Loudoun County volunteer opportunities

Thursday, March 10, 2011; T28

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 throughout the historic site. The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will train volunteers. The next training session will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, 60 Ida Lee Dr., Leesburg (lower level social hall room C). 703-779-9372, templehallfarm@nvrpa.org.

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

Blossom and Bloom Thrift Shop: Volunteers are needed to work in the shop 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Benefits ECHO and the Arc of Loudoun, helping children and adults with disabilities. 703-777-3286.

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.

Dodona Manor: Docents are neewww.crisislink.orgded for museum tours. Informational meeting today at 7 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m., Dodona Manor, 217 Edwards Ferry Rd., Leesburg. 703-777-1301, toursgeorgecmarshall.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 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: 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 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 County fire-rescue: Volunteers are needed for operational and administrative positions for Loudoun's 20 fire and rescue volunteer stations. Opportunities include firefighter, emergency medical technician, emergency vehicle operator, chaplain, Web designer, fundraising and event and membership coordination. Training is provided. 703-777-0595, www.answerthecall.info.

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 for the 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 Master Gardener program: Volunteer training is offered through the Loudoun Extension Office to assist the Urban Horticulturist in providing service and educational programs for Loudoun residents. 703-777-0373.

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 senior citizens and people with disabilities with transportation and other needs. 703-779-8617, .

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy: Openings are available for board members and committee leaders. 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 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.

Plant-a-Row Loudoun: Volunteers are needed throughout the county to plant an extra row for the hungry in their gardens. Food will be delivererd to the Loudoun County Interfaith Relief food pantry. 540-822-5138, www.feedloudoun.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.

Reset: Volunteers are needed to lead students in hands-on science and math experiments in elementary schools. Work with teachers to reinforce classroom learning and enthusiasm for science. Training is provided. 703-350-0236, johnmeagher@cox.net or www.resetonline.org.

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

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

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

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program: Volunteers contribute a few hours weekly during tax season to help prepare tax returns and serve as greeters, screeners, site coordinators and interpreters for low-income residents. Free tax certification training is provided by the IRS. 703-771-5718, 703-777-0505, www.nvacash.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 or see www.youngvoicesfoundation.org .

- Sandy Mauck


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