volunteer notes

June 29, 2007

Patapsco park needs help in many areas

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks and hikes, host camps, care for animals, maintain trails, work on publicity and publications, garden, take photographs and help with general maintenance.

Volunteers are needed to help the park trail crew maintain trails from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 14, Aug. 18, Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Oct. 20.

Registration several days in advance is requested.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287, or e-mail lmartin @dnr.state.md.us.

Volunteers teen camp is taking registration

Camp Make a Difference, a summer volunteer program for high school students, is accepting registration for the weeks of July 23 and July 30.

Participants will volunteer with the Arc of Howard County, Day's End Farm Horse Rescue, Howard County Conservancy and other local agencies addressing poverty, environmental problems, animal welfare, and helping the aging and those with developmental disabilities.

The program is offered through a partnership between the Volunteer Center serving Howard County and the Columbia Association's camps department.

Information: Mickey Gomez, 410-715-3176, or www.columbia association.org and click on "For Teens and Tots" and then on "Camps."

Neighbor Ride service is seeking drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County residents ages 60 and older, is seeking drivers for daytime, evening and weekend service.

The next Neighbor Ride volunteer orientation is scheduled for noon today at the Neighbor Ride office, 8808 Centre Park Drive.

Information: Rosemary Noble, volunteer coordinator, 410-884- 7433, or e-mail volunteer@ neighborride.org.

Greyhound Welfare wants adoptive homes

Greyhound Welfare is seeking adoptive homes and volunteers for its retired racing greyhounds.

The dogs, former racers from East Coast tracks, are elegant and gentle. They are kept in foster homes until adopted.

Information: 301-949-0615, or www.greyhoundwelfare.org.

Volunteers sought to care for felines

The Howard County Cat Club, a nonprofit, no-kill cat rescue service, is seeking volunteers to care for cats in its "group home" on alternate Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Volunteers are needed to feed the cats, perform housekeeping chores and care for 14 to 18 cats that are to be adopted. Volunteers must have transportation and commit to spend two to three hours per visit. They should also have access to e-mail.

Information: 410-730-3679, or e-mail, howardcountycats @earthlink.net.

Pregnancy-aid group seeks help

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. The next training session is planned for the fall.

Volunteers are also needed to help with fundraising.

Information: 410-740-7662.

Advocates sought 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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