Alexandria and Arlington volunteer opportunities

December 5, 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, Dec. 15.

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

→Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 and Feb. 10.

→Lacey Woods, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

→Long Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Dec. 16, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

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

Arlington County Fire Department Food Drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center seeks donations of cereal, flour, oil, pasta, tuna and other non-perishable items; they may be dropped off through Dec. 21 at the Arlington County Government Center, Courthouse Plaza Lobby, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington or at any fire station in Arlington or Falls Church. http://news.arlingtonva.us/releases/acfd-food-drive-to-benefit-afac .

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment seeks donations to help maintain a clean and green community through Dec. 31 . Donate online at http://arlingtonenvironment.org . 703-228-6427.

Christ Church seeks donations for the Christ Child Project Christmas Store. 703-778-4937.

Community Partners for Children is holding an annual toy drive. Drop off new toys, infant and toddler items and grocery store gift cards 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 14, at a donation box in the main entrance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 2.

Rebuilding Together needs handymen and women to work on homes owned by low-income seniors and disabled people in Arlington. 703-528-1999 or sheilam@rebuildingtogether-aff.org.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is holding a mitten and glove drive to benefit Alexandria’s Child and Family Network Centers from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Jan. 20, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 2.

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 Community Shelter needs washcloths, towels and personal hygiene products for men and women. 703-746-3660 or alexandriava.gov/dchs/economicsupport.

Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically needs food distribution volunteers on Dec. 15 at Cora Kelly Recreational Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.; Ladrey Senior Residence, 300 Wythe St.; and Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. volunteers@alive-inc.org or 703-683-4634.

Christ House seeks donations of canned meats and vegetables for the food pantry. www.ccda.net/programs_christ house.php.

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 Monday-Wednesday. holidaysharing@alexandriava.gov or 703-746-5663.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia seeks gift wrap volunteers for three-hour shifts at Barnes & Noble store locations through Dec. 24. lcnvgiftwrap@gmail.com or 703-237-0866, Ext. 108.

The Salvation Army needs volunteers for bell ringing at kettle sites, Angel Tree sitters and toy distribution helpers through Dec. 24. Liz_O’Dell@uss.salvationarmy.org or 202-756-3906.

Wesley Housing Development Corporation needs volunteers for the Adopt-a-Family program. Drivers are needed to deliver gifts to recipients on Dec. 14 and 16. ahouse@whdc.org or 703-642-3830, Ext. 224.

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

Arlington Civitan Club needs volunteers to help with photos with Santa through Dec. 23 and pet photos with Santa on Sunday and Dec. 16 at the Ballston Common Mall. Must be 15. 703-473-7245.

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

Offender Aid And Restoration seeks volunteers for Project Christmas Angel from next Thursday through Dec. 23. 703-228-7031.

The Reading Connection needs volunteers to wrap gifts from Saturday through Dec. 24 at Hooray for Books and Barnes & Noble bookstores. To sign up, visit http://www.signupschedule.com/trcgiftwrap, 703-528-8317, Ext. 10, or www.thereadingconnection.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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