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Invasive plants, vines targeted

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to control woody, invasive plants and vines in the wildlife meadows of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.

The effort to protect native trees and shrubs, which are being threatened by invasive species, and restore wildlife habitat in the meadows, is co-sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Volunteers are to meet in the Trotter Road parking area, about a mile off Route 108, in Clarksville. Take gloves and water, and dress for the weather.

Information: 410-730-4994.

Disaster Volunteer Fair set Oct. 21

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Howard County Library and CERN (Community Emergency Response Network), will hold a Disaster Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to learn how to prepare themselves, their families and neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. Representatives from local volunteer organizations active in disaster preparedness will be on hand.

Information: Pamela Simonson, 410-715-3179 or www. volunteerhoward.org.

Group seeking mentors for kids

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 a background check. Training is provided.

Information: 410-243-4000, or www.biglittle.org.

50+ Expo, set Oct. 20, is seeking help

The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to assist with the 50+ Expo, to be held Oct. 20 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Volunteers are needed to help check exhibitors in, greet visitors and to assist at Cafe 50+ and at the health fair and workshops. Help is needed in administering flu shots and to set up before the event and clean up afterward.

High school students and adults are welcome as volunteers.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417, or rjenkins@co. ho.md.us.

Programs for needy are seeking help

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. 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.

Neighbor Ride needs assistance

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

Drivers use their vehicles to take seniors to medical and other appointments, religious services, social events and educational and exercise classes. Orientations for volunteer drivers will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at 8808 Centre Park Drive, Suite 108, Columbia.

Information or to register: 410-884-7433. Or visit www.neighborride.org.

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 the event 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 will be deployed in their communities. They will receive training on health topics and can earn continuing-education credits.

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

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 and for at least one weekend shift each month. Shifts are four to six hours long.

Information: Jeannie Meece, 410-290-6432.

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.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933.

Send volunteer announce- ments to fay.lande@baltsun. com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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