CURRENT volunteers' news and needs:
Baltimore City Life Museums. At the 1840 House, 800 E. Lombard St., a living history presentation at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday will show visitors how citizens of the 19th century tried to help the poor, widowed and orphaned. Admission to the museum is half-price with a donation of canned goods for the Bea Gaddy Patterson Park Emergency Fund. Details: 396-3279.
Hackerman-Patz House and Joanne Rockwell House, 1909 E. McElderry and 1910 Jefferson St., respectively, Baltimore, 21205. Both are facilities for cancer patients of Johns Hopkins Hospital and need hosts for the evenings from 5 to 9 p.m., plus other help. Contact Christine Cursan, 955-2304.
Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc., 2220 St. Paul St., Baltimore, 21218, needs volunteers for various help such as clerical, assistants in health fairs, speakers bureau, art work or photography, classroom aides and more. Contact Mary Ann Fugate, 243-3800 or TDD 243-2672.
Dublin Scarboro Improvement Association's volunteers are holding their 5th Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Tollgate Mall in Harford County with professionally decorated trees for sale, one with 70 hand-made stuffed animals, along with many items for Christmas. Details: (410) 452-8695.
Augsburg Lutheran Home wants volunteers who will shop for and wrap Christmas gifts for its 151 residents between today and Dec. 11. Also, assistance is needed in the Alzheimer's unit between 10 a.m and 3 p.m. for two hours each week. Call Carolyn Henn, 486-4573.
Volunteers of America wants small and large groups of supervised young boys and girls to wrap and deliver gifts to Baltimore City nursing homes between Dec. 15 and 22. Call Debbie Boehm, 522-0600.
Prudential Health Care Plan's 9th annual ''Adopt-A-Family'' is a program in which their employees volunteer to take baskets of fresh poultry, vegetables, fruit, bread and dessert to needy families on Dec. 19. Anyone wishing to adopt a family for $15 should send the donation or send canned or boxed food items to the company's office of public affairs, 2800 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218. Details: 554-7130.
Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center and HERO will hold a World AIDS Day observance from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the VA Center, 3900 Loch Raven Blvd. There will be entertainment, a chapel service and a quilt panel display. Details: 467-9932, Ext. 5359.
People's Pro Bono Action Center Inc. is a statewide coordinator and clearinghouse for volunteer attorneys serving low-income clients in Maryland. The center helps more than 20 volunteer legal service organizations to help ensure free legal services to the poor. Volunteer attorneys are needed. Those interested should call Sharon E. Goldsmith, 837-9279.