August 25, 2006

Conservancy seeks farm-cleanup help

The Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, will hold a volunteer farm workday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 9. A short orientation will be held about the conservancy's volunteer opportunities before the farm cleanup begins.

Volunteers can help with gardening, farmhouse maintenance and education center administrative duties.

The conservancy is seeking volunteer naturalists to teach its school programs at Mount Pleasant, its headquarters. The naturalists will help conservancy staff members lead hikes on the 232-acre nature reserve.

Training is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants will receive a manual and learn about the ecology, history, wildlife and plants of Mount Pleasant. The cost for materials is $10.

The conservancy is the county's largest land trust and only nature center. It provides educational programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Giving Circle needs triathlon-tent aid

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, a philanthropic project providing grants to address the needs of women and girls in the county, is fielding a team in the Columbia Iron Girl Triathlon on Sunday.

Volunteers are needed to staff a tent on race day, distribute water and donate food items, coolers, paper plates and napkins, and distribute information about the giving circle during the prerace expo today and tomorrow.

Information: Maura Dunnigan, Dunnigan5@comcast.net.

50+ Expo, set Oct. 20, is seeking help

The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to assist with the 50+ Expo, to be held Oct. 20 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Volunteers are needed to help check exhibitors in, greet visitors and to assist at Cafe 50+ and at the health fair and workshops. Help is needed in administering flu shots and to set up before the event and clean up afterward.

High school students and adults are welcome as volunteers.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417. Or e-mail, rjenkins @co.ho.md.us.

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.

Information: 410-715-3179.

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 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.

Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 1.

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 will be deployed in their communities. They will receive training on health topics and can earn continuing education credits.

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

They must commit to at least a year of service and for at least one weekend shift each month. Shifts are four to six hours long.

Information: Jeannie Meece, 410-290-6432.

Send volunteer announcements to fay.lande@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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