Recently, volunteerism has become an issue within our public school system in Carroll County. While we all know the value of giving of ourselves to help a cause or another human being, we should not forget how good it feels when we make the choice to initiate the thoughtful gesture.
Somehow, the idea of being told to volunteer changes the meaning of the word.
Looking for a good deed to do? Check the First United Presbyterian Church at 65 Washington Road in Westminster.
Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the American Red Cross will be accepting blood from donors in the Old Fellowship Hall at the church.
The annual blood drive, sponsored by the church for several years, will benefit the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Regional Blood Services.
Nancy Perkins, who is coordinating this year's blood drive, said, "Last year we had 70 donors, and our goal is to bring in 90 donors this year. We encourage people to donate because you never know when you may need to use it locally."
Information: 876-3176 or 876-3575.
The American Red Cross will also be accepting donors at the following locations during the month:
* Oct. 19 -- Westminster Fire Hall, 66 E. Main St., 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
* Oct. 22 -- Carroll County Board of Realtors at Westminster Fire Hall, 66 E. Main St., 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
* Oct. 28 -- Western Maryland College at Decker Hall, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
* Oct. 29 -- Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The county Department of Citizen Services' Volunteer Services looking for a few good volunteers to help out at county agencies that have been hit by the budget crunch.
Peggy Henderson, the department's volunteer services coordinator, said, "Many of these services are to aid community agencies or programs that are feeling the pinch because of the cuts. The only way we can continue with the services is to have them filled by volunteers."
Some of the services requested include general clerical positions, legal research, friend/visitor, baby sitter, insurance counselor, reader of documents, crafts instructors, handyman, clown, storyteller, sign-language interpreter, shopping assistant and transportation provider. Information: 848-4049 or 875-3342.
The Carroll County Youth Service Bureau will begin offering parenting classes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The seven-week course will be held at the bureau's office in the JCK Center, 140 Village Road in Westminster.
"The course is focused on the parents of teen-agers," said Lynn Davis, coordinator of parent education. "We will talk about improving communication between the parent and teen-ager, using logical consequences as opposed to punishment, peer relationships, building self-esteem and understanding your teen-ager."
The course costs $40, which includes the book. Information: 848-2500.
A three-hour workshop on "Building Self-Esteem in Children" will be offered next Monday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Youth Service Bureau in Westminster.
The cost is $9. Information: 848-2500.
The Western Maryland Songwriter's Guild will sponsor an Acoustics Revue tomorrow from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Champs in Westminster.
Several local songwriters, including "Feminine Gender," the musical duo made up of Yvonne Bishop and Lisa Renee, are scheduled to perform.
The recently formed Western Maryland Songwriter's Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering acoustic music in the county. Information: 848-8272.