Howard residents work with Volunteer Md.


Two Howard County residents are among the 15 coordinators who have been placed with groups throughout the state by Volunteer Maryland, a new federally funded program of the Governor's Office on Volunteerism.

Ellicott City resident Pat Cook has been assigned to the Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Program in Howard County.

Ms. Cook, 41, will recruit volunteers to run Helping Hand-sponsored tutorial and homework clubs aimed at increasing self-esteem and school performance among black students.

She previously volunteered at the Patterson Park Emergency Center in Baltimore.

Roberta Stein of Columbia joined the staff at the Foreign Born Information and Referral Network.

Ms. Stein, 37, will try to increase the volunteer force at FIRN, which helps refugees and immigrants become self-sufficient, productive citizens.

Trained in volunteer recruitment and management, leadership skills, personal development and community issues, Volunteer Maryland coordinators will spend a year helping nonprofit or community-based organizations build a more effective volunteer force.

Full-time Volunteer Maryland coordinators will receive a living stipend, health insurance and post-service benefits.

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