Volunteer Notes

September 21, 2007

Project Literacy awards event set

The Howard County Library will hold an awards ceremony for Project Literacy volunteers, students and new high school graduates.

The event, "20 Years of Fulfilling Dreams - Project Literacy Awards Ceremony," will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Project Literacy was founded in 1987 to provide free assistance and support to help Howard County adults who do not have a high school diploma improve their reading, writing and mathematics skills.

At the Howard County Library, the project serves about 250 students each year, many of them foreign-born. Since its founding, nearly 3,000 adults have participated in the program.

Haunted Halloween event seeks help

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking volunteers for the Haunted Halloween event at Rockburn Branch Park, to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 18.

Help is needed with dramatic "haunting" presentations in the house and the field.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with children's games, a pumpkin patch, a trick-or-treat trail and a straw fun patch at Sunday in the Park, to be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

Volunteers are also needed to act as course marshals at the Harvest Harrier 5K Trail Race, for beginning and experienced cross-country runners, to be held at Rockburn Branch Park from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3.

Information: 410-313-4624.

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 special events.

Information: Danielle Flyzik, 410-997-0304.

50+ EXPO seeks assistance

Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers for 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+ and with with the speaker series, exhibitor check-in, transportation, elevators, cleanup and 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: 410-313-1417.

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.

Information: Paula Blackwell, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.

Trail maintenance workers needed

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers to staff visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks and other tasks.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-465-3287.

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

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