Alexandria and Arlington volunteer opportunities

November 7, 2012

Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation 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, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

→Benjamin Banneker Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 24 and Dec. 22.

→Haley Park, 9-11 a.m., Dec. 1.

→Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Sunday and Dec. 9.

→Lacey Woods, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday and Dec. 8.

→Long Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

→Tuckahoe Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

Alexandria Mentoring Partnership needs volunteers to work with children. www.alexandriava.gov or 703-746-4475.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network seeks volunteers to play soccer with the Street Soccer Arlington team, 5:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Must be at least 16. smorse@a-span.org, www.a-span.org or 703-842-0168.

The Athenaeum needs docents from noon-4 p.m. weekends. admin@nvfaa.org or 703-548-0035.

Red Cross needs volunteers at local blood drives. Responsibilities include donor comfort services, such as providing reading materials and offering refreshments. karlofft@usa.redcross.org or 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

Salvation Army NCA seeks sponsors for the Angel Tree Children Wish List Adoption program. Register by next Thursday at www.salvationarmy.org or Liz_O’Dell@uss.salvationarmy.org.

Travelers Aid seeks volunteers to staff airport information desks and provide travel and tourist information at Reagan National Airport. Must commit to six months. Training and parking provided. 703-417-3975 or travelersaiddca@mwaa.com.

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria offers volunteer training from February through April. www.treestewards.org or 703-527-2349.

Virginia Hospital Center needs volunteers to assist patients and visitors and help in the nonprofit gift shops. 703-558-6401.

Volunteer Alexandria: Call the numbers listed below or contact Volunteer Alexandria at 703-836-2176, mail@volunteeralexandria.org or www.volunteeralexandria.org for information on the following opportunities:

Alexandria Meals on Wheels needs delivery and team volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. Must commit to two hours once a month. mealsonwheels@seniorservicesalex.org or 703-836-4414, Ext. 12.

Child & Family Network Centers needs a classroom volunteer. aberke@cfnc-online.org or 703-836-0214, Ext. 238.

Community Partners for Children needs volunteers for its toy drive. www.alexandriava.gov/holiday sharing, kendrajanedc@aol.com or 703-717-0373.

Holiday Project of the National Capital Area needs volunteers to visit patients in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. www.holiday-project.org or 703-370-0370.

Holiday Sharing Program seeks volunteers to get “wish lists” for children, seniors or disabled citizens. Volunteers are also needed for the family gift distribution on Dec. 10-12. holidaysharing@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-5663.

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) needs special-event volunteers. www.scanva.org/volunteerwithscan.htm. kprice@scanva.org or 703-820-9001.

Volunteer Alexandria needs social media and special-event volunteers. mbrunken@volunteeralexandria.org or 703-836-2176.

Wheels To Africa seeks volunteers and walkers to help with the Bridge the Gap walk fundraiser from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants walk from Belle Haven to the National Harbor. 703-919-0570.

Volunteer Arlington: Call the numbers listed below or contact Volunteer Arlington at 703-228-1760 or www.arlingtonva.us/volunteer for information about the following opportunities:

AARP TaxAide seeks volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms for the 2013 tax season. Experience is preferred. Counselors receive free training and become certified by passing the IRS examination. Training is from December to January. 202-227-7769 or www.aarp.org.

Arlington County Department of Human Services Social Work Unit seeks a customer service aide. 703-228-1760.

Clarendon House needs volunteers to help during the annual Thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20. Must be 16. 703-228-1760.

Edu-Futuro seeks two George Mason University tour guides from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. 703-228-2560.

Holiday Project of the National Capital Area needs volunteers to visit with residents of nursing homes on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 22. 703-370-0370.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia seeks volunteers to wrap holiday gifts at Barnes & Noble bookstores from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23-25. At least one three- to four-hour shift, for age 10 and older; under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. lcnvgiftwrap@gmail.com.

Medical Reserve Corps will hold a volunteer orientation from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. www.arlingtonva.us or 703-228-4986.

NVACASH – VITA (Volunteer Income Taxation Assistance) Tax Program needs volunteers to prepare taxes for low-income working clients at locations in Alexandria and Arlington. Training classes for IRS certification are from January through April. Must be at least 19. mary.eure@fairfaxcounty.org or www.nvacash.org.

USO of Metropolitan Washington will hold volunteer information sessions. For a complete schedule, visit warriorfamilycentervolunteertraining.eventbrite.com or 703-696-0958.

Wheels To Africa seeks bike-collection assistants from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Yorktown High School, Washington-Lee High School and Swanson Middle School. 703-919-0570.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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