Ellen Nichols of Glen BurnieVolunteer work: As the Cancer...

Volunteer spotlight

June 06, 1993

Ellen Nichols of Glen Burnie

Volunteer work: As the Cancer Resource and Support Center Inc. (CaRES) celebrates the opening of its new location at 8055 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, with an an open house from noon to 5 p.m. today, Ellen Nichols, a volunteer for the organization since its inception about 3 1/2 years ago, will be on hand assisting with the activities.

Ms. Nichols is a retired Harbor Hospital accountant and has been a Glen Burnie resident for more than 30 years.

She works at the CaRES office on an average of one day a week, and she frequently puts in extra hours assisting with mailings, annual fund-raisers and various special events, such as today's open house, where she will be manning the bake sale table.

"Whenever she needs me I help out," Ms. Nichols said, referring to her friend and CaRES founder, Katherine Smith.

The CaRES office, formerly in Severna Park, "provides cancer patients and their families with a community center where they may comfortably gather to share their experiences, concerns and hopes with other cancer patients," according to its mission statement.

All of its services -- support groups, lectures and classes -- are free.

On occasion, Ms. Nichols' family helps with CaRES activities as well. Today, her daughters, Patricia Nichols, and Marybeth Nichols, and her daughter-in-law, JoAnn Nichols, will be doing everything from face painting and selling crafts to playing the Purple Dinosaur character.

According to Ms. Nichols, the CaRES facility offers "cancer patients a place where they can congregate and simply talk, as well as a library and social activities."

In addition to her work with CaRES, Ms. Nichols volunteers as a route chairman and assistant in coordinating the Meals on Wheels program operating from the Pascal Senior Center on Dorsey Road.

As a route chairman, Ms. Nichols is expected to be a substitute, or find substitute drivers or visitors, for the Meals on Wheels deliveries. At times, this has meant her working up to three times a week delivering hot meals to persons who either cannot cook for themselves or go shopping.

L Volunteer's comment: "I'll do anything I can to help CaRES."

Organization's comment: According to Ms. Smith, the CaRES founder, Ms. Nichols is "a personal friend and one of the people I can rely on all the time."

For more information about the services that CaRES offers, call the office at 760-2273.

To recommend someone to be in the "Volunteer Spotlight" call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun For Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.

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