Volunteers

May 26, 2006

Historic park seeks assistance for plays

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park is seeking volunteers to assist at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's productions of Taming of the Shrew and King Lear.

Help is needed with traffic and crowd control, ushering, gate-watching and parking from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and July 7; from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1 and 8; and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25 and July 2 and 9.

Information: Susan Burrell, 410-465-8500.

Parks agency needs help with track meet

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking volunteers to assist at the Hershey Track & Field Meet, to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 at Long Reach High School.

Shifts are available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Setup help, starters and timers are needed.

The race is a qualifying meet for children and youths ages 9 to 14 who might go on to compete at the Hershey Track & Field Games in Pennsylvania.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Health professionals sought for program

Medical and health professionals are needed to serve as volunteers in the Howard County Medical Reserve Corps.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, infectious-disease specialists, epidemiologists, dentists, veterinarians and other professionals are being recruited. Mental health professionals are also being sought.

The volunteers will support local emergency response teams in the event of a major natural or manmade disaster in the region, such as chemical or hazardous materials spills, flu and other epidemics, hurricanes, floods and acts of terrorism. Some volunteers can offer support by phone consultation.

The volunteers should be prepared to help family, friends and neighbors in case of an emergency. They may receive training on state-of-the-art health topics and can earn continuing education credits.

Information: Laurie Nelson, 240-426-2528, or www.hcmrc. com.

Park wants youths for its trails crew

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers, ages 12 and older, to work with members of the park's trails crew from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 30 and Oct. 21, weather permitting.

Volunteers, who will be notified of the location by e-mail, should take gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sun and insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications.

Volunteers are also needed to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks, host camps and help with animal care, publicity, newsletter production, restoration, gardening, photography, control-station staffing, maintenance and other tasks.

Information or to volunteer: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287, or lmartin@dnr.state.md.us.

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 with your name and telephone number. Or send a letter to P.O. Box 34, Ellicott City 21041.

Adult children of divorce needed

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

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-age children.

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

Volunteers should attend 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 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 Wednesday.

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 410-715-3172.

Help is sought staffing hot line

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