The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County needs volunteers for its advocacy program that provides victims of domestic violence with legal and non-legal services. Training and on-going support for volunteers will be provided. Call Cindy Wooten at 410-997-0304, Ext. 224, or e-mail

The center also needs volunteers 21 and older to assist with its 24-hour help line. Training will be held Jan. 24, 25 and 31 and Feb. 1. For more information or to apply, call Leslie Palmer at 410-997-0304, Ext. 207, or e-mail

The Humane Society of Baltimore County needs volunteers to assist with walking dogs, grooming cats, feeding animals, cleaning, answering phones, processing adoptions and helping with fundraising and other special events. An orientation session will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Windswept Building on the grounds of the Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Rd., Reisterstown. To register or for more information, call 410-833-2387.

The Howard County Health Department's Tobacco Enforcement Unit is recruiting high school students to assist in undercover tobacco enforcement operations. Students must be 14 to 17 years old, possess a valid Maryland driver's license or MVA identification card and successfully complete reference checks. The hours are flexible. Enrollment in the program will satisfy community service requirements. For more information, call 410-313-6264 or 410-313-6272.

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a cancer survivors organization based in Ellicott City, needs volunteers for its Ambassadors Program, which fosters partnerships between the fund and other organizations and businesses that have clients who are cancer survivors. The fund also needs volunteers to be community educators, facilitators of networking groups and patient advocates. For more information, call 410-964-0202 or e-mail

Howard County Library needs volunteers to do administrative work, visit patrons confined to their homes, read to young children and help with Project Literacy. Volunteers can work at one of the six library branches. For an application or for more information, call Elaine Lawrence at 410-313-7881 or e-mail her at lawrence@ Applications are available online at

Howard County's Office on Aging is accepting applications for a chorus director at the Florence Bain Senior Center to work from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Also needed is a musical performer to work at various Senior Center Plus sites throughout the county. 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; 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 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 need 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 needs 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.