Volunteer Notes

August 10, 2007

Naturalists wanted for school programs

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking volunteer naturalists to teach in the conservancy's school programs at Mount Pleasant, the organization's nature reserve and headquarters at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. The naturalists will help conservancy staff to lead hikes on the 232-acre property.

Training will be offered next month 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Participants will learn ecological concepts and become familiar with history, wildlife and plants at Mount Pleasant. The cost for materials, which include a manual, is $10.

The conservancy provides educational programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Lend your energy to NFL competition

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking energetic, outgoing volunteers to assist with the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at Cedar Lane Park.

Assistance is needed with registration and measuring distances at skill stations.

Information or to volunteer: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

ESL tutors are needed for fall

FIRN, a nonprofit organization serving foreign-born Howard County residents, is seeking volunteer tutors for English as a Second Language programs beginning in the fall.

Club Leap volunteers plan and conduct English enrichment activities for elementary and middle school students. The programs are held twice a week at Howard County schools.

In the Adult English Tutoring Program, volunteers tutor adults one-on-one on Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

Experience is not required. Training is provided for both programs.

Information: Mary Barton, 410-992-1923, ext. 14 or info@ firnonline.org.

School supplies donations needed

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is seeking monetary and in-kind donations for the annual "Prepare For Success" campaign to provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need.

Information: 410-715-3172 or info@volunteerhoward.org.

Patapsco park needs helpers

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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18, Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day) and Oct. 20.

Volunteers should bring gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications. Registration several days in advance is requested. Trail work will not be done if it rains.

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

AmeriCorps needs dedicated people

Volunteer Maryland! is seeking coordinators to organize volunteers for youth mentoring programs, services for people with disabilities or environmental restoration projects.

Volunteers commit to serve as members of AmeriCorps (a domestic Peace Corps) for one year, beginning Sept. 19. The position includes extensive training, a $13,000 living allowance, health care and a post-service education award of $4,725.

Full- and part-time opportunities are available.

Candidates must have verbal and written communication and computer skills, and excellence in problem-solving and conflict-resolution, leadership and public speaking, and be committed to national and community service.

Applicants must also have access to reliable transportation. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Information: 410-767-6231 or volunteermaryland.org.

Adoptive homes for greyhounds

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 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, commit to spend two to three hours per visit and 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.

Information: 410-740-7662.

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

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