Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

October 2, 2013

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 two to three hours one evening a week as a teacher or aide, conversation group facilitator, a substitute teacher or aide, or photographer. Korean, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese translators are also needed. 9972 Vale Rd., Vienna. http://service.www.stmark.org/esl, st.mark.esl@gmail.com.

The American Heart Association needs volunteers for the Greater Washington Heart Walk on Nov. 9 at the Mall. 703-248-1784, www.greaterwashingtonheartwalk.org, joellen.brassfield@heart.org.

Fairfax County Meals on Wheels needs drivers in the Annandale, Franconia/Kingstowne, Reston, Mount Vernon and McLean areas. 703-324-5406, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults.

Fairfax County needs Somali-speaking volunteers to provide rides to an older adult in the Lorton area. 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults.

Lorton Senior Center needs a computer instructor to teach seniors on weekdays. Herndon Senior Center needs a teacher of basic knitting skills, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Bailey’s Senior Center needs a quilting teacher to work with older adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays. 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults.

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.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary needs adult volunteers to work in its thrift shop near Fairfax Circle, sorting and processing donations, doing customer checkout and providing customer service. A commitment of one 31 / 2-hour shift a week is requested. 703-273-3519, 703-391-3659.

Simple Changes, a therapeutic riding center in Lorton, needs volunteers, 14 and older, to help lead horses, walk alongside riders for safety and support and to provide general horse care. A commitment of at least 10 weeks is required. Corliss Wallingford, 703-402-3613.

The Jewish Council for the Aging needs volunteers to teach seniors to use computers and hand-held electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets, at the Computer Training Center at Landmark Shopping Center. Charles Cook, chasfcook@aol.com.

The Lorton Community Action Center needs volunteer tutors to work one-to-one with youths in grades two to six, helping with homework, math, spelling, reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. The program runs from October to June. No tutoring experience necessary. Volunteers are needed to work at the Lorton’s Attic thrift store. kathy@lortonaction.org.

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers 18 and older to hold dogs at adoption events on Saturdays, at Petco, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. 703-691-4278, www.hart90.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutors to help area immigrant adults learn to speak, read and write English. Tutors are trained and matched with a student based on geographic proximity and encouraged to meet with the student weekly for 90 minutes. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. Training will be Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. All sessions are required. A $50 training fee covers books, other materials and instruction. 703-237-0866, Ext. 111, www.lcnv.org, volunteers@lcnv.org.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 19, CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, Fairfax. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

— Compiled by Jean Mack

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