We're all talking about the Gulf war, but at times it seems there's not much we can do about it.

If you want to channel your talk into action, there are several ways to do that, whether you're for the war, opposed to it or merely wanting to help out those affected by it.

* The Army post at Fort Meade, in Anne Arundel County, needs volunteers to fill in for personnel serving in the Gulf. Volunteers can help in a range of ways: As big brothers of youngsters whose parents are in the Gulf, as pregnancy coaches for expectant mothers whose partners are overseas, or as office workers. Call volunteer coordinator Mary Ringgold at 677-3626.

The Veterans Administration Hospital in Baltimore is taking names of people who want to volunteer if the hospital receives wounded soldiers from the Gulf. (The V.A. would get patients once military hospitals, such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, became full.)

"I received more than 25 calls [yesterday] from people who wanted to serve as Desert Storm volunteers," said R. David Edwards, the hospital's chief of volunteers. And even without wounded from the Gulf, the hospital welcomes volunteers to help its current patients, Mr. Edwards said. He can be reached at 467-9932, extension 5451.

* Those against the war can find out about demonstrations and other antiwar efforts by calling the American Friends Service Committee at 366-7200. The group will offer training for those wishing to become draft counselors.

It also will sponsor a prayer vigil Mondays through Fridays from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on North Charles Street at Art Museum Drive. Another group, SANE/Freeze, at 467-6500, is one sponsor of an antiwar march on Washington on Jan. 26. There also will be a march in Washington this Saturday sponsored by the National Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East.

* The American Red Cross has stepped up its blood donation efforts, with local chapters seeking 100 extra units of blood per week to send overseas. Call 764-4619 to find out where to donate.

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