Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 26, 2005

Chaplaincy Associate Program seeks volunteers

Howard County General Hospital's Department of Pastoral Care is seeking volunteers to participate in its Chaplaincy Associate Program.

Volunteers are required to attend 6 1/2 months of training, two hours a week, Sept. 6 through March 21. After the training, participants must volunteer for eight hours a month for at least one year.

The program offers spiritual support to patients and their families. Associates visit patients and help worried and grieving families.

The registration deadline is July 15.

Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Comment period extended on bus route proposals

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed elimination or reduction of service on Maryland Transit Administration bus route Nos. 320, 150 and 311 has been extended to July 21.

Route No. 320 serves the U.S. 1 corridor, linking to connections to Columbia, Laurel, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport business district and Fort Meade; route No. 150 provides a link between Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Howard County; Route No. 311 serves dense residential and business areas in Columbia and provides connections to Howard Transit and Connect-A-Ride routes.

Comments can be sent to Glenn Litsinger, the transit administration's manager of customer information service, at MTA Customer Service, 6 St. Paul St., Baltimore 21202, or sent by e-mail to glitsinger@ mtamaryland.com.

Information: 410-539-5000, or 866-RIDE-MTA. Or www.mta maryland.com.

Need mulch, compost? Call a master gardener

Anyone who rakes and bags grass clippings, or would like to have clippings to use as compost or mulch for a garden or lawn can call Howard County master gardener Leslie Gilbert, who will match the caller with someone who will pick up the clippings or deliver theirs to be recycled.

Information or to donate or receive clippings: 301-854-6461 or 410-442-1795. Or gilbertla@com cast.net.

Ride service for seniors looking for volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Neighbor Ride, a transportation service for seniors ages 65 and older. Volunteers use their own vehicles to transport seniors to medical and other appointments.

The demand for rides has been so great that additional volunteers are needed.

Information: 410-884-7433.

Anti-tobacco presentations for young people offered

Jovenes del Barrio (Teens From the Hood), a Howard County group of five young Hispanic actors, is offering lively, free, anti-tobacco presentations for young people and community groups in the county.

The 30-minute production, Stop and Live, or Pare y Viva, can be given in English or Spanish. A group discussion follows the show.

The troupe is funded by a grant from the Howard County Health Department's Tobacco Control Program, and by FIRN, Alianza de la Comunidad and Conexiones.

Information or to book a presentation: Betty May, 410-917- 2812.

Volunteer of the Year nomination forms available

Nomination forms for Howard County's 2005 Volunteer of the Year award are available.

Nominees must be residents of the county or do their volunteer work in the county, and their work should have a significant impact on the community or on an individual. Community groups and local businesses that deserve recognition can also be nominated.

Each nominee will be recognized by the county executive and the County Council at a Sept. 21 ceremony. A winner will be selected and will represent the county at the statewide "Maryland You Are Beautiful" volunteer-recognition program.

Nomination forms are available at www.co.ho.md.us, or 410-313-2022. Nominations must be postmarked by Aug. 17.

Christ Church offers links to aid agencies

Christ Church Link (410-309-9695) offers referrals to aid agencies in Howard County and Maryland.

Callers can be helped with preventing evictions and utility turnoffs and finding assistance with food, employment and other needs.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

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