Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.
The Aging and Disability Services office of Montgomery County's Department of Health and Human Services seeks volunteers for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. The volunteers, or ombudsmen, promote quality of life for residents in nursing home settings and help resolve problems. Hours are flexible, and assignments are available at nursing homes throughout Montgomery County. Training and technical assistance are provided by experienced professionals. A training session is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct.3-7 at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For more information, call Eileen Bennett at 240-777-1067.
The Montgomery County Historical Society seeks volunteers to provide school tours at its museums in Rockville. Tours are provided to grades 2 to 5 and take place Wednesday through Friday mornings. Volunteer guides work two to three mornings per month. Training is 9:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 6 and 7 at the Beall-Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine, 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville. For more information, contact Emily Correll at 301-340-2825.
The Montgomery County Department of Recreation's Youth Advisory Committee seeks volunteer mentors and peer companions for youths with disabilities, for its Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (K.E.E.N.) program of sports and recreational activities. Soccer, basketball and kickball are planned as well as outings to sporting events. Sessions are every other Sunday afternoon from October through April at Tilden Middle School, 11211 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville. Participants may be high school students. They are expected to make a seven-month commitment. The deadline for applications is Sept. 23. To obtain an application or for more information, call 240-777-6985.
Holy Cross Hospital will hold a Volunteer Recruitment Day on Sept. 24. Last year more than 700 volunteers contributed more than 81,000 hours of community service. The recruitment day offers information on the many opportunities to volunteer within the hospital. 2-4 p.m. in the hospital's main lobby, 1500 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-754-7305.
The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory needs volunteers to provide visitors with information, help with activities for children and families, hands-on discovery stations and guided tours, and other program assistance. Weekday and weekend openings are available. Volunteer orientation is Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. To register, call Mary Chor at 202-226-1047.
Holy Cross Hospice seeks volunteers willing to give comfort and care for up to four hours a week to patients facing a terminal illness and to families caring for them. Tasks might include respite relief to allow caregivers time for themselves, grocery shopping, driving to appointments and reading with a patient. For more information about training and requirements, call Louise Faulkner at 301-754-7744.
The Montgomery County Council seeks applicants for appointment to a three-year term on the Merit System Protection Board. Applicants must be qualified voters of the county. The board meets in the evening once every two weeks. In addition, it holds hearings during the day or evening. Members of the board receive $6,859. Letters expressing interest, including a resume and telephone numbers, should be addressed to Council President Thomas E. Perez, Montgomery County Council, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md., 20850. The deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 19. For more information, call Justina Ferber at 240-777-7938.
-- Compiled by TINA TOLL
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