CURRENT volunteers' news and needs:
Santa Claus Anonymous wants your help in providing $10 gift certificates to needy children. The goal this year is to raise $550,000 for 55,000 children. Designated merchants will honor the $10 certificates for toys or clothes and receive $8.70 from Santa Claus Anonymous. The difference defrays the fund-raising costs. Send your contribution to: Santa Claus Anonymous, c/o Carrollton Bank, 2 Charles Plaza, Baltimore 21201.
Harbor Hospital Center staff and volunteers will host a ''Let's Talk Turkey: Eating Right During the Holidays,'' a free cooking demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the hospital's outpatient department by nutritionist Karen Wanek and clinical cardiac specialist Marianne Logan. Cholesterol screenings will be given for $3. No appointment is necessary and there will be free giveaways, refreshments and turkey drawing. Details: call 347-3441.
The Maryland Food Bank will benefit from a performance of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The audience is encouraged to donate non-perishable canned goods, but admission is free with a ticket. For reservations, call 547-7025.
Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital wants volunteers for information desk to greet visitors, in patient care units and for clerical work. Call Carolyn Carchedi, 497-7950.
Children's Developmental Clinic, Essex Community College, needs volunteers to work with special children. Call 522-1287.
Citizens Against Spousal Assault (CASA) of Howard County wants volunteers to answer the helpline, work in the main office and provide child care. Call Lisa Kunitz, 997-0304.
St. Agnes Hospital wants men and women as volunteers for assignments in several areas of the hospital. Needs are for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 368-2815.
Baltimore City Life Museums offers volunteer opportunities for those interested in theater, marketing, fund-raising, collections management, tour guides and archaeology. Details: 396-3523.
Susquehannock Environmental Center needs volunteers to help unload recyclable items from vehicles plus other tasks at the North Tollgate Road site, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 836-9371.
Commission on Aging and Retirement Ombudsman program wants volunteers to advocate on behalf of Baltimore nursing home residents to investigate and attempt to resolve complaints. Call 396-3144.
Cloisters Children's Museum wants volunteers to greet the public as host and receptionist, assist with public relations or development programs, office help and as docents. Must be age 14 or older and willing to help on regularly. Call 823-2551.
American Red Cross wants help scheduling the blood-drive volunteers, making sure there is adequate help in registering donors, preparing blood containers, serving refreshments and more. Call 764-7602.
Florence Crittenton Services needs volunteers who are interesting in becoming a ''Friend'' with 13- to 17-year-old girls who are pregnant or who have been sexually or physically abused and cannot live in their own homes. Call 366-4333.
Liberty Medical Center wants volunteers for jobs as patient aides, information desk receptionists and clerical workers as well as in the gift shop, library and more. Lunch and free parking are provided. Call 383-4691.
Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville needs volunteer visitors for gardening, tutoring, working in the patients' canteen and some clerical work. Call Betty Jean Maus, 795-2100, 795-3218.
Senior Buddy Call, a telephone contact program for elderly and handicapped seniors of Southeast Baltimore, offers free training. Call 327-2022.
Home Team, Baltimore County Department of Aging, wants one hour of your time each week to help a homebound senior citizen by visiting on the telephone, escorting to shop and for medical appointments. Call 887-4141.