June 30, 2006

Disaster-readiness volunteers needed

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

Orientations will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 26 at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3179.

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 are offered: two for children in grades six through eight (July 10-14 and July 17-21) and two for grades nine through 11 (July 24-28 and July 31 through Aug. 4.)

The cost is $160 for Columbia residents; $195 for nonresidents. Registration will be accepted until all the spaces are filled.

Information: 410-715-3165 or 410-730-3888. Or www.volunteer howard.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 grants of $500 to people ages 15 to 25 to create community service projects that address climate change.

The program tries to encourage youth to engage 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 July 7; from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, and July 8; and from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and July 9.

Information: Susan Burrell, 410-465-8500.

Health professionals sought for program

Medical and health professionals are needed to serve 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 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.

Guide published for teen volunteers

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a member of the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN), has published a Volunteer Opportunities for Teens guide, available online at www.volunteer howard. org, or 410-715-3172.

Park wants youths for 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. 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 and snacks.

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: 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. 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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