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Columbia BikeAbout needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 for the seventh Columbia BikeAbout, a free event sponsored by the Columbia Association and organized by the Columbia Archives.

Assistance is needed with traffic control, directions, registration and guiding participants along the 11-mile route that includes various places of historical and natural interest. Flexible shifts are available. Training and a free T-shirt are provided.

The popular event draws several hundred bicyclists. This year's route takes riders through Town Center, Wilde Lake and Harper's Choice.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

Older Americans Day fete needs help

The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to help serve more than 300 senior citizens at the Older Americans Day Celebration on May 15 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Volunteers are needed between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Assistance is needed with greeting, seating, serving and cleanup.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Help maintain park trails

Patapsco Valley State Park invites volunteers to work with members of the park's trail crew to maintain trails from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19; June 2 (National Trails Day); July 14; Aug. 18; Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day); and Oct. 20.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and should take gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sun and insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications they might need.

Trail work will not be done in rainy weather.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287.

Assistance needed for disaster work

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

An orientation for disaster volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane.

A Volunteer Mobilization Center training, in which members of the community will be taught to assist the volunteer center in registering volunteers to help in the event of a disaster, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 2 at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Registration is required for both programs.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Neighbor Ride aids older residents

Neighbor Ride provides transportation for older Howard County residents by using volunteer drivers.

Information, to reserve a ride or to volunteer as a driver or ride coordinator: 410-884-RIDE.

Pregnancy-aid group seeks help

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

An interview is required; training is provided.

Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising.

Information: 410-740-7662.

Knitters, crocheters meet twice a month

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center is sponsoring a knitting and crocheting group, which meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Members donate knitted and crocheted items to the center or to Project Linus (which distributes blankets to children in hospitals and shelters) or to the neonatal intensive care unit at Howard County General Hospital.

Assistance and instruction in knitting and crocheting is to be available to those who need it. Volunteers are asked to bring two No. 8 knitting needles or a "g" or "h" crochet hook.

The Claudia Mayer center is at 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: Diane Tollick, 410-740-5858.

Advocates needed for at-risk children

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, which provides advocates for children involved with the juvenile court system.

Volunteers must be at least 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.

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

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