Volunteer Notes

April 06, 2007

Stream cleanups set for April 14

Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the natural, historic and cultural resources of the central Patapsco Valley, will hold stream cleanups from 9 a.m. to about noon April 14, rain or shine, to improve water quality and restore the beauty of the Patapsco River.

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather and bring work gloves and shovels, if available. All ages are welcome.

Cleanups in Howard County are planned at Deep Run in Elkridge and at Bonnie Branch, Sucker Branch and Tiber Hudson Branch in Ellicott City. Locations in Catonsville and Arbutus/Halethorpe also are to be cleaned.

Project Clean Stream will be held in cooperation with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management, and volunteers in Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Information: 410-480-0824, and leave a message with name, phone number or e-mail address and preferred stream location before April 13. Or go to www.patapscoheritagegreen way.org.

Help maintain park trails

Patapsco Valley State Park invites volunteers to work with members of the park's trail crew to maintain trails from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 (Earth Day); May 19; June 2 (National Trails Day); July 14; Aug. 18; Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day); and Oct. 20.

Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and should take gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sun and insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications they might need.

Trail work will not be done in rainy weather.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287.

Tree-planting slated for Earth Day

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will celebrate Earth Day and National Youth Service Day by planting trees and installing tree shelters from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 at West Friendship Park, near the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The rain date is April 28.

Volunteers should take work gloves and a shovel.

The park's address (12947 Route 144) is printed on a wood sign attached to a telephone pole, about a half-mile west of the intersection of Routes 32 and 144, just before the Howard County Fairgrounds. Follow the gravel driveway about 7/10 of a mile though a gate and past a house on the right side to the barns.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624. In case of rain, 410-313-4452 the day of the event.

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.

An orientations for disaster volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 17 at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, both in Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Neighbor Ride aids older residents

Neighbor Ride provides transportation for older Howard County residents by using volunteer drivers.

Information, to reserve a ride or to volunteer as a driver or ride coordinator: 410-884-RIDE.

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 with 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 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.

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.

Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check.

Information: 410-740-0933.

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

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