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Fairfax County volunteer opportunities

Thursday, March 10, 2011;

Venture Into Volunteering Fair, older adults will learn about various opportunities from representatives of local nonprofit groups and Fairfax County. The fair will be 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Columbia@Crossroads, 3245 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church. 703-704-6075.

Our Daily Bread and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. will host a seminar to train financial literacy volunteers to teach budgeting strategies to working families in the Fairfax County area. The seminar will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday at Our Daily Bread's offices, 10777 Main St., Room 310, Fairfax. Lunch will be provided. 703-273-8829, www.our-daily-bread.org.

EurAuPair Intercultural Child Care Program needs volunteers to become community counselors to work with au pairs, ages 18-26, from abroad. Volunteers teach them about U.S. culture and help with host family screening and maintaining monthly contact with host families. 703-209-6481, www.euraupair.com/volunteerinfo.html.

ReSET, a nonprofit organization, needs volunteers to lead students in hands-on science and math experiments in elementary schools. Retired and working volunteers present programs in their fields of interest, working with teachers to reinforce classroom learning and spark enthusiasm for science. No education background is required. Training is provided, and expenses are covered. John Meagher, 703-250-0236, johnmeagher@cox.net; www.resetonline.org.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary needs adult and teen volunteers to work at its thrift store near Fairfax Circle. The store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 703-273-3519, inovafairoakshospitalthriftshop@inova.org.

Haven of Northern Virginia will hold free training sessions for bereavement volunteers, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, April 4-15. Registration is required. 703-941-7000, havenofnova@verizon.net, www.havenofnova.org.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers for patrols to assist boaters on the Potomac River. Training is provided. Rich Miller, eaglesailor75@cox.net, 703-780-3765.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon March 19, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@casafairfax.org.

The Naomi Project, sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers in Northern Virginia. Mentors are trained to work one-on-one with a mother to provide information on good health during pregnancy and for newborns, to locate services and equipment, to provide reinforcement and to model sound parenting skills. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. The next training session will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 19, Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St., Falls Church. A registration fee of $35 covers a background check, study materials and lunch. Laura Greenspan, 703-860-2633, naomiproject@hotmail.com; www.naomiproject.org.

Inova Blood Donor Services needs volunteers to help with donor registration, monitoring and recruiting at blood drives, administrative duties, including clerical work and event planning. Toba Azimi, 571-434-3636, toba.azimi@inova.org.

Friends of the National World War II Memorial needs volunteers to welcome and talk with visitors at the memorial. All volunteers must register with the National Park Service as a part of the Volunteers-in-Parks program. Training and mentoring are provided. George Kerestes, 703-569-1747, ghkerestes@wwiimemorialfriends.org, www.wwiimemorialfriends.org.

Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society needs volunteers to provide foster care to rescued cats. Food and litter expenses are reimbursed. 703-264-0387, littlebuddies@erols.com.

The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging needs Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers to act as liaisons by empowering caregivers and seniors to identify, prevent and report instances of Medicare fraud. Training will be in the spring. Nancy Siford, nsiford@thev4a.org; 800-938-8885.

Travelers Aid at Dulles International Airport needs volunteer information and customer service specialists to assist passengers throughout the airport, answer questions, provide information about the airport and the region and direct passengers to gates and concourses. Volunteers work three- to four-hour shifts, preferably on a weekly basis. Training is provided. 703-572-7350, volunteer@mwaa.com.

Fairfax Pets on Wheels needs volunteers to take their pets to visit nursing home residents. The program includes 11 Fairfax County nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Pets must have a behavior assessment and a health certificate completed by a veterinarian. Volunteers complete an online application and attend an orientation meeting and on-site training. Visitation schedules are flexible. 703-324-5406, www.fpow.org.

- Compiled by Jean Mack

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