Volunteer opportunities in the Columbia area

August 04, 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 effectively volunteer after a disaster. Sessions will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and Sept. 7, Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. http://www.volunteerhoward.org. 410-715-3179 or Pam@VolunteerHoward.org to reserve a seat.

American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery — Seeking volunteer drivers (and their vehicles) to help provide transportation assistance for Howard County cancer patients who need transportation to and from treatment facilities. "Road" volunteers provide an essential and necessary service for patients who have no car, may be too ill to drive or have family members and friends who may not have the time or financial means to provide this support. Shelby, 410-781-4316.

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. — Recruiting and training adult volunteers to be mentor-tutors to elementary school students in several northern Laurel schools. Volunteers meet with students during the school day or in after-school programs, individually or in small groups. Volunteers should enjoy interacting with children, have a strong interest in the success of each student and be willing to commit to meet for one hour a week for one school year. Schools include Laurel Woods, Guilford and Forest Ridge. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or aokmentor@gmail.com.

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 Triathlon, 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 starting in fall 2011. 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.

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