Volunteer opportunities in the Columbia area

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; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.

Bernice Kish Gallery Screening Committee — Seeking applications for new members to serve on the Bernice Kish Gallery Screening Committee at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House. Completed applications should be sent to Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044. Deadline is Sept. 1. cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County — Hosting monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Each session will identify local response agencies and inform participants on how they can prepare and train to effectively volunteer after a disaster. Sessions will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and Sept. 7, Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. http://www.volunteerhoward.org. 410-715-3179 or Pam@VolunteerHoward.org to reserve a seat.

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.

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. — Recruiting and training adult volunteers to be mentor-tutors to elementary school students in several northern Laurel schools. Volunteers meet with students during the school day or in after-school programs, individually or in small groups. Volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have a strong interest in the success of each student and be willing to commit to meet for one hour a week for one school year. Schools include Laurel Woods, Guilford and Forest Ridge. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or aokmentor@gmail.com.

Centennial High School — Seeking volunteers to answer phones, take messages, sort mail and help with mailings in the school office during the summer. Through Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Flexible dates and times. Flo Airey, 410-313-2856 or florence_airey@hcpss.org.

Long Reach High School — Seeking volunteers to answer telephones, greet and direct visitors, and other light office work in the school office during the summer. Through Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Flexible dates and times. Kathy Baker, 410-313-7117 or kbaker@hcpss.org.

The Arc of Howard County — Seeking volunteers to help with the water stations and as road marshals at the Iron Girl Triathlon, Aug. 22. Therese Dalrymple, tdalrymple!@archoward.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to support students in grades kindergarten through five with reinforcement activities in reading and/or math starting in fall 2011. Training provided. Flexible dates and times. Lisa Booth, 410-313-2550 or lisa_booth@hcpss.org.

Ilchester Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to help in the media center shelving books and other activities. Kathryn Gillard, kathryn_gillard@hcpss.org, or Karen Jakubek, 410-313-2524 or karen_jakubek@hcpss.org.

Oakland Mills High School — Seeking volunteers to answer telephones, greet and direct visitors, and other light office work in the school office during the summer months. Flexible dates and times. Vernette Jackson, 410-313-6945.

Howard County Conservancy — Seeking Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain the many thematic and native plant gardens on the conservancy property. All levels of experience are welcome. Chris Garbart, 410-465-8877 or chris.garbart@hcconservancy.org.

Oakland Mills Community Association — Seeking vendors for the annual Cultural Arts Festival, held Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Food/beverage, arts and crafts, nonprofits; Howard County political candidates and commercial vendors are all welcome. Reasonable rates. http://www.oaklandmills.org. 410-730-4610 or omcaadmin@columbiavillages.org.

Columbia Association's Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees — Seeking students, ages 11-19 — 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 — to become members of the committees. 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 Tuesdays 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.

University of Maryland¿'s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy — Seeking volunteers, ages 50 and older, to serve as legislative leaders during the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Classroom training begins in September for 10 weeks, two days per week, at the College Park campus, with site visits to the State Complex, in Annapolis. The volunteer assignment will be for a minimum of two days per week beginning in January 2012 in the Annapolis office of various senators and delegates. Wesley Queen, 301-405-2529 or wqueen@umd.edu.

Towson University¿ Electronic Media and Film Class — Seeking arts or nonprofit groups as clients for a free service learning HD video production course this fall. Dr. Dave Reiss, dreiss@towson.edu.

Kidspeace¿¿¿¿¿ Seeking caring families and individuals to give guidance and stable homes to children and teens. Therapeutic foster parents receive training, support, financial reimbursement, 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 volunteer@neighborride.org.

Better BedRest Inc. — A nonprofit that provides resources, support and referrals for women on bed rest because of high-risk pregnancies. Seeking telephone volunteers who have had a pregnancy bed rest or connection to bed rest. Training provided. 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.

Gilchrist Hospice Care — Seeking volunteers who want to help "guide the way" for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and will visit Howard County patients in their homes, long-term care facilities or in the Gilchrist West Inpatient Unit. Kim Bray, 443-849-8248 or http://www.gilchristhospice.org.

AT: LAST Inc. — A nonprofit organization that educates the disabled on assistive technology through direct outreach programs and product demonstrations. Seeking volunteers to serve as research assistants, game show host, youth coordinators, etc. Nicole Andrews, 410-381-2667 or atlastvolunteers@gmail.com.

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.

Whipps Historical Garden Park Cemetery — Seeking volunteers to help maintain Ellicott City's only public historic garden-park. Every Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, through October, 3651 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. Aleta Gravelle, 410-274-7795 or agravelle@verizon.net.

Howard County Commission on Disability Issues — Seeking applications for individuals interested in serving a five-year term as a commissioner. The Commission on Disability Issues is comprised of 15 voting members — including people with disabilities, relatives of people with disabilities, service providers and members of the general community — who are committed to assuring Howard County is a welcoming community for all. Candidates must be a Howard County resident, 18-years-old or older, have an interest in disability issues and be able to attend the commission's meetings on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Applicants must submit 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 approved candidates will be sent to the county executive, who will then submit his recommendation to the County Council for confirmation. Joyce Lehrer, 410-313-6431 or jlehrer@howardcountymd.gov.

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