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 firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.
Howard County Library Board of Trustees — Seeking applicants for two board positions: one representing County Council District 5 (Western Howard County), the other an at-large position. The HCLS Board establishes policies, approves budgets and ensures that HCLS fulfills its mission of delivering high-quality public education for all ages through a curriculum that comprises three pillars — self-directed education, research assistance and instruction, and instructive and enlightening experiences. Trustees, who serve in a voluntary capacity, are appointed to five-year terms and may be reappointed for a consecutive term. Trustees should be available for a 7 p.m. meeting scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month; the HCLS Board typically meets five times per year. County Council District 5 position candidates should reside in District 5, while those being nominated for the At-Large position may live anywhere in Howard County. Submit a completed application, along with a resume by Jan. 13 to HCLS Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, c/o Stephanie Shane, Executive Assistant, Howard County Library System, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045. 410-313-7772 or email@example.com. http://www.hclibrary.org.
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 genuinely enjoy being with children and care strongly about the success of all children. Volunteers are asked to commit to one hour per week for one school year. Participating elementary schools are Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Deep Run, Forest Ridge, Guilford, Longfellow, Phelps Luck and Running Brook. Limited opportunities to meet with older students. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs Dept. — Seeking both adult and teen volunteers to join the Tema (Ghana) Sister City Committee to help establish a formal Columbia-Tema partnership. The committee will lay the groundwork for international exchange programs for youths and adults in areas such as art, music, business, sports and education. Committee members should be Columbia/Howard County residents with an interest in actively developing this international relationship. Multicultural Program Manager Laura Smit, 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving — Seeking volunteers to bake and deliver homemade goodies to every law enforcement agency in the state as part of its annual Cookies for Cops campaign. Runs through Dec. 31. 410-964-5757 or email@example.com.
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.
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.-2:20 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 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 and order of books, and reorder as needed. 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, preparing information packets, assisting students or other special projects. 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. 410-313-5535 or Sandra_Miles@hcpss.org.
Hollifield Station Elementary — Seeking a volunteer to transport print jobs between the school, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City, and the HCPSS Print Shop, located at 10920 Route 108. One round trip per week at the volunteer's convenience; some lifting required. 410-313-2550.
The Saturday Math Academy — Sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program. Seeking volunteers to assist students in grades 4-12 with math skills, homework, study skills and/or chess and encourage academic achievement. Meets Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon, Oakland Mills High School media center, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia. Fall session dates: Dec. 3, 10. Harriet Lee, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 TB testing required. Must be at least 21 years old. http://www.dvcenter.org. 410-997-0304 or email@example.com.
Cable Advisory Committee — Seeking applicants interested in serving a five-year term on the committee, which provides recommendations to the executive and council on all matters related to the county cable system and its facilities. Candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years old or older, have an interest in cable and be able to attend the committee's meetings held quarterly on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. Additional meetings may be called for by the committee chairperson when, in his or her opinion, it is important to consider a matter immediately. Meetings are open to the public and become a matter of public record. Applicants should send a resume 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.
Youth Ambassador for Healthy Relationships — The Empowerment Movement, a youth leadership project focused on promoting peaceable living and healthy relationships, seeks to empower youth with the skills to speak out against social norms that support violence. Ambassadors will learn to engage their peers in behaviors that encourage personal and community safety. Open to high school students, participants will learn about issues such as internet safety, dating violence and healthy relationships. Ambassadors will create videos, develop and deliver teen awareness programs. Vanita Leatherwood, 410-997-0304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery — Seeking volunteer drivers (and their vehicles) to help provide transportation assistance for Howard County cancer patients who need transportation to and from treatment facilities. "Road" volunteers provide an essential and necessary 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.
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 email@example.com.
Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment — Recruiting for the 2012 Class of Legacy Leaders to participate in its environmental education and volunteer leadership program, designed for ages 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge and create a legacy through their volunteer work with partner organizations. Offering six weeks of classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., starting Feb. 1. After completion on March 14, Legacy Leaders begin 150 hours of field placement with partner organizations March-September 2012. Classes meet at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia; the Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt; and the Howard County Conservancy at Mt. Pleasant Farm, in Woodstock. $50 fee is required at enrollment. http://www.howardllie.com. Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper, 410-381-5279, or Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232, or HocoLLIE@gmail.com.
Howard County Local Children's Board — Seeking county applicants who are 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 youth in Howard County. Candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years old 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 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 who may be interested in serving two-year terms. Applicants should send a resume 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 http://www.howardcountymd.gov/localchildrensboard.htm.
Columbia Association's Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees — Seeking students, ages 11-19, to become members of the committees and who want to make a difference, get involved in their community and be an integral part of the solution — while having fun and making new friends. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities have included Teen Idol Competition, Teen Role Model Competition, Battle of the Dance, charity fundraisers, Teen Tuesday concerts at the lakefront, a free college fair, Save the Planet Day and more. Teen Advisory Committee members, ages 13-19, must attend meetings every other Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at CA Headquarters. Middle School Advisory Committee members, ages 11-13, must attend meetings once a month on a Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at CA Headquarters. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.
Kidspeace — Seeking caring families and individuals to give guidance and stable homes to children and teens. Therapeutic foster parents receive training, support, financial reimbursement, 24-hour support and personal satisfaction. 410-964-9329 or http://www.fostercare.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 bedrest and help with fundraisers. Phone volunteers must have had a pregnancy bedrest experience or connection to bedrest (non-phone volunteers do not need bedrest 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.
Laurel Regional Hospital — Seeking volunteers to assist at the hospital's main information desk and in the hospital's gift shop primarily on evenings and weekends. Volunteers must be dependable, responsible and friendly adults who are able to commit to a scheduled three-hour shift for the information desk. Shift times available 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.