Thursday, September 28, 2006

The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.

Childhelp USA, dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, needs mentors and tutors at its advocacy center in Fairfax. Volunteer mentors provide friendship, emotional support, social experiences and career exploration to help children stay in school and out of trouble. A one-year commitment of at least two monthly meetings with a child is required. Volunteer tutors provide academic help for children in reading, vocabulary, math, science, history and completing homework and projects. Training and supervision are provided. Seniors are encouraged to become volunteers. For information, contact Cheryl Ray at 703-208-1549 or cray@childhelp.org .

The Naomi Project needs mentors to help disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers learn about good health during pregnancy, locate information, services and equipment, provide positive reinforcement, model sound parenting skills and support them as they plan for stable futures. Spanish speakers are especially needed. The next training session will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. A $20 fee covers a background check, study materials and lunch. For information, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit http://www.naomiproject.org .

The Women's Center , a nonprofit agency in Vienna whose mission is to improve the psychological, career, financial and legal well-being of women and their families, regardless of ability to pay, has opportunities in various departments. A commitment of four hours a week for four months is requested. For information, visit http://www.thewomenscenter.org or call 703-281-2657.

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