Volunteer Notes

December 28, 2007

Site has ideas for volunteer projects

The Web site of the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, www.volunteerhoward.org, lists age-appropriate volunteer projects for children and youth.

Kindergarten and first-grade students can make greeting cards and art for local nursing home residents, collect stuffed animals for children in a homeless shelter, participate in Arbor Day events and similar projects.

Second-graders can visit a nursing home as a group to entertain the residents with singing, story-telling or games; adopt a zoo animal; or hold a food drive for the homeless.

Third- and fourth-graders can collect clothes, toys and shoes for poverty-stricken countries; start a community garden; adopt an elder (writing letters, visiting or assisting with expenses through fundraising).

Fifth-graders can plant gardens with low-income families, read to younger children, hold a health fair, lead workshops on bike safety, or research the problem of pollution and start a clean-up campaign.

Activities are also suggested for youths through 12th grade.

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 all 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.

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

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