Loudoun County volunteer opportunities

By Sandy Mauck
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 1:14 AM

AARP tax assistance program: Volunteers are needed to file electronically 2010 federal and state income tax forms. A five-day training using IRS computers and software will be provided. Volunteers become IRS-certified tax counselors after completing the training and passing an IRS examination. www.aarp.org/taxaide.

American Red Cross: Volunteers are needed to greet donors at blood drives and offer them reading materials and refreshments. One-hour training sessions are offered. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

Balls Bluff Battlefield: Guides are needed to lead visitors around the historic site. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will train volunteers. 703-779-9372, templehallfarm@nvrpa.org.

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve: Volunteers are needed to help the preserve manager remove invasive plants. Equipment is provided; take work gloves and beverages. 703-507-5165, groundhog0369@msn.com.

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve: Volunteers greet visitors and answer questions about the preserve. Some weekend shifts are available. Contact Rhonda Chocha to attend the next orientation. 571-246-7408, rchocha@hotmail.com.

Blue Ridge Hospice: Help is needed sorting donated merchandise. 540-536-5210, www.blueridgehospice.org.

Chorus of the Old Dominion: Male singers of all ages are needed for barbershop-style singing. Must have basic music experience and be able to sing on pitch. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings in Leesburg. 703-348-0071 or info@odchorus.org.

Claude Moore Recreation Center Teen Night Program: Volunteers are needed to help with check-in and check-out, organizing and helping with activities and chaperoning from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays during the school year. Staff members will help supervise the program. Call Sharon at 571-258-3600.

CrisisLink: A suicide and crisis hotline; volunteers must be at least 21, complete 60 hours of training and work three hours a week. Volunteers are also needed to update a database. 703-527-6016, www.crisislink.org.

Dulles International Airport: Volunteers greet and help travelers at the information desk for one weekly shift of three to four hours. Experience in airline operations and customer service and knowledge of foreign languages are helpful but not required. 703-572-7350, volunteer@mwaa.com.

Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center: Help is needed with ticket and concession sales and ushering. 540-338-7973, www.franklinparkartscenter.org.

Good Shepherd Alliance: Volunteers are needed to help in the thrift stores. 703-724-1555.

Girl Scouts of America: Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors a few hours a month. 202-237-1670, 800-523-7898.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind: Volunteers are needed for the puppy-raising program. 866-432-5227, www.guidingeyes.org.

Habitat for Humanity Restore: Outlets accept donated goods for resale to the public for less than retail price to help fund the construction of Habitat homes in the community. Donations of building supplies and new or used furniture are needed at the Purcellville store. 540-759-4508, www.habitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity Restore: Volunteers are needed for all skill levels and flexible working shifts. Duties include cashiering, general warehouse help, stocking, sorting merchandising, customer service and appliance-large furniture donation pick-up. No experience necessary. Training will be provided. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 540-579-4508, www.loudounhabitat.org.

Happy Face Kids Charity: Volunteers are needed to help a nonprofit organization plan and organize a charity walk and motorcycle ride to benefit families with children with Down syndrome and other special needs. 571-313-1489, happyfacekids1@aol.com, www.happyfacekidscharity.org.

Home-delivered meals program: Deliver warm meals to homebound seniors in Loudoun County. 703-777-0257, dbressle@loudoun.gov.

Loudoun Community Free Clinic: Doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, educators, Spanish interpreters, administrators, dietitians and grant writers are needed at the clinic, which offers health care to the uninsured. Flexible shifts. 703-779-5412, www.loudounfreeclinic.org.

Loudoun County and regional panels: Volunteers are needed for the following panels. 703-771-5034, rosey.rai@loudoun.gov, www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

l Advisory Commission on Youth: One at-large representative.

l Animal Advisory Committee: Broad Run and Dulles Districts.

l Commission on Aging: Sterling District.

l Community Criminal Justice Board: At-large representative.

l Commuter Bus Advisory Board: At-large representative and Sterling District.

l Disability Services Board: Two at-large representatives.

l Facilities Standards Manual Public Review Committee: At-large representative.

l Family Services Board: One at-large representative.

l Heritage Farm Museum Working Committee: One representative of the public to serve on a committee to facilitate implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the museum.

l Housing Choice Voucher Resident Advisory Board: Three regular members and one alternate. (Board members must be a resident of a Housing Choice Voucher household.) 703-737-8969.

l Loudoun Health Council: One local doctor and one health-care professional.

l Parks, Recreation and Open Space Board: Broad Run District.

l Transportation Safety Commission: Sugarland Run District.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging: Volunteers are needed to help with the Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program to help people save money and get the health care they need. Training is provided. 703-777-0257.

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center: Volunteers are needed to conduct basic computer skills and job-readiness skills workshops for job seekers. 703-777-0688.

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers are needed to help in the Restore and to serve on committees and help with Loudoun Habitat's mission. 703-737-6772, www.loudounhabitat.org.

Loudoun Library Foundation: Help receive, sort, pack and move books donated to the foundation for its annual book sale to benefit local libraries. 703-779-2252.

Loudoun Literacy Council: Volunteers are needed to teach English as a Second Language to adults or work with students preparing for the GED test. 703-777-2205, www.loudounliteracy.org.

Loudoun Symphony: Ushers are needed, and positions are also available in the box office, symphony office and for special events. Volunteers receive free admission to concerts. 703-771-8287, www.loudounsymphony.org.

Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers: Help seniors and people with disabilities with transportation and other needs. 703-779-8617, www.lvcaregivers.org.

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy: Work to preserve and protect Loudoun County's natural resources. Openings are available for board members and committee chairs. volunteer@loudounwildlife.org, www.loudounwildlife.org.

Make-a-Wish Foundation: Spanish speakers needed to help children with life-threatening illnesses. 301-962-9474.

MADD Loudoun: Volunteers assemble ribbons for the annual Tie One On for Safety campaign. Stores and businesses are needed to distribute the ribbons. Students can receive two community-service hours for every 500 ribbons. 703-771-8127, maddloudoun@aol.com.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Visit nursing homes and assisted-living facilities four hours a week. Responsibilities include promoting residents' rights by working with them, their families and facility staff. 703-324-5861, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ltcombudsman.

Northern Virginia Family Service Special Foster Care program: Volunteers are needed to provide stable, loving homes to boys or girls who must temporarily be separated from their families because of abuse or neglect. Training and support are provided. Contact Ginny Snaider, 703-219-2184, www.nvfs.org.

Paws4People: Work at an organization that trains therapy dogs for classrooms, nursing homes and hospitals. Dog handlers, administrators, director of community outreach, Web master and Web content manager are needed. volunteer.p4p@gmail.com, www.paws4people.org.

Prison Fellowship Ministries: Serve meals, assemble packets, send out mailings and assist with manual labor. 703-554-8440, emily_bear@pfm.org.

Reading Buddies: Teens needed to read to children ages 3-5 at Ashburn Library at 4:30 p.m. Mondays. www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg: Volunteers are needed to assist with habitat restoration, interpretive walks, tours of the manor house, clerical work, installation of birdhouses and event planning. 540-882-4405, ahgarvey@aol.com.

Senior Center at Cascades: Call for a list of volunteer opportunities. 703-430-2397.

Wildlife Rescue League: A coordinator and a newsletter editor are needed. 703-391-8625 or volcoord@wildliferescueleague.org.

W&OD Trail Patrol: Adult volunteers are needed on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail to ensure safety, courtesy and goodwill. 703-726-6993, jmboone@adelphia.net.

YMCA of Loudoun: Provide companionship for boys and girls through the Big Friends Program. Must be at least 18. Commitment of two or more hours per week required. 703-777-9622.

Young Voices Foundation: Educational nonprofit group dedicated to mentoring young writers needs volunteer Web master and Web content manager, administrative assistant and readers-judges for the Young Voices Awards, honoring books that inspire, mentor and educate the reader. Call 540-338-5064, www.youngvoicesfoundation.org or e-mail bcarducci@comcast.net.

- Compiled by Sandy Mauck


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