The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications from high school students from the former Soviet Union and Central Asia who want to spend a year living with an American family and attending a U.S. high school. Evaluations will take place in January, February and March. Training will be provided. For more information, call 202-833-7522.

Howard County public schools and the Office on Aging are looking for seniors to help chronically absent students. Volunteers work from home and make phone calls to assigned students and their schools. Training and ongoing support are provided. For more information, call Regina Jenkins at 410-313-1417.

MakE-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. needs volunteers to act as wish-granters for children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses. A background check is required, and volunteers will be trained. For more information, call 301-962-9474 or e-mail

Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon needs volunteers to help care for more than 100 horses, donkeys and mules that it takes in each year. Students 12 and older can receive credit toward school community-service requirements. For more information, call Kathy Schwartz at 410-442-1564.

The Howard County Police Department needs volunteers for its chaplain program to aid and support the department and community. Applicants must successfully complete a county government job application, a personal history questionnaire and a background investigation. For more information, call Cpl. James Capone at 410-313-2203.

The Ulman Cancer Fund, based in Ellicott City, needs volunteers for office work, to assist with research, handle phone calls and e-mails and help with fundraising and event planning. For more information, call 410-964-0202.

The American Red Cross needs help with blood donation drives in Howard County. Volunteers greet and register donors, label containers, serve refreshments and observe donors after they have given blood. Training is provided, and hours are flexible. For more information, call 410-764-4602.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the Port of Baltimore are looking for customer service volunteers to work at the airport, help cruise ship passengers and participate in special events. Flexible hours seven days a week are available. Training will be provided. For more information, call 410-859-7826.

Howard County General Hospital needs wheelchair technicians and people to work in the transfusion unit. Help is needed four hours a week; training will be provided. For more information, call 410-740-7980.

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, built around a 19th-century school for girls in Ellicott City, is looking for docents to assist with programs and activities. Training will be provided. For more information, call 410-465-8500.

The Therapeutic Riding Center in Glenwood needs people to help physical therapists by walking next to horses with riders, leading horses and grooming and tacking them. For more information, call 410-489-5100 or e-mail

The Caregiver Resource Center of Howard County wants people to do computer work and help caregivers find resources to support them in caring for the elderly. No experience is necessary; training will be provided. For more information, call 410-715-5057.

Howard County Meals on Wheels is looking for drivers and others who can help deliver meals from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 410-730-9476.

The African Art Museum of Maryland, in Columbia, needs people to help with typing, filing, staffing festival booths, evening office work, day and evening gallery staffing, coordination of special events, data entry, youth activities and other tasks. For more information, call 410-730-7105.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress

To volunteer, contact the agencies directly. If you would like to submit an item for Volunteers, e-mail it to; fax it to 410-772-2330; or write to Volunteers, Howard Extra, The Washington Post, 10490 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Suite 650, Columbia, Md. 21044.