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Volunteer opportunities: Schools, hospitals have positions available

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. To submit volunteer items, mail to Volunteers, Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email hccalendar@patuxent.com; or fax 410-332-6336.

Alzheimer's Association in Howard County — Family support group facilitator positions available. Candidates should have some professional or personal experience in dementia care giving. One year commitment expected. Free training will be provided. Email sally.drumm@alz.org for position description and application. http://www.alz.org/Maryland.

American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery — Seeking volunteer drivers (and their vehicles) for Howard County cancer patients who need transportation to and from treatment facilities. "Road" volunteers provide an essential service for patients who have no car, may be too ill to drive or have family members and friends who may not have the time or financial means to provide this support. Shelby, 410-781-4316.

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. — Seeks adult volunteers to be mentor-tutors to Howard County public school students who can benefit from extra attention and encouragement to succeed. Volunteers meet with students individually or in small groups, during the school day and in after school programs. A-OK seeks dependable community members who enjoy being with children and care strongly about the success of all children. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour/week for one school year. Participating elementary schools are Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Deep Run, Forest Ridge, Guilford, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook and Stevens Forest. Limited opportunities to meet with older students. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or aokmentor@gmail.com.

Better BedRest Inc. — A nonprofit that provides resources, support and referrals for women on bed rest because of high-risk pregnancies. Seeking volunteers to talk to women on bed rest and help with fundraisers. Phone volunteers must have had a pregnancy bed rest experience or connection to bed rest (nonphone volunteers do not need bed rest experience). Training provided. http://www.betterbedrest.org. 410-740-7662 or Diane@betterbedrest.org.

Baptist Family and Children's Services — Seeking volunteers. 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite A, Columbia. Cindy, 800-621-8834, Ext. 120.

Charity's Closet & Success In Style — Success In Style provides free business wardrobes and coaching to disadvantaged individuals seeking employment. Weekday and weekend opportunities available. Volunteers may choose one Charity's Closet item for each four hour shift volunteered. Historic Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. 443-538-3843 or http://www.successinstyle.org.

The Columbia Orchestra — Seeking volunteers for concerts and/or light office duties. Duties would include ushering, handing out programs and answering general questions at the orchestra's eight concerts, running through June. Office volunteers would be needed for two to four hours once or twice a month. Dates and times are flexible. 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 410-465-8777 or admin@columbiaorchestra.org.

The Cedar Lane School — Seeking volunteers to escort students between classes and assist students during class time. Volunteers may work partial or whole days during school hours, 7:50 a.m.-2:25 p.m., 11630 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Mary Beth Yelen, 410-888-8800.

Glenelg High School Front Office — Seeking volunteers to greet visitors, answer phones, take messages, make copies, and/or contact parents to verify early dismissals. Days and times are flexible, between 7:15 a.m.-noon. 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. Michele Nethken, 410-313-5528 or Michele_Nethken@hcpss.org.

Food on the 15th — Seeking students to collect, sort, bag and deliver free groceries to low-income senior citizens in Howard County each month. To be notified of volunteer opportunities, go to the group's Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Food-on-the-15th/189244471120065. For more information, go to http://www.foodonthe15th.org or email foodonthe15th@gmail.com.

Glenelg High School Media Center — Seeking volunteers to lift and move sets of books; check the shelf order of books and reorder as needed. Volunteer for either or both jobs. Days and times are flexible, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. 410-313-5528 or Aimee_Chanhatasilpa@hcpss.org.

Glenelg High School Student Services — Seeking volunteers to occasionally help with junior interviews, prepare information packets, assist students or other special projects. 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. 410-313-5535 or Sandra_Miles@hcpss.org.

Hammond High School Ursa Major Robotics Team — Seeking volunteer mentors with experience and expertise in public relations, branding, fundraising or related fields to mentor students in those areas. Interested persons should contact Eric Cullings at eric_cullings@hcpss.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary — Seeking volunteers to support students in grades kindergarten-five with reinforcement activities in reading and/or math. Training will be provided. Volunteers are also needed to assist with organized physical activities and/or a walking initiative during recess. Dates and times are flexible. Contact Gwen Jones, assistant principal, at gwendolyn_jones@hcpss.org or 410-313-2550.

Hollifield Station Elementary Transport — Seeking a volunteer to transport print jobs between the school, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City, and the Howard County Public School System Print Shop, located at 10920 Route 108. One round trip per week at the volunteer's convenience. Some lifting required. 410-313-2550.

Hospital Accompaniment Advocate — An on-call volunteer position responsible for responding to Howard County General Hospital within 30 minutes of receiving a call, to provide comfort, support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Extensive training and tuberculosis testing required. Must be at least 21. http://www.dvcenter.org. 410-997-0304 or volunteers@dvcenter.org.

Howard County Conservancy — Seeking Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain the plant gardens on the conservancy property. Gardening is Wednesdays, starting at 9:30 a.m.; weather dependent. Contact Tabby Fique at 410-465-8877, tabby.fique@hcconservancy.org or go to http://www.hcconservancy.org.

Howard County Historical Society — Seeking volunteers for a variety of projects, including the Holiday House Tour, Antique Appraisal Fair, Education Trunk programs, systems maintenance, data entry, exhibit design, historical and genealogical research, and basic office functions. Contact volunteer coordinator, Paulette Lutz, at hocohistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 410-480-3250.

Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment — Recruiting for 2013 class of legacy leaders. Program is designed for persons 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge about the environment, and create a legacy through their volunteer work. Classes begin Jan. 31 and meet at the Robinson Nature Center, in Columbia; Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt; and the Howard County Conservancy, at Mt. Pleasant Farm, in Woodstock. After graduation in September 2013, leaders will begin 100 hours of mentored field placements. $75 is due at time of enrollment. Application deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, call 410-796-7232 or go to http://www.howardllie.com.

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.

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.

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