Volunteers

August 04, 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.

An orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Park seeks to fill several positions

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 sunscreen, 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 are seeking help

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.

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.

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 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 health topics and can earn continuing education credits.

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

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.

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 a year of service for at least four weekend shifts each month. Shifts are four to six hours long.

Information: Jeannie Meece, 410-290-6432.

Group aiding kids seeks 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 a background check. Training is provided.

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

Advocates sought for at-risk youth

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