Volunteer Notes

August 24, 2007

Disaster info sessions offered

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

A disaster volunteer orientation for those interested in exploring volunteer possibilities will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. The orientation will be repeated from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Volunteer mobilization classroom training, a program on creating a volunteer mobilization center in the event of an emergency, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Volunteer Center.

A volunteer mobilization exercise and drill, during which a mobilization center will be created, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Central Library.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3179 or e-mail, pam@volunteerhoward.org.

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 serve as greeters, counters, 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.

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.

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.

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

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 training, a $13,000 living allowance, health care and a post-service education award of $4,725.

Full- and part-time opportunities are available.

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

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

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