Scholarship Evaluators

Youth for Understanding International Exchange, 3501 Newark St. NW, near the Cleveland Park Metro, seeks volunteers to evaluate applications from high school students for home-stay scholarships abroad. They will also evaluate applications from students in the Commonwealth of Independent States for scholarships in the United States. The time commitment is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekly from November through March. Training is provided.

Call 202-966-6808, ext. 452.

Tutors and Teachers

Hope Manna of Greater Washington Metropolitan Inc. needs volunteers to tutor adults in reading and in basic subjects for the high school GED examination. Tutoring classes are held Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2001 Benning Rd. NE. Call the Rev. Joyce Brooks, 202-388-0062.

Community Family Life Services, 305 E St. NW, sponsors an after-school tutoring program for homeless and low-income children at several sites in the District. Volunteers work 1 1/4 hours one evening per week during the school year. Adults and mature teenagers are welcome to volunteer; training provided. Call Ann Marie Foley, 202-347-0511, ext. 333.

Volunteer adult art instructors are invited to work twice a month at a shelter in Fairfax City, teaching court-involved youths during the school year. The time commitment is one or two hours, between 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Art supplies are provided. Call Carol Coile, 703-246-4908.

Presidential Classroom is recruiting volunteers to serve as instructors and guides for senior high school students who will visit Washington during a civic education program in the spring and summer. Volunteers lead student discussions and debates on current events and assist during meetings with government officials. Volunteers stay at the Georgetown University Conference Center and accompany students for one week. Training, materials, accommodations, meals and local transportation provided for all volunteers. Call Morgan Davidson, 703-683-5400 or e-mail:

The Capital Area Food Bank, 645 Taylor St. NE, seeks volunteers to teach cooking classes to low-income District residents and help coordinate food drives. Professional chefs and nutritionists are also invited to lead classes. The Kids Cafe, which provides an afternoon meal to children in after-school programs, needs stainless steel tableware, unbreakable dishes and insulated containers to transport hot and cold food. Call Lois Kauffman, 202-526-5344, ext. 230.

Widowed or Divorced

AARP and the Widowed Persons Service of Northern Virginia offer a free program on electronic investing tomorrow at 3 p.m. at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Call 703-281-9595.

Coping of Northern Virginia invites recently separated, divorced and widowed people to join a volunteer support group that meets six Sundays beginning tomorrow, 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Philip's Catholic Church, Camp Alger Avenue at St. Philip Court in Falls Church. The fee is $18. Call Geri Ellenberger, 703-670-4845, or David Bodek, 703-729-1945.

Tour Guides

Woodlawn Plantation and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House near Mount Vernon need volunteers over age 16 to serve as tour guides. Weekday and weekend shifts are available. An interest in history would be helpful. Training is provided. Benefits for volunteers include field trips, educational programs and discounts in the Museum Shop. Call Bess Bee, 703-780-4000.

Lead tours for school groups (grades 5 and up) at the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Hospital. While volunteers with a background in medicine or biological sciences are welcome, extensive training is provided. Volunteers should have a good public speaking voice and be able to communicate with youngsters and adults. Call the Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center, 240-777-2600.

Request for Donations

The Friends of the D.C. Youth Orchestra appeal for used musical instruments that will be given to young musicians. Broken instruments will be repaired and all donations are tax-deductible. For information, call 202-723-1612.


This weekend marks the Autumn Studio Tour of seven working farms and artists' studios in the Agricultural Reserve in the Barnesville and Poolesville areas of western Montgomery County. The free, self-guided tour runs today and tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call Dalis Davidson 301-972-8089 or Susan Pearcy, 301-972-7564. For information, visit

Garden Resources of Washington will hold a fund-raising Harvest Party featuring music by the Sunshine Skiffle Band (ragtime swing), a silent auction, champagne and desserts Oct. 23, 8 to 11 p.m., at 1100 16th St. NW (near the Farragut North and MacPherson Square Metro stops). Guests wear imaginative gardening attire and there will be awards for the best costumes. Tickets are $35. Volunteers who help with preparations, hosting or clean-up may attend the party free. Call 202-234-0591.