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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Volunteering in the D.C. area

The District

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/.

 AARP Tax-Aide is recruiting volunteers for 2012 tax season. A five-day training session will be held in December. www.aarp/taxaide.

  The American Heart Association seeks participants for its 2011 Heart Walk scheduled for Nov. 5 at Washington National's Park in DC. Proceeds will go towards the fight against cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 killer of all Americans. Registration required. Joellen Brassfield at 703-248-1784, http://www.greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org, Joellen.Brassfield@heart.org.

 The Alzheimer's Association is in need of walkers to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's scheduled for Nov. 5 on the National Mall, 15th and Constitution avenues, NW, DC. Choose from a 1-mile or 3-mile walk and help raise money for research, clinical trials and support programs. Registration required. 703-359-4440, www.alz.org/nca, AlzWalkNCA@alz.org.

Maryland

 Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary seeks volunteers, age 10 and older, to assist with the water chemistry component of our Watershed Stream Study. Duties include recording data, conducting fieldwork and lab analysis. RSVP. 410-741-9330.

 Artistic Visions invites students, artists and community members of all ages to participate in a Recycled Art Exhibit at Huntington Community Center (HCC). Submit framed photographs of recycled sculptures, collages and paintings on recycled materials to hang on free standing trees for exhibition during November and December at Huntington Community Center in Bowie. Call or email for details, HCCArtisticVisions@yahoo.com, 301-464-3725.

 The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program seek youths ages 12 to 18 with an interest in aviation and emergency services to sign up for its aviation-based leadership training program. Participants may take part in search-and-rescue missions, flying, camping, first aid training and international Aviation Cadet Exchange activities. The College Park Squadron meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first four Wednesdays each month in the Hap Arnold Center, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr. at College Park Airport. To learn more about the Civil Air Patrol and College Park Squadron, visit http://www.mdcap.org or call 800-359-2338.

 International Fellowship, a nonprofit student exchange program, seeks host families for the upcoming school year to house and provide meals for high school students from various foreign countries. Students will have their own spending money and are covered by health and accident insurance. Volunteers must pass a background check. Call 800-647-8839, infelwes@cecomet.net, www.internationalfellowship.org.

 Greenbelt Arts Center seeks volunteers to help build sets, paint, sew, man booths, deliver flyers and assist in clean up and the costume shop for its upcoming theater season. For further information, contact Dottie Spivacke at 301-474-8886, d.spivacke@gmail.com or Jeff Lesniak at 301-580-1789, jeff@jefflesniak.com.

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, info@greenbeltartscenter.org.

Calvert Animal Welfare League needs volunteers 18 and older to help with dogs and cats mornings and evenings at the adoption center. Training is provided. The center is at 1040 Theater Dr., Prince Frederick. 410-535-9300 or www.cawl.us.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maryland needs volunteer mentors, board members and event sponsors. 301-290-0501 or www.biglittle.org.

Accokeek Foundation is seeking volunteers for events and special projects. Julie Nguyen, 301-283-2113, Ext. 20, or outreach@accokeek.org.

Patuxent Habitat needs volunteers at its ReStore in Lexington Park. Cashiers and customer service volunteers are needed. The ReStore receives new and used furniture, appliances, building materials and supply donations, which are sold to build affordable housing in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. 301-737-6273.

Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad needs volunteers to perform patient care, drive an ambulance or join the auxiliary. No experience is needed; training is provided. Olivia Lenahan, 301-373-3131.

Feathers and Friends Wildlife Rehab Center needs volunteers for administrative work and to care for wildlife. Train to become a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Joan Dunn, 301-392-3832 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., or 301-542-3012.

Virginia

 Arlington County “100 Homes” Campaign needs volunteers to collect data on homeless people from Oct. 16 to 21. Volunteer training is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Department of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd. To register, visit http://100homesarlingtonva.org/volunteer-2.

 Arlington Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. 703-522-0811 or mowvolunteers@yahoo.com.

 Alexandria Film Festival needs a house manager and ushers. 703-746-5590, aca@alexandriava.gov or http://alexandriafilm.org/volunteers-2.

  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 Oct. 29, at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

 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.

 Rebuild Warehouse needs volunteers to help in the warehouse and office. 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.

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