Thursday, December 7, 2006

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

The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area needs volunteers to visit nursing homes and hospitals throughout the area on Christmas. http://www.holidayproject.org, 703-370-0370.

CrisisLink needs help on its crisis hotline. Recruitment and interviews for the February volunteer training session are underway. 703-527-6016.

Furry Suits Rescue, an all-breed companion animal rescue organization, needs foster families and adoption event volunteers. 571-426-6674, http://www.furrysuitsrescue.org.

The Clifton Senior Friends Club needs volunteers to provide general program support and share hobbies, talents and travelogues. The club, a coeducational social program for seniors who are socially isolated because of memory problems and physical limitations, will meet 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Jan. 16. Volunteer orientation sessions will be in early January. Contact Carol Deal at 703-830-3175 or carol-cliftonpc@vacoxmail.com.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs volunteers to assist at blood donation sites during the holiday season. Volunteers will greet donors, provide them with essential reading materials, serve refreshments and observe donors for post-donation reactions to giving blood. Training is provided. Volunteers must be 14 or older. Shifts last 4-5 1/2 hours during weekdays and early evening. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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