THE PHONE NUMBER FOR THE MOTHERS OFFERING MATERNAL SUPPORT PROGRAM IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IS 301-424-0656. THE NUMBER WAS LISTED INCORRECTLY IN THURSDAY'S VOLUNTEERS COLUMN IN THE MARYLAND WEEKLIES. (PUBLISHED 06/05/99)
Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following groups in your area need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis. Nonprofit groups in need of volunteers should send notices to Volunteers, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. The list is published the first Thursday of the month.
Raising Guide-Dog Puppies
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a program based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., provides guide dogs and guide-dog training for people who are blind. Volunteers are needed to raise puppies for 1 1/2 years, providing the dogs, most of which are Labrador retrievers, with food and toys. Volunteers also are responsible for regularly walking the puppy, as well as house-breaking it and introducing it to social situations. The organization provides veterinary care and obedience classes, which the volunteer must attend with the dog. Experience with animals is not required. Volunteers with children and other pets are encouraged to participate. For those interested in volunteering throughout the Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia area, call Pat Maskell at 703-222-5898.
Student Library Helpers
Anne Arundel County Public Library branches are recruiting students ages 12 to 14 to help with a summer reading program for preschoolers through eighth-graders. Volunteers will organize and distribute registration packets to program participants, restock book displays, help with craft projects, and assist staff members with special events. Days and times for volunteering are flexible. The summer reading program is held from June 21 to Aug. 6 at library branches throughout Anne Arundel County. For more information, contact your local Anne Arundel library branch or call 410-222-7371.
Knitting and Crocheting Volunteers
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks needs volunteers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Volunteers knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and other items for local charities, hospitals and senior centers. Volunteers meet at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center at 10481 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Donations of acrylic yarn are appreciated. For more information, call 410-313-7279.
Volunteers are needed by Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary to count snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, toads and salamanders to document animal population changes. Volunteers, led by naturalists, will help identify, weigh and measure the animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and June 12 at the sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian. No experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Preregistration is required. For information, call 410-741-9330.
Mentors for Mothers
MOMS (Mothers Offering Maternal Support), a program associated with the Mental Health Association in Montgomery County, seeks female volunteers, age 24 and older, to provide guidance on mothering skills and to give emotional support to young mothers or expectant mothers, ages 12 to 24. Volunteers, who preferably are mothers, are also expected to attend the MOMS monthly meeting the third Thursday of each month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville. Training and support for volunteers is provided. Volunteers and mothers meet at least once a week at a time and place convenient to both. A one-year commitment is requested. For more information, contact Lynn Reynolds or Norma Baynard at 301-425-0656.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) needs volunteers for its Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore Adventure from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. The event involves 35- to 110-mile routes routes on rural roads and rail trails, with the opportunity to see harbor views and city sights. Volunteers are needed to help with route-marking (on June 10 or 11), registration, marshaling, rest stops and support vehicles. All routes begin and end at Catholic University in Northeast Washington. Volunteers are asked to work two to three hours during the event, and they receive a T-shirt and a free opportunity to bike before or after their shift. Contact the WABA at 202-628-2500.