-- Sen. John McCain
In This Issue
It's Back-to-Volunteering Time for Tutors
The JCA Heyman Interages Center is among the many organizations now recruiting tutors and mentors for the new school year
With the new school year here, many organizations in our area are now looking for volunteers to serve local students as tutors, homework helpers, and mentors. To find ways to help, search the Volunteer Center database of volunteer opportunities for Education/Mentoring interests, then click on any and all activities on the list to get more information and click respond to express interest. You can also search for specific keywords like "tutor" or "mentor" and can narrow your search by location and other filters.

Among the opportunities you'll find are these:
While many of these opportunities are geared toward adults, some allow students to help other students. Those that meet the guidelines for MCPS SSL hours feature the graduation cap banner.
Montgomery Parks
Thousands of Acres of Ways to Serve
Montgomery Parks volunteer
In addition to cleanup volunteers and event assistants, Montgomery Parks engages volunteers like Mike Robinson, who serves as a volunteer interpreter for Underground Railroad Trail hikes at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park
Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is dedicated to providing residents safe and accessible places to gather, enjoy the outdoors, and participate in healthy recreational activities. As such, it encompasses almost 37,000 acres of parks, streams, lakes, trails, playgrounds, nature centers, and specialty sites, including an archery range, cricket fields, ice rinks, gardens, and historic homes. 

Montgomery Parks is also dedicated to keeping the public in public lands and 
is one of the largest recruiters of volunteers in our region. In fact, last year, the agency engaged more than 11,500 volunteers, who contributed more than 78,000 hours of service. 

Volunteers--including individuals, families, students, businesses, scouts, and virtually anyone looking for a fun way to give back to the community--tackle a wide range of tasks across the county with varying age/experience requirements and levels of commitment. Some of these include:
The benefits of volunteering with Montgomery Parks are equally wide-ranging. The many outdoor opportunities allow volunteers to get back to nature, history geeks get to enjoy learning and teaching at historic sites, students can earn SSL hours, and all volunteers have a chance to meet new people and make a difference for the environment and the community. 

To learn about the full breadth of opportunities and ways to make a difference, visit  the Montgomery Parks volunteer website, call 301-495-2504, or email Lynn Vismara.
Is it Summer? Fall? It's Volunteer Season!
All kinds of nonprofit and government organizations are now in high season for volunteer recruitment. Check out these below--just a few of the hundreds of volunteer positions listed on the Volunteer Center website. Check our calendar for more date-specific opportunities or use the search box at the top of this email or the top of our home page to search for more ways to serve. 
SSL preapproved
These opportunities meet the guidelines to provide MCPS Student Service Learning (SSL) hours--but  they're not just for students! Other opportunities may be eligible for SSL hours; visit the MCPS SSL website to learn more.

SSL preapproved PLAY DAY VOLUNTEERS: Saturday, Sept. 8, choose among shifts 8 am-4 pm, Takoma Park. Prepare materials, help run activities, and assist with cleanup at the City of Takoma Park's 10th annual Play Day, an afternoon of fun play. Minimum age: 12. Email Pat Rumbaugh or call 301-928-9962. 

5K RUN ASSISTANTS: Sunday, Sept. 16, choose among shifts 6-10:30 am, Rockville. Set up the course or cheer on runners/walkers at the 3rd annual Run for EveryMind, which raises funds to empower individuals to reach optimal mental wellness. Minimum age: 18 or accompanied by an adult. Sign up online, email Rameela Tuladhar, or call 301-424-0656 x 541.

SSL preapproved SOCCER PEER BUDDIES: Mondays, Sept. 17 through Nov. 5, 4-5 pm, Silver Spring. (Additional opportunities available in Kensington on Wednesday afternoons.) Encourage children with special needs and help them participate in an after-school soccer program at Flora M. Singer Elementary School sponsored by Open Door Sports. Volunteers should be middle or high school students. Soccer experience not required. Email Sarah Albus or call 240-461-5559.

SSL preapproved PLAYGROUND PROJECT HELPERS: Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, Sept. 20-22, 7 am-4 pm, Silver Spring. Assist with children's activities or with constructing a new playground at the YMCA Silver Spring's child care center. Minimum age: 15. Call 301-585-5221 x 2541.

WALK EVENT ASSISTANTS: Saturday, Oct. 13, choose among shifts 6:30 am-1:30 pm, DC. Help with setup, sign placement, information services, t-shirt distribution, cheerleading, route monitoring, and more for the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter's annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Sign up online, email Ben Donnelly, or call 703-766-9007.

SSL preapproved FOOD RECOVERY VOLUNTEERS: Unload truckloads of catered food, glean through donated produce, package meals for distribution, or help families with their donations at Nourish Now in Rockville. Three shifts available each day. Email Lauren Kornegay or call 301-330-0222.

FRONT DESK MANAGER: Interact with Bethesda Cares clients, collect and sort food and toiletry donations from donors, file mail, answer and direct telephone calls, and assist with other administrative tasks every Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, 1:50-4 pm, in Bethesda. Backup volunteers also needed. Minimum commitment of six months. Email Caryn Brandel or call 301-907-9244.

SSL preapproved SWIMMING ASSISTANTS: Help adults with disabilities participate in an adaptive aquatics program run by Montgomery County Therapeutic Recreation on Saturday mornings at the Kennedy Shriver swim center in North Bethesda. Swimming skills are not as important as the ability to interact with people. Email Marco D'Ottavi or call 240-777-6891.

SSL preapproved ARTS & CRAFTS TEACHERS: Assist a lead teacher in Glen Echo Park's Saturday morning Art Explorers program for children. Volunteers help set up the classroom, guide families as they create the daily craft, and help with cleanup at the end of the day. Minimum age: 14. Email Kim Cuthbert or call 301-634-2222.

HOTLINE VOLUNTEERS: Serve as an emotional support/crisis intervention specialist for a 24/7 confidential call hotline and/or text and online chat services provided by EveryMind in Rockville. Minimum age: 18. Volunteers must complete and pass a set of free training courses prior to service. Next training session begins Sept. 11. Email Rameela Tuladhar or call 301-424-0656 x 541.
Become Part of the 50+ Volunteer Network Success Story!
The Volunteer Center's 50+ Volunteer Network, connecting skilled volunteers with nonprofits in need, officially launched in January 2018. As detailed in this report, in just six months, this new program is already having a profoundly positive impact.  Through personal consultations, the 50+ Volunteer Network already has helped scores of county residents ages 50 and up find meaningful community service opportunities with nonprofits and government agencies. (You can read about several of these success stories in the report!) 

To schedule an interview and find out about volunteer opportunities that fit your skills, interests, and availability, email the 50+ team
Community Service Week
Join Us for a Special Week Devoted to Service in Montgomery County 
Montgomery County's 32nd annual Community Service Week is coming up Oct. 21-28, providing residents with a special opportunity to serve together to support a wide variety of community needs throughout the week. The Volunteer Center is now organizing volunteer projects for the event, which are beginning to be posted on our October volunteer calendar Be sure to check back frequently throughout the next few weeks as more opportunities are added.

Groups of all kinds are encouraged to plan projects for that week. For instance, PTAs could set up a day to paint a mural in the school cafeteria, neighborhood associations might organize a landscape cleanup, and businesses could coordinate a food drive to fight hunger in our community. To include your group's project  and/or to get assistance with planning or applying for funding for supplies , c omplete the Community Service Week Project Form.   

And while you're thinking about special community service activities, check out the many opportunities planned for Maryland's Day to Serve--actually a month to serve, Sept. 11-Oct. 10. 
Student Volunteers Needed on Election Day
The Montgomery County Board of Elections seeks students in grades 6-12 to participate in its Future Vote program, serving as aides on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Student volunteers can also assist the Board of Elections with a variety of activities before election day, and can earn student service learning hours for either type of service. To participate, students and their guardians must sign up and attend a training session.  

Students age 16 and up--and adults of all ages--are also need to serve as paid election workers.

Call 240-777-VOTE to learn more.
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