Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 14, 2005

Endowment fund created for library

The Friends of the Howard County Library have established an endowment fund with the Columbia Foundation to support fundraising efforts for library programs requiring additional money.

The Friends received a three-year, $15,000 matching grant from the Columbia Foundation; an anonymous donor gave $10,000 to start the fund, which will generate interest and appreciation.

"We're trying to work with organizations and help them get this long-term strategy for funding," said the foundation's president, Barbara K. Lawson. "We have about 20 funds [for nonprofit organizations] now. Our expertise specialty is to manage the funds and to maximize the resources for philanthropy in our community."

Donations for the endowment should be designated for the Friends of the Howard County Library and be sent to the Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G-15, Columbia 21044.

The foundation, which is celebrating its 35th year and was recently named best charity/nonprofit in Columbia Magazine's "Best of Howard County" issue, manages 185 funds, Lawson said.

Information: 410-730-7840 or www.columbiafoundation.org.

Lawyer referral services are offered

The Howard County Bar Association offers lawyer referral services.

The confidential fee-based service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 410-313-2030, or www.howardcountybar.org.

Callers will be interviewed to determine the nature of their legal problems and referred to attorneys in good standing with the Howard County Bar Association; callers can schedule a free half-hour consultation with an attorney.

`Angel Trees' 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 with an unwrapped gift by Monday.

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 holding 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. today 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 tomorrow.

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; evaluating projects; 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.

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