Thursday, February 8, 2007

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

The Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network needs volunteers to be sexual assault and domestic abuse counselors on its crisis hotline. Bilingual, bicultural, male and female volunteers are especially welcome. Required training will be held on Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays, April 7-May 25. For more information or to apply to volunteer, call 703-799-8253.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival needs help with all aspects of festival events and programs. The festival runs from March 31 to April 15. To see specific opportunities and complete the online application, visit http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. For more information, call Sue Murphy at 202-661-1143 or e-mail volunteer@downtowndc.org.

The N aomi Project needs volunteers to serve as mentors to disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. Mentors are matched with a client in a one-on-one relationship to help the client learn about good health during pregnancy and for the newborn, locate needed information and services, model sound parenting skills and support the client's planning for a healthy, stable future. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. For information on the upcoming training session, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633, e-mail naomiproject@hotmail.com or visit http://www.naomiproject.org.

Greenspring, a continuing-care retirement community in Springfield, needs volunteers 14 and older to read to residents, assist with arts and crafts or share other talents with the residents. Contact Elke Martin at 703-923-3131, Ext. 4780, or elmartin@eriksonmail.com.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers to move its Baileys Crossroads thrift store to Centreville on Feb. 24 and 25. Helpers will pack merchandise, dismantle store furnishings, load and unload trucks and move items. Call 703-219-2193 or e-mail volunteer@nvfs.org.

The Center for Multicultural Human Services needs volunteers for two programs for immigrant parents and their children who attend Timber Lane and Pine Spring elementary schools in the Falls Church section of the county. Volunteers are needed to teach English to parents while other volunteers help children with socialization skills, reading appreciation and homework. Orientation and teaching materials are provided. The classes run 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 20-May 24. Call 703-533-3302, Ext. 107, or e-mail Ellen Klene at eklene@cmhs.org.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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