September 15, 2006

Disaster Volunteer Fair set Oct. 21

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Howard County Library and CERN (Community Emergency Response Network), will hold a Disaster Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to learn how to prepare themselves, their families and neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. Representatives from local volunteer organizations active in disaster preparedness will be on hand.

Information: Pamela Simonson, 410-715-3179 or www. volunteerhoward.org.

Group seeking mentors for kids

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.

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 rjenkins@co. ho.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 for people ages 60 and older in Howard County.

Information: 410-884-3616.

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

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