Thursday, October 25, 2007

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

AARP Tax-Aide, a volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteer counselors to electronically complete and file 2007 federal and state income tax forms. Counselors receive free training and must pass the IRS examination to become IRS certified. Ability to use a computer is required. Contact Dottie Dake at 703-534-7359 or e-mail dldake@comcast.net, or call 888-227-7669 or visit http://www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The Fairfax County Middle School After-School program needs volunteers to work with groups of students in a variety of academic, youth development and recreational activities from 2:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays. The work could include tutoring, dance, cooking, painting, gardening or creative writing, or supervising an activity in literacy, math, technology or science, teaching drama, coaching a sports activity, sponsoring a dance club or leading aerobics. All programs are based in middle schools. E-mail a letter of interest to the program coordinator at fairfaxyouth@fairfaxcounty.gov or fax it to 703-222-9792. Visit http://www.fairfaxyouth.org for more information.

Reston Association's Weed Warriors need volunteers to pull out the oriental bittersweet, an invasive plant that competes with native plants for water and sunlight. The group will work from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday along the pathway between Fieldview Drive and Bright Pond Lane. Meet at the end of Bright Pond Lane cul-de-sac. Call Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org.

VolunteerFest, the 13th annual countywide day of service, held in conjunction with national "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday, offers 41 volunteer opportunities for families, individuals, civic groups and corporations. Projects such as building outdoor classrooms, assembling care packages for troops overseas, creating a wildlife habitat, organizing winter clothing donations and helping test Fairfax County's mass inoculation emergency plan will be sponsored. To register or for more information, visit http://www.volunteerfairfax.org or call Erin Caplin at 703-246-3470. The registration deadline is Friday.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia needs volunteers and walkers for its annual Epilepsy Awareness Stroll on Nov. 10 at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. Duties include setup, registration, assisting with a silent auction and cleanup. To volunteer, call Dana Douglas at 703-425-6660 or e-mail danadouglas@cox.net.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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