Thursday, February 15, 2007

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

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, to locate needed information and services, to model sound parenting skills, and to support the client's planning for a healthy, stable future. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. For information on the training session, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633, e-mail naomiproject@hotmail.com or visit http://www.naomiproject.org.

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

Fairfax County Department of Family Services needs volunteer facilitators for a child abuse prevention parent-child education program. Volunteers can work with parents or children in once-a-week evening meetings at which dinner is provided. The next volunteer training, which entails three sessions, will be 5-9:30 p.m. March 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 31 and an evening observation of a group in session during the week of March 26. Contact Laurie Eytel at 703-324-7871 or by e-mail at laurie.eytel@fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross needs volunteer to assist at blood donation sites throughout the region. Volunteers greet donors, provide them with essential reading materials, serve refreshments and observe them for post-donation reactions to giving blood. Training is provided. Volunteers must be 14 or older, and a commitment of two or more blood drive shifts a month is required. Blood drive shifts last 4.5-6 hours. Contact the volunteer office at 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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