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., Third Floor Editorial, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; email email@example.com; fax 410-332-6336; or call 410-332-6497.
Columbia Teen Center Clothing Drive — Sponsored by the Columbia Teen Center's Teen Outreach Committee. Accepting donations through Nov. 30. Items may be dropped off at the Columbia Teen Center now through November 30. Please do not donate items with stains, holes or broken zippers. 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. 410-992-3726 or Rene.Buckmon@ColumbiaAssociation.com.
Holiday Mart Craft Show — Seeking additional crafters for its annual craft show. Artists will need to submit four professional digital photos on a CD, or photographs of work by Oct. 28. Images must be representative of the original handcrafted art or craft items and display. Selection is based on uniqueness, originality, quality, display and popularity. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance, waitlist or non-acceptance. Jewelry vendors need not apply. Fee is non-refundable. Jury fee is $20 and is non-refundable. Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, 2400 Route 97, Cookville. http://www.howardcountymd.gov/rap. 410-313-4831.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cable Advisory Committee — Seeking applicants interested in serving a five-year term on the committee, which provides recommendations to the Executive and Council on all matters related to the County cable system and its facilities. Candidates must be Howard County residents, 18-years-old or older, have an interest in cable and be able to attend the Committee's meetings held quarterly on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December at 7 p.m. at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City. Additional meetings may be called for by the Committee Chairperson when, in his or her opinion, it is important to consider a matter immediately. Meetings are open to the public and become a matter of public record. Applicants should send a resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Committee to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 410-313-3318.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Meals on Wheels — Seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound residents in the central Maryland area. Distribution site is located at 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044. Meals are picked up by volunteers at the site and delivered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers are asked to commit to drive a minimum of twice a month. 410-730-9476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Howard County Local Children's Board — Seeking county applicants who are interested in serving on the Local Children's Board. Board members serve five year terms and help plan and develop a continuum of services and programs for children and youth in Howard County. Candidates must be Howard County residents, 18-years-old or older, have an interest in children and youth services, and be able to attend the Board's meetings which are held quarterly at a minimum from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Howard County Office of Children's Services in Ellicott City. The Board is also accepting applications from high school students who may be interested in serving two-year terms. Applicants should send a resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Board to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: Susan Smith-Bauk,3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940 or http://www.howardcountymd.gov/localchildrensboard.htm.
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 email@example.com.
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 welcome. Chris Garbart, 410-465-8877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Association's Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees — Seeking students, ages 11-19, to become members of the committees and 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. 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. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.
Kidspeace — Seeking caring families and individuals to give guidance and stable homes to children and teens. Therapeutic foster parents receive training, support, financial reimbursement, 24-hour support and personal satisfaction. 410-964-9329 or http://www.fostercare.com.
Neighbor Ride — Seeking volunteers to help Howard County seniors remain active and independent by providing rides for medical appointments, shopping, social outings, fitness classes, personal care and business appointments, religious services, volunteer commitments and other day-to-day activities. Flexible daytime, evening and weekend volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteer drivers choose rides that fit their work and personal schedules and are convenient to their homes, offices and daily routines. Parent volunteers may bring their children along for an intergenerational experience. Rosemary Noble or Patrice Cerwonka, 410-884-7433 or email@example.com.
Better BedRest Inc. — A nonprofit that provides resources, support and referrals for women on bed rest because of high-risk pregnancies. Seeking volunteers to talk to women on bedrest and help with fundraisers. Phone volunteers must have had a pregnancy bedrest experience or connection to bedrest (non-phone volunteers do not needbedrest experience). Training provided. http://www.betterbedrest.org. 410-740-7662 or Diane@betterbedrest.org.
Baptist Family and Children's Services — Seeking volunteers. 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite A, Columbia. Cindy, 800-621-8834, ext. 120.
Laurel Regional Hospital — Seeking volunteers to assist at the hospital's main information desk and in the hospital's gift shop primarily on evenings and weekends. Volunteers must be dependable, responsible and friendly adults who are able to commit to a scheduled three-hour shift for the information desk. Shift times available vary, but are generally 8-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2-5 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Training provided. Director of Volunteer Services, 240-456-4764 or http://www.dimensionshealth.org.