Posko, Schnorf co-chairs of Howard's United Way campaign...

Community Notes

July 28, 2002

Posko, Schnorf co-chairs of Howard's United Way campaign

Henry Posko Jr., president and chief executive officer of Humanim Inc. (formerly Developmental Services Group), and Cole Schnorf, senior vice president and director of development for Manekin Corp., have been named co-chairs of the 2002 United Way Community Campaign for Howard County.

They succeed Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital, who served as 2001 campaign chair.

Posko and Schnorf will serve as chief fund-raisers for the Howard County campaign. They will lead a team of community volunteers from the business, government and nonprofit sectors. The campaign begins in September.

The 2001 campaign raised a record $3.3 million.

Resource center provides child care referral help

The Department of Citizen Services' Child Care Resource Center provides free assistance to parents in finding state-licensed child-care centers, family child-care providers, school-aged programs and preschools.

Trained child-care counselors will work with the needs and preferences of parents. For services: 410-313-1930, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send e-mail to www.co.ho.md.us and click on the "Who's Watching the Children" owl icon.

Group aids friends, family of the mentally ill

NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, holds a support group at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month for friends and families of people with mental illness.

This month's meeting will be Wednesday at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: Peggy Walton, 301-604-7199.

Coordinator of volunteers sought; post is full-time

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County seeks to fill a full-time, one-year position.

The successful candidate will create and implement a weekend and evening volunteer program for individuals, families and groups whose members want to become meaningfully involved in their communities through one-time volunteer events that do not require a continuing commitment.

Communication, computer, speaking and writing skills are required. Candidates must be at least age 18.

The position, funded through the AmeriCorps*VISTA program, offers a living allowance of about $10,100, as well as training, health insurance, student loan deferment and a post-service education award of up to $4,725 to help pay college costs or student loans.

Information: 410-715-3176, or send e-mail to bcvolunteer@hotmail.com.

Widows-widowers group meets 3 times a month

Widowers and Widows of Howard County, a support group, meets for dinner at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month and for board games at 7:30 p.m. on the third and fourth Fridays of each month.

Other social events are held monthly.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-465-5104.

Ulman Cancer Fund sponsors support groups

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is offering free, professionally led support groups for young adults affected by cancer. The groups meet at 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Century Plaza Building, 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The support groups are for young adults to about age 25 who are dealing with cancer, are survivors, are close to someone with cancer or are suffering a loss.

Individual consultations, which precede the eight-week group, are being scheduled.

Information: 410-964-0202, or www.ulmanfund.org.

Red Cross blood drive set Aug. 8 in Columbia

The Columbia Association and Columbia's 10 village associations will co-sponsor a blood drive, conducted by the Red Cross, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood. All blood types are needed.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-730-4744, or send e-mail to towncenter@ columbiavillages.org.

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