Volunteer Notes

November 02, 2007

Watershed panel seeking members

The Columbia Association is seeking volunteers for a Watershed Management Resident Advisory Committee, made up of 10 people with the experience, skills and desire to serve as advisers to the association on watershed management and initiatives.

The committee is being established by the Columbia Association's External Relations Committee, which has decided on watershed management as one of its key strategic initiatives for fiscal 2008.

Each village will have one representative on the committee.

Those interested should contact their village manager.

The application deadline is Nov. 15.

Tree-planting help sought by group

Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc. is seeking volunteers for its next event, a tree planting Nov. 10 along Grist Mill Trail in the Avalon/Glen Artney section of Patapsco Valley State Park.

The planting is part of the group's effort to rehabilitate the area by working to remove trash and heavy items found in streams that flow into the Patapsco River. Communities and businesses in the Patapsco Valley area are encouraged to join in the effort to clean up streams flowing behind their buildings and properties.

Information: 410-480-0824, or www.patapscoheritagegreen way.org.

Organization needs tutors of English

FIRN, a nonprofit organization serving foreign-born Howard County residents, is seeking volunteer tutors of 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. Volunteers are also needed to tutor adults to prepare for citizenship examination.

Experience is not required. Training is provided.

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

Family Volunteer Day is Nov. 10

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a Family Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 10 to help clean and beautify Howard County parks and historic sites. The rain date is Nov. 17.

Volunteers will plant trees and flower bulbs, mulch and weed beds, work on trail maintenance and do general cleanup and other tasks.

Participants are asked to take work gloves and a canned good for the Howard County Food Bank.

Information or to sign up for a project: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

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.

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County seniors ages 60 and older, has an immediate need for volunteer drivers.

Daytime, evening and weekend drivers are needed.

Information: 410-884-7433.or volunteer@neighborride.org.

Greyhound Welfare needs adoptive homes

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 www.greyhoundwelfare.org.

Consumer complaint mediators needed

The state Consumer Protection Division is seeking volunteers to help consumers resolve complaints with retail businesses, landlords and health care providers.

Training will be offered for volunteer complaint mediators who will provide information over the division's consumer hot line. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

The division's downtown Baltimore office is at 200 St. Paul Place. Offices in Hagerstown and Salisbury are also need help.

Information: 410-576-6519.

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

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