Community Notes


November 29, 2006

Soroptimists seeking award nominees

Soroptimist of Howard County, a local chapter of the international volunteer service organization, is seeking nominations for the 2006 Making a Difference for Women Award, which honors women who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls and inspiring other women to do the same.

The winner of the $250 club-level award, which will go to a charitable organization of the winner's choice, will compete at the regional ($500) and federation ($5,000) levels of the Soroptimist organization.

The finalist should be available to accept the award in person.

Nominations are due by Friday. Information or to request a nomination form: Pat Wagner, 410-319-0664.

Applications are also invited for the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman, ages 14 to 17, who volunteers in her school or community.

Applications, which are due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or from Eileen Singleton, 410-461-5486. The winner will receive $200 and an additional $300 to go to a charity of her choice.

The winning application will be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition.

Applications are also being sought for the Woman's Opportunity Award, which helps women who are heads of households and must work to support their families. Applicants must show financial need, be enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate degree program and be motivated to succeed.

The winner of the local competition will receive $1,250; regional awards are $3,000 and $5,000. Applications are due by Jan. 15.

Information: 410-461-5922, or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, 8321 Main Street, P.M.B. 101, Ellicott City 21043.

Soroptimist of Howard County meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Volunteers sought to help with party

Congregation Concerned for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to help with its Christmas party, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The party is for 11 families making the transition out of homelessness. Volunteers are needed to help set up, supervise children's activities and dress as Santa and his elves.

Especially needed are donations of prepared foods for the party.

Information: Rachel Bradley, 410-884-5408, Ext. 4.

Sierra Club to hold like-new gift swap

The Howard County Sierra Club will hold a Gift Swap & Recycle event for buying, selling and trading unwanted gifts and other like-new items that can be put to good use, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Admission is free to sellers and buyers. Sellers should call 410- 379-1075 before the event.

Caregivers support group to meet Monday

Jewish Family Services in Howard County offers a support group for adults who are caring for an elderly family member or friend. The group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the federation's offices, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia.

The cost is $15 a person; $22.50 a couple.

Information or registration: Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25, or e-mail,

Hospital auxiliary book sale Dec. 5-7

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 7 in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Proceeds will benefit the hospital's expansion program.

Information: 410-312-9140.

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