Community Notes

Fund-raiser to help group aiding victims of breast cancer

The Red Devils, a Baltimore-area nonprofit organization that provides funding for nonmedical support services for women with breast cancer, will hold its second fund-raiser, "The Heart and Sole Stroll," at 9 a.m. July 25 at Centennial Lake in Ellicott City. Registration will be held at 8:30 a.m.


The group, which works with 12 hospitals, helps to provide food, transportation, housecleaning services and gift certificates for patients.

The Red Devils was founded by the families of Ginny Worthington-Schardt and Jessica Cowling, two friends who died of breast cancer about two years ago.


Walkers are encouraged to solicit sponsorships, but everyone is welcome. The cost to register is $35 a person; $70 a family.

Information: 410-377-8932.

Blood-products shortage reported; donors sought

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac blood services region of the Red Cross has reported a significant drop in donations and a consequent 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.

The Red Cross is seeking those ages 14 and older to work at blood drives this summer. The volunteers will welcome donors in the reception area and help care for them after they donate blood.


Training will be provided. Service learning credits are available.

To register for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

Generational program set as focus of meeting

The Association of Community Services of Howard County will sponsor "Generations Together: Strengthening Relationships Between Children, Teens and Adults," a program emphasizing 40 traits - positive experiences and personal qualities called "developmental assets" - that are said to promote health, resilience, caring and responsibility in young people.

The program, which is being presented to community nonprofit organizations, is part of a collaborative effort by the Horizon Foundation and the Search Institute of Minneapolis, a national organization that conducts research in youth development and conducts programs around the United States.

The Horizon Foundation is promoting the long-term project, called Connections, to Howard County schools and community groups. Speakers will be Peggy Alexander, director of Connections, and Richard Krieg, president of the Horizon Foundation.


The meeting is to start at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Patuxent Centre, 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. It will be preceded by a brief business discussion for ACS members.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Network for immigrants seeks full-time volunteer

The Foreign-born Information and Referral Network seeks to fill a full-time Volunteer Maryland AmeriCorps position.

The person will mobilize volunteers to help children of immigrants learn English and to promote their success in school.

The one-year position includes training, a living allowance and other benefits. Applications are due Friday.


The network is also seeking volunteers to provide individual and group tutoring in English and to help staff members with programs.

Information: Don Downing, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.

Backpacks, school supplies being collected for children

Prepare for Success is collecting school supplies for next fall for Howard County children from low-income families. Monetary donations are also welcome.

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.

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


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, ExploraWorld, 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.