Thursday, October 26, 2006

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

The Volunteer Learning Program sponsored by the Fairfax County public schools' Office of Adult and Community Education needs volunteers to work one-on-one with adult learners in libraries or classrooms during day and evening hours. Training is provided. For more information, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu .

AARP Tax-Aide, a volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs workers to electronically complete and file 2006 federal and state income tax returns. Ability to use a computer is required. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. All volunteers become IRS-certified by passing the agency's examination. Free training is provided. For information, contact Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or pcallahan@cox.net or visit http://www.aarp.org/taxaide .

The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to help screen applications for a scholarship for students from areas of the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Serbia and Montenegro. Funding for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and A-SMYLE, or America-Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange, programs is provided by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students spend one year living with an American family and attending a U.S. high school. Evaluation of applications will take place from November through March in the District. Training is provided. For information, call the American Councils' FLEX department at 202-833-7522.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs tutors to help adults learn to speak, understand, read and write English. A tutor is trained, matched with a student and encouraged to meet the student weekly for an hour and a half. No teaching or foreign-language skills are required. Training workshops are 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 and 18 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. A $35 fee covers books, materials and instruction. For information, call 703-237-0866.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to work with children who have been referred by the Juvenile Court for abuse or neglect. Responsibilities include visiting the child twice a month, advocating for services, writing court reports and being present in court. Volunteers must commit to about 20 hours a month for at least a year. No prior experience is necessary. Training is provided. For more information, contact Meloni Hinnant at 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, or mhinnant@casafairfax.org , or visit http://www.casafairfax.org .

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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