Columbia: Volunteer opportunities

August 15, 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.

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 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.

Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment Recruiting for the 2012 Class of Legacy Leaders to participate in its environmental education and volunteer leadership program, designed for ages 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge and create a legacy through their volunteer work with partner organizations. Offering six weeks of classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., starting Feb. 1. After completion on March 14, Legacy Leaders begin 150 hours of field placement with partner organizations March-September 2012. Classes meet at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia; the Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt; and the Howard County Conservancy at Mt. Pleasant Farm, in Woodstock. $50 fee is required at enrollment. http://www.howardllie.com. Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper, 410-381-5279, or Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232, or HocoLLIE@gmail.com.

University of Maryland's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Legacy Leadership Intitute 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.

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. — Recruiting adult volunteers to be mentor-tutors to Howard County public school students who are struggling to succeed. Volunteers meet with students during the school day or in after-school programs, individually or in small groups. Volunteers should be able to commit to one hour/week for one school year. Participating elementary schools are Atholton, Bryant Woods, Cradlerock, Forest Ridge, Guilford, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook and Stevens Forest. There are also limited opportunities to meet with older students. 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 Triathalon, Aug. 22. Therese Dalrymple, tdalrymple!@archoward.org.

Hollifield Station Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to support students in grades K-5 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.

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