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Disaster-readiness orientation slated

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting volunteers for local nonprofit and government agencies needing help with disaster preparedness and recovery.

A disaster preparedness orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Habitat Stewards training scheduled

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the National Wildlife Federation will offer Habitat Stewards training next month to volunteers interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation.

The Habitat Stewards will be available to help members of their communities develop and restore wildlife habitats in backyards, schoolyards and other public and private sites.

The training will provide familiarity with native plants, local natural history, butterflies and insects, birds, mammals and amphibians. Also taught will be skills in site inventory and mapping, gardening for wildlife and creating water features in a garden.

Training is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25, at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The cost is $35, including materials. Participants should take a meal for the evening sessions and a lunch for the Saturday session.

To retain certification, Habitat Stewards, who must be ages 18 or older, are asked to contribute 50 volunteer hours to the National Wildlife Federation and help with certification as Backyard Wildlife Habitat sites of at least three backyards or one schoolyard within a year of completing the training.

Applications must be submitted by March 7.

Information or to request an application: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724. Or e-mail bbelen

Tutors and helpers needed for Club LEAP

Volunteer tutors and assistants are needed for Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program), an effort to help youngsters who are new to the United States learn to speak, read and write English.

The program, sponsored by FIRN Inc., a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants, is held in county schools throughout the school year. Training is provided.

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

Pregnancy-aid group seeks help

Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit support, resource and referral service for women placed on bed rest because of complications during pregnancy, is seeking telephone volunteers who have had a bed-rest experience or a connection with such an experience.

An interview is required, and training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising.

Better BedRest expects to help as many as 15 Howard County women this year.

Information: 410-740-7662.

Hospital auxiliary offers opportunities

Howard County General Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary offers a variety of opportunities.

Volunteers are needed:

In the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center. Volunteers welcome clients and help them with Internet and library research, answer the phone and provide office support. Training is provided. Information: 410-740-5858.

At Rave Review Consignment Shop, the auxiliary's upscale shop. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-531-6946.

For the hospital's Compassionate Companion program, to be at the bedside of dying patients when family members are not available and to support the nursing staff. A volunteer telephone coordinator is also needed to manage the on-call schedule. Training will be provided. Information: 410-884-4580.

In the hospital's gift shop, the Right Touch, to help customers, restock shelves, register sales and help with window displays. On-the-job training is provided. Information: 410-884-4580.

Howard conservancy needs assistance

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm is seeking volunteers to lead nature walks for students and adults, teach crafts to children, help with gardening or trail maintenance and assist at events.

The conservancy, a private nonprofit organization, is the county's largest land trust. In addition to managing the 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, the organization offers environmental education programs for schoolchildren and adults.

The conservancy is at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

Information or registration: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Advocates for kids are needed, sought

Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to be court-appointed advocates and mentors to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Howard County.

Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check.

Applications are being accepted for the next training session, in April.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933, or Voices for Children, Suite 215, 5550 Sterrett Place, Columbia.

Send volunteer announcements to or fax to 410 715-2816.

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