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Mobilization exercise needs volunteers

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a member of the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN), will hold a volunteer mobilization center exercise from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The exercise will test plans to process members of the community who may want to volunteer after a disaster and refer them to agencies and organizations in need of assistance.

About 90 people have been trained to help in this process, but more are needed.

The exercise is being conducted in cooperation with CERN, the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, the Howard County Library and organizations to be activated in case of disaster.

Information: Pam Simonson, 410-715-3179.

Haunted Halloween event seeks aid

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking volunteers for the Haunted Halloween event at Rockburn Branch Park, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 18.

Help is needed with "haunting" presentations in the house and the field.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with children's games, a pumpkin patch, a trick-or-treat trail and a straw fun patch at Sunday in the Park, to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

Volunteers are also needed to act as course marshals at the Harvest Harrier 5K Trail Race, for beginning and experienced cross-country runners, to be held at Rockburn Branch Park from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Domestic Violence Center needs help

The Domestic Violence Center, a local nonprofit agency providing services to women and children who are abused, is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to work with the organization's legal advocate coordinator to help clients petition the courts for protective orders. Training is offered, and legal experience is not required.

Child care providers are needed while parents attend counseling sessions. Child care is needed during evening hours.

Volunteers are also needed to staff a help line and to assist at events.

Information: Danielle Flyzik, 410-997-0304.

50+ EXPO, set Oct. 19, wants assistance

Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers for the 50+ EXPO, to be held Oct. 19 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

More than 100 health fair volunteers are needed to help with flu shots and balloons at Cafe 50+ and with the speaker series, exhibitor check-in, transportation, elevators, cleanup and other tasks. A free lunch is included.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. A variety of shifts is available.

The Office on Aging is also recruiting volunteers to assist with a new lunch program, beginning next month, in which a Korean meal will be offered two Mondays a month at the Bain Center in Columbia.

Volunteers must speak Korean and be ready to help with setup, greeting guests and serving meals, and act as liaison between participants and the lunch manager.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Tutors sought to teach English

FIRN, a nonprofit organization serving foreign-born Howard County residents, is seeking volunteer tutors for English as a Second Language programs.

Club Leap volunteers plan and conduct English enrichment activities for elementary and middle school students. The programs are held twice a week at Howard County schools.

In the Adult English Tutoring Program, volunteers tutor adults one-on-one on Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

Experience is not required. Training is provided.

Information: Paula Blackwell, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14, or info@firnonline.org.

Trail maintenance workers needed

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks, host camps, care for animals, maintain trails, work on publicity and publications, garden, take photographs and help with general maintenance.

Volunteers are needed to help the park trail crew maintain trails from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow (National Public Lands Day).

Volunteers, ages 12 and older, should take gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications.

Registration is requested. Trail work will not be done if it rains.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287.or e-mail lmartin @dnr.state.md.us.

Send volunteer announcements to howard.events@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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