Helping During the Holidays

The following is a list of some area organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays.

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Alexandria Community Network Preschool
The preschool seeks donations of hats, gloves, tape recorders, headphones, car seats for infants and toddlers, child gates, strollers (double and single), children’s boots, short bookcases, a locker, duffel bags, hardcover preschool picture books and children’s dictionaries. Other needs include volunteers to help children use the computer. The school benefits most from items that can remain in the classroom and be used by all the students. The school is at 2210 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Contact Emily Vasquez, Ext. 14.

Alexandria Department of Human Services
Volunteers are needed to assist in the adopt-a-family, adopt-a-senior, adopt-a-teen and Santa-Claus-for-foster-children programs. Volunteers purchase gifts for families or individuals and deliver them to recipients before Christmas or to the department on Dec. 11 for distribution by social workers. Volunteers are also needed to receive and sort gifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10-13 and until 8 p.m. Dec. 11. 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. For more information, contact Suzanne Kratzok, volunteer services coordinator.

Alexandria Volunteer Bureau
The bureau has compiled a list of holiday volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups for the holiday season. Volunteers are needed for a range of activities, such as delivering food to the homebound, assisting with a toy drive, adopting a family or gift wrapping to help local organizations raise funds. To receive an updated copy of the list, call the bureau or visit its Web site,

Campagna Center
The center needs clothes for teenagers and is always looking for canned goods, toys for younger children and books. Drop off donations at 418 S. Washington St. in Alexandria, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Volunteers are also needed for Campagna Kids, a before- and after-school child care service; Head Start, a national preschool program; This Way House, a shelter that has provided counseling and refuge for more than 1,300 runaway youths in crisis situations since 1984; and Write to Read, a program that tutors disadvantaged children in reading.

Carpenter’s Shelter
Northern Virginia’s largest homeless shelter, serving 1,000 people annually, needs volunteers to sponsor homeless children and adults for holiday gifts, contribute to the shelter’s holiday party by sponsoring or serving refreshments, cook and serve dinner a week before and after Christmas, work at the hospitality desk (daytime and evening hours) and work evenings at the Hypothermia Program/Winter Shelter. Needed donations include cereal, coffee, powdered drink mixes, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes, diapers and other toiletries. The shelter is at 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria. For more information, contact Sarah Hogue.

Community Partners for Children
Community Partners for Children seeks help for its 11th annual Christmas Toy Donation Drive for needy children in Alexandria through Dec. 7. Items needed for the drive include books as well as new toys, sports equipment and clothing. Volunteers (bilingual volunteers welcome) are needed to sort gifts and entertain children on distribution day, Dec. 8.

Hopkins House
Hopkins House, at 1224 Princess St., Alexandria, needs monetary donations as well as preschool supplies, toys and children’s educational materials. Volunteers are needed to read to preschoolers. For more information, contact Jackie Balser, Ext. 23.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Northern Virginia
MADD needs volunteers to help with the seventh annual Red Ribbon Run, a 5K race and walk, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in Alexandria. Adults and teenagers are needed to handle registrations and monitor the course. No experience is required. Volunteers receive free long-sleeved T-shirts. Contact Mike Green.

United Community Ministries
Families are in need of children’s toys, clothes and games. Volunteers are needed to help set up the gift room and sort gifts Dec. 7-14 and distribute gifts Dec. 15-20. Volunteers also are needed Dec. 17-20 to sort gifts for the adopt-a-family program. The center is at 7511 Fordson Rd., Alexandria. Contact Sue Kelley. UCM has also been helping families and individuals laid off from jobs that service Reagan National Airport. Food donations are especially needed. For more information, call Ext. 338.

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Volunteer Center of Anne Arundel
If you are looking for volunteer opportunities in Anne Arundel, this nonprofit agency can match you with a local organization that needs your help. It also assists organizations in finding volunteers. For more information, call or drop by the office, 2666 Riva Rd., Suite 130, Annapolis.

Anne Arundel Food Bank
All food donations will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays at 1400 Generals Hwy., Crownsville. Monetary donations should be mailed to Anne Arundel Food Bank, P.O. Box 650 Crownsville, Md. 21032. For volunteer opportunities, please ask for Bruce.

Light House Shelter
The shelter is seeking gift certificates, money and nonperishable food donations. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve dinners and organize the food pantry from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily at 202 West St., Annapolis. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 6149 Annapolis, Md. 21401.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Drivers, driving assistants and other volunteers are needed to deliver and pack meals or make phone calls from sites in Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Severna Park. Meals are delivered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. Monetary donations should be mailed to 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, Md. 21224.

Salvation Army of Annapolis and Southern Anne Arundel
410-263-4091 or 410-768-0477
Volunteers are needed to coordinate the sorting of food and gifts for food baskets and stockings for low-income families; dress teddy bears and fill stockings for children 3 to 12 years old; adopt families for Christmas; and serve as bell ringers at various locations. Bears and stockings are provided, but donations are needed to fill the stockings. Information about the families is available at the Salvation Army office. Volunteers can include groups and individuals of all ages. Distribution of the food and gift baskets will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 20 at 351 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis, and Dec. 18 at 511 S. Crain Hwy., Glen Burnie.

Sarah’s House
Sarah’s House offers individuals and families temporary supportive housing. They are looking for volunteers to work directly with guests or to donate items such as diapers, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, bathroom tissue and more.

Severna Park Assistance Network
Donations of food, gift certificates and toys for its Holiday Caring Program are needed. SPAN is also looking for volunteers to sponsor a family and assist with creating holiday gift baskets. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at 400 Benfield Rd.

Winter Relief Program
The Winter Relief Program is a collective of churches in Annapolis, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Odenton, Pasadena and Severna Park that provides food and overnight shelter to single adults. For one week at a time, each church spearheads the program. The following need volunteers throughout the month of December:
Through Dec. 3: Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Glen Burnie. 410-766-8778.
Dec. 4-9: John Wesley, St. John, Metro UMC, Glen Burnie. 410-766-6981.
Dec. 10-16: Peace Lutheran, Glen Burnie. 410-766-3283.
Dec. 17-23: First Presbyterian, Annapolis. 410-267-8705.
Dec. 24-30: Pasadena UMC, Pasadena. 410-647-3090.
Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Linthicum Heights UMC, Linthicum. 410-859-0990.


Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless Inc.
The coalition seeks individuals, churches and businesses to adopt a family for Christmas. Families will be matched with groups, organizations or individuals. New toys, gift certificates and clothing for kids ages 2 weeks to 18 years are also appreciated. Call the shelter and ask for Katie Mirick or Arhelia Finnie. Take donations to 3103 N. Ninth Rd., Arlington.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network
In-kind donations requested for A-SPAN include winter clothes for men (coats, hats, gloves, underwear and socks), toothbrushes, toothpaste and disposable razors. Volunteers may participate in a holiday gift-wrapping fundraiser at Ballston Mall in two- or three-hour shifts from noon to 9 p.m. (Sundays until 6 p.m.) on Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 15-24. To arrange a donation or to wrap gifts, contact Ext. 17 or Shelter volunteers are also needed to prepare and donate meals in shifts, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and 5:30 to 7 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; contact Ext. 15 or Donations can be brought to Opportunity Place, 2708B S. Nelson St., Arlington, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
Money and volunteers are sought for all of the programs covered by Catholic Charities. In-kind donations are also sought: Christ House, 131 S. West St., Alexandria, needs warm clothing, cookware, a laptop with disk capability, educational toys, software, books and videos for children, bed rails for children, bedding and mentors for shelter residents; call 703-549-8644 or 703-548-4227. St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria, needs folding wheelchairs, canned and baked goods, paper products, personal care items and small items for Bingo prizes; call 703-751-2766. Hogar Hispano, 6201 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, needs a Xerox Memory Writer typewriter and an overhead projector; call 703-534-9805. Disabled Persons Services, 3838 Cathedral Lane, Arlington, needs cars, wheelchairs and communication boards for nonverbal people; call 703-841-2531.

The Hispanic Committee of Virginia
703-671-5666, 703-243-3033
The committee seeks monetary donations, gift certificates from grocery stores and clothing stores, used clothes and toys. Volunteers are needed for translation services, mentoring programs and special events help.

New Hope Housing
The organization, which provides shelter and opportunities to 800 individuals each year, is looking for people to buy presents from someone’s wish list in the adopt-a-family program; purchase, assemble and deliver food baskets; prepare treats for hypothermia shelters in Alexandria and Falls Church; prepare and serve Christmas dinner at the Kennedy Shelter in Fort Belvoir; and donate presents to Santa’s Workshop. Gift ideas include gift certificates, movie passes, umbrellas, phone cards, alarm clocks, towels, socks, laundry baskets, irons, ironing boards, bath and beauty baskets, flashlights, batteries and gifts for teenagers. Evening volunteers are also needed Dec. 17-19 to help with the operation of Santa’s Workshop. Gifts can be delivered to New Hope Housing Administrative Offices at 8407 E. Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Evening delivery is also possible if notice is given. Call Laura Martin, Ext. 13.

Offender Aid and Restoration
Arlington office
Volunteers and donations are needed to assist OAR’s Project Christmas Angel, an outreach to children whose parents will not be home for the holidays because of incarceration. Donations of the following unwrapped gifts for children up to age 16 are needed: games, toys, books or journals, movie passes, sports equipment and gift certificates. Donations of clothing are not requested. Additionally, gift certificates to grocery stores and financial contributions are needed to offset the cost of postage and wrapping supplies. Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts, which can be dropped off at 1400 N. Yule St., Arlington. For more information, contact Katie Steinbrook.

Secret Santa
Sponsors are needed to provide holiday meals and gifts for families through Arlington’s Secret Santa program, which assists more than 400 families a year. Participants also can donate food baskets, gift certificates for food and clothing, hats, scarves, mittens and used items including computers, sewing machines and children’s bikes. For more information, leave a message on the Secret Santa hot line, and a volunteer will return the call.

The Urban Alternative
The Urban Alternative needs donations of winter coats for children and adults, toys, gifts for adolescents, nonperishable food and materials for arts and crafts projects. Computer products such as nonperforated printer paper, disks and computer books also are needed. Volunteers are needed all year to assist in after-school children’s activities, teach computer classes and help with tax preparation. Donations can be taken to 860 S. Greenbrier St., Apt. G-4, Arlington, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Leni Gonzalez.

Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia
The Northern Virginia office needs ergonomic office chairs, relaxing cassettes or CDs, supplements such as Ensure and Boost, gift certificates for clothing, powder detergent, magazine racks, bus tokens and fare cards, a TV, a phone and an answering machine. A complete list of donation requests and volunteer opportunities is available at the Web site: under the heading “You Can Help.” Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at 5232 Lee Hwy., Arlington.


The Arc of D.C. Inc.
This advocacy group for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities needs gloves, hats, socks, sweat shirts or sweaters, wallets, watches, cassettes, portable radios or any clothing item. Gifts may be wrapped or unwrapped. If wrapped, attach a note indicating what the gift is and whether it is for a man or woman. Also needs volunteers to help prepare meals for holiday parties, put up and help decorate Christmas trees, take people shopping and interact with individuals. Take donations to Arc offices at 900 Varnum St. NE during business hours Monday through Friday.

Associates for Renewal in Education
This nonprofit needs toys, games and clothing for infants, toddlers and school-age children in about 30 centers citywide and neglected boys ages 14-18 who in group homes. Donations should be taken to 45 P St. NW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Bread for the City
This organization, which provides food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services to more than 8,000 low-income people monthly, needs food for holiday meals, monetary donations and new toys before Dec. 12. A $26 donation will provide a holiday dinner for a family of four. Take items to 1525 Seventh St. NW from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Bright Beginnings Inc.
This Head Start program for homeless children needs clothing, winter coats, blankets, toys, books and gifts for youngsters 6 weeks to 5 years old. Gift certificates for area grocery stores are needed as are traditional and pull-up diapers and baby wipes. Take items to 128 M St. NW 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center
New or clean used coats, scarves, hats, gloves, socks and books are needed for children ages 2 to 14. Take items to 1420 Columbia Rd. NW from 7-9 a.m. tomorrow, 7-8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14. Contact Gabby Bonilla.

Calvary Shelter
Seeking new socks, pantyhose, underwear, bras and toiletries. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals during the holidays.

Central Union Mission
This organization provides food, clothing and shelter to needy men, women and children. New clothes, toys, books, etc., are needed for the annual Christmas bag distribution on Dec. 15. Volunteers are needed to distribute these gifts and new and used toys and to help with a Christmas dinner on Dec. 21. Wrapped gifts may be left at the mission, 1350 R St. NW., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. To volunteer, contact Don Watson.

Christmas in April
This all-volunteer organization that rehabilitates homes of low-income elderly, families with children and disabled homeowners needs free warehouse space to store large items used for repair work. It needs volunteers, cash donations and such supplies as electric space heaters, extension cords, grab bars, portable toilet chairs, canned foods, new toys, paint (preferably white), ladders and nails and screws.

Coalition for the Homeless
Needs sheets, towels, toiletries, blankets, pots and pans, pillows, diapers, children’s toys, books, food and clothing items for men, women and children, especially coats and shoes. Items can be taken to Spring Road Family Apartments, 1433 Spring Rd. NW, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arrangements can be made for Saturday deliveries. Contact Gabrielle Butler or Ann Thomas.

Community Family Life Services
202-347-0511, Ext. 402
Serving the District’s poor and homeless, CFLS needs nonperishable food items, toiletries, unwrapped new toys for children 16 and under, books, stuffed animals, board games, building blocks, educational toys, puzzles, music store gift certificates, gift baskets of scented lotion, body gel and bubble bath, hats, scarves, mittens, socks, underwear and holiday decorations. Volunteers are needed to help set up and operate the Holiday Toy Drive from Dec. 9-15. Contact Bobby Cooper or e-mail

Community of Hope
Emergency shelter program needs food voucher certificates, twin- and full-size sheets, pillowcases, pillows, blankets and mattress covers, towels and washcloths, pots and pans, dishes and silverware, a van, coats, hats, gloves and thermal clothing. Financial help is greatly appreciated. Take items to 1417 Belmont St. NW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Margaret Allen, Ext. 201.

Covenant House Washington
This child-care organization needs volunteers to serve refreshments, distribute flashlights, direct youths and help with cleanup at its candlelight vigil next Wednesday. Christmas gifts are needed for ages 6 months to 5 years and 16-21. Contact Bonita Singletary.

Creative Child Development Center
This nonprofit is located in room B-278 at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh St. SW. It is accepting donations of CD-ROMS for ages 18 months to 5 years, child videos, music CDs, cassette tapes, books, toys, musical instruments, costumes, tricycles, bicycles, scooters, toddler 10-inch chairs and portable tape recorders. Donations are accepted from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact director Sonia Pinder.

Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries
202-636-4225, Ext. 1257
Goodwill needs volunteers to sort donations and work at one of 12 Goodwill stores. Duties include stocking merchandise and assisting holiday shoppers.

D.C. Central Kitchen
Needed: large frozen turkeys, pasta, canned goods, nonperishable items, kitchen equipment and checks specifically marked for food purchases, napkins, dinner-size paper plates and cups. Take items to the rear entrance of 425 Second St. NW. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends.

Devereaux Foundation
This nonprofit, which supports children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavior and developmental disabilities, needs volunteers to help teach and mentor at-risk youth. Also needed for children ages 6 to 12 are books, coats, hats, pants, shirts, shoes, boots, socks and sweaters. Take donations to 3050 R St. NW from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Dinner Program for Homeless Women
Boneless hams for Christmas, sample-size toiletries and candy are needed. Take donations to 945 G St. NW from 1-7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Employment for Former Offenders Receiving Treatment Services needs food, coats, undergarments, dresses, skirts, sweaters, pants and shoes for men, women and children. Money, computers and word-processing products are needed for computer literacy classes. Take items to 1603 Rhode Island Ave. NE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Family and Child Services
Needs gifts for children, teenagers and elderly homebound residents. The organization, at 929 L St. NW, will provide names, sizes and suggestions for individuals or families. Contact Sherrill P. Taylor.

Food & Friends
A provider of home-delivered meals and groceries to people with HIV or AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses, the group at 58 L St. SE. needs volunteers to prepare and package meals and groceries and deliver meals. Call or e-mail

Hannah House
The transitional house for homeless women and their children needs plus-size clothing, plastic storage bins, children’s games and videos and video games, houseplants and a new computer. Donations will be accepted at 612 M St. NW Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Healthy Babies Project
Unwrapped toys and new clothes for newborns and children to age 12 are needed for expectant mothers. Also needed are wrapping paper and toiletries and volunteers to serve and/or prepare meals, wrap gifts, solicit gift items and interact with children. Take donations, marked for the Healthy Babies Project, to 801 17th St. NE or the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, 1350 I St. NW, Suite 700, during business hours Monday through Friday.

Higher Achievement Program
The program, which assists fifth- through eighth-graders, needs tutors and other volunteers and such items as school and recreational supplies for children, computers for student use and office furniture. Contact Sarah Ward.

Hope Manna
The organization, which provides educational programs, job and housing referrals and substance abuse counseling, needs nonperishable and canned food, clothes for all ages, coats, boots, skull caps, socks, undergarments, diapers and cash donations. Items can be delivered to 2001 Benning Rd. NE from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact the Rev. Joyce M. Brooks.

House of Imagene Shelter
This shelter for the homeless and victims of domestic violence needs Christmas toys for children of all ages, cash donations and food for Christmas dinner. The shelter is at 214 P St. NW, and donations are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Inner Thoughts Inc./Redemption Ministry
This group, which serves the needy in Ward 8, primarily in Congress Heights, needs office and classroom supplies, cleaning supplies and equipment, blankets, folding tables, tool boxes with tools, ladders, Bibles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, books for all ages, computers, printers, scanners, professional attire for men and women, VCRs, gift certificates to local grocery stores, athletic equipment and personal computers that are Windows 95 and 98 compliant. Contact Brenda Shields or Ida King.

Kids’ Konnection
Needs new toys and new clothing and volunteers to make Christmas stockings. Collection of stockings will continue until Dec. 8, with distribution Dec. 15. Contact Theresa Mullen.

La Clinica del Pueblo
Needs unwrapped toys for children, labeled with age and sex, and nonperishable food items by Dec. 14. Items should be brought to the third floor of 1470 Irving St. NW from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Sally Hanlon.

Latin American Youth Center
202-319-2225 or 202-319-0443
This nonprofit youth and family center needs men’s suits; $20 gift certificates for places such as movie theaters, music and clothing stores; and supermarket food certificates for a holiday dinner. Also needs snacks for an after-school program and art supplies, including canvas, oil paints and acrylics. Donations may be brought to 1419 Columbia Rd. NW from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Contact Millie Perez.

Martha’s Table
Martha’s Table, which distributes meals to the homeless, will accept canned goods, clothing, toys, household and school supplies through Dec. 18 at 4910 Massachusetts Ave. NW or 5518 Connecticut Ave. NW from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care
202-483-8319, Ext. 306
Needs 500 new toys for children to age 12 to distribute at annual holiday party, along with snacks and drinks. Presents for pregnant women, winter coats for children and cash donations welcome. Contact Mary Beth Taylor from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

My Sister’s Place
202-529-5261, 24-hour hot line: 202-529-5991
This shelter for battered women needs gift certificates for grocery stores and Metro Farecards for emergency transportation for women and children. Because its location is confidential, send items or donations to MSP, Box 29596, Washington, D.C. 20017.

Neighbors’ Consejo
Needs 150 blankets for the homeless by the end of December. Blankets can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3118 16th St. NW or at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Suite 201. Contact Darlene at 202-608-4736.

Northwestern Human Services
This organization for the homeless mentally ill needs toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, socks, gloves, hats, jackets, coats, thermal underwear and other clothing. Drop off items at 1905 Ninth St. NE, Unit I, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Kathy McWilliams-Roth.

Project CHAMP
This pediatric HIV and AIDS organization at Children’s National Medical Center needs volunteers to donate new and unwrapped Christmas presents for children between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. before Dec. 15. Adult volunteers are needed during the year as big brothers and sisters to children with HIV. Contact Phyllis George.

Rachael’s Women’s Center
This day program for homeless women needs a Christmas tree, new clothing in large sizes, toiletries and nonperishable foods. Take items to 1222 11th St. NW from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Salvation Army Southeast Corps
Volunteer bell ringers are needed to collect contributions in the annual Red Kettle Campaign to help the poor. Contact Capt. Mark Banks.

Sasha Bruce Youthwork Inc.
This home for displaced teenagers needs clothing, nonperishable foods, toys, toiletries, towels, shoes and boots plus volunteers as mentors, tutors and activity aides. Drop off gifts at 741 Eighth St. SE from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

So Others Might Eat
202-797-0701, Ext. 104
The group needs nonperishable food items. Donations can be dropped off at 71 O St. NW or 60 O St. NW from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Southwest Community House Association
The association distributes more than 200 holiday food baskets and needs canned goods, frozen turkeys and money. Items may be brought to 156 Q St. SW from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Delores Mack or David Brewer.

Terrific Inc.’s Grandma Houses
This 24-hour residential program for abused and abandoned children needs clothes, dishware, dish towels, Tupperware, glassware, utensils, children’s furniture, window blind certificates and shower curtains. Volunteers are needed to work with special needs children and provide administrative and professional services support. Donations can be delivered to 1222 T St. NW from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Washington Animal Rescue League
Is collecting food, toys and blankets to benefit animals in low-income households. Donations may be brought to 71 Oglethorpe St. NW from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 15. Directions are available on


Alzheimer’s Family Day Center
The center seeks volunteers to assist with periodic large mailings and to participate in the annual Luminaria Celebration Dec. 7 and 8 in McLean. Other needs include monetary donations, entertainers and coffee-table books. For more information, contact Lin Noyes, clinical director.

Ecumenical Council Helping Others (ECHO)
703-569-9160 ECHO Inc. seeks donations of food, housewares, bedding, clothing, small appliances, children’s books and toys. No furniture, please. 7205 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Mental Health Services
To assist adults, families and group home residents, the agency requests outer clothing, gift certificates for grocery and retail stores, toys, sports equipment and games, craft activities, food baskets and toiletries. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 14 at 14150 Parkeast Cir., Suite 200, Chantilly. Contact Carol Taylor.

Food for Others
Food for Others, Northern Virginia’s largest provider of emergency food services, requests donations of nonperishable food. Items most needed include peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal, soups, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, meat chili with beans, dried beans and beef stew. For holiday assistance in December, frozen turkeys, stuffing and cranberry sauce are especially welcome. Volunteer opportunities include sponsoring a food drive, helping in the warehouse, distributing food on weekday evenings and picking up food from retailers on weekdays. Food can be brought to the warehouse at 2938 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Herndon-Reston FISH
Donations of nonperishable food items, toys, gifts and clothing for the needy will be collected at United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, Dec. 18-20. Volunteers also are needed to deliver boxes of collected items in Reston on Dec. 21 and 22. For more information, contact Barbara Guinee.

Lamb Center
This daytime drop-in center for the homeless needs men’s and children’s winter coats, hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags. Also needed are diapers, laundry detergent, coffee, creamer, powdered drink mixes, paper towels, paper plates, disposable utensils, soap, shampoo and monetary donations. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday on an ongoing basis to answer phones, handle food and work with laundry service. Donations may be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 3220 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. For more information, contact Steve Schlossberg or Barbara D’Annibale.

Lorton Community Action Center
703-339-5161 Volunteers are needed to help sort donations of food and gifts, assemble food and gift bags and distribute bags to the needy in shifts on Dec. 16 and 17. For more information, contact Kathy Noone, volunteer coordinator, at Ext. 12. In addition, donations will be accepted at the American Legion Hall, Legion Drive, Lorton. Items needed include unwrapped gifts for children, gift certificates for teenagers, new clothing and winter coats for children and teens, snack food, juices, canned vegetables and cranberry sauce, large boxes of Jell-O mix, boxes of stuffing, turkey gravy packets, canned or boxed potatoes, peanut butter, pasta and sauce, canned fruit, canned green beans, canned peas, cake mix and frosting, canned soup (no broth), tuna and cereal.

Main Street Child Development Center
703-273-1192 Volunteers are needed to read to children. The organization also needs donations of children’s clothing, winter jackets, hats, mittens, socks and underwear. All clothing should be for boys and girls sizes 4 to 8. The center is at 10830 Main St., Fairfax. For more information, contact Elizabeth Egan.

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)
703-246-3033 The Fairfax branch of OAR is accepting donations of men’s winter coats, hats and gloves, which can be dropped off at 10640 Page Ave., Fairfax. For more information, contact Lynn Reed, program manager.

Prevent a Litter Coalition (PaLC)
PaLC advocates responsible pet ownership by promoting spaying and neutering. The group, made up entirely of volunteers, needs a desktop copier and cartridges, a black and white laser printer and cartridges, a Healthy Back office chair, a fax machine that uses plain paper, an executive desk, a computer credenza, a HON four-drawer Grey Letter filing cabinet, frequent flier miles and six copies of the American Bar Association’s “Guidebook for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations.” Volunteers are sought for Web design, programming, marketing, advertising, public relations, consulting, printing and design services. The organization’s mailing address is P.O. Box 9294, Reston, Va. 20195.

Reston Interfaith Inc.
Volunteers are needed to help organize and distribute holiday food baskets to needy families in the Reston-Herndon area Dec. 7 and Dec. 12-15. Volunteers also are needed to help distribute presents to needy families as well as to set up, decorate and take down the distribution site Dec. 13-20. Spanish and Farsi speakers are especially needed. Contact Nicki George at 703-437-1975. To sponsor a family in the adopt-a-family program, contact Jeanine Gravette at 703-787-3118 to receive a wish list from a needy individual or family. The organization also seeks donations of money and food baskets filled with six canned vegetables, a $10 grocery gift certificate, a large container of juice, a can of cranberry sauce, a can of sweet potatoes, two cans of fruit, one box of stuffing, gravy mix, dessert mix, boxed rice or mashed potatoes and one box of coffee, tea or cocoa. All baskets should be delivered to Reston Interfaith, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Suite 100, Reston, by 5 p.m. Dec. 7. The offices are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Shelter House
Shelter House, a nonprofit shelter for homeless families in Fairfax County, provides crisis intervention, temporary housing, training, counseling and programs to promote self-sufficiency. It is looking for donations of dishes, pots, pans, kitchen appliances, blankets, cold medicines, humidifiers and pillows. Volunteers are sought to work at the front desk. Contact Suzanne Nordfelt.

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Clock Tower Thrift Shops
Donations of new or like-new toys, household items, books, cosmetics and sporting goods are needed. Winter clothing—including coats, gloves, sweaters, boots and hats—also is needed. Volunteers are needed to tag donated items. Clock Tower operates shops at 2860 Annandale Rd., Falls Church; 6031 Centreville Crest Lane, Centreville; and 46950 Community Plaza off Route 7, Sterling. To volunteer or donate, contact Babe Balsavage in Falls Church.

Homestretch provides transitional housing for homeless Fairfax and Falls Church families with children younger than 18. Homestretch seeks donations of cars (in working condition), mattresses and box springs, lamps, carpets (bound), tables and chairs, dressers, Pentium computers with modems, laser jet printers, English as a second language classroom supplies and monetary contributions. Volunteers are needed to help children pick and wrap presents for their families in the Holiday Shopping Spree on Dec. 8 and to adopt a family for the holidays. Contact Cynthia. Volunteers also are needed on an ongoing basis as ESL classroom assistants, life skills presenters, teen club presenters and family mentors. Homestretch is at 370 S. Washington St., Suite 400, Falls Church.
Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)
NVFS administers two programs during the holiday season. Adopt-a-Family: For approximately $150, individuals can sponsor a family. Sponsors are provided with a profile including first name, age, clothing sizes and gift preferences of each family member. Sponsors are encouraged to provide a clothing item and personal gift for each child as well as gifts for the parents. Toys for Kids: Participants are asked to collect new toys by setting up a collection box at their place of employment, hosting a gathering to which each guest is asked to bring a toy or soliciting donations so that new toys can be purchased. New gifts or toys should be delivered to 100 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Falls Church. “Holiday elves” are sought to organize toys for a day or half-day Dec. 10-19. The most important days are Dec. 12-14. To participate, contact NVFS volunteer administrator Vonte’ Hayes at 703-533-2577.


Frederick Rescue Mission
In addition to nonperishable food items, the mission needs hams, beef, fresh fruit, honey, butter and eggs. Toys, flannel shirts (all sizes), sweat suits (all sizes), blankets and winter coats. Donations accepted daily, including weekends, at 419 W. South St., Frederick.

Community Living Inc.
This group provides homes and special services for teenagers and adults with developmental disabilities in the Frederick area. Toiletries, arts and crafts supplies and nonperishable food items are needed. Monetary donations are need to fund the Snowflake Campaign, which allocates a $50 cash donation to each resident. Contributions to the Snowflake Campaign should be sent to: 620-B Research Dr., Frederick, Md. 21703.

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Columbia Volunteer Corps
This arm of the Columbia Association’s Community Services Division has compiled “Holiday Gift Guide 2001: A Guide for Giving,” listing nonprofit and public agencies that need donations or assistance. The following are a few of the opportunities available:
*Animal Advocates of Howard County needs volunteers to help with fundraising and developing programs to help animals. Financial support also is needed. 410-880-2488
*Congregations Concerned for the Homeless needs donations of storage space, legal assistance and gift certificates for food, clothing and entertainment. 410-884-5408
*Hospice of Howard County needs money to assist under-insured and indigent patients by paying for medications, equipment and home health care. 410-730-5072
*Maryland Community Kitchen needs volunteers on Christmas to deliver meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and make weekly deliveries throughout the year. 410-243-4604, Ext. 31.
To have a complete guide mailed, please call the volunteer corps. Copies can also be downloaded from the Columbia Association’s Internet site, listed above.

Center for Poverty Solutions
This statewide organization needs monetary donations to provide shelter to the needy and stock food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Maryland. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 2521 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
This crisis intervention center needs donations of gift certificates, bed linens, household cleaning supplies and equipment, PC-compatible color printer and 19-inch color televisions. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Columbia. The center also is seeking lawyers for pro bono services. For other volunteer opportunities, please ask for Sarah Tucker.

Maryland Food Bank
This group organizes food drives and stores food items for assistance programs throughout most of Maryland. Donations needed include nonperishable foods, such as pasta, rice and canned meats, toiletries and monetary contributions. Donations will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 241 N. Franklintown Rd., Baltimore. Please call ahead for Saturday deliveries and special holiday hours.


Community Holiday Coalition
The coalition seeks donations of new items including toys, food, clothing for all ages, household goods such as toilet paper and shampoo, small gifts for adults and new and like-new Christmas decorations and artificial trees. Drop-offs can be made at the old Wal-Mart, 45131 Columbia Pl., Sterling. To volunteer to work shifts at the coalition, call 703-771-5379. To create gift bags for seniors and Christmas stockings for children, call 703-771-5003.

The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization requests donations of nonperishable food, toys and other small gifts for needy families in the Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn areas. Donations may be brought to Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Pl. in Sterling, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10-14. Volunteers, especially Spanish speakers, are needed to help receive donations on those days. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15. Food will be distributed at Community Lutheran Church and toys at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 117 E. Hall Rd., Sterling. Families may register to receive food and gifts by calling 703-437-1776, mail box 5. Volunteers should call the same number. Check donations may be made payable to LINK and sent to Box 443, Sterling, Va. 20167. Donations are tax-deductible.

Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter
Shelter, 703-777-6552
Administrative offices, 703-771-3398
The shelter needs presents for youngsters 13-17, batteries, first-aid products, phone and gas cards, large and medium trash bags, bottled water, paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues), diapers, cleaning supplies, current nonviolent videos, bottled water, new sleepwear for women and children, new towels, bedding, hot water bottles, heating pads, office supplies, money and gift certificates to department and grocery stores. Also needed are new flooring, a picnic table, a telephone system, small lamps, alarm clocks, cafe curtains or valences, 12 twin mattresses, silverware, dressers, interior doors for bed and bath, lawn furniture, a dictionary, blank journal notebooks, educational games, a set of Child Craft encyclopedias, children's bikes, posters, free passes to events, a stereo, children's tapes and CDs, camera, film, cloth books for infants and toddlers, arts and crafts materials, subscriptions to children's magazines and large play items. Open volunteer positions include administration, youth program facilitators and a crisis hot line. The shelter's administrative office is at 105 E. Market St., Leesburg.

Salvation Army
Now through Dec. 20, the Salvation Army Turkey Drive in Loudoun County aims to collect 500 medium-size turkeys for families in need. Drop off a turkey at either Sheetz gas station in Loudoun County, 915 Edward's Ferry Rd., Leesburg, or 25224 Poland Rd., Chantilly. Participants will receive a $5 gas coupon and be entered to win a prize. For more information, contact Jessica Pappas.


Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center
This county agency is the liaison for community agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center can provide a list of volunteer opportunities for the holidays or set up an appointment to help people find the most suitable and rewarding volunteer experience.

The Arc of Montgomery County
301-984-5777, Ext. 271
Supporting persons with mental and developmental disabilities and their families, this group needs gift certificates to grocery stores, movie theaters and restaurants. Items will be taken from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Volunteer Service Office at the Arc, 11600 Nebel St., Rockville. Volunteers are needed to cater holiday parties, prepare food, decorate and wrap gifts. For more information, call Sarah Batty.

Bethesda Cares
This group needs toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, disposable razors, lotion, lip balm and warm clothing. Also, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, sugar and cups for hot drinks can be donated to its main office at 7728 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Community Companions Program
Volunteers are needed to assist children and teens with developmental disabilities in making holiday crafts, singing carols and playing games. The center is open from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project will take place Dec. 1-22 at Lone Oak Center, 1010 Grandin Ave., Rockville. For more information, ask for Diane Downey.

Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington
Donations of lip gloss, nail polish, toiletries, stationery, key chains and gift certificates are needed to provide holiday gifts for adolescent girls and young mothers participating in support education groups. Donations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays at 815 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring.

Gaithersburg Holiday Basket Program
This program needs donations of food store gift certificates, toys, canned food (including cranberry sauce, fruits, vegetables, juice and gravy), as well as boxes of nonperishable foods (such as stuffing mix, rice, macaroni).

Hearts and Hand Inc.
As an affiliate for the United States Marine Corps’ “Toys For Tots Campaign,” this organization is seeking donations of money, gift certificates and new, unwrapped toys for children. Volunteers are needed to sort and distribute toys. Please call to schedule a time to submit large donations. For more information, ask for Elizabeth Scott.

Hearts and Homes For Youth Inc.
301-589-8444, Ext. 311
This organization, which assists more than 1,000 neglected and abused children annually, is seeking donations of clothing, books, compact disc players, gift certificates and sports equipment. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 800, Silver Spring. Please call to arrange for pick up of large donations.

Mental Health Association of Montgomery County
301-424-0656, Ext. 106
This organization sponsors a program called Adult Homeless Mental Health Services, which helps homeless individuals with mental illnesses. Money is needed to buy individual gifts, but donors also may call to get suggestions for a specific gift they could buy and donate. Typical gifts include large-size sweaters for men and women, gloves, shaving cream, cologne, winter hats, purses and sturdy tote bags. Items may be brought to 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy. in Rockville from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call the office and ask for Marilyn Kresky-Wolff.

Montgomery County Head Start
This county education program needs volunteer assistance, donations of food (canned and dry) or food store gift certificates, clothing and toys. Items will be collected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 to 20 at the Head Start office, 4910 Macon Rd., Rockville. For more information, ask for Phyllis Parks Robinson.

Rebuilding Together
This organization repairs homes for low-income elderly and disabled residents and needs volunteers to help with site visits, fund-raising and coordinating the logistics of the repairs to be done in April. Monetary donations can be sent to 3925 Plyers Mill Rd., Kensington, Md. 20895. For more information, ask for Melissa Flynn.

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Maryland Food Bank
This group organizes food drives and stores food items for assistance programs throughout most of Maryland. Donations needed include nonperishable foods (pasta, rice) as well as canned meats, toiletries and monetary contributions. Donations will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 241 N. Franklintown Rd., Baltimore. Please call ahead for Saturday deliveries and special holiday hours.

Prince George’s County Volunteer and Community Service Center
This county government service organization acts as a liaison for agencies that rely on volunteers and public contributions. The center will assess your abilities and time commitment to determine an appropriate volunteer experience. A list of volunteer opportunities for the holidays in Prince George’s County can be provided.

American Rescue Workers Inc.
American Rescue Workers Inc. gives away wrapped gifts, stockings and more than 1,000 food baskets, including turkeys with all the trimmings. Applications for holiday food baskets will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6-7. Canned goods, monetary gifts and toys for children ages 10 to 12 are needed. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 716 Ritchie Rd., Capitol Heights.

Catholic Charities of Prince George’s County
Catholic Charities seeks monetary donations for its medical and emergency assistance programs for people lacking sufficient medical insurance. Donations can be mailed or will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the center, 6706 Marlboro Pike, Forestville.

Community Ministry of Prince George’s County
This organization sponsors a Warm Nights program for children and adults. Monetary donations, blankets, pillows, pillowcases, gloves, socks and caps are needed. Donations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 311 68th Pl., Seat Pleasant.

Forestville Pregnancy Center
The center needs maternity clothes, cribs and office supplies as well as volunteers. Please call to arrange pickup of large items and before dropping off small items at the center, 9626 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro.

Fish of Laurel at Elizabeth House
This organization depends on donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items to fill gift baskets for needy residents. Volunteers are also needed to prepare meals. Donations will be accepted from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. weekdays at 308 Gorman Ave., Laurel.

Second Genesis-Mellwood House
This substance abuse treatment facility for women and their children in Upper Marlboro needs diapers, baby furniture, toys, books and school supplies for children. Household items such as silverware, light bulbs, fans, bed linens and microwave ovens also are needed. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 4620 Mellwood Rd., Upper Marlboro.

Vocational Services Inc. (VSI)
VSI serves adults with developmental disabilities. Donations of hats, gloves, winter coats and other clothes are needed for both men and women. The seniors program at the center is looking for donations of music and movies. Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 16000 Trade Zone Ave., Suite 109, Upper Marlboro.

Winter Festival of Lights
The Winter Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park is collecting cans of food for shelters and food kitchens throughout Prince George’s County. Visitors to the festival can donate canned goods for free admission on Mondays before they drive through the display. The festival runs from dusk to 9:30 p.m through Jan. 6. The park is at 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro.

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Action in the Community Through Service (ACTS)
P.O. Box 74
Dumfries, Va. 22026
ACTS needs nonperishable food for the pantry and cars for its Working Wheels program. The organization also runs a variety of programs. Volunteers are needed for Turning Points, a domestic violence program; family casework; food pantry; homeless shelter; Helpline listeners (including a teen-to-teen line and a Spanish hot line); administration; thrift stores; and day care. To volunteer, contact Amber Bullington at 703-441-8606, Ext. 19.

Agape House
The shelter is accepting donations at 9215 Centreville Rd., Manassas. Donation requests include furniture, a fax machine and a copier. Businesses also are asked to adopt a family for Christmas. Contact Josephine at the shelter or at 703-583-9006.

Best Transitional
Best Transitional is a shelter for homeless mothers and their children. Items needed include toys, clothes, pillows, sheets and household goods. The shelter is at 14381 Hereford Rd., Dale City. For donation inquiries, contact Claire Hoagland, 703-580-7206.

Coalition Against Hunger
Coalition Against Hunger needs food, money, children's clothing, infant items, household essentials, personal hygiene products and children's toys. Large items and cars are requested, but with advance notice. Volunteers are also needed for sorting donations, teaching computer skills, teaching literacy, staffing the food bank and other projects. Donated items can be taken to 15000 Washington St., Haymarket. For more information or to arrange large donations, contact Kelly Rodgers.

Compassion House
Christ Chapel's Compassion House is a food outreach program that distributes food noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays. Food donations can be taken to 13909 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. Spanish-speaking inquiries, ask for Pastor Sergio.

Serve runs a shelter and a thrift store. Donations of furniture and clothing can be taken to the thrift store at 7234 Nathan Ct., Manassas. The shelter, 10037 Nokesville Rd., Manassas, welcomes donations of personal care items, household cleaning items, new socks, underwear and T-shirts. For children, they are also looking for all sizes of diapers, baby wipes, children's shoes, socks, underwear, snack-size bags of potato chips, juice boxes and small personal products for teenagers, such as hair ties and body spray. For general donations, contact Diane at 703-368-2979. For children's donations, contact Mary Wampler at 703-368-8214.

Dawson Beach Transitional Housing Program
The shelter requests donations of toys, clothing for adults, bedding, tables, chairs, silverware, dishes, pots and pans. Donations can be taken to 14009 Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge. Contact Kim Bundy, program coordinator.

Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center
The shelter, 14945 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, requests donations of clothing, household goods, cleaning products, canned goods and toys. The center also will host a lunch at noon Dec. 25; members of the community are invited to prepare and eat lunch with shelter residents. Contact Marnita Johnson.

Prince William County Winter Shelter
The shelter, 14730 Potomac Mills Rd., Woodbridge, is accepting donations.

Transitional Housing BARN
BARN, which provides transitional housing for homeless women and children for two years, seeks financial support as well as car donations. Contact Erin Gaudreault.

Turning Points
People are asked to sponsor a family for Christmas or adopt a room in the Faith House for refurbishing. Specific donation requests include: baby items, dry cereals, humidifiers, mobiles, baby monitors, potty chairs, a step stool, portable crib, car seats, 12 mattress covers (twin size), umbrellas, lines, storage bins, phones, ear thermometers, night lights, backpacks, school supplies, tool kits, umbrella strollers, word processor or computer, shelving, child care services, taxi vouchers, hotel vouchers, phone cards, and funds for lawyers, education and housing. Donations can be dropped off at 3900 Acts Lane, Dumfries. For donation information, call Kay Matthews at 703-221-4460, Ext. 22. A volunteer training class will be held in January. For an interview, call 703-221-4460, Ext. 17.

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Mike's Food Fund
This St. Mary's County group seeks volunteers to organize and deliver food baskets filled with turkeys and canned goods. Donations of toys, Christmas decorations and cash will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays and between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at Mike's Bikes, 21310-C Great Mills Rd., Lexington Park.

St. Mary's County United Way Holiday Programs
These charities under the United Way need donations:
* A Community That Shares is an organization that provides free in-home convalescent equipment. 301-769-4199.
* Center for Life Enrichment offers shelter and vocational services to the disabled. 301-373-8100.
* Health Share of St. Mary's provides medical and dental care to uninsured individuals. 301-475-4759.
* Learning Disabilities Association promotes public awareness of disabilities and supports individuals and families. 301-994-1329.
* Special Olympics offers athletic training and sports competition for people with developmental disabilities. 301-373-3469.

Calvert County United Way Holiday Programs
These programs need support this holiday season:
* Safe Harbor, a shelter for abused women, 410-535-1121.
* Tree of Angels, benefiting needy children, 410-535-1883.
* Operation Santa Claus, providing gifts and holiday parties for seniors, 410-495-4458.
Christmas Connection
301-645-1561, 301-843-0352 or 301-934-6602
The Christmas Connection, a joint venture between Charles County government and community social service agencies, benefits needy families during the holidays. New toys, nonperishable food and cash donations are needed. Toys and cash donations will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Children's Aid Society, 3000 Huntington Cir., Waldorf.

Project ECHO Inc.
This emergency homeless shelter program needs donations of nonperishable food items, household cleaning supplies, linens and personal hygiene products. Donations will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays at 300 Main St., Prince Frederick. Please call before dropping off large items. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 2764, Prince Frederick, Md. 20678. Volunteers are needed to answer telephones, serve meals and supervise residents.

Maryland Food Bank
This group organizes food drives and stores food items for assistance programs throughout most of Maryland. Donations needed include nonperishable foods, such as pasta, rice and canned meats, toiletries and money. Donations will be accepted between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 241 N. Franklintown Rd., Baltimore. Please call ahead for Saturday deliveries and special holiday hours.

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