Volunteer Notes

January 19, 2007

Herbert Run cleanup slated for Jan. 27

Friends of the Patapsco Valley & Heritage Greenway will conduct its first stream cleanup of the year along Herbert Run in the Patapsco Valley region near Arbutus, off Route 1, at Hollins Ferry Road.

Participants should wear comfortable long pants and shirts and shoes, as well as hats, scarves and work gloves. Those willing to go into the water should wear appropriate clothing and boots. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended.

Shovels are needed to dislodge embedded trash near the stream beds.

The cleanup will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27. The snow date is Feb. 4.

Volunteers are to meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Hollins Ferry Road, near the Super Fresh warehouse, 4801 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe. Those who plan to come late should call ahead to make arrangements.

Information: Betsy McMillion, 410-480-0824.

Habitat Stewards training scheduled

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the National Wildlife Federation will offer Habitat Stewards training in March.

Volunteers are needed who are interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation. They should be willing to participate in hands-on learning.

The stewards will help their communities develop and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards and other public and private areas.

Training will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 13, 15, 20 and 22; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24; and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 27 and 29.

Participants, who must be ages 18 or older, must be able to attend all the workshops. They are expected to contribute 50 volunteer hours to the National Wildlife Federation and assist with certifying at least three backyards or one schoolyard within a year of completing the training.

The cost is $45, which includes workshop materials. Take a supper for evening sessions and a lunch for the Saturday session.

Applications are due by March 9.

Information or to apply: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724.

Advocates needed for at-risk children

Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to be court-appointed advocates and mentors to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Howard County.

Voices for Children is part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association that provides advocates for children involved with the juvenile court system.

Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check. They will work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that the children are safe and receive appropriate services.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933, or Voices for Children, 5550 Sterrett Place, Suite 215, Columbia.

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 programs.

In Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program), volunteer tutors plan and conduct English-enrichment activities for schoolchildren. Programs are held twice weekly at county schools. Training will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25 at Howard Community College, ELB 209, in Columbia.

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.

Training will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at Bridgeway Community Church, 9189 Red Branch Road, Columbia. Information: 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.

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

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