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Arts council seeks building attendant

The Howard County Arts Council is seeking someone to work as a volunteer building attendant at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City.

The center, a 27,000 square foot multidisciplinary facility at 8510 High Ridge Road, is home to the arts council, 14 resident artists and three resident arts organizations: Columbia Orchestra, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Howard County Ballet.

The center also provides rental space in its black box theater, dance studio and classrooms.

The building attendant would open and close the center, help set up rooms, greet visitors, respond to inquiries, communicate with cleaning and facilities crews, prepare mailing and monitor exhibits, performances, meetings and classes.

Applicants must be at least age 18, with a flexible schedule and reliable transportation. A modest stipend is available.

Information: 410-313-2787.

Neighbor Ride issues call for drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based transportation program for Howard County seniors ages 60 and older, needs volunteer drivers. Daytime, evening and weekend drivers are needed.

Also, ride coordinators, who assign rides, are needed to assign rides for three to four hours Monday through Friday. Orientations are held at the Neighbor Ride office, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia.

Information: 410-884-7433, or volunteer@neighborride.org.

Help to clear snow for seniors sought

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services is recruiting volunteers to help clear snow from sidewalks and driveways for seniors and people with disabilities.

The county code requires homeowners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjoining their properties within 48 hours.

Volunteers, who will be matched ahead of time with a person who needs help, are asked to assist as soon as possible. Families are invited to help.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Web site offers ideas for projects

The Web site of the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, www.volunteerhoward.org, lists age-appropriate volunteer projects for children and youth.

Kindergarteners and first-grade students can make greeting cards and art for local nursing home residents, collect stuffed animals for children in a homeless shelter, participate in Arbor Day events and take part in similar projects.

Second-graders can visit a nursing home as a group to entertain residents with singing, storytelling or games; adopt a zoo animal; or hold a food drive for the homeless.

Third- and fourth-graders can collect clothes, toys and shoes for poverty-stricken countries; start a community garden; adopt an elder (writing letters, visiting or assisting with expenses through fundraising).

Fifth-graders can plant gardens with low-income families, read to younger children, hold a health fair, lead workshops on bike safety, or research the problem of pollution and start a cleanup campaign.

Activities are also suggested for youths through 12th grade.

Disaster-volunteer information sessions

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold disaster-volunteer information sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at its offices at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Volunteer Mobilization Center classroom training for members of the community will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the same location. Participants will train to help coordinate spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers who offer help after a disaster.

Registration is required. The programs will be rescheduled if Howard County public schools are closed.

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

Nominations sought for annual honors

Nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2007 Volunteer of the Year recognition program. County Executive Ken Ulman and members of the County Council will honor all of the nominees at a ceremony and reception March 4.

Nominees must be residents of the county or do their volunteer work in Howard. Their efforts should make an impact on an individual or the community. Individuals and community organizations are eligible.

Nomination forms can be obtained at www.howardcounty md.gov, under "What's new," or call 410-313-2022 to request a form by mail. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 28.

Greyhound Welfare needs new homes

Greyhound Welfare is seeking adoptive homes and volunteers for its retired racing greyhounds.

The dogs, former racers from East Coast tracks, are kept in foster homes until adopted.

Information: 301-949-0615, or www.greyhoundwelfare.org.

Penguin Pace run requests helpers

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2008 Penguin Pace 5K race, scheduled for Feb. 3.

The event is sponsored by the Bain Center council to raise funds for senior programs.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

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

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