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

Voices for Children, part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, needs volunteers to work with abused, neglected or at-risk children. Advocates also work with their families, agency professionals and the court system to ensure the children are safe and receive the appropriate services. Volunteers must be 21 years old and complete a 30-hour training program and a background check. The next training session will begin Sept. 22. For an application or more information, call 410-740-0933 or e-mail

"Spotlight on Seniors," a public service cable show about Howard County's senior community that airs on Comcast cable channel 73, needs volunteers to produce segments. For more information, call 410-992-9304.

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization in Ellicott City that provides free business attire to low-income and disadvantaged women seeking employment, needs female volunteers to help clients find appropriate clothing for the workplace and to sort donations. Opportunities also include outreach, fundraising, grant writing and research. For more information, call 410-750-6475 or visit

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 send an e-mail to

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

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 a week) will be provided through the University of Maryland at College Park beginning in September. For more information, call Carole Graves at 410-312-9140 or send an e-mail to

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 send an e-mail to

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 send an e-mail to

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 (lasting four to six hours each) a 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 send an e-mail to

Metropolitan Washington Ear, an organization that provides reading services for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteers to read newspapers, magazines and other publications to be aired on 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 each branch. For more information, call Elaine Lawrence at 410-313-7881 or send an e-mail to

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 send an e-mail to

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 undergo 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 who have life-threatening illnesses. A background check is required. Training is provided. For more information, call 301-962-9474 or send an e-mail to

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 send an e-mail to

-- Compiled by ALICIA CYPRESS

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