October 06, 2006

Tiber Hudson cleanups slated

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc., Howard County Tourism Office, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation and students from Howard Community College have formed the Tiber Hudson Stream Clean Up Team.

Cleanups will be conducted on Saturday mornings along the Tiber Hudson River and river banks in Ellicott City's historic district. The next cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Information: Betsy McMillion, 410-480-0824.

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.

An orientation will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Registration is required.

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

Stream cleanup set in Clary's Forest

The Hickory Ridge Community Association will sponsor a stream cleanup in the Clary's Forest neighborhood of Columbia on Sunday.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 618 and Girl Scout Troop 720 will meet volunteers at the trail head on Watch Chain Way, just south of Wild Ginger Court, at noon to distribute trash bags and rubber gloves. The volunteers will pick up trash along the stream beds leading to the Middle Patuxent River, and the filled bags will be collected by Columbia Association workers.

Information: 410-730-7327.

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. Orientations for volunteer drivers will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at 8808 Centre Park Drive, Suite 108, Columbia.

Information or registration: 410-884-7433. Or www.neighbor ride.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.

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.

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