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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Volunteering in the D.C. area: The Heart of America Foundation

The District

STRIVE DC, a non profit job readiness program, seeks volunteers to assist in fundraising, book keeping and data entry. Location: 715 I St. NE. Contact Christine Hartwright at 202-484-1264 or chris.hartwright@strivedc.org.

Academy of Hope seeks tutors to help Ward 6 residents, ages 16-25, work on their reading, writing, social studies, science or math in order to pass the GED. Some college is preferred; training provided. Commitment: 1 hour 1 day a week. Contact Amy Sawyer at 202-484-1264 or amy@aohdc.org, http://www.aohdc.org/GetInvolved/BecomeAVolunteer/tabid/94/Default.aspx.

Reading Partners, an early intervention literacy program, seeks volunteers to to tutor elementary school students who are reading below grade level. Opportunities available Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at various locations in Ft. Totten, Anacostia, Congress Heights, Columbia Heights, Thomas Circle, Edgewood, Trinidad, Brightwood. No experience necessary. Commitment: 1 hour per week during school hours. Contact Melanie Chavez at 202-701-9110, mchavez@readingpartners.org, www.readingpartnersDC.org.twoolfolk@readingpartners.org.

People Animals Love (PAL) has several volunteer needs for its After-School Club at Stanton Elementary in Southeast, which teaches kids animal-friendly behavior and animal kingdom curricula. Needed are tutors, field trip chaperones, classroom decorators and student/parent liasions. Contact John Davidson at 202-966-2171 or john@peopleanimalslove.org.

 Gracious Arts Program (AGAP) seeks volunteers to assist teachers and staff in their work with underprivileged youth in Southeast DC. Volunteers with experience in dance, drama, art, music and photography are especially needed. Contact Joan L. Sapp, program director, at 202-321-6502, http://www.agapdc.org/.

Maryland

The Alice Ferguson Foundation seeks volunteers, age 18 and older, to help pick up trash and debris along the Potomac River Watershed 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Bring work gloves and rakes. Meet at the parking lot, Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Rd., Oxon Hill. 301-839-1176, www.fergusfoundation.org.

The Accokeek Foundationneeds volunteers to remove trash and debris as part of the 24th annual Potomac River watershed cleanup scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at various locations in the Washington-area. Wear boots, gloves and appropriate clothing.  Meet at the visitor center. 301-283-2113.

Heart to Hand, a non-profit public health organization, seeks nominations for its Board of Directors. Approximately 4-6 members will be chosen and nominees must be familiar with Prince George's and dedicated to public health, particularly related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS and STD's. Board members serve staggered 2-year terms and meet 4 to 6 times a year, including spending about 4-8 hours per month on Board activities. To nominate yourself or others, please provide the following information to Kahletta Montgomery, Board Chair, KMontgomery@hearttohandinc.org, http://www.hearttohandinc.org/.

Greenbelt Arts Center is currently seeking board members and a membership chair. A technical director is also needed to oversee all technical needs including set construction, lighting and sound, coordinating productions and other related duties. or Betsy Marks Delaney at 301-441-8770 x7, info@greenbeltartscenter.org

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary needs teen and adult volunteers interested in stream ecology to assist with research during stream monitoring day April 21 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registeration required. 410-741-9330.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary will host a training program for those interested in becoming canoe guides on April 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel up river through marsh channels to see the varied habitats and life in the wetlands. Registration required. 410-741-9330.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region seeks friendly and professional volunteers to assist blood-collection staff members at blood drives. Responsibilities include greeting donors, providing reading materials and offering refreshments. A one-hour training session is provided. Commitment: four- to six-hour shifts during drives across the Washington area. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce invites Bowie residents or Bowie High School students to apply for its Youth Leadership Bowie program, which exposes youth to potential career opportunities through site visits, lectures and informal discussions, and teaches leadership and problem-solving techniques. Applications due May 4. 301-262-0920, info@bowiechamber.org or www.bowiechamber.org.

Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company and the Boy Scouts of America seek youths ages 14-20 with an interest in firefighting and emergency services to sign up for its local Fire/EMS Explorers program. Students will develop leadership skills by training for basic firefighting operations as well as play a vital role in community outreach. Contact Phil Martin at 301-836-1957 or Nicole Bennett, lead recruiter, at 240-706-7708 or visit exploring.learningforlife.org.

 Community Advocates for Family and Youth is in need of bilingual volunteers to assist those who have survived traumatic crimes. Administrative support and mail assistance is also needed. Location: 9201 Basil Ct., Suite 160, Largo. Lizet Porter, volunteer coordinator, 301-390-4092, lporter@cafyonline.org, http://www.cafyonline.org/volunteerapplication.php.

 The Heart of America Foundation seeks detailed-oriented volunteers to help arrange and prepare the books in its warehouse, which is used by children who have limited access to books. Duties include heavy lifting and/or bending. Commitment: full day or half day Monday-Friday. Location: 2270 Beaver Rd., Landover. Renae Pepe at renae@heartofamerica.org.

The Partnership for Animal Welfare needs volunteers to foster homeless dogs and cats, provide transportation to vet appointments and handle animals at adoption shows. For information, go to http://www.paw-rescue.org or leave a message at 301-572-4729.

 Hospice of the Chesapeake is seeking volunteers who are bilingual and/or American Sign Language interpreters to assist patients and staff. Call 301-499-4500.

MetroPets Online needs volunteers to promote the adoption of homeless animals and the well-being of pets in the Washington area. Call 301-873-
0846 or go to www.metropets.org.

Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maryland needs parent volunteers to support the programs and activities, committee members, committee leaders and board members. Contact Shefa Nola Benoit at info@bgcsm.net

Project Echo, a homeless shelter in Prince Frederick, needs volunteers to staff a shift or help serve a meal. Volunteers must commit to four hours a month. Call Lori Hony at 410-257-0003 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or leave a message noting the best time to be contacted.

Center for Abused Persons needs on-call volunteers 21 and older to assist and support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Training is provided. Alisa, 301-645-9387 or 301-645-8994.

Spring Dell Center needs volunteers to assist developmentally disabled people during lunch. Debbie at 301-870-3758 or 301-932-1601.

 Feathers and Friends Wildlife Rehab Center needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. Joan Dunn, 301- 542-3012.

 St. Mary’s County Historical Society is looking for volunteers to help in the office, library, archives, bookstore, Old Jail Museum and gardens, as well as with lectures, school programs and special events. No experience is necessary. Susan Wolfe, 301-475-2467.

Hospice of St. Mary’s needs volunteers to help with patient care, administrative work, cooking at Hospice House, bereavement and fundraising. Training is required. Contact Katy Crowell, 301-994-3075 or mary_crowell@smhwecare.com.

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center needs volunteers for its gift shop, welcome desk and special events. Crystal Seay, 410-326-4640, or info@annmariegarden.org.

 Center for Children, an outpatient mental health clinic for children and adults, needs mentors 21 and older for youths ages 4 to 18 with a parent in prison, on probation or on parole. The center is seeking minority men to be mentors. The program helps young people with emotional support, academics, life skills and character development. The center is also seeking Southern Maryland children of prisoners to participate. Call Sharon Groves, 301-753-4002, Ext. 130. The center’s supervised visitation program also needs volunteers to monitor court-ordered visits between noncustodial parents and their children. A background check is conducted; training is provided. Call Ann Seely, 301-753-4002, Ext. 129.

 Calvert County Historical Society needs volunteers to help inventory and transcribe records and plan events at historic Linden House, 70 Church Circle, Prince Frederick. 410-535-2452 or cchsadmin@calverthistory.org.

 St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League needs foster homes, board members and volunteers to help with socializing animals, publicity, fundraisers and adoption events. 301-373-5659.

 Birthright of Prince Frederick needs volunteers to work with pregnant women at its center on Steeple Chase Drive, Prince Frederick. Bari-tennette McKinley at 410-257-1402.

 Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park needs volunteers to assist with group tours, weekend visitors, special events, children’s activities, the gardens and museum store. 301-994-1471 or www.stmarysmd.com.

 Three Oaks Center, a shelter for homeless men, needs volunteer monitors 8 a.m.-noon or noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one shift a month at the Lexington Park shelter. Training is provided. Ruben Berry at 301-863-9535.

Melwood has several volunteer needs including equestrian program, summer camp, and day support. Location: 5605 Dower House Rd., Upper Marlboro. Call 301-599-2724 or email, volunteer@melwood.org. Check website for full list of opportunties, http://www.melwood.org/.

Hospice of the Chesapeake seeks volunteers with 4-wheel drive vehicles to assist staff during inclement weather. Volunteers must provide proof of auto insurance and pass a criminal background check. Call 301-499-4500 or jmedlin@hospicechesapeake.org.

Virginia

Arlington County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources needs volunteers to remove invasive plants. For ages 9 and older; under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a reusable water bottle. 703-228-1862.

Barcroft Park, 9:30 a.m.-noon, third Saturdays.

Benjamin Banneker Park, 10 a.m.-noon, fourth Saturdays.

Haley Park, 9-11 a.m., first Saturdays.

Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., second Sundays.

Lacey Woods, from 10 a.m.-noon, second Saturdays.

Long Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., third Sundays.

Tuckahoe Park, 10 a.m.-noon, third Saturdays.

The Dogue Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary in Lorton needs a volunteer with carpentry skills to do enclosure maintenance and repair, four to six hours a month. Volunteers are also needed to help with cleaning and feeding the wildlife, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., one or more days per week. Volunteers must be 18 or older. 703-690-2168, raccoonmail@juno.com, www.doguehollow.org.

American Red Cross Blood Services is in need of greeters and refreshment volunteers. Training provided. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1 or karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

 CrisisLink needs volunteers to call elderly and homebound clients; a four-hour training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to answer the crisis hot line; a 60-hour training is provided, and session starts next month. 703-516-6778 or volunteer@crisislink.org.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium needs literacy skills tutors for first grade. Must work once or twice a week through May. Training and lesson plans provided. Call 703-549-6670, Ext. 119, or go to www.alexandriatutors.org.

SCAN of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to play with children of parents attending classes. 703-820-9001 or www.scanva.org.

Virginia Hospital Center needs volunteers to assist patients and visitors and to help in the nonprofit gift shops. 703-558-640

Brent Place Family Resource Center needs a resource volunteer. 703-370-6180

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon April 14, Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Dr., Centreville. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@ casafairfax.org.

The Isaac Walton League of America, Arlington Fairfax Chapter, needs volunteers to help with watershed cleanup at Mason Neck State Park, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 14, and at Cub Run in Centreville, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 15. 703-200-3994, fairfaxwatershed@yahoo.com, waterquality.awardspace.com

 Rebuild Warehouse needs volunteers to help in the warehouse and office and with picking up donated materials. The nonprofit organization sells reclaimed building materials, trains hard-to-place workers in “green collar jobs” and educates the community in affordable ways to live more sustainably. The warehouse is in Springfield. Training is available, and hours are flexible. 703-280-1719.

Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers to work in one of the hospital’s three on-site gift shops. The stores are open daily. Day, evening and weekend shifts are available. 703-776-3470, www.inova.org.

 The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to advocate for the rights of residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, to help resolve conflicts and to improve the quality of life for the residents. A commitment of four hours a week for one year is required. Training and support are provided. 703-324-5861, lisa.callahan@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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