Thursday, January 25, 2007

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

The Fairfax County Department of Family Service' BeFriend-A-Child program needs mentors, especially black men, for boys ages 5-12. Volunteers must be 21 or older and commit to meeting their assigned child for eight hours a month for at least a year. Screening, training and coaching are

provided. The next training session is 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb 3. Contact Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or chuck.berlin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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

Volunteers for Change, a program designed for busy adults, features a flexible monthly calendar of more than 45 projects throughout Northern Virginia. Attend an hour-long orientation meeting, then choose from the program's monthly community service projects, which include planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult students in English, playing bingo with people with disabilities and helping with community-wide events. Orientation meetings will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 7. Contact Ann Doyle at 703-246-3460 or adoyle@volunteerfairfax.org.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia seeks tutors to help adults learn to speak, read and write English. Students are eager to improve their English literacy skills by working one-on-one with trained volunteers. Literacy tutor training workshop will be 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17 at James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. A $35 training fee covers books, materials and instruction. Registration is required. 703-237-0866 or volunteers@lcnv.org.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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