Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

June 26, 2013

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program needs volunteers to help with summer camps where people with and without disabilities learn to ride horses. Training covering safety around horses and working with people with disabilities is provided. www.nvtrp.org, info@nvtrp.org.

Fairfax County’s Lorton Library chess club needs an adult who has chess experience to teach the game to players of all skill levels. A commitment of one or two Saturdays a month is required. Ann Heising, 703-339-7385, aheisi@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region needs youth volunteers to assist at blood drives. Volunteers can earn service learning hours. A commitment of one to two blood drives per month is requested. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1; terryann.karloff@redcross.org.

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum needs volunteer docents 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Docents greet museum visitors and tell them about the exhibits, the museum and its railroad and Civil War history. Training and orientation are provided. Volunteers are also needed for gardening, publicity and exhibit planning. Michael, 703-945-7483.

The Fairfax Master Naturalists need volunteers to become master naturalists. Take a basic training course on Thursday evenings, Sept. 5-Nov. 21, then work with public and private organizations to preserve and protect parks and natural areas, taking on activities such as plant and animal surveys, stream monitoring, trail rehabilitation, plant rescues and teaching in nature centers. Applications are due Aug. 1. www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/fairfax.html, fairfaxmasternaturalists@gmail.com.

The Northern Virginia Football Officials Association needs high school football officials and clock operators. Formal classroom and field training is provided. Experience is not required. 540-837-1316, recruiting@nvfoa.com, www.nvfoa.com.

St. Mark’s English as a Second Language program needs volunteers to help adult learners master the English language and prepare for U.S. citizenship, in the 2013-14 academic year. Volunteer 2-3 hours one evening a week as an ESL teacher or aide, citizenship teacher or aide, conversation group facilitator or occasional substitute teacher or aide. Volunteers are also needed to support student outreach as Korean, Arabic or Vietnamese translators. http://service.www.stmark.org/esl/, st.mark.esl@gmail.com.

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers 18 and older to hold dogs at adoption events on Saturdays. Foster homes are also needed for dogs and cats. 703-691-4278, www.hart90.org.

Rebuild Warehouse needs volunteers to help with moving and lifting, sales and pricing, Internet sales and organizing displays, Saturdays, at the recycled building materials warehouse in Springfield. 703-280-1719, volunteer@rebuildwarehouse.org, www.rebuildwarehouse.org.

Mount Vernon at Home needs volunteers to help Mount Vernon area seniors with transportation, home services/maintenance, errands and household support. 703-303-4060, info@mountvernonathome.org.

The Fairfax County Park Authority needs volunteers to assist at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, July 15-20. Volunteers are needed to be walking scorers, forecaddies and standard bearers. 703-493-8849, mary.cline@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteer boat crew members on their patrol boats to assist boaters on the Potomac River. Training and equipment are provided. 703-780-3765, eaglesailor75@cox.net.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive adults to weekly health and wellness programs. Volunteers are also needed to help older adults fill out applications for SNAP, a food subsidy program for low-income people. 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults.

Fairfax County needs respite care volunteers throughout the county to visit and oversee the safety of frail older adults, for a few hours each month. 703-324-7577, kristin.martin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Humane Society of Fairfax County needs volunteers to help staff its thrift store, 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.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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