Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

October 10, 2012

The Vienna Saturday Farmers Market is hosting a clothing drive for homeless teens of Shelter House, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays in October. Bring new or gently used gloves, hats, coats, sweaters, pants, athletic wear and other clothing items to the Caboose parking lot, Church St. NE, Vienna. manager@viennafarmersmarket.com.

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. Required two-day training will be 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 20 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. Both sessions are required. A $40 fee covers books, materials and instruction. 703-237-0866, Ext. 111; www.lcnv.org.

Falls Church needs volunteers of all ages for the Fall Community Clean-Up, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers will meet at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., to collect a litter kit and instructions. Groups are welcome and can request a particular park or area of town. 703-248-5456, alohrenz@fallschurchva.gov. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a picnic for all city volunteers at Cherry Hill Park. 703-248-5003, publicinfo@fallschurchva.gov.

Fairfax County’s Volunteer Solutions has a variety of volunteer opportunities. A volunteer is needed to provide transportation to an older adult who lives in Falls Church and to help with grocery shopping. Fairfax County’s Adult Day Health Care Center in Herndon needs a licensed hairdresser, lunch assistants and a piano player. 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices.

Volunteer Fairfax is hosting an information day to help families learn different ways to get children involved in volunteering, 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday, Tysons Corner Microsoft Store, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., Tysons Corner. Meg Emery, 703-246-3533, memery@volunteerfairfax.org.

The Annandale Christian Community for Action needs volunteers to help with the Annandale Crop Walk at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday. The walk raises funds for the hunger, disaster, refu­gee relief and development programs of Church World Service. Volunteers are needed to walk, provide refreshments and sponsor walkers. Camille Mittelholtz, 703-573-0074, kmittelholtz1@cox.net.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to help older adults apply for SNAP/Food Stamps in the Reston and Herndon areas. Training will be provided on Oct. 30. Michelle Miller, 703-324-5419, michelle.miller@fairfaxcounty.gov. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.

St. Mark ESL Program needs volunteers to spend 2-3 hours a week helping adult learners master the English language, prepare to become U.S. citizens and acclimate to American culture. All classes meet at St. Mark Catholic School, 9972 Vale Rd., Vienna. Teaching and non-teaching volunteers are needed. st.mark.esl@gmail.com.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers to work one-on-one with low-income seniors to help them plan and maintain monthly budgets, enroll in benefit programs and provide friendly support. Navara Cannon, 571-748-2536, volunteer@nvfs.org.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial group needs volunteers to welcome and talk with visitors at the memorial. All volunteers must register with the National Park Service as a part of the Volunteers-in-Parks program. Training and mentoring are provided. George Kerestes, 703-569-1747, ghkerestes@wwiimemorialfriends.org, www.wwiimemorialfriends.org.

AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms for low- to moderate-income and elderly residents. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Must be able to use a computer. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to evaluate the scholarship applications of students from the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. Foreign students will spend one year living with a U.S. family and attending a U.S. high school, while U.S. students will live overseas to study languages. Evaluation of applications will be at the group’s office in the District from November through March. Training is provided. Megan Timmens, mtimmens@americancouncils.org, 202-833-7522.

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

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers, 18 and older, to hold dogs available for adoption at Saturday pet adoption events in Chantilly. Volunteers are also needed to foster dogs while they await adoption. 703-691-4278, www.hart90.org.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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