Volunteer Notes

August 17, 2007

Aging office needs fair, lunch help

Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers for its signature event - the 50+ EXPO - to be held Oct. 19 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

More than 100 volunteers are needed to help at the health fair, with flu shots and balloons, at Caf? 50+, with the speaker series, exhibitor check-in, transportation, elevators, clean up and many other tasks. A free lunch is included.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. A variety of shifts is available.

The Office on Aging is also recruiting volunteers to assist with a new lunch program, in which a Korean meal will be offered two Mondays a month, beginning in October, at the Bain Center in Columbia.

Volunteers must speak Korean and be ready to help with set-up, greeting guests and serving meals, and act as liaison between participants and the lunch manager.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

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 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting next month. 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, including hands-on activities for pre-school and elementary-school-age children, service learning for seventh-graders, and eight weeks of summer camps for children ages 5 to 11.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877. Or visit www.hcconservancy.org/Volunteer.htm.

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. Sunday at Cedar Lane Park.

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

Information: 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. tomorrow, and Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day).

Volunteers, ages 12 and older, should bring gloves, sturdy footwear, a hat, water, safety glasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, snacks and any emergency medications. Registration 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; exhibit 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. Applications must be received by Aug. 31.

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

Adoptive homes for greyhounds

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

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