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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/15/2011

Volunteering in the D.C. area

The District

The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks docents to assist with it's many educational outreach programs, including working with elementary and secondary school groups. Duties include giving tours, assisting with visitor information services, and being a part of the annual student festivals and open house event. Flexible hours; two-year commitment required. Training provided. Contact Caitlin Griffin at 202-675-0395, educate@folger.edu.

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/.

STRIVE DC, a non profit job readiness program, is in need of volunteers to assist in fund raising, book keeping and data entry. Christine Hartwright at 202-484-1264, chris.hartwright@strivedc.org

Strive for Success, a GED program for ages 16-25 in Ward 6, is looking for tutors to work with the students in reading, writing, social studies, science or math. Must have a high school diploma or GED and commit to coming 1 day per week for about an hour. The greatest need is between 3-4:40 p.m., but morning and evening hours needed as well. Training provided, no prior teaching experience necessary. Amy Sawyer at 202-484-1264, amy@aohdc.org

Communities In Schools of the Nation's Capital is currently looking for individuals to serve as volunteer thesis advisors for 12th grade students at the Parkside campus of The Chavez Charter School for Public Policy, 3701 Hayes St. NE. Volunteers will provide one-to-one thesis advisement on a local or international policy issue to research, then propose a solution to the issue in a written report. The students will be working on these thesis papers from April 5th to May 11th. Charles Daugherty at 302-584-6296, cdaugherty@cisnationscapital.org

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

Maryland

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 Bowie Baysox seeks donations and nominations for Louie's Holiday Hope Project, which provides gifts and food baskets for local families in need. Residents are invited to nominate families that need assistance by submitting the families name, situation and a daytime phone number to info@baysox.com by 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Monetary, toys and warm clothing donations are also welcome. 301-805-6000.

The Prince George's County Fire Department is accepting monetary donations to help restore the food supply for the Holiday Food Basket Program that was damaged during the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee. Charitable donations are fully tax-deductible and can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at 9201 Basil Ct., 4th floor, Largo. Contact Nicole Orme at 301-883-5200.

 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.

The Prince George’s County Genealogical Society is in search of an editor for the PGCGS Bulletin, an electronic formatted newsletter. Call 301-262-2063 or visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mdpgcgs .

The Bowie Center for the Performing Arts is in need of ushers and part-time stage technicians to assist with upcoming performances. Contact Dr. George at 301-805-6895 or gdgeorge@bowiecenter.org.

 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.

 Southern Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers for disaster services and health, safety, administrative and special events. Contact Bob Gretton at 888-276-2767 or bobg@somdredcross.org.

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services needs volunteers to help with clerical and telephone duties at its offices in Prince Frederick and Waldorf. The division supports adults with disabilities seeking employment. Prince Frederick, 443-550-6880; Waldorf, 301-645-8882.

Health Partners Free Clinic in Waldorf needs volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, physicians and receptionists. Malpractice insurance provided. Retired providers welcome. 301-645-3556 or tbrown@healthpartnersinc.org.

Southern Maryland Pets-on-Wheels needs volunteers and their pets to visit residents in nursing-care and assisted-living facilities. Volunteers are provided with orientation and mentoring. 301-392-0155 or www.ccpetsonwheels.com.

Virginia

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia needs volunteers for Operation School Bell Weekend Food for Kids program. Volunteers will pack supplemental food packages for distribution to children in three Title 1 schools in Northern Virginia, 10 a.m. Nov. 17, Sully Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Linda, 703-591-2312, www.northernvirginia.assistanceleague.org.

Volunteer Alexandria celebration,featuring a dinner and award ceremony for Nina Tisara of Living Legends and Brooke Curran of the RunningBrooke Fund. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Carlyle Club, 411 John Carlyle St., Alexandria. $100, reservations are required. 703-548-8899 or www.razoo.com/story/Evening-In-the-Heart-of-Alexandria.

  Boy Scouts food drive to benefit AFAC. Donations of cereal, canned meat or fish, canned fruits and soups, plastic cooking oil and canned or plastic pasta sauce can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 12, at Safeway stores located at 3713 Lee Hwy., 2500 N. Harrison St., and 5101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-845-8486.

Put the Giving in Thanksgiving food drive, drop-off donations of stuffing, potatoes and canned gravy at Arlington Food Assistance Center, 2708 S. Nelson St. www.afac.org/donate/food.php.

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria will hold training classes from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 8-April 18, and 8 a.m. to noon March 3, 24 and April 14. To register, visit www.TreeStewards.org, info@TreeStewards.org or 703-527-2349.

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

Alexandria Friends School needs an office manager and a publicist. 703-461-7222 , will@afriends.org or www.afriends.org.

Alexandria Mentoring Partnership seeks mentors. 703-746-4506, mentoring@alexandriava.gov.

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

The Falls Church City Alliance for Youth, in partnership with Northern Virginia Family Service, needs volunteers for the 1-2-1 mentoring program. Volunteers serve as role models, providing support, encouragement and friendship to youths in grades 5-7. The program runs year-round, 4:20-6 p.m. Thursdays. Volunteers must be 21 or older; a minimum one-year commitment is required. Training is provided. 703-219-2106.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers lifesavers to help patrol the Potomac River. Boat crew training classes are provided over the winter. Rich Miller, 703-780-3765, eaglesailor75@cox.net.

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum needs volunteer docents to work Sunday afternoons greeting museum visitors and telling them about the exhibits, the museum and Civil War history. Training is provided. Other volunteers opportunities include gardening, publicity and exhibit planning. Michael, 703-506 0753.

Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers for clerical activities in various departments. www.inova.org.

Volunteers for Change, a program designed for busy adults, features a flexible monthly calendar of more than 50 projects throughout Northern Virginia. Attend an hour-long orientation meeting, then choose from the program’s monthly community service projects, including planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult ESL students, playing bingo with people with disabilities and helping with community-wide events. Orientation meetings will be noon-1 p.m. Sunday and 6-7 p.m. Nov. 22. Jen Kivlin, 703-246-3895, jkivlin@volunteerfairfax.org.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to help people with disabilities learn to swim and be safe in and around water. Under the guidance of a water safety instructor, volunteers assist participants, ages 5 to 21, with skill-building games and exercises at county RECenters. 703-324-5715.

Capital Caring, formerly Capital Hospice, needs volunteers to work in its new Falls Church thrift store. 703-531-6232, pwelch@capitalcaring.org.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers on an on-call basis to translate for clients in its Multicultural Human Services program in Falls Church. Volunteers must be 20 or older, have flexible weekday availability and be fluent in French, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali or Farsi. Navara Jordan, 703-219-2193, volunteer@nvfs.org.

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