Volunteer Notes

November 30, 2007

Session looks at volunteer retention

The Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators will hold a brown-bag lunch at noon Dec. 13 at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Ashley Klapper, assistant director of Jewish Volunteer Connections, will discuss the changing nature of volunteer retention -- what it takes to keep the interest of the 21st-century volunteer.

The meeting is open to those with an interest in enhancing the volunteer experience for themselves or the people they serve.

Information or to register: Pamela Simonson, 410-715-3179 or e-mail, pam@volunteerhoward.org.

Neighbor Ride needs drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based transportation program for Howard County seniors ages 60 and older, urgently needs volunteer drivers.

Daytime, evening and weekend drivers are needed. Ride coordinators, to accept and assign rides, are needed for three to four hours Monday through Friday.

The next driver orientations are scheduled at noon Dec. 7 and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Neighbor Ride office, 8808 Center Park Drive, Columbia.

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

Bed rest group seeks assistance

Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit group that provides resources, support and referrals to women on bed rest to protect high-risk pregnancies, is seeking telephone volunteers and people to help with fundraising.

Phone volunteers must have had a bed rest experience during pregnancy or a connection to someone who has experienced it.

An interview is required; training is provided.

Information or to request an application: 410-740-7662.

Cat rescue seeks `group home' sitters

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 spending two to three hours per visit and should also have access to e-mail.

Information: 410-730-3679, or e-mail, howardcountycats@ earthlink.net.

Greyhound Welfare needs new 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.

Organization needs tutors of 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. Volunteers are also needed to tutor adults to prepare for the citizenship examination.

Experience is not required. Training is provided.

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

Domestic Violence Center seeks 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.

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 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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