Volunteer opportunities: HCGH seeking hospital accompaniment advocate

October 20, 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.

Columbia Active Transportation Action Agenda Task Force — Columbia Association is seeking to create a more interconnected and comprehensive bicycling and walking circulation system for health, recreational and transportation purposes, one that better connects neighborhoods and activity centers and promotes safe and convenient bicycling and walking. Community members are needed to serve on a task force to provide guidance to CA as it develops the agenda. Task force members will work with CA staff to engage the community and review recommendations and priorities as they are developed. The Active Transportation Action Agenda Task Force is anticipated to meet monthly approximately six times between fall 2011 and spring 2012. Community members will also be invited to attend public meetings and workshops and biking/walking tours throughout the development process. http://www.columbiaassociation.org Deadline is Oct. 25. Scott.Templin@ColumbiaAssociation.com or mailed to Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044, Attn. Scott Templin.

Hospital Accompaniment Advocate — An on-call volunteer position responsible for responding to Howard County General Hospital within 30 minutes of receiving a call, to provide comfort, support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. Extensive training and TB testing required. Must be at least 21-years-old. http://www.dvcenter.org. 410-997-0304 or volunteers@dvcenter.org.

Hickory Ridge Community Association — Seeking vendors for a Holiday Craft Shop to be held Nov. 20, 2-5 p.m., at The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. All items must be hand-crafted. $20 per table. 410-730-7327.

Youth Ambassador for Healthy Relationships — The Empowerment Movement, a youth leadership project, focused on promoting peaceable living and healthy relationships, seeks to empower youth with the skills to speak out against social norms that support violence. Ambassadors will learn to engage their peers in behaviors that encourage personal and community safety. Open to high school students, participants will learn about issues such as internet safety, dating violence and healthy relationships. Ambassadors will create videos, develop and deliver teen awareness programs. Vanita Leatherwood, 410-997-0304 or outreach@dvcenter.org.

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 February 1, 2012. 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.

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