November 17, 2006

Opportunities to help listed in two guides

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, a clearinghouse for local volunteer opportunities, is offering its Holiday Guide to Giving 2006, a listing of more than 50 local nonprofit agencies seeking donations and volunteers for the holidays.

Opportunities are listed for individuals, groups, families and businesses. The guide features agencies that can identify families in need of holiday food donations, as well as volunteer projects that range from sing-alongs to assisting at holiday parties.

Information: www. volunteerhoward.org/PDFs/ GiftGuide06complete.pdf.

One-time volunteer opportunities are listed in the center's new November/December OTV (One-Time Volunteer) Guide: www.volunteerhoward.org/PDFs/NovDeccolorotv06B.pdf.

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@volunteer howard.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.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Volunteer Day for families

Family Volunteer Day, a program of Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network, is tomorrow.

The day is focused on the benefits of families working together and encourages those who have not made a commitment to volunteer as a family. The event is sponsored by the Walt Disney Co.

Information or for details on a family volunteer project: 800-volunteer or http:--disney.go.com/disneyhand/familyvolunteers.

Gift-wrapping assistance 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.

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