Volunteers

June 16, 2006

Volunteer camp taking registration

Camp Make A Difference, a summer camp that involves volunteer projects in the community and recreational activities, is accepting registration.

The camp is organized by a partnership between Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and the Columbia Association's summer camp program, and is open to students from grades six through 11.

Campers will participate in volunteer projects for the environment, animal welfare, seniors, developmentally disabled people and the poor.

Four one-week sessions will be offered: two for children in grades six through eight and two for grades nine through 11. The cost is $160 for Columbia residents; $195 for nonresidents.

Information: 410-715-3165 or 410-730-3888. Or www.volun teerhoward.org, and click on the "Youth Opportunities" link.

Grants available for climate projects

The Red, White & Green Youth Action Campaign, a new project of the Civil Society Institute and Youth Service America, will offer 60 $500 grants to people ages 15 to 25 to create community-service projects that address climate change.

The program hopes to encourage youth to engage on the issue before the 2008 presidential election. Those who receive grants will bring their project results and policy recommendations to Washington for a three-day Youth Summit next year.

Information: www.ysa.org/awards.

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 and parking from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today, and June 23 and 30 and July 7; from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, and June 24, and July 1 and 8; and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and June 25 and July 2 and 9.

Information: Susan Burrell, 410-465-8500.

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: 410-964-8660. Leave a message with your name and telephone number, or send a letter to P.O. Box 34, Ellicott City 21041.

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