Community Notes

Prepare for Success seeks school supplies for low-income kids

Prepare for Success is raising money to buy backpacks and school supplies for the 2004-2005 school year for Howard County children from low-income families.


The project has provided school supplies and a new backpack to almost 4,000 county children during the past three years. Its goal for this year is 1,500 backpacks.

Needed are boxes of eight and 24 crayons, highlighters, zipper supply pouches, 12-inch rulers, pencil boxes, spiral notebooks (single subject), subject dividers, composition books, three-hole lined paper, binders, erasable pens, No. 2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, red pens, folders and, of course, backpacks.


Drop-off boxes for supplies and backpacks will be available through Aug. 10 at Howard County libraries, government buildings, Columbia Association recreation facilities, Columbia village centers, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Columbia Bank, Explorer's World, Ascend One and the Body Factory.

Financial contributions can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

The Red Cross reports need for blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac blood services region of the American Red Cross has reported a significant drop in donations and a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

Anyone who wants to donate blood should call 800- GIVE-LIFE. Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

Columbia Foundation gives transportation grant


The Columbia Foundation has awarded a grant of $5,000 to start a senior transportation project, "Neighbor Ride."

Sponsored by Transportation Advocates of Howard County, Neighbor Ride will use volunteers and resources to provide rides, for a modest fee, to health care and business appointments, shopping, friendly visits, and religious services to residents ages 65 and older.

The service will begin this year. Information: 410-796-7824.

Help finding child care available through county

Parents in Howard County can receive free assistance in finding state-licensed child care centers, child care providers, preschools and programs for schoolchildren through a service called Locate: Child Care.

Trained child care counselors can help parents by identifying child care resources that are suited to the family's needs, preferences and ability to pay.


Assistance is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-313-1930.

The service is a program of the Howard County Child Care Resource Center in Ellicott City.

Parents can also get help finding social service programs for which they may qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

For general child care information: 410-313-1940, or

Food service program's hot line offers assistance

The Center for Poverty Solutions, with grants from the Maryland State Department of Education and the state attorney general's office, is operating a toll-free hot line this summer to direct callers to the nearest Summer Food Service Program, where "food that's in ... when school is out" can be found.


The program offers sites throughout Maryland, where children to age 18 can receive meals and participate in summer activities.

The hot line, 877-731-9300, will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 27.

CA budget subcommittee needs five volunteers

The Columbia Association's board of directors is seeking five residents to serve one-year terms on its budget subcommittee of the Financial Management Committee.

Anyone interested should send a letter, with a resume or the equivalent, by mail to Rafia Siddiqui, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044; or by fax to 410-715-3042.

Information: 410-715-3130.