Volunteer Notes

February 16, 2007

Docent-guide orientation set

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will hold an orientation for volunteers interested in becoming docents or tour guides at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the institute's Mount Ida Visitor Center, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

The workshop will include information about volunteer opportunities at the Firehouse Museum, the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin and the Ellicott City Colored School Restored, as well as the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

Information or registration: 410-465-8500.

Knitters, crocheters meet twice a month

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

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

Assistance and instruction in knitting and crocheting is to 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 Claudia Mayer center is at 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: Diane Tollick, 410-740-5858.

FIRN is seeking tutors in English

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

The two programs are Club LEAP (Learning English After School Program) and the Adult English Tutoring Academy.

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 at Howard County schools after classes.

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

Teaching experience is not required. Training is offered.

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

Habitat Stewards training scheduled

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

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 p.m. 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, which 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.

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

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