Volunteers: Columbia-area volunteer opportunities

July 22, 2011

Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday prior to date of publication at the latest. To submit volunteer items, mail to Volunteers, Patuxent Publishing Co. Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email hccalendar@patuxent.com; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.

Bernice Kish Gallery Screening Committee — Seeking applications for new members to serve on the Bernice Kish Gallery Screening Committee at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House. Completed applications should be sent to Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044. Deadline is Sept. 1. cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County — Hosting monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Each session will identify local response agencies and inform participants on how they can prepare and train to volunteer effectively after a disaster. Sessions will be held July 26; Aug. 18; and Sept. 7; 6:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. http://www.volunteerhoward.org. 410-715-3179 or Pam@VolunteerHoward.org to reserve a seat.

Centennial High School — Seeking volunteers to answer phones, take messages, sort mail and help with mailings in the school office during the summer. Through Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Flexible dates and times. Flo Airey, 410-313-2856 or florence_airey@hcpss.org.

Long Reach High School — Seeking volunteers to answer telephones, greet and direct visitors, and other light office work in the school office during the summer. Through Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Flexible dates and times. Kathy Baker, 410-313-7117 or kbaker@hcpss.org.

The Arc of Howard County — Seeking volunteers to help with the water stations and as road marshals at the Iron Girl Triathalon, Aug. 22. Therese Dalrymple, tdalrymple!@archoward.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to support students in grades kindergarten through five with reinforcement activities in reading and/or math. Training provided. Flexible dates and times. Lisa Booth, 410-313-2550 or lisa_booth@hcpss.org.

Ilchester Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to help in the media center shelving books and other activities. Kathryn Gillard, kathryn_gillard@hcpss.org; or Karen Jakubek, 410-313-2524 or karen_jakubek@hcpss.org.

Oakland Mills High School — Seeking volunteers to answer telephones, greet and direct visitors, and other light office work in the school office during the summer months. Flexible dates and times. Vernette Jackson, 410-313-6945.

Howard County Conservancy — Seeking Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain the many thematic and native plant gardens on the conservancy property. All levels of experience are welcome. Chris Garbart, 410-465-8877 or chris.garbart@hcconservancy.org.

Oakland Mills Community Association — Seeking vendors for the annual Cultural Arts Festival, held Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Food/beverage; arts and crafts; nonprofits. Howard County political candidates and commercial vendors are all welcome. Reasonable rates. http://www.oaklandmills.org. 410-730-4610 or omcaadmin@columbiavillages.org.

Columbia Association's Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees — Seeking students, ages 11-19, who want to make a difference; get involved in their community; and be an integral part of the solution, while having fun and making new friends, to become members of the committees. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities have included Teen Idol Competition, Teen Role Model Competition, Battle of the Dance, charity fundraisers, Teen Tuesdays concerts at the lakefront, a free college fair, Save the Planet Day and more. Teen Advisory Committee members, ages 13-19, must attend meetings every other Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at CA Headquarters. Middle School Advisory Committee members, ages 11-13, must attend meetings once a month on a Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at CA Headquarters. Teen Outreach Manager Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

University of Maryland's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Legacy Leadership Institute on Public Policy — Seeking volunteers, ages 50 and older, to serve as legislative leaders during the 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly. Classroom training begins in September for 10 weeks, two days per week, at the College Park campus, with site visits to the State Complex, in Annapolis. The volunteer assignment will be for a minimum of two days per week beginning in January 2012 in the Annapolis office of various senators and delegates. Wesley Queen, 301-405-2529 or wqueen@umd.edu.

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