Volunteer Notes

December 21, 2007

Nominations sought for annual honors

Nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2007 Volunteer of the Year recognition program. County Executive Ken Ulman and members of the County Council will honor the nominees at the annual ceremony and reception to be held March 4.

Nominees must be residents of Howard County or do their volunteer work in Howard. Their efforts should make an impact on an individual or on the community. Individuals and community organizations are eligible.

Nomination forms can be obtained at www.howard countymd.gov, under "What's new," or call 410-313-2022 to request a form by mail. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 28.

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.

Penguin Pace run needs helpers

Volunteers are needed to assist with the 2008 Penguin Pace 5K race, scheduled for Feb. 3.

The event is sponsored by the Bain Center council to raise funds for senior programs in Howard County. More than 400 runners have braved the cold to participate.

Volunteers can help as marshals, at water stops, at the finish line, and inside with registration, packet pickup and brunch. The race begins at 7:45 a.m. Volunteers will receive a Penguin Pace hat and brunch.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Clear snow for seniors

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services is recruiting volunteers to help clear snow from sidewalks and driveways for seniors and people with disabilities.

The Howard County code requires homeowners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjoining their properties within 48 hours.

Volunteers will be matched ahead of time with a person who needs help and are asked to assist as soon as possible. Families are invited to help.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Organization needs tutors in 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.

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.

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.

Mediators needed for consumer issues

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.

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. Also, ride coordinators, who assign rides, are needed for three to four hours Monday through Friday.

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

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

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