Southern Maryland government agencies, schools, organizations and individuals continue to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Local activities include the following:
* St. Mary's County is accepting donations to assist families relocated to St. Mary's because of the hurricane. At least 13 such families are in St. Mary's. Only cash donations are being accepted by the St. Mary's County Division of Community Services and will be given to the American Red Cross. Donations may be delivered to the Community Services office at 23150 Leonard Hall Dr. in Leonardtown, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. They also may be mailed to Community Services at PO Box 653, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Please make checks payable to the American Red Cross. Receipts will be available for documentation and accounting purposes.
* The College of Southern Maryland is part of an initiative of more than 200 colleges and universities across the country offering the Sloan Semester to deliver more than 1,000 online courses for students affected by the hurricane. The college joins the Sloan Consortium, an association of institutions and organizations, in offering students affected by the storm an opportunity to continue their education tuition-free.
The Sloan Semester course catalogue is available at www.sloansemester.org, with registration beginning tomorrow. The eight-week accelerated semester begins Oct. 10.
Among the Sloan Semester courses the College of Southern Maryland is offering are: College Algebra; Introduction to Linear Algebra; Introduction to Statistics; Introduction to Sociology, Technology and Society; World Regional Geography; Comprehensive Medical Terminology; Biomedical Ethics; and The Information Age: Emerging Technologies and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Half of the seats for each of the college's offerings are reserved for Katrina students. Local students may also enroll in these courses at the regular tuition rate.
The college also is providing tuition-free access for students displaced from the Gulf Coast region and who may now be in the Southern Maryland area. Late registration for regular-term fall semester classes has been extended for students in this situation.
For more information, call an academic adviser at 301-934-7574, 240-725-5324, 443-550-6000 or 301-870-3008 or visit www.csmd.edu/studentadvising/index.
* Last Chance Animal Rescue, an animal rescue organization that operates mainly in the District and Northern Virginia, is collaborating with the Humane Society of Calvert County to collect supplies and money to assist with the animal rescue.
On Wednesday, volunteers from the two groups left the Washington area with trucks and vans of supplies to assist Best Friends and other animal rescue groups on the Gulf Coast.
Because of gas price increases, the greatest need now is for money to buy fuel for transportation and for rescue site generators.
Money donations can be sent to Last Chance Animal Rescue, 19625 Aquasco Rd., Aquasco, Md. 20608 or through www.paypal.com and email@example.com.
The Humane Society of Calvert County is also accepting donations for the rescue effort. Call Sally at 410-257-5866 or visit www.calvertcountyhumanesociety.org and see the Paypal option. Checks can be made out to HSCC and sent to: HSCC, PO Box 3505, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678.
Last Chance Animal Rescue and the Humane Society of Calvert County expect to return with more than 100 dogs and cats that need foster homes while efforts are made to reunite them with their owners. Anyone wishing to help by fostering a dog or a cat may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
* Volunteers from St. Mary's Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) drove to Durham, N.C., last weekend to pick up homeless animals evacuated from an animal shelter in New Orleans. SMAWL rescued 23 dogs and six cats and is seeking foster and permanent homes for them. On their first day in St. Mary's, 15 of the dogs were adopted. The rest of the dogs and the cats are in foster homes and available for adoption. Anyone interested in adoption may contact SMAWL at 301-373-5659.