July 14, 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.

Neighbor Ride needs assistance

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit transportation program, is seeking volunteer drivers and ride coordinators to provide transportation this summer for people 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.

Information: Laurie Bokulic, 410-884-3616.

Consumer hot line mediators sought

The Consumer Protection Division of the state attorney general's office is seeking volunteers to be trained as consumer and health complaint mediators and to provide information over the division's consumer hot line. Volunteers will help consumers resolve their complaints with retail businesses, landlords and health care providers.

The division's downtown Baltimore office is at 200 St. Paul Place. There are also offices in Hagerstown and Salisbury.

Information: 410-576-6519.

Help is needed with camp for kids

Therapy Needs Inc., an agency that provides contractual occupational, physical and speech therapy services, is seeking volunteers to assist at its Active Kids Camp, a summer program for children with special needs.

The first session, which began last week, runs through July 21; the second session will be held from July 24 through Aug. 11. Volunteers must be at least 14, and they must commit to attend daily.

Information: 410-465-7553 or visit www.therapyneeds.com.

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.

A one-week session for children in grades six through eight runs from Monday July 17 through July 21; two sessions for grades nine through 11 will be held 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 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 youths to engage the issue before the 2008 presidential election. Those who receive grants will be asked to take their project results and policy recommendations to Washington for a three-day youth summit next year.

Information: www.ysa.org/awards.

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 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. 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.

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