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Help sought to aid disaster recovery

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a member of the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN), is recruiting volunteers for local nonprofit and government agencies needing help with disaster preparedness and recovery. An orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-715-3179. Or visit

The center has published a Volunteer Opportunities for Teens guide, available online at Or 410-715-3172.

Historic park seeks assistance for plays

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is seeking volunteers to assist at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's productions of Taming of the Shrew and King Lear.

Help is needed with traffic and crowd control, ushering and parking from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and June 9, 16, 23 and 30 and July 7; from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and June 10, 17, 24 and July 1 and 8; and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday and June 11, 18 and 25 and July 2 and 9.

Information: Susan Burrell, 410-465-8500.

Parks agency needs help with track meet

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking volunteers to assist at the Hershey Track & Field Meet, to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Long Reach High School.

Shifts are available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Setup help and timers are needed.

The race is a qualifying meet for children ages 9 to 14 who might go on to compete at the Hershey Track & Field Games in Pennsylvania.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Health professionals sought for program

Medical and health professionals are needed to serve as volunteers in the Howard County Medical Reserve Corps.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, infectious-disease specialists, epidemiologists, dentists, veterinarians and other professionals are being recruited. Mental health professionals are also being sought.

The volunteers will support local emergency response teams in case of a major natural or manmade disaster in the region, such as chemical or hazardous materials spills, flu and other epidemics, hurricanes, floods and acts of terrorism. Some volunteers can offer support by phone consultation.

The volunteers should be prepared to help family, friends and neighbors in case of an emergency. They may receive training on state-of-the-art health topics and can earn continuing education credits.

Information: Laurie Nelson, 240-426-2528, or www.hcmrc. com.

Park wants youths for its trails crew

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers, ages 12 and older, to work with members of the park's trails crew from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21, weather permitting.

Volunteers, who will be notified of the location by e-mail, should take gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sun and insect repellent and snacks.

Volunteers are also needed to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks, host camps and help with animal care, publicity, newsletter production, restoration, gardening, photography, control-station staffing, maintenance and other tasks.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287, or

Programs for needy seek assistance

FISH of Howard County is seeking volunteers to help with its programs for the needy. The organization offers food and limited financial aid for utility bills, rent and prescription drugs.

Churches, schools, businesses, individuals and service groups provide the resources, and additional funding comes from the Horizon and Columbia foundations.

Information: 410-964-8660. Leave a message with your name and telephone number, or send a letter to P.O. Box 34, Ellicott City 21041.

Adult children of divorce needed

The National Family Resiliency Center is seeking adult children of divorce to join its speakers bureau. Peer counselors also are needed.

Training will be provided.

The center offers individual and group therapy and educational seminars for children and families experiencing separation and divorce.

Information: Risa Garon, 410-740-9553. Or

Teen assistance needed at libraries

Teenage volunteers are needed to assist Howard County library staff during the summer with "Clue Into Reading," the library's summer reading program for elementary-age children.

One-hour orientations will be held at all Howard County library branches. To request a schedule: central library (410-313-7860); east Columbia (410-313-7700); Elkridge (410-313-5077); Glenwood (410-313-5577); Miller (410-313-1950); and Savage (410-880-5980).

Volunteers should attend one session. Service hours are available.

Help is sought staffing hot line

The STTAR Center, a nonprofit organization in Columbia, is seeking weekend volunteers to staff its 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

Once trained, volunteers provide telephone crisis counseling and may act as victim advocates at Howard County General Hospital.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to improve counseling skills and learn about sexual assault and abuse and other crimes. They must commit to at least a year of service for at least four weekend shifts each month. Shifts are four to six hours long.

Information: Jeannie Meece, 410-290-6432.

Editing help wanted for 'Resource Guide'

Volunteers are needed to help edit entries in the Resource Guide, a project of the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging. Attention to detail is essential.

Flexible daytime hours are available for the short-term project.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Legislative interns sought for 2007

Legacy Leadership Maryland is seeking volunteers, ages 50 and older, to serve as legislative interns during the 2007 legislative session in Annapolis.

Training, provided through the University of Maryland, will be held two days a week for 10 weeks.

The program is designed to involve mature people in the political process. Participants will be assigned to work in the office of a delegate or senator during the 90-day General Assembly session. Intern opportunities with Howard County legislators also are available.

Applications will be accepted through the end of the month.

Information: Carole Graves, 410-312-9140.

Neighbor Ride seeks help for summer

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit transportation program, is seeking volunteer drivers and ride coordinators to provide transportation this summer for people ages 60 and older in Howard County.

Drivers take seniors to medical and other appointments, religious services, social events and educational and exercise classes.

Orientations are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 13, and July 12, at 8808 Centre Park Drive, Suite 108, Columbia.

Information: Laurie Bokulic, 410-884-3616.

Group aiding kids needs mentors

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, which serves Baltimore and surrounding counties, is seeking volunteers to become mentors, friends and role models for children in need.

Volunteers must submit references and consent to background checks. Training is provided.

Information: 410-243-4000, or

Advocates sought for at-risk youth

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.

Voices for Children is part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association that provides advocates for children involved with the juvenile court system. Volunteers must be at least age 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check.

They will work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that the children are safe and receive appropriate services.

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

Volunteer work part of camp

Camp Make A Difference, a summer camp that involves volunteer projects in the community and recreational activities, is accepting registration.

The camp is organized by a partnership between Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and the Columbia Association. The program is open to students from grades 6 through 11.

Four two-week sessions will be offered: two for children in grades 6 through 8 and two for grades 9 through 11. The cost is $160 for Columbia residents; $195 for nonresidents.

Information: 410-715-3165. Or, and click on the "Youth Opportunities" link.

Docents, guides are being sought

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City is seeking volunteer docents and tour guides to help with the park's programs and activities. Training is provided.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the stabilized ruins of Patapsco Female Institute. The Greek Revival structure that overlooks the Patapsco River Valley was one of the most famous 19th-century schools for girls in the United States.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Program needs English tutors

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. 410-740-5858.

At Rave Reviews 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. 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. 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. 410-884-4580.

Consumer hot line mediators sought

The Consumer Protection Division of the state attorney general's office is seeking volunteers to be trained as consumer and health complaint mediators and to provide information over the division's consumer hot line.

The division's downtown Baltimore office is at 200 St. Paul Place.

Information: 410-576-6519.

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

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