November 03, 2006

Thanksgiving fete needs assistance

The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers to help with the Thanksgiving Celebration for seniors, sponsored by Howard County Executive James N. Robey, to be held Nov. 14 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Volunteers, needed for luncheon and dinner seatings, must be at least 14.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Volunteer guide taking listings

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a clearinghouse for local volunteer opportunities, is accepting listings for its OTV (One-Time Volunteer) Guide, which appears bi-monthly.

Organizations registered with the volunteer center can submit listings. Information: 410-715-3127. To submit a listing: fax to 410-715-0845 or e-mail, kadhija@volunteerhoward.org. To register, use the form on the center's Web site: www.volunteerhoward.org. (Click on "Agency Services".)

The volunteer center, in cooperation with CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) is recruiting and referring volunteers to local nonprofit and government agencies seeking help with disaster preparedness and recovery.

Volunteer Mobilization Training will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. A volunteer orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the center. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Gift-wrapping volunteers sought

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary and the National Council of Jewish Women are seeking volunteers to wrap gifts for patrons of The Mall in Columbia. Volunteers, ages 15 and older, are needed from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 24 through Dec. 24.

Proceeds benefit the council's community work and the hospital's services.

Information: Richard Davis, 443-745-2475.

Arc looks for help with day program

The Arc of Howard County is seeking volunteers to help with its day program for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Those interested in helping with music, exercise, crafts, pet visits, storytelling and reading are invited to apply. Volunteers can propose other therapeutic activities. Scheduling is flexible.

Information: Linda Congedo, 410-730-0638, ext. 226.

Group knits items to help children

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center is sponsoring a knitting and crocheting group, to meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

Members will donate knitted or crocheted items to the center, Project Linus (which distributes blankets to children in hospitals or shelters) or the neonatal intensive care unit at Howard County General Hospital.

Assistance and instruction in knitting and crocheting will be available to those who need it. Volunteers are asked to bring two No. 8 knitting needles or a "g" or "h" crochet hook.

The center is at 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information: Diane Tollick, 410-740-5858.

Tiber Hudson cleanups planned

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 some Saturday mornings along the Tiber Hudson River and along riverbanks in Ellicott City's historic district.

Information: Betsy McMillion, 410-480-0824.

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 or registration: Jessica Sleight, 410-884-3616, or www.neighborride.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.

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.

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