CURRENT volunteers' news and needs:
The Learning Bank of Coil Inc. has received the Eleanor Touhey Smith ''Affiliate of the Year Award'' from the Literacy Volunteers of America, one of the largest national literacy support groups, according to its founder and director, Sister Mary Judith Schmelz. The award was presented during the LVA conference last month in Orlando, Fla. The award is sponsored by Kraft General Foods. For Learning Bank details and to volunteer, call 859-5452.
House of Ruth needs volunteers for answering the hot line, counseling programs, legal clinic and other help necessary to operate the shelter. Call Leslie B. Ford, 889-0840.
First Night Annapolis, a family-oriented, non-alcoholic New Year's Eve celebration of music and arts and fireworks in Annapolis, needs volunteers for help in preparation and production of the performances. For details of volunteering, call Willie Boice, 410-268-8553.
Mitten Tree of Recreation and Parks kick-off ceremony is at noon Thursday in the Abel Wolman municipal building, 200 N. Holliday St. Mittens and gloves will be accepted at the tree until Dec. 19 or donations can be delivered until Dec. 20 at the Recreation Pier, 1715 Thames St. Mittens will be delivered by Salvation Army. Details: 396-9177.
Save Our Streams and Chesapeake Bay Trust volunteers will hold a Mud Buster workshop called Sediment and Erosion Control/Construction Site Monitoring for those concerned about development and highway expansion from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ferndale Elementary School, corner of Hollins Ferry Road and Packard Avenue. Details: 969-0084.
Harbor Hospital Center is preparing for winter's snow and ice with request for volunteers who own four-wheel-drive vehicles who are willing to transport key personnel during winter weather. Call Ann Heil, 347-3478.
Maryland General Hospital is seeking volunteers to help with patient activities such as escorts and in the Rehabilitation Center and the emergency room. Clerical assistants also are needed. Call Gail Smith, 225-8477.