Between now and the end of the year, there's a lot to do besides baking cookies and scrounging for sales. Last week, we told you about several charities and nonprofits that need holiday help. Here are some more to consider. And if you can't give them an assist now -- or if all their spots are filled -- remember to check back when the calendar flips to 2006.

-- Rita Zeidner

ALEXANDRIA COMMUNITY SHELTER (2355 Mill Rd., Alexandria, 703-838-4239) needs help with a Christmas party on Dec. 16 and sorting and wrapping gifts from Dec. 16-24. To volunteer, call Christina Trotter or e-mail

CALVARY WOMEN'S SERVICES (928 Fifth St. NW, 202-783-6651), a nonprofit providing housing and support services to homeless women in the District, seeks gift wrappers Saturday afternoon. Volunteers should bring festive wrapping materials and tape. Also needed is someone or a group to prepare and serve dinner on Dec. 25 for 10 women. To volunteer, call or e-mail Heather Laing at

EMMAUS SERVICES FOR THE AGING (1426 Ninth St. NW, 202-745-1200) needs volunteers to deck the halls and drive seniors to its afternoon party on Saturday. It also needs assistance delivering gifts on Dec. 24. Contact Connie Mobley for Saturday's party or Aaron Smith for Dec. 24.

FOOD & FRIENDS (219 Riggs Rd. NE, 202-269-2277), a nonprofit providing meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, needs help with Monday-Saturday meal preparation and delivery throughout the metro area Dec. 19-31 (especially Dec. 24, 26 and 31). To register for a shift, e-mail or call 202-582-3463.

NORTHWEST SETTLEMENT HOUSE'S WE ARE FAMILY (Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge St. NW, 202-638-0072) needs volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 17 and 24 to deliver groceries and gifts, plus visit with seniors in their homes in the North Capitol and Shaw neighborhoods. Call or e-mail Mark Andersen at

PROJECT NORTHSTAR (2437 15th St. NW, 202-223-0144), a nonprofit providing tutoring and mentoring to homeless children, needs help starting Dec. 14 to prepare for its Dec. 19 holiday party in Columbia Heights. Tasks include sorting and wrapping presents as well as decorating.

SO OTHERS MIGHT EAT (71 O St. NW, 202-797-8806) -- an interfaith community-based organization serving the poor, the homeless, the elderly and individuals with mental illness -- needs volunteers for a variety of tasks. They include two options at Jordan House (1509 North Capitol St. NE), a mental health stabilization program: on Dec. 17 and 25, preparing and serving holiday meals; and beginning Friday, joining residents for evening and weekend holiday activities, including baking, ice skating and viewing light displays. Volunteers are also needed weekdays to sort donations. Contact Morgan Taylor at or 202-797-0701, Ext. 113.

Volunteers Vivian Ramirez and Paul Lee helped with holiday meal prep last year at Food & Friends before the tasty fare made its way to those in need.