If you can smile - you can volunteer

If you can smile - you can volunteer
By Jennifer LB Leese
j.leese@picketnews.com

There are many reasons why an individual chooses to volunteer. Whatever motivates you, the benefits are certainly rewarding. Monetary funds absolutely helps much needed programs and non-profits, which in turn improve your community, however, your taking the time to mentor a teen, reading to a child, running errands for the elderly, or simply playing a game of cards with a patient in the hospital, adds so much to their lives as well as your own.
There are many ways to become a volunteer in your area. Caring brings out the best in everyone. So even if you only have an hour every so often...that's better than nothing. Below is a partial list of volunteer opportunities needed in the Hagerstown area - so call today!
Who: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Volunteers Needed For: Volunteers from Georgia to Maine do the day-to-day work of keeping the Appalachian Trail open and in good repair. Join a volunteer Trail crew and spend a week or more helping to build and protect the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, America's premier long-distance footpath. No previous trail experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among friends. There are several opportunities available.
How to Volunteer: Email: Alice Davis / adavis@appalachiantrail.org. Web: www.appalachiantrail.org/trailcrews_vols or www.appalachiantrail.org/volunteerNOW
Who: REACH Caregivers
Volunteers Needed For: There are several areas at REACH individuals can participate - office work,
How to Volunteer: Location: 140 W. Franklin Street, Suite 300, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740. Phone: 301-733-2371.
Who: American Red Cross
Volunteers Needed For:
How to Volunteer: Location: 1131 Conrad Court or 113 South Prospect Street (both in Hagerstown). Web: www.hagerstownmdredcross.org. Phone: 301-739-0717 or 301-739-0567.
Who: Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Volunteers Needed For: Ushers: Help people find their seats and direct them to the exits. Backstage: Technical assistance in set construction, props, costume and lighting for theatrical productions. Bartender/concession stand: Bartending (over age 18)
How to Volunteer: Email: Julie Herber / JHerber@marylandensemble.org. Phone: 301-694-4744. Web: www.marylandensenble.org.
Who: Memory Walk Committee Volunteers
Volunteers Needed For: They will be holding their annual Memory Walk, the largest fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Association, on October 24 at the Maryland School for the Deaf. They are in need of committee members for the walk. A passionate committee member's responsibilities are to reach out into the local community and provide access to businesses, recruit new participants and teams, and secure in-kind and local sponsorships. Training with background about the organization will be provided. This is a truly rewarding position!
How to Volunteer: Phone: Sally Drumm / sally.drumm@alz.org. Web: www.alz.org/maryland. Phone: 410-561-9099
Who: Washington County Health Department, A Matter of Balance
Volunteers Needed For: Looking for volunteer coaches. A Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage concerns about falls and increase physical activity. Coaches help participants become more confident about managing falls, help to identify ways to reduce falls, and lead exercises to help increase strength and balance. Volunteer coach class will be held on October 13 and 14 from 12:30 to 4:30pm.
How to Volunteer: Phone: 240-313-3360. TTY/TDD: 240-313-3391.
Who: Antietam Battlefield
Volunteers Needed For: The National Park Service needs volunteers to work in their new Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center. To become a volunteer, the requirements are simple: you should be at least 16 years old and be willing to volunteer for a minimum of four hours each week. The visitors' center and exhibit opens September 14th.
How to Volunteer: Email: Park Ranger Christie Stanczak / christie_stanczak@nps.gov, Chief Ranger Ed Wenschhof / ed_wenschhof@nps.gov. Phone: 301-432-4567 or 301-432-2243.
Who: Star Community, Inc.
Volunteers Needed For: Star Equestrian Center - help with lessons, cleaning stalls, horse care, barn upkeep, etc. As a volunteer, you can share in the joy of our riders and staff as they learn about horses. Volunteer orientation is offered on a monthly basis. We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals young and old with and without challenges, as well as high school students to complete graduation requirements. Volunteers must be 13 years of age or older. Experience with horses is not necessary but is valued. Volunteer opportunities are available seven days a week, during the day and in the evenings. Our programs run year round. Volunteers are involved in riding classes as horse leaders and side-aides. Volunteers assist in stable management, fundraisers, custodial cleaning, special events and office work. Reward incentives are provided to volunteers who complete Center objectives. Volunteers are needed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
How to Volunteer: Location: 13757 Broadfording Church Road, Hagerstown. Phone: 301-791-0011. Web: www.starcommunityinc.org.
Who: Washington County Community Mediation Center
Volunteers Needed For: We are in need of volunteer mediators, outreach to local organizations, fundraisers, clerical help, community members to serve on the Board of Directors and various committees. Ongoing-volunteers are needed on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
How to Volunteer: Location: 101 Summit Avenue in Hagerstown, MD. Phone: 301-665-9262. Email: wccmc@wccmc.org. Web: www.wccmc.org.
Who: Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition
Volunteers Needed For: Help to plan events and promote activities at your school-- in return, you'll earn SSL hours and get free pizza at our monthly meetings! We'd like to have at least 2 teens from each Washington County Middle and High School, so bring a friend! If you're interested in joining TAG, you can download the TAG application from our website, www.TeensHaveChoices.org. Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
How to Volunteer: Location: 88 W Lee St., 2nd Floor in Hagerstown. Phone: 301-671-3000. Email: TeensHaveChoices@gmail.com. Web: www.teenshavechoices.org.
Of course there are many places where you can volunteer your time. A simple search on the Internet works like a charm - United Way of Washington County, Humane Society of Washington County, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Washington County Hospital, and retirement homes are a few more to add to your list.