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

"Spotlight on Seniors," a public service television 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

The Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Howard County Health Department needs student volunteers, ages 14-17, to assist in undercover enforcement operations. Each volunteer 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 to grocery stores. Volunteers are also needed to help handle reservations and scheduling. For more information, call 410-884-7433.

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 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 American Red Cross's Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region 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, which 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 each branch. For more information, call Elaine Lawrence at 410-313-7881 or send an e-mail to

-- Compiled by JOSH ZUMBRUN

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