The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.

Howard County Health Department's Tobacco Enforcement Unit needs student volunteers, ages 14-17, to assist in undercover enforcement operations. Volunteers must have a valid Maryland identification card or driver's license and be able to provide references. For more information, call 410-313-6272 or e-mail

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland needs volunteers to pack and deliver meals to homebound residents. For more information, call 410-730-9476.

Howard County General Hospital needs volunteers for its Chaplaincy Associate Program. Participants give spiritual support to patients at the hospital and their families by visiting patients and serving as listeners. Extensive training is provided. Participants must volunteer for a minimum of eight hours a month for at least a year. The deadline to register is July 15. For more information, call Jacki Dunlavey at 410-740-7898.

Neighbor Ride, a transportation program for Howard County residents 65 and older, needs volunteers to drive seniors to medical appointments, religious services, recreational and social events, and grocery stores. Volunteers are also needed to help handle reservations and scheduling. For more information, call 410-884-7433.

Legacy Leadership Maryland is seeking volunteers 50 and older to work as interns during the 2006 legislative session in Annapolis. Participants will be assigned to work in an office of a delegate or senator during the 90-day General Assembly session. A 10-week training session (two days per week) is provided through the University of Maryland at College Park beginning in September. For more information, call Carole Graves at 410-312-9140 or e-mail

The Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network needs tutors for its summer youth and adult English tutoring programs. Volunteers are also needed to greet clients and help staff members with activities. Training will be provided. For more information, call Don Downing at 410-992-1923, Ext. 14, or e-mail

The Columbia Association needs volunteers for the 11th annual Columbia International Day, from noon to 11 p.m. July 16, at the Town Center Lakefront. For more information, call 410-715-3161.

Tails of Hope Sanctuary needs people to provide temporary homes and care for rescued animals. Volunteers are also needed to attend adoption shows to help find homes for pets. For more information, call 410-549-4760 or e-mail

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help staff blood drives throughout Maryland. Volunteers provide customer service to donors and assist in the refreshment area. A commitment of two or more blood drives (which last four to six hours) per month is required, and volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Drives are held in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Training is provided. For more information, call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail

Metropolitan Washington Ear, an organization that provides reading services for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteers to read newspapers, magazines and other publications for its closed-circuit radio broadcast and dial-in telephone system. Recordings are made at the group's Silver Spring studios. A brief audition is required. For more information, call 301-681-6636.

The Family Tree, a child abuse prevention agency, needs volunteers to answer calls to its hotline, teach parenting classes, help with Parents Anonymous groups and help nurture children. Programs and offices are in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Prince George's counties. For more information, call Stephanie Jacobs at 410-889-2300 or go to

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park seeks docents to give tours and help with programs and activities at the park and Mount Ida Visitor Center at the 19th-century former school for girls. Training is provided. For more information, call 410-465-8500.

The Howard County Library needs volunteers at each of its six branches to sort, shelve and check in materials. Applications are available at branches. For more information, call Elaine Lawrence at 410-313-7881 or e-mail

The WeCare Team, a joint program of the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and several Howard County elementary schools, needs workers to help elementary school students several hours a month. For more information, call 410-715-3172 or e-mail

The Howard County police's victim assistance section, which provides crisis intervention, support and referral services to crime victims, needs two people for general office duties. Applicants must pass a background investigation. For more information, call Kathleen Coursey at 410-313-3712.

The department also needs volunteers for its chaplain program. Applicants must complete a county government job application and personal history questionnaire and undergo a background investigation. For more information, call Cpl. James Capone at 410-313-2203.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic needs wish-granters for children fighting life-threatening illnesses. A background check is required. Training is provided. For more information, call 301-962-9474 or e-mail

Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon needs volunteers to help care for the more than 100 horses, donkeys and mules 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 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

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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