Volunteer notes

May 09, 2008

Get creative at Show House

Historic Ellicott City Inc. will present its 24th annual Decorator Show House at Homewood Farm from Sept. 20 to Oct. 19, and is seeking volunteers to help with the event and with preparations for it.

Volunteers are needed while the house is being decorated, from late July to early September, and to serve as docents at tours of the fully decorated house.

The fundraiser will help pay for the Mill Education Center to be built in the Ellicott City historic district.

Information or to volunteer: 410-461-6908 or janetkusterer @juno.com.

Library seeking help from students

The Howard County Library is seeking students 13 and older to assist library staff members with summer reading clubs for children, craft programs and other tasks.

Students who are interested must attend a training session and complete an application before the session.

One-hour training sessions are scheduled:

11 a.m. May 17 and 7 p.m. May 29 at the Miller branch, 410-313-1950.

7 p.m. May 27 at the central library, 410-313-7860.

2 p.m. May 31 and 7 p.m. June 16 at the Elkridge library, 410-313-5088.

2 p.m. May 31 and 7 p.m. June 3 at the Glenwood library, 410-313-5577.

Provide wheels for older residents

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to decreasing isolation and improving the quality of life for older county residents, is seeking volunteers to provide reasonably priced, reliable supplemental transportation for health care appointments; volunteering; social, religious and cultural activities; and other personal needs for people ages 60 and older.

Orientation for prospective volunteers will be held at noon Wednesday at the organization's offices, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-884-7433.

General helpers at Patapsco Valley

Patapsco Valley State Park is seeking volunteers to staff its visitor centers, lead interpretive programs, guide nature walks and hikes, maintain trails, control invasive species, participate in park cleanup and help with gardening, staffing control stations and general maintenance.

Information: Larry Martin, 410-465-3287.

Wine in the Woods needs assistance

The county Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from volunteers 21 and older for its 16th Wine in the Woods Festival, May 17-18 at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

In exchange for working a 3 1/2 -hour shift, volunteers will receive an admission ticket redeemable either day of the festival. Shifts are available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Applications are available at www.wineinthewoods.com.

An orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Legal aid helpers work with abused

The Domestic Violence Center, a nonprofit agency providing services to women and children who are abused, is seeking volunteers to work with the organization's legal advocate coordinator to help clients petition the courts for protective orders.

Training is offered; 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 Bormel, 410-997-0304.

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

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