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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Volunteering in the D.C. area

The District

 ServeDC is now registering volunteers for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service scheduled for Jan. 16. Various opportunities are available throughout the city. Contact Carly Skidmore at 202-724-2229 or Carly.Skidmore@dc.gov, http://mlkday.gov.

 Reading Partners, an early intervention literacy program, is in need volunteers to work one-on-one with elementary students in DC who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade level. The program serves 8 schools in NW, NE and SE. No experience necessary. Commitment: 1 hour per week during school hours. Contact Melanie Chavez at 202-701-9110, mchavez@readingpartners.org, www.readingpartnersDC.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/.

 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.

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.

Maryland

 Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/Prince George's County will host an information session for prospective volunteers Jan. 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the City of Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St. Volunteers must spend at least 10 hours per month visiting children living in foster care and help ensure their needs are met. Call 301-209-0491, www.speakforthechildren.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.

 Greenbelt Arts Center is currently accepting directors' proposals for the 2012-13 season. Submissions must be in PDF or Microsoft Word form and received by Jan. 1. Contact Stephen Yednock at 301-441-8770 or programs@greenbeltartscenter.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 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.

 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.

  Hospice of Chesapeake seeks warm, caring individuals who enjoy cooking to prepare home-cooked meals for patients at the Mandarin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood. Training provided. Contact Kathy Bourgard, director of volunteers, at 443-837-1549 or kbourgard@hospicechesapeake.org.

 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 .

 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.

 Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is recruiting docents for next year. A 10-week training course will be offered 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 18. Topics include introduction to archaeology, the War of 1812 and general information about the park. Tuition and fees, $15. Call 410-586-8501 or visit www.jefpat.org.

 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

The Salvation Army is need of volunteers age 14 and older to help unload and sort gifts on Dec. 5-13 at its Hyattsville location. Must be able to lift and move light to medium weight packages. Contact Liz O’Dell at 202-756-3906.

Virginia

 AARP Tax-Aide program is recruiting volunteers for 2012 tax season. A five-day training session is scheduled for December and January in Alexandria, Annandale and Centreville. www.aarp.org/taxaide.

 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 County’s Meals on Wheels needs a volunteer group coordinator for the Fairfax area. Duties include accepting referrals by phone, client orientation over the phone and communication with meal providers. Volunteer Solutions, 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/.

 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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