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Alexandria and Arlington volunteer opportunities

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, Dec. 15.

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

→Haley Park, 9-11 a.m., Dec. 1.

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

→Lacey Woods, 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 8.

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

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

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.

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.

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium seeks tutors for kindergarten and first-grade students. atc@opmh.org or 703-549-6670, Ext. 119.

Community Lodgings needs tutors for middle and high school students from 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Tutors are also needed in the Family Learning Center. To register, visit communitylodgings.org/volunteer or call 703-739-5856.

First Night Alexandria seeks event volunteers for Dec. 31. Training will be Dec. 29. To register, visit https://sites. google.com/site/fnavolunteers/resources or call 703-746-3299.

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.

Scottish Christmas Walk seeks parade volunteers for Dec. 1. To register, visit www.scottishchristmaswalk.com/events.html or e-mail joeshumard@gmail.com.

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

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

Arlington County Department of Human Services seeks instructors for Project Family’s early childhood education and parenting classes. 703-228-1760.

Arlington County Department of Human Services seeks volunteers for the Foster Care Holiday Celebration from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Must be 21 and complete a volunteer application. 703-228-1760.

Arlington Food Assistance Center seeks volunteers to host a holiday food drive. Food collections boxes and posters provided. 703-845-8486.

Arlington Public Library system needs volunteers to track books from other libraries at the central branch. 703-228-7688.

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

Nauck Community Services Center is holding an annual coat drive. Donations of coats in good condition and new hats, gloves and scarves may be dropped from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at 2229 S. Shirlington Rd., Arlington. 703-229-5650.

Wheels To Africa seeks bike-collection assistants from 10 a.m. to 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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