Volunteer Notes

March 02, 2007

MADD programs focus of boot camp

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will hold a Volunteer Boot Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at Anne Arundel Community College, Center for Applied Learning and Technology, Room 100, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Lunch is included.

The boot camp will focus on volunteer opportunities in MADD's programs, including its Strides for Change walk in June.

The organization works to eliminate drunken driving, support its victims and prevent underage drinking.

Information or registration: 301-230-2990, or e-mail, amanda.katz@madd.org.

Assistance needed for disaster work

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting and referring volunteers to local nonprofit and government agencies to help with disaster preparedness and recovery.

Orientations for disaster volunteers will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, both in Columbia.

Registration is required. Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

SPRING seeks peer facilitators

The SPRING Peer Support Program is recruiting peer facilitators for its group programs. SPRING (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) groups provide a confidential, comfortable setting in which men and women share their concerns, insights and ideas. Programs are held at senior centers and other venues in the county.

An eight-week series of weekly two-hour training sessions is to begin March 30. The volunteer facilitators will be placed in a group and must make a one-year commitment; they must also attend continuing training provided by SPRING. They will receive a SPRING training manual and are invited to an annual luncheon.

Training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information: Karen Hull, mental health coordinator, Office on Aging, 410-313-7466.

Aid group wants telephone assistance

Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit support, resource and referral service for women placed on bed rest during pregnancy, is seeking telephone volunteers who have had a bed-rest experience or have been close to someone undergoing such an experience.

An interview is required; training is provided.

Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising.

Information: 410-740-7662.

Knitters, crocheters meet twice a month

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

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

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