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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.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board — Seeking board members to serve five-year terms, and help review services and need for services relating to alcohol or drug abuse education, treatment and prevention in Howard County. Must be Howard County residents, age 18 or older; have an interest in drug and alcohol treatment, and prevention services; and be able to attend meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, 5:15-6:30 p.m., at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Colombia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Applicants should send a résumé and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the board to Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the county executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation. Dudley Greer, director of substance abuse services, 410-313-6225.

Alzheimer's Association in Howard County — Family support group facilitator positions available with Alzheimer's Association in Howard County. 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 (non-phone 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.

Cable Advisory Committee — Seeking applicants for a five-year term on the committee, which provides recommendations to the county executive and County Council on all matters related to the Howard County cable system and its facilities. Candidates must be county residents, 18 or older, have an interest in cable and be able to attend the committee's meetings, held on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December, at 7 p.m., in the George Howard Building, in Ellicott City. Additional meetings may be called for by the committee chairperson. Meetings are open to the public and become a matter of public record. Applicants should send a résumé and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the committee to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 410-313-3318.

Cancer to 5K — Recruiting cancer survivors and volunteers for the fall season in each of their three locations: Baltimore, Washington DC/Northern Virginia and Howard County. Join coaches and volunteer sherpas for 12 weeks of progressive running or walking with the ultimate goal of finishing a 5K race in October. The fall season began the week of July 23 and ends at the Baltimore Running Festival 5K on Oct. 13.

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 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.

Deep Run Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to shelve books and assist with other organizational tasks in the media center. Volunteer one day per week, any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Contact Barbara Moyer at barbara_moyer@hcpss.org or 410-313-5000.

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 flexible, between 7:15 a.m.-noon. 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. Michele Nethken, 410-313-5528 or Michele_Nethken@hcpss.org.

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.

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, and will begin when school starts in the fall. 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 Commission on Aging — Seeking applicants to serve five-year terms and represent diverse professional backgrounds, various age and ethnic groups, and different geographic areas throughout the county. The commission works with the Office on Aging to plan activities, researches county and state legislation that would impact the health and well-being of older adults and their families, and provides testimony when appropriate. Candidates must be Howard County residents, age 18 or older, have an interest in promoting successful aging for older adults in the county and be able to attend the once-a-month meetings. Applicants should send a résumé and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the commission to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the county executive for approval and then to the County Council for confirmation. 410-313-6410 or http://www.howardcountymd.gov/ commissiononaging.htm.

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 Conservancy Volunteer Naturalists — Seeking volunteer naturalists for its Fall 2012 field trip programs. Naturalists will assist conservancy staff during field trips by leading hikes on the conservancy's 232-acre farm property. Fall field trips are offered during October and November, and naturalists are asked to lead a minimum of three hikes. Training will be held Thursdays in September for the elementary program and Tuesdays for the secondary program; and runs from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost for materials is $10. For more information or to register, call 410-465-8877.

Howard County General Hospital — Seeking volunteers to help provide multidenominational spiritual care for patients and their families. The hospital's Pastoral Care Department is offering a 15-week training program on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 20. Following training, participants will be asked to volunteer two hours a week for at least one year. The registration deadline is Aug. 31. For more information, call Chaplain Jack Dunlavey at 410-740-7898.

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 the Volunteer Coordinator Paulette Lutz at hocohistoricalsociety@gmail.com or 410-480-3250.

Howard County Local Children's Board — Seeking county applicants interested in serving on the Local Children's Board. Board members serve five-year terms, and help plan and develop a continuum of services and programs for children and youths in Howard County. Candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 or older; have an interest in children and youth services; and be able to attend the board's meetings, which are held quarterly at a minimum, 8:30-10 a.m., at the Howard County Office of Children's Services in Ellicott City. The board is also accepting applications from high school students interested in serving two-year terms. Applicants should send a résumé and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the board to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 410-313-1940 or go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/localchildrensboard.htm.

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 drive 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 ages 16-24 one to two hours per week. Training & 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. Meet 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.

Voices for Children — Howard County's Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) is seeking volunteers to train and match to children, 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.

Whipps Historic Garden Park Cemetery — A nonprofit seeking volunteers to help every Thursday, from 9 a.m.–noon, and second Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m.–noon, March through October to maintain Ellicott City's only public historic garden-park, located at 3651 St. John's Lane, run entirely by volunteers. Small garden areas are available for adoptions by individuals or groups. For more information, call Aleta Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or email agravelle@verizon.net.

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