Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

November 14, 2012

The Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington needs volunteers to assist at the Senior Tech Computer Center at Landmark Shopping Mall. Instructors and coaches are needed for beginning and advanced classes and workshops. Charles Cook, chasfcook@aol.com; Marcie Mishkin, 240-395-0916.

Our Daily Bread needs volunteers to sponsor needy individuals and families for Thanksgiving meals, December holiday meals and gifts for children in December. Donations are also needed to buy gift cards for families. www.odbfairfax.org, hpassist@odbfairfax.org, 703-273-8829.

The Lorton Community Action Center is collecting used coats, gloves, scarves and boots and new hats. Items should be clean and ready for use. Take items to LCAC, 9518 Richmond Hwy., Lorton, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 703-339-5161, info@lortonaction.org.

Arms Outstretched Ministries needs volunteers to help wrap gifts at Pentagon City Mall, Dec. 7-24. Proceeds support programs that help wounded soldiers at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed hospitals. Shifts are three hours; parking is free. Lucy Caldwell, 703-856-5201, www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0444AAA62F4-make/5949784.

Main Street Child Development Center in Fairfax City needs an adult volunteer to assist with front office phones, greetings and administrative work, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. three days a week. The volunteer must be a strong Spanish speaker and enjoy working with young children. 703-273-1192.

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 Saturday, Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs tutors to help immigrant adults speak, read and write English. 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. Three required training sessions will be held: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 1 and 9:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Dec. 8, at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. A $40 training fee covers books, other materials and instruction. 703-237-0866, Ext. 111, www.lcnv.org.

Rebuilding Together-Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church needs skilled and semi-skilled men and women to work on homes owned by low income seniors and people with disabilities in Fairfax County. Sheila Martin, 703-528-1999, sheilam@rebuildingtogether-aff.org.

Reston Town Center needs volunteers to assist with the annual Reston Holiday Parade on Nov. 23. Jobs include check-in, staging area managers, line marshals, pacers, character assistance and balloon handlers. 703-689-4699, www.restontowncenter.com/volunteer, rtc@myerspr.com.

The Humane Society of Fairfax County needs volunteers to help staff its thrift store, at 4055 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax. Hours are flexible. 703-385-7387, www.hsfc.org.

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus needs adult volunteers to work in a variety of service areas. 703-776-3104, www.inova.org.

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.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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