Calling all UMBC students! Looking for a great way to get involved and give back to your community? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Would you like to learn about green technologies and the environment? Then consider volunteering at Cylburn Arboretum! Cylburn is a nature preserve and city park of 207 acres. A 10,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, green visitor center, The Vollmer Center, is currently under construction at Cylburn and is set to open in April 2010. We need volunteers to staff the information desk, welcome visitors to Cylburn, and lead tours of the grounds and The Vollmer Center! Training will be provided for these positions and begins early next year. We are also looking for a student with web design experience to revamp our website. For more information or an application, please contact Megan Stransky, Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, at megan.stransky@cylburnassociation.org or (410) 367-2217.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is inviting you to help maintain and improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries! Volunteers will assist MDE in monitoring the amount of nonpoint source pollution entering Maryland waterways and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Non-point source pollution is one of Maryland’s largest environmental problems concerning waterways; it kills plants, decreases the amount of oxygen in the water, and makes the water all around less
habitable to any life form.

MDE wants you to help the Bay and its watershed by volunteering to reduce runoff pollution. This opportunity offers volunteers the chance to change how your government works for you, gives you insight into how a state enforcement agency operates, and allows volunteers to meaningfully help the Bay and its watershed.

For more information or to apply, contact Daniel Miller at 410-537-4480 or DJMiller@mde.state.md.us.

Are you headed home for Thanksgiving break? Then go through your closets and bring back your coats for refugee families in Baltimore.

What: The Refugee Youth Project (RYP) Coat Drive! We are collecting hats, scarves, gloves, and jackets in all sizes (children through adult). We are looking for anything that can be used to stay warm this winter.

Where: Donation boxes are located in all of the residentil halls (except Patapsco). There is also a donation box located in The Commons, by the pillar near the front desk.

When: NOW! Coat donations will be accepted through November 30th.

Who: Organized by the RYP student volunteers. For more information please email Yasmin Radbod at radbod1@umbc.edu.

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