January 8, 2020
Plunge into 2020 for Special Olympics Maryland!
The 24th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge will be held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis from January 23rd to 25th 2020! The Plunge consists of different events, including the Super Plunge, Cool Schools Challenge, Corporate Challenge, and Police Plunge. All Polar Bear Plunge events raise funds to support Special Olympics Maryland athletes.

Volunteers will be needed on various days to assist with plunge packet pickup, on-site setup, event breakdown, and more. For a full list of volunteer positions or to register, visit the online registration page. From there, you can select the day(s) and time(s) you’d like to volunteer.

Email the event’s Volunteer Management Team if you have any questions. 
Health and Wellness Teachers Needed! 
If health and wellness are your passion, you can help Arundel Lodge improve the lives of children, adults, and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders in our community.

Arundel Lodge’s Day Program teaches daily living skills to promote education, health, and wellness. Volunteers are needed to teach health and wellness skills, such as nutrition, yoga, breathing, meditation, reiki, aromatherapy, or the mental health benefits of exercise, music, and nature to support recovery and meaningful life in our community. Arundel Lodge holds hour long classes twice each morning Monday through Thursday.

Volunteers are welcome to help lead these classes as a special topic guest or on a weekly or monthly basis for a set amount of time. As a volunteer you’ll need to have experience or interest in leading classes or workshops, a desire to help others, and an awareness and compassion for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders.

To begin volunteering, complete the online volunteer application or email Deborah Wienhold, Volunteer Liaison. You’ll then be contacted about completing required background checks and training.
The Light House Themed Donation Drives
The Light House Homeless Prevention Support center provides shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward employment, housing, and self-sufficiency.

Are you a student, family, or group who would like to help The Light House? Volunteers are always needed to plan, organize, and run donation drives in the community. These drives can be themed to the items you’d like to collect. Some of The Light House’s ideas for themed drives and items to collect include:
  • Oh Baby: baby wipes, diapers, new stuffed animals, new or gently used blankets (twin/full size)
  • Squeaky Clean: Full sized toiletries such as, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • Feeding Frenzy: assorted canned vegetables, cereal, pancake mix, coffee, canned fruit, canned fish/meat, pasta, mac n cheese, oatmeal, boxed or canned potatoes
  • Operation Light House: toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex tissues, disinfecting wipes and spray, window cleaner, heavy duty commercial trash bags
  • Kitchen Mayhem: napkins, paper plates, disposable cups, plastic flatware, cases of water, sharpies, paper grocery bags with handles, plastic grocery bags

After holding your drive, bring items you collect to The Light House, which is located at 10 Hudson Street in Annapolis.

Email volunteers@annapolislighthouse.org or call 443-569-4211 with questions or for more information. Visit The Light House’s website to find more volunteer opportunities. 
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