Howard County volunteer opportunities

August 25, 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; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.

Volunteer Center Serving Howard County — Hosts 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. Sept. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia. 410-715-3179 or to reserve a seat.

Howard County General Hospital — Seeking volunteers to help provide multi-denominational spiritual care for patients and their families at the hospital. The hospital's Pastoral Care Department is offering a 16-week training program, which will be held Tuesday evenings, beginning Sept. 20. Following training, participants will be asked to volunteer two hours a week for at least one year. Registration deadline is Sept. 8. Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898

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., beginning Feb. 1, 2012. After completion 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. Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper, 410-381-5279, or Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232, or

Voices for Children — Seeking volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children living in foster care. Volunteers work with the children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that children are receiving the appropriate services and are placed in a safe, permanent home. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, attend a 30-hour training program and complete a background check. Next training will begin Sept. 19. Applications can be downloaded from 410-740-0933 or

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

Hollifield Station Elementary School — Seeking volunteers to support students in grades K-5 with reinforcement activities in reading and/or math starting.Training provided. Flexible dates and times. Lisa Booth, 410-313-2550 or

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

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

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