Requests for Donations

It's not too soon to be thinking about year-end tax-deductable donations. The local chapter of the Asthma & Allergy Foundation asks for donated vehicles which will be sold to raise funds. Free towing and a tax receipt provided. Call 410-321-4710.

The Edgemeade Youth Program, a special-education school in Upper Marlboro, asks for donated computers, preferably 486 models or later, to be used with Windows educational software. Tax receipts provided. Call Elin Jones, 301-888-4827.

The Holiday Project, which coordinates visits by volunteers to nursing homes on major holidays, needs a small conference room for use in November and December. Call Howard Singer, 703-437-0455.

Northern Virginia Hotline in Arlington is accepting donations for its annual yard sale fund-raiser. Furniture, baby items, books, bicycles, computers, sports equipment, office supplies, clothing, collectibles, holiday decorations and more will be accepted until Oct. 10. Tax receipts provided. For information about where to drop off donations, call Denise Marshall at 703-516-6768.

Community Family Life Services is holding a yard sale at its Bethesda thrift store, DejaNew, 4719 Chestnut St., on Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations of household items, books, toys, furniture and clothing are needed. Volunteers are also welcome. Call Tom Knoll, 202-347-0511, Ext. 311, to donate items. Call Katie Hillstrom, 202-347-0511, Ext. 316, to volunteer.

Kennedy Center

Volunteers in the Friends of the Kennedy Center program help in the gift shop, serve as tour guides or work in the education department. Qualified volunteers who have been interviewed receive an invitation to the fall orientation on Sept. 25. To request an application, leave a message at 202-416-8301 or call Kathy Parisi, 202-416-8304.

Museum Docents

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has openings for volunteer docents age 16 and older in the Discovery Room, the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, the Naturalist Center and the Discovery Cart program. In each of these interactive exhibit centers, volunteer docents help visitors of all ages learn about natural history. Tour docents lead small groups of students or adult visitors. Training is provided and the time commitment is flexible. Call Magda Schremp, 202-357-3045.

At the National Building Museum, near the Judiciary Square Metro, volunteers welcome visitors at the information desk or work behind the scenes assisting with administration or research. All volunteers receive training and membership benefits. An interest or background in architecture, design, construction or engineering would be an asset. Hours are flexible. Call Michael Kruelle, 202-272-2448, Ext. 3302.

Thrift Stores

The Good Shepherd Alliance Homeless Shelters of Loudoun County needs volunteers to help with furniture pickups and deliveries, including items for the organization's thrift store at 20921 Davenport Dr. in Sterling. Other assignments for volunteers include sorting donated clothing, books and household items or assisting customers. The store is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 8. Call 703-737-3000.

The Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children seek volunteers to work in the hospital consignment shop in McLean. Work four hours one day a week or on the weekend. Training provided. Call Geri Boisseau, 703-356-8704.

Individuals and small groups of volunteers are invited to work Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Gaithersburg retail store sponsored by Davis Memorial Goodwill Industries. Students can use this work to fulfill the community service requirement of the Montgomery County Public Schools. Tasks include helping Goodwill employees, many of whom have disabilities, receive and process donations to be sold in the store. Call 202-636-4225, extension 1257.

Upcoming Events

The Western Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding the First Annual Cumberland Wine Festival Aug. 27-29 at the Canal Park grounds near the historic Cumberland train station. Music, art displays, wine and food tastings are featured. Vintners from six states will participate. Admission is $12. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross. Call 301-722-1760 or 1-800-361-9481.

Stone Manor, in Middletown, Md., sponsors a "By the Sea Tea" tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit Heartly House shelter for women and children in Frederick. Guests bring bath items (soap, lotion, towels, etc.) to donate. Vintage clothing worn in the movie "Titanic" will be on display. Admission is $25. For reservations, call 301-473-5454.

TV Production

Montgomery Community Television in Rockville offers 10-week courses in television field production to county residents or representatives of local nonprofit groups. The fee is $70. Call 301-517-8620.