Volunteer Notes

January 11, 2008

Neighbor Ride seeking 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 are needed to assign rides for three to four hours Monday through Friday.

Orientations are scheduled at noon today and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Neighbor Ride office, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia.

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

Disaster-volunteer information sessions

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold disaster-volunteer information sessions from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 13 at its offices at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Volunteer Mobilization Center training for members of the community will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Participants will train to help coordinate spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers who offer help after a disaster.

Registration is required. The programs will be rescheduled if Howard County public schools are closed.

Information: 410-715-3179, or www.volunteerhoward.org.

Web site has ideas for 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 take part in similar projects.

Second-graders can visit a nursing home as a group to entertain residents with singing, storytelling 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 cleanup 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 of the nominees at a 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 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, who will be matched ahead of time with a person who needs help, 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 who are 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.

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

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