Volunteer Notes

September 14, 2007

Domestic Violence Center needs help

The Domestic Violence Center, a local nonprofit agency providing services to women and children who are abused, is seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to work with the organization's legal advocate coordinator to help clients petition the courts for protective orders. Training is offered, and legal experience is not required.

Child care providers are needed while parents attend counseling sessions. Child care is needed during evening hours.

Volunteers are also needed to staff a help line and to assist at events.

Information: Danielle Flyzik, 410-997-0304.

50+ EXPO seeks assistance

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 health fair volunteers are needed to help with flu shots and balloons, at Cafe 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, beginning next month, in which a Korean meal will be offered two Mondays a month at the Bain Center in Columbia.

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

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Naturalists sought to lead hikes

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 is offered.

The conservancy provides educational programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, including hands-on activities for preschool and elementary-school-age children, service learning for seventh-graders, and eight weeks of summer camps for children ages 5 to 11.

Information: 410-465-8877, or www.hc conservancy.org/Volunteer.htm.

Tutors offer help learning English

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

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.

Trail maintenance workers needed

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. 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.

Greyhounds up for adoption

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.

Help rescued cats at no-kill club

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, howardcounty cats@earthlink.net.

Aid pregnant women on bed rest

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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