Reach Out and Learn

The Spanish Education Development Center serves the Spanish-speaking immigrant community by offering English classes for adults and children. Currently, it needs volunteer teacher aides for a preschool program in Adams-Morgan and an after-school (ages 6-12) class in the Silver Spring center. Spanish language skills and prior teaching experience are not needed, although an interest in cross-cultural exchange is appreciated. The SED Center also offers nontraditional Spanish conversation classes. Proceeds from the classes support programs for low-income immigrants. For information about volunteering or language instruction, call Doris Estrada, 202-462-8848.

Volunteer archaeological assistants are invited to work at Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. On Nov. 4-7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the park will sponsor an archaeological dig at the site of the Heritage Farm Museum. Volunteers work four-hour shifts answering questions and presenting information to visitors. Volunteers should have an interest in history, be fluent in spoken and written English and be comfortable speaking to groups. Orientation provided. Call Anna Fasoio or Allison Weiss, 703-421-5322.

Adults age 18 and older who live in Charles and St. Mary's counties and do not have a high school diploma may enroll in the External Diploma Program, an alternative to the GED test for mature adults. Adult students work independently or at an education center. Free tutoring is available. Call 301-645-8765 or 301-753-1774.

Volunteers are needed in Prince William County to assist teachers in classes of English as a Second Language, Basic Education and GED adult education. Foreign language skills are not required. Classes are held weekdays and evenings in locations in Manassas and throughout Prince William. Call the Voluntary Action Center, 703-369-5292, Ext. 25.


Literacy Council of Northern Virginia holds a book sale Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2855 Annandale Rd. in Falls Church. Volunteers are needed and book donations are welcome. Proceeds support literacy programs. Call 703-237-0866.

Volunteers interested in planning First Night Frederick, an alternative celebration for New Year's Eve, are invited to help with fund-raising, publicity and administration. Call Kim Sutherland, 301-668-2000.

Edgemeade Youth Program in Upper Marlboro needs volunteers to assist during its annual 10K Country Run/2 Mile Walk on Saturday, Nov. 13. Tasks include helping with water stations, parking and refreshments. Call 301-888-4827.

The 13th annual Winter Festival of Lights starts Nov. 26 and continues through Jan. 2 from dusk until 9:30 p.m. at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. Visitors to the festival donate canned food for shelters and food kitchens in Prince George's County. Volunteers are needed. Individual volunteers should call Rita Brown, 301-464-6706. Groups that want to volunteer should call Kathy Garrity, 301-249-9220. For general information, call 301-699-2456.

Board of Directors

Calvary Women's Shelter, 928 Fifth St. NW, is recruiting new members for its board of directors. For more than 16 years, the shelter has provided overnight housing and assistance to homeless women in the metro area. Members of the board serve on committees, organize outreach and fund-raising events, and attend monthly meetings. Call Kristine Thompson, 202-783-6651.

Trick or Treat

On Oct. 31, the Lions Club and LensCrafters stores will collect used eyeglasses to be repaired and given to people in developing countries who cannot afford glasses. To locate a LensCrafters donation center, call 1-800-541-5367 and follow the voice mail menu.

Buy your original Halloween costumes in thrift stores, and local charities will benefit. The Thrift Shop in Georgetown, 2622 P St. NW, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 202-338-8714. NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Thrift Shop, 10730 Connecticut Ave. in Kensington, is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 301-949-5852. Hospice of Northern Virginia Thrift Shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Call 703-532-5355.


An item in last week's column announced that Youth for Understanding in Cleveland Park seeks volunteers to evaluate foreign exchange scholarship applications from high school students. The time commitment is approximately six hours per week, any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, November through March. Volunteers select a flexible schedule, any weekday. Call 202-966-6808, Ext. 452.