheimer's support

The Alzheimer's Association, a nonprofit that seeks to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through supporting research and to enhance care and support for sufferers, their families and caregivers, is seeking volunteers to lead support groups once a month. Training will be provided. Information: 410-561-9099, or

Arundel Lodge

Arundel Lodge, a community mental health center serving mentally ill adults, needs volunteers who know sign language to interpret for deaf clients. Interpreters are needed 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday or any time within those hours. To volunteer or for more information, call Ann Jackson at 443-433-5942 or email

Blood drives

The American Red Cross needs volunteers 14 and older (some positions 18 and older) to greet donors, provide customer service and serve refreshments. Interested persons must complete an application and attend an orientation/training session. Those older than 18 require a background check. Information: 410-764-4602, ext. 1; 800-272-0094, ext. 1; or

Cats R Us Inc.

This no-kill facility, which operates small shelters in the Annapolis and Arnold areas, seeks volunteers to provide foster homes. Also, volunteers eight and older are needed to assist with cleaning the shelters, attending adoption shows at PetSmart in Annapolis, making home deliveries and sitting with cats. Training is provided for shelter and adoption workers. Information: 410-263-1719 or

Department of Recreation & Parks

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, to help with a community beach clean-up at Mayo Beach Park, 4150 Honeysuckle Drive in Edgewater. Tasks include planting and cleaning out flower beds and cleaning and working on camp buildings to prepare for summer day camps. Wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, work gloves, and gardening tools. Tasks will be assigned. Individuals, families and groups are welcome. Those younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult (One adult per six children). To register and more information: 410-222-7313, ext. 3554.

Dyslexia tutoring

Volunteers are needed to tutor low-income children and adults with dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Volunteers should have a high school diploma, good language skills, patience, a willingness to understand people with language disabilities and the desire to help someone who wants to learn to read. Volunteer tutors are trained during a 20-hour course in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading, spelling and writing. They are subject to a criminal background check and must commit to 60 hours of tutoring. Information: 410-889-5487.

Wildlife sanctuary

Volunteers 18 and older who can commit to at least one morning per week are needed for animal care at the Davidsonville Wildlife Sanctuary, including feeding, watering and cleaning. Information: 410-798-0193.

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