Volunteer Notes

October 05, 2007

How to market volunteer positions

The Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators, in partnership with the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, will present a brown-bag lunch session from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Kate Scherr, director of volunteer services for Business Volunteers Unlimited, will present "What's In a Name?" -- a talk about marketing volunteer opportunities to prospective volunteers. She will discuss strategies for creative marketing, planning and presentation of volunteer opportunities.

Reservations are requested: 410-715-3179 or e-mail, pam@volunteerhoward.org.

Haunted Halloween event seeks aid

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 28.

Help is needed with "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: Ann Combs, 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 events.

Information: Danielle Flyzik, 410-997-0304.

50+ EXPO, on Oct. 19, seeking 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 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 this 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.

Tutors sought to teach 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 Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

Experience is not required. Training is provided.

Information: Paula Blackwell, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.or info@ firnonline.org.

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

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