Howard County Mental Health Authority — Seeking individuals to serve on board of directors. Board members serve staggered terms of up to four years, should expect to meet 10 times a year and must either live or work in Howard County. Those interested should send a letter of interest and résumé to Howard County Mental Health Authority, Attn: Jim Filipczak, 9151 Rumsey Road, Suite 150, Columbia, MD 21045 or email to hcmha@hcmha.org. Deadline for applications is Fri., Dec. 7.

KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs — Seeking caring individuals and families to be foster parents (financial reimbursement will be provided) and/or volunteer mentors to children, teens and teen mothers. Therapeutic foster parents and mentors receive training and 24-hour support. Call 410-964-9329 or go to http://www.fostercare.com.

Laurel Regional Hospital — Seeking volunteers to assist at the main information desk and in the gift shop primarily on evenings and weekends. Volunteers must be dependable, responsible and friendly adults able to commit to a scheduled three-hour shift for the information desk. Available shift times vary, but are generally 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Training provided. Director of volunteer services, 240-456-4764 or http://www.dimensionshealth.org.

Meals on Wheels — Seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound residents in the central Maryland area. Distribution site is located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044. Meals are picked up by volunteers at the site and delivered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers are asked to commit to driving a minimum of twice a month. 410-730-9476 or howard@mowcm.org.


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Mt. Hebron High School's Viking Backers Booster Club — Seeking volunteers for the 2012-13 school year. Positions available include vice president-ways and means, assistant treasurer and winter fundraiser coordinator, each requiring no more than a few hours per week. Contact Cory Case at president@vikingbackers.org.

Neighbor Ride — Seeking volunteers to help Howard County seniors remain active and independent by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings, fitness classes, personal care and business appointments, religious services, volunteer commitments and other day-to-day activities. Flexible daytime, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteer drivers choose rides that fit their work and personal schedules; and are convenient to their homes, offices and daily routines. Parent volunteers may bring their children along for an intergenerational experience. Rosemary Noble or Patrice Cerwonka, 410-884-7433 or volunteer@neighborride.org.

Small Miracles Cat Rescue — Seeking volunteers to help with cleaning and feeding at the shelter, as well as a morning or evening at either the Columbia or Ellicott City Petco, and the adoption process. 10236A Baltimore National Pike. Moira, 410-274-3530.

Speakers, Tutors, Achievement, Retention, Success (STARS) — Seeking men to mentor boys and young men, ages 16-24, one to two hours per week. Training and support provided. Contact Gloria Coliton, at 301-362-6045 or coliton.gloria@jobcorps.org.

Spotlight on Seniors — Seeking volunteers to help with scripting, taping, editing and producing several programs each year for Comcast Public Access Television, Channel 98 in Howard County. Some technical training provided by Comcast. Meets the second Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m., at East Columbia Branch Library 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Carole Chase, 410-992-9304 or cjchase123@aol.com.

Turf Valley Toys for Tots Campaign — Seeking donations of new and unwrapped toys, (no stuffed animals) for children ages 3 and older, for third annual toy drive. Donations can be dropped off at Alexandra's restaurant until Dec. 17. Those who donate will receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of a meal at the restaurant. For more information, call Nicole Stafford, at 410-480-2427.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults — Seeking volunteers to take part in walks, runs, triathlons and other sporting events as members of Team Fight. For more information, go to http://www.teamfight.org/.

Village of Wilde Lake — Seeking volunteers to serve on committees for Old Fashioned Picnic scheduled for September 2013. Contact Julie Rosenthal, Wilde Lake community organizer, at 410-730-3987 or wlorganizer@gmail.com.

Voices for Children — Howard County's Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) is seeking volunteers to train and match with children, teens and young adults — up to 21 years old — living in foster care. Volunteers must be 21 or older and pass a criminal background check. Go to http://www.voicesforchildren.org to download an application and for more information or call 410-740-0933.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County — Recruitment orientation and information session for those who would like to volunteer during times of disaster. Dec. 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. For more information, go to http://www.volunteerhoward.org/training.

Wilde Lake Community Association — Seeking volunteers to assist with the planning of the first annual Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Picnic, set for September 2013. Association needs people to chair and be members of the following committees, Marketing, Food and Entertainment. Contact Julie Rosenthal, by calling 410-730-3987 or emailing wlorganizer@gmail.com.