March 17, 2006

Garlic mustard pull needs willing hands

Volunteers are needed for a garlic mustard pull along the trail to the woodcock seep area, a moist area that serves as a habitat for woodcocks, in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.

Garlic mustard will be pulled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 28. The non-native invasive plant is to be pulled to maintain diversity of plant life in the area. The effort is being sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Volunteers should take water, gardening or work gloves, and dress for the weather.

Information: 410-730-4994.

Disaster-readiness volunteers needed

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting volunteers for local nonprofit and government agencies needing help with disaster preparedness and recovery.

Volunteer orientations are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. The orientation will also be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 25 at the same location.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Editing assistance for guide sought

Volunteers are needed to help edit entries in the Senior Resource Guide. Attention to detail is essential.

Flexible daytime hours are available for the short-term project.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Flag football officials wanted

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking people ages 16 and older to act as officials for the spring season of its NFL-style flag football program.

Games are played between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays. Field locations may vary. A $20 fee will be paid per game. Experience is welcome but not necessary; officials will be trained. Officials must have their own transportation.

Information: Sandra Lambert, 410-313-1691.

Docents, guides are being sought

Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City is seeking volunteer docents and tour guides to help with the park's programs and activities. Training is provided.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn about the history of the stabilized ruins of Patapsco Female Institute. One of the most famous 19th- century schools for girls in the United States, it is a Greek Revival structure that overlooks the Patapsco River Valley.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Advocates sought for at-risk children

Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to be court-appointed advocates and mentors to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Howard County.

Voices for Children is part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association that provides advocates to children involved with the juvenile court system. Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check.

They will work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that the children are safe and receive appropriate services. Applications are being accepted for the next training session, next month.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933, or Voices for Children, Suite 215, 5550 Sterrett Place, Columbia.

Club LEAP needs tutors, assistants

Volunteer tutors and assistants are needed for Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program), an effort to help youngsters who are new to the United States learn to speak, read and write English.

The program, sponsored by FIRN Inc., a Howard County nonprofit organization providing services to immigrants, is held in county schools throughout the school year. Training is provided.

Information: Don Downing, 410-992-1923, ext. 14.

Pregnancy-aid group seeks help

Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit support, resource and referral service for women placed on bed rest because of complications during pregnancy, is seeking telephone volunteers who have had a bed-rest experience or a connection with such an experience.

An interview is required, and training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising.

Better BedRest expects to help as many as 15 Howard County women this year.

Information: 410-740-7662.

Hospital auxiliary offers opportunities

Howard County General Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary offers a variety of opportunities.

Volunteers are needed:

In the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center. Volunteers welcome clients and help them with Internet and library research, answer the phone and provide office support. Training is provided. 410-740-5858.

At Rave Review Consignment Shop, the auxiliary's upscale shop. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. 410-531-6946.

Send volunteer announce- ments to fay.lande@baltsun. com or fax to 410 715-2816.

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