CURRENT volunteer news and needs:
Moveable Feast, Inc., which provides food to those who are HIV homebound, is in urgent need of help Tuesday and Friday mornings with food preparation in the Waverly kitchen. Call 243-4604 and leave a message.
Pets on Wheels. A benefit gala, "Bone Voyage," will be held from 7 p.m to 1 a.m. Friday, May 31 aboard the Lady Baltimore which will stay docked so that guests can come and go as they please. Tickets are $50 per person and include an auction, food, drink and entertainment on three decks. Call 396-1762.
Nasa/Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt needs volunteers to serve as information/lobby aides in the Visitor Center, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Wednesday through Sunday. From July 4 through Labor Day the visitor center is open seven days a week. Volunteers are needed particularly on weekends and must be age 18 and over and a U.S. citizen. Call Darlene Ahalt, (301) 286-8101 no later than June 28.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia will hold counselor training workshops for volunteers beginning May 17. Call 531-6006.
Maryland Monument is a project to erect a monument on the battlefields at Gettysburg. Maryland is one of few states that participated in the Civil War battle without a monument there. To benefit the project, a Monument Ball -- buffet and dance -- is being held from 8 p.m. to midnight on June 1 at the Notre Dame Preparatory School, Hampton Lane in Towson. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations: 433-7187 day or 296-8131 evenings.
Caring Program, a charitable organization which pays for health care services for children of low-income families, in conjunction with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland and Congressman Benjamin L. Cardin, will present awards to winners of the Cardin 21st Century Health Award Essay Contest. The ceremony will also celebrate the Caring Program's third anniversary and will announce more Caring Program benefits plus honoring more than 400 program supporters. The ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. May 20 at Blue Cross headquarters, Owings Mills. Details: Dan Collins, BC&BS;, 998-6010.
AIDS volunteers honored. Volunteers who provide AIDS Service will be honored at a reception on May 17 at the Johns Hopkins University's Glass Pavilion. More than 1,000 volunteers have provided services to those affected by HIV disease and AIDS. Organizations with volunteers joining in the event are: AIDS Action Baltimore, AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Chase Brexton Clinic, Franciscan Center AIDS Outreach, HERO (Health, Education, Resource Organization), Moveable Feast and the PWA Coalition. Details: HERO, 685-1180.
Tree-Mendous Earth Month. More than 20,000 volunteers across Maryland helped plant more than 1.5 million trees and seedlings in April. Hardee's Food Systems, Inc. and McDonald's distributed 600,000 tree seelings and funding came from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. For more information call 974-5300.
Central Maryland Red Cross. Join in the kick-off of the summer blood drive from noon to 7 p.m. May 24 at Cranberry Mall in Westminster. To volunteer to give blood, a person must be healthy, at least 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Details: 764-4619.