Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

August 8, 2012

The Reston Kids Triathlon needs volunteers to assist organizers and young athletes with swimming, biking and running events at Ridge Heights Pool, 11400 Ridge Heights Rd., Reston, 7 -11:30 a.m. Sunday. Kimberly Gutzler, 703-742-8800, kimberly.gutzler@mycadc.org; www.restonkidstri.org.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region needs volunteers to assist blood collections staff at blood drives in the area. A one-hour orientation session is offered at Red Cross offices. Terry Ann Karloff, 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, terryann.karloff@redcross.org.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 science teachers in Fairfax County during the upcoming school year. Volunteers attend a one-day training session before being assigned to a school. Don Rea, 703-237-7683, donaldrea@aol.com; seniorscientist.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 Aug. 18, 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. Call 703-237-0866, Ext. 111, www.lcnv.org.

The Reston Community Center’s 2012 Reston Multicultural Festival in September needs volunteers of all ages to set up and break down the event, direct parking, collect surveys, assist with children’s activities and assist with concessions. Ha Brock, 703-435-7986, habrock@reston.org.

The Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax Burke needs volunteers to serve as medical/companion drivers and office workers. Barry Wickersham, 703-359-2918.

Volunteers for Change features a flexible monthly calendar of more than 50 projects throughout Northern Virginia. Attend an hour-long orientation meeting, then choose from monthly community service projects. Orientation will be 6 p.m. Aug. 22. Jen Kivlin, 703-246-3895, jkivlin@volunteerfairfax.org.

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers, 18 and older, to hold dogs available for adoption at Saturday pet adoption events in Chantilly. 703-691-4278, www.hart90.org.

4Paws Rescue Group needs volunteers 18 and older to work at the Petco in Alexandria once a week. Volunteers will scoop litter, provide fresh food and water and play and nurture two cats in a quiet room. A six-month commit is requested. 703-715-6369, info@fourpaws.org, www.fourpaws.org.

Our Daily Bread needs volunteer business and community groups to collect and deliver food to clients one or two Sundays a year and volunteer financial mentors and budget class instructors. Donations of funds, backpacks and calculators to provide school supplies for 700 children in central Fairfax and Falls Church are also needed. 703-273-8829, info@odbfairfax.org, www.odbfairfax.org.

Capital Caring needs volunteers to work in two hospice boutique stores in Falls Church. The stores are open daily and provide support to hospice patients. pwelch@capitalcaring.org, 703-531-6232, www.capitalcaring.org.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others in Springfield needs volunteers to help sort and pack donated school supplies for backpacks to needy families. ECHO also needs a volunteer to co-chair the supervision of three major food donation drives by other organizations for ECHO’s food pantry. Duties include working with the donor organizations on logistics, recruiting volunteers to sort the food and following up with final reports. echoadmin@verizon.net.

Rebuilding Together-Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church needs skilled and semi-skilled handy people to work on homes owned by low income seniors and people with disabilities across Fairfax County, especially in Burke, Fairfax and Springfield. 703-528-1999, info@rebuildingtogether-aff.org.

Academic Year in America needs host families for high school foreign exchange students 15-18 for the 2012-13 school year. Louise, 540-286-1516, www.academicyear.org.

The St. Mark English as a Second Language program needs volunteers to help adult learners master English, prepare to become U.S. citizens and acclimate to U.S. culture. Classes are at St. Mark Catholic School, 9972 Vale Rd., Vienna. Bilingual volunteers with Korean-English, Vietnamese-English and Arabic-English proficiency are needed. st.mark.esl@gmail.com.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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