May 19, 2006

Programs for needy seek assistance

FISH of Howard County is seeking volunteers to help with its programs for the needy. The organization offers food and limited financial aid for utility bills, rent and prescription drugs.

Churches, schools, businesses, individuals and service groups provide the resources, and additional funding comes from the Horizon and Columbia foundations.

Information or to volunteer: 410-964-8660, and leave a message. Or send a letter to P.O. Box 34, Ellicott City 21041.

Adult children of divorce sought

The National Family Resiliency Center is seeking adult children of divorce to join its speakers' bureau. Peer counselors are also needed.

Training will be provided.

The center offers individual and group therapy and educational seminars for children and families experiencing separation and divorce.

Information: Risa Garon, 410-740-9553. Or www.divorce ABC.com.

Teen volunteers needed at library

Teenage volunteers, ages 13 and older, are needed to assist Howard County library staff during the summer with "Clue Into Reading," the library's summer reading program for elementary-school-age children.

One-hour orientations will be held at all library branches. To request a schedule: central library (410-313-7860); east Columbia library (410-313-7700); Elkridge library (410-313-5077); Glenwood library (410-313- 5577); Miller branch library (410-313-1950); and Savage branch library (410-880- 5980).

Volunteers need attend only one session. Service hours are available.

Mobilization center training slated

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a member of the Community Emergency Response Network, will offer volunteer mobilization center training from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Volunteer mobilization centers are to assist in registering and referring unaffiliated volunteers after a disaster.

The center will hold an exercise and training at 10 a.m. June 3 in the community room of the Clarksville Fire Hall, at Routes 108 and 32 in Clarksville. Registration is required before May 31.

The center is also recruiting volunteers for local nonprofit and government agencies needing help with disaster preparedness and recovery. Orientations are scheduled regularly.

Information: 410-715-3179.

The center has published a Volunteer Opportunities for Teens guide, available online at www.volunteerhoward.org. Or call 410-715-3172.

Help is sought staffing hot line

The STTAR Center, a nonprofit organization in Columbia, is seeking weekend volunteers to staff its 24-hour hot line for victims of rape, sexual assault and other violent crimes.

Once trained, volunteers provide telephone crisis counseling and may act as victim advocates at Howard County General Hospital.

Volunteers will have an opportunity to improve counseling skills and learn about sexual assault and abuse and other crimes. They must commit to at least one year of service for at least four weekend shifts each month. Shifts are four to six hours long.

Information: Jeannie Meece, 410-290-6432.

Editing assistance, luncheon aid needed

Volunteers are needed to help edit entries in the Resource Guide, a project of the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging. Attention to detail is essential.

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

Volunteers are also needed for the Older Americans' Day Luncheon, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Legislative interns sought for 2007

Legacy Leadership Maryland is seeking volunteers, ages 50 and older, to serve as legislative interns during the 2007 legislative session in Annapolis.

Training, provided through the University of Maryland, will be held two days a week for 10 weeks.

The program is designed to involve mature people in the political process. Participants will be assigned to work in the office of a delegate or senator during the 90-day General Assembly session. Intern opportunities with Howard County legislators are also available.

Applications will be accepted through next month.

Information: Carole Graves, 410-312-9140.

Neighbor Ride seeks drivers, coordinators

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit transportation program, is seeking volunteer drivers and ride coordinators to provide transportation for those ages 60 and older in Howard County. Drivers use their vehicles to take seniors to medical and other appointments, religious services, social events and educational and exercise classes.

An orientation is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 13 at 8808 Centre Park Drive, Suite 108, Columbia.

Information: Laurie Bokulic, 410-884-3616.

Group aiding kids needs mentors

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Maryland, which serves Baltimore and surrounding counties, is seeking volunteers to become mentors, friends and role models for children in need.

Volunteers must submit references and consent to background checks. Training is provided.

Information: 410-243-4000, or www.biglittle.org.

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