Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 11, 2005

`Angel Tree' effort to aid foster children

KidsPeace, a 123-year-old national organization that helps foster children, has teamed up with Faith Baptist Church to create "Angel Trees," Christmas trees adorned with paper angels listing wishes from foster children who cannot be with their families during the holidays.

Those who wish to help are encouraged to take an angel from the tree, sponsor the child and bring the angel back accompanied by an unwrapped gift by Dec. 19.

Trees are at KidsPeace Foster Care and Family Services Center, 6410-G Dobbin Road, Columbia, and Faith Baptist Church, 833 N. Bond St., Baltimore.

Donations can also be made by calling 877-266-8460 or by visiting www.kidspeace.org.

CA to hold meeting of preservation panel

Columbia Association's board of directors will hold a meeting of the Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the small conference room at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's Restaurant in Columbia.

The task force is working to recommend a plan for a preservation site for the quarters. The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3000.

Soroptimists to help with holiday party

Soroptimist of Howard County will celebrate the holidays with Healthy Families Howard County, an agency that provides in-home support services for first-time parents, pregnant women and families with infants or young children.

Members of the international volunteer organization for business and professional women will help serve food and greet guests at a party for clients of Healthy Families, to be held Thursday.

Soroptimist is seeking applicants for the organization's Violet Richardson Award, a recognition program for young women volunteers ages 14 to 17. Applications, due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or by calling 410-461-5486. The winner will receive $800, with an additional $50 to go to a charity of her choice. The winning application will compete in the Soroptimist South Atlantic Regional competition.

Applications are also invited for a Woman's Opportunity Award, designed to help heads of households who must work to support their families. Applicants must be working to achieve educational and career goals. The local award is $1,000; the regional awards are $3,000 and $5,000.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15. To request an application: 410-461-5922.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

AmeriCorps*VISTA position available

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is seeking an applicant for an AmeriCorps *VISTA full-time position at the center, starting next month.

Responsibilities include planning and organizing service projects; maintaining relationships with the center's nonprofit partners; recruiting volunteers; project evaluation; youth outreach and assisting with disaster preparedness; and response initiatives.

The successful candidate will receive a living allowance of about $10,400 for the year, as well as training, health insurance and a student loan deferment. A post-service educational award of up to $4,725 can help pay for future courses or student loans.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old with some college experience and have their own transportation. Strong organizational, computer and interpersonal skills are needed.

Information: Mickey Gomez, 410-715-3176.

Rebuilding Together holding a raffle

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April is holding its end-of-the-year fundraiser, a "Tiny Tot Playhouse Raffle" for a 6-by-8-foot Victorian playhouse with a 2-foot deck and railing, fully furnished and professionally decorated.

Raffle tickets will be on sale through Friday; the drawing will be held Saturday.

The playhouse can be seen from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Tickets, which cost $10 each or $20 for three, can be purchased at the church or at Kendall's Hardware in Clarksville, Clark's ACE Hardware in Ellicott City or at the Howard County Office on Aging, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

The Howard County chapter of Christmas in April (now known as Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April of Howard County) was founded in 1991. Its mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities in the county.

Information: 410-313-6560.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with its holiday fundraising and toy distributions.

Individuals, families, religious and civic groups and community organizations are needed to sort and distribute toys, donate and distribute Christmas meals and food baskets to the poor and homeless, and participate in other charitable activities.

Information or to volunteer: 410-783-2920.

`Columbia Matters' videos at the library

Video copies of the Columbia Association's cable television program, Columbia Matters, are available at the central library and at the east Columbia branch.

The central library is at 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The east Columbia library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Columbia Matters airs on Howard Community College's station, cable channel 71, at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Information or to offer a suggestion for the show: Garett Tache, 410-715-3120.

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