April 07, 2006

Advocates sought for at-risk kids

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 for 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, April 20.

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

Patapsco state park needs assistance

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks, host camps and help with animal care, trail maintenance, publicity, newsletter production, restoration, gardening, photography, control-station staffing, maintenance and other tasks.

Information or to volunteer: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287.

Youth Service Days slated April 21-23

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, the Local Children's Board and the Association of Community Services are promoting Youth Service Days, scheduled for April 21-23. The project is part of National Youth Service Days, a program to mobilize youth to identify the needs of their communities and engage in community service.

The volunteer center will refer young people seeking projects to agencies interested in working with young volunteers.

Information: 410-715-3172.

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will celebrate Earth Day and National Youth Service Day by planting trees and installing tree shelters at West Friendship Park from 9 a.m. to noon April 22. The rain date is April 29.

"Camp Make a Difference," a summer camp that includes volunteer projects in the community and recreational activities, is being organized by a partnership of the Volunteer Center and the Columbia Association. The program will be open to middle and high school students, through 11th grade.

The program offers four two-week sessions -- two for children in grades six to eight and two for grades nine to 11. The cost is $160 for Columbia residents; $195 for nonresidents.

Information: 410-715-3165.

Disaster-readiness volunteers sought

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.

A volunteer orientation is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. Orientations are scheduled regularly.

A Volunteer Mobilization Center Training for members of the community who would like to assist the volunteer center in case of a disaster will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 27.

Registration is requested but not 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.

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.

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:

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