Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

February 29, 2012

The American Red Cross needs volunteers to assist staff members at blood drives. Volunteers greet donors, provide them with essential reading materials and offer refreshments. Hours are flexible, and training is provided. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

The Assistance League of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to pack supplemental food bags for three Title 1 schools in Northern Virginia, 10 a.m. March 15, Sully District Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Linda, 703-591-2312, www.northernvirginia.assistanceleague.org.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon March 17, at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, or e-mail ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs tutors to help adults improve reading and writing skills. Tutors are trained, matched with a student and encouraged to meet with the student weekly for 90 minutes. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. Training will be 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and March 10, at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. Both sessions are required. A $40 training fee covers books, other materials and instruction. 703-237-0866, Ext. 111, volunteers@lcnv.org, www.lcnv.org.

The Dogue Hollow Wildlife Sanctuary in Lorton needs a volunteer with carpentry skills to do enclosure maintenance and repair, four to six hours a month. Volunteers are also needed to help with cleaning and feeding the wildlife, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., one or more days per week. Volunteers must be 18 or older. 703-690-2168, raccoonmail@juno.com, www.doguehollow.org.

The 4Paws Rescue Team needs adult volunteers to care for cats at Petco stores in Burke and Alexandria. Volunteers work 30 minutes, one day a week, cleaning cages, giving the cats fresh food and water, scooping litter boxes and playing with the cats. Training is provided. A six-month commitment is required. Morning volunteers are urgently needed in Alexandria, and weekend volunteers are needed in Burke. 703-715-6369, info@fourpaws.org.

The Special Foster Care Program of Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers to provide loving homes for children requiring respite or foster care. Training and support are provided. Ginny Snaider, 571-748-2557, www.nvfs.org.

Capital Caring needs volunteers to visit hospice patients, provide respite for caregivers, do administrative work and more. Volunteers must be 18 or older. Training is provided. Martha Huffman, 703-333-6962, mhuffman@capital caring.org.

Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Animal Assisted Care Program needs volunteer human and dog teams to visit and comfort patients. Required training classes are beginning soon. 703-776-3536, lillian.nguyen@inova.org.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival needs volunteers to assist in event set-up and breakdown, site maintenance, interaction with attendees at signature events and more. Volunteer positions are available immediately and throughout the festival, March 20 to April 27. Volunteers must be 18 or older. 202-661-7595, volunteer@downtowndc.org, www.downtowndc.volunteerhub.com.

The Naomi Project, sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to pregnant women and new mothers in Northern Virginia. Mentors are trained to work one-on-one with a mother to provide information on good health during pregnancy and for newborns, to locate needed services and equipment, to provide reinforcement and to model sound parenting skills. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. The next training session will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 10 at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. Laura Greenspan, 703-860-2633, naomiproject@hotmail.com, www.naomiproject.org.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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