People On the Move

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Howard Business

October 06, 2003

Simonson named disaster volunteer coordinator

Pamela Simonson is the new disaster volunteer coordinator for the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County.

Her role is to work with local governmental and nonprofit agencies to recruit and affiliate volunteers with agencies before a disaster, and to help manage spontaneous volunteers in crisis situations.

Starting in the position before Tropical Storm Isabel, she and her staff recruited 53 volunteers for a standby list; 25 volunteers contributed 145 hours answering phones at the nonemergency public information line, canvassing flood-prone areas to distribute information and dispensing ice to those without electricity.

Simonson is also deputy director of HoCoPoLitSo (Howard County Poetry and Literature Society), recruiting volunteers for events and managing programs. She was volunteer director for CareerScope Inc. in Columbia.

The Volunteer Center, which is a volunteers clearinghouse in the county, is a member of the Community Emergency Response Network and manages CERN's database of volunteers.

Harvey to conduct session on avoiding publicity woes

Natalie Harvey, public relations consultant, photographer and writer, will conduct a workshop for staff members of nonprofit groups and community organizations.

The session, "Prevent Publicity Pitfalls," will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia.

Harvey was formerly a community correspondent for The Sun in Howard County.

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