CURRENT volunteers' needs and news:
Maryland Public Television presents its fourth "Project Reach Out," a three-hour celebration of volunteerism during which listeners are asked to commit volunteer time -- not money -- to educational programs in the region.
The program will be aired on MPT channels 22, 28, 31, 36, 62 and 67 from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday and will be simulcast on WJZ-TV Channel 13 from 8 to 9 p.m. and on WJLA-TV Channel 7 in Washington from 10 to 11 p.m.
Schools, libraries and other educational centers are struggling with limited resources and desperately need volunteers as tutors, mentors, in literacy programs and many other avenues of assistance. These volunteer opportunities will be presented on the air, and prospective volunteers may call in offering their time. The toll-free MPT number to volunteer will be 1-800-222-1292.
First lady Barbara Bush will make an appeal along with other media and state government personalities.
Entertainment will run throughout the program featuring stage, screen and concert star Ben Vereen, pianist/saxophonist Deanna Bogart and the eight-member band Gazze, a group of men who were Patapsco High School buddies and who now work during the day and entertain with rock 'n' roll on their own time.
Also on Thursday, a regional all-day radio-thon will be held on WLIF-Life 102 in Baltimore; WJFX 106.7 in Washington; WQHQ 104.7 FM, WLVW 960 AM and WDVH 105.5 FM in Salisbury and on WWMD 104.7 FM and WJEJ 1240 AM in Hagerstown.
Approximately 260 libraries throughout Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia have joined with MPT for the project, which is a co-production of MPT, the Maryland State Department of Education and United Way of Central Maryland with the cooperation of the Maryland Chamber & Economic Development Associates.
Underwriting support has been provided by the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., C&P Telephone Co. of Maryland and The Baltimore Sun, with additional funding by First National Bank of Maryland; Gallagher; Evelius and Jones; Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; Coopers & Lybrand and Crown Central Petroleum.