Volunteer Notes

December 22, 2006

FIRN seeking English tutors

FIRN, a nonprofit organization serving the foreign-born in Howard County, is seeking volunteer tutors for its English as a Second Language (ESL) programs.

In Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program), volunteer tutors plan and conduct English-enrichment activities for elementary and middle school children. Programs are held twice weekly after school at Howard County schools.

In the Adult English Tutoring Academy, volunteers are matched one-on-one with adult English learners. Classes meet weekly, on Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

Teaching experience is not required. Training is provided.

Information: Mary Barton, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14. Or e-mail, volunteer@firnonline.org.

Clearinghouse offers 2006 giving guide

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.volunteer howard.org/PDFs/GiftGuide06 complete.pdf. One-time volunteer opportunities are listed in the center's November/December OTV (One-Time Volunteer) Guide: www.volunteer howard .org/PDFs/NovDeccolor otv06B.pdf. A guide for teen-agers is also available. Organizations registered with the volunteer center can submit listings.

Information: 410-715-3127, or www.volunteerhoward.org.

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: 410-715-3172.

Day-program help sought by the Arc

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.

Mayer center has a knitting group

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center is sponsoring a knitting and crocheting group that meets 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.

Help clean up along riverbanks

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 are to 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 seeks drivers, other aid

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: 410-884-3616, or www.neighbor ride.org.

Mentors sought for kids in need

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.

FISH needs assistance with its programs

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.

Send volunteer announcements to howard.events@ baltsun. com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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