Community Notes


December 18, 2005

HC DrugFree, library enter partnership

The Howard County Library and HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization focused on helping teenagers avoid alcohol and other drugs, have announced a partnership to increase awareness of substance abuse prevention in the county.

The partnership's mission is to provide increased access to resources about substance abuse prevention to parents, adolescents and the community through family programs, newsletters, books and Internet sites.

The library and HC DrugFree will designate staff to coordinate the partnership and create links to each other's Web sites. HC DrugFree will conduct programs on substance abuse and parent skills at the library, share information and promote relevant library programs for parents and adolescents.

The library will distribute HC DrugFree's newsletter, publicize joint programs and provide materials for substance abuse prevention programs.

This fall, the library presented "Beyond Safe: Pre-teens and Parents Talk About Drugs and Alcohol" with HC DrugFree at four library branches.

County library lists Christmas closures

The Howard County Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Dec. 26.

Library branches will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1.

Information: 410-313-7890, or

3 members sought for preservation panel

The Columbia Association's board of directors is seeking three members to serve on its Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force, a subset of the association's Advocacy Committee.

The task force will recommend to the board a plan for the site and pursue funding. Members of the task force will be appointed to serve until the panel is disbanded.

Those with expertise in historic preservation and African-American history and culture are encouraged to apply.

Letters of interest, with a resume or equivalent information, should be sent by Jan. 13 to Barbara Kellner, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044 or faxed to 410-715-3067.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Applicants sought for Richardson award

Soroptimist of Howard County 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.

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.

Volunteer center's gift guide online

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County's "Holiday Gift Guide 2005" is available on the center's Web site, www.volun, and on the Columbia Association Web site,

The guide highlights the needs of more than 50 nonprofit and governmental organizations for volunteers and donations.

Free copies of the "Holiday Gift Guide 2005" are also available.

Information or to receive a copy: 410-715-3172. The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

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

Neighbor Ride moves its offices

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit organization that provides rides for Howard County seniors, has moved its offices to 8808 Centre Park Drive, Suite 108, Columbia.

Information: 410-884-RIDE.

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