Volunteer Fund-raiser

Unity Health Care, formerly Health Care for the Homeless, offers medical care to the homeless and indigent of the District. Doctors at Unity clinics and a roving medical van provide care regardless of ability to pay. A volunteer with fund-raising experience is urgently needed to serve as a full- or part-time director of development. Call Dr. Douglas Morrison, 202-518-2383.


The Alexandria Women's Shelter will hold its annual children's Christmas party on Dec. 16. The organization seeks donations of toys and other gifts to present to the children and their mothers who live at the shelter and to needy members of the community who are victims of domestic violence. Deadline for donations is the first week of December. Call Doreen Broderick, 703-838-4911.

Catholic Charities Foster Care program requests gifts for its annual children's Christmas party. Call Burnee' Forsythe or Mary Fitzgerald, 202-574-3442.

Help bring books to children and families in the hinterlands of Kenya. The Garissa Mobile Library transports books by camel back to nomadic tribes in the far reaches of Kenya. Send books to: Garissa Mobile Provincial Library, Kenya National Library Service, Box 245, Garissa, Kenya.

A reader in Rockville offers a seven-foot pool table with a slate bottom and all the accessories to a youth center or charitable organization. The table must be disassembled to move, so the donor will contribute toward moving costs. Call 301-926-9569.

OAR of Fairfax County, which serves the families of inmates and helps former prisoners return to society, requests donations for its clothes closet. Current needs include men's and women's winter coats, gloves and hats, as well as men's work boots in good condition. Call Shavon Pulley, 703-246-3033.

The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia and the Lake Manassas Community are collecting blankets and household linens for the Barn, a shelter for homeless women and children in Prince William County. Drop off donations at Lake Manassas Sales Center, 14891 Alpine Bay Loop, Gainesville, Va. Call 703-631-7771.

Regional Heritage

The Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum at Claude Moore Park in Sterling is recruiting and training volunteers now for programs that start next spring. Volunteer assignments include establishing and maintaining a library, cataloguing and researching historical artifacts, leading tours and helping during special events. Call Anna Fasolo, 703-421-5322.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's Balls Bluff Regional Park in Leesburg was the site of a grisly Civil War battle on Oct. 21, 1861. Volunteers are needed to lead tours for students and other visitors on weekdays or weekends. The park is open daily and training is provided. Call 703-737-7800.


The City of Rockville is recruiting adult volunteers to serve as role models and friends for young people. Mentors assist the youngsters by helping them with problem solving, self-confidence and life skills. Work one hour a week on a flexible basis. Orientation is provided. Call Mandy Bendersky, 301-309-3007.

Neighborly Helpers

IONA Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW, sponsors social clubs for older people who are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The programs involve participants in music, expressive art, community service projects or reminiscing, which helps them cope with mild memory loss or disorientation. Volunteers are needed to lead social groups for men on Tuesdays and women on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Training is provided. Call Alena Biages, 202-966-1055.

Befriend adults who have autism, mental retardation or other developmental disabilities and escort them to recreational activities. The Jubilee Association of Maryland seeks volunteers who will be matched with a disabled neighbor with similar interests such as hiking, shopping, attending movies or making crafts. Volunteers are asked to work four hours a month for a year and training is provided. Call 301-949-8628.

Visit homebound, elderly neighbors living in Montgomery County as part of the Friendly Visitor Program of the Mental Health Association. Volunteers spend about four hours a month visiting an older isolated community resident. Orientation and training provided. Call Judy Miller, 301-424-0656, ext. 107.

Arts Focus

The American Opera Scholarship Society presents a holiday concert and buffet dinner Sunday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Rd. in Bethesda. Tickets are $35 each or $60 for two. Proceeds support scholarships for young musicians. Call Trudy Grant, 301-530-8587.

The Octagon, the museum of the American Architectural Foundation near the Farragut West Metro stop, invites applications from prospective volunteer docents. Weekday and weekend shifts are available. Volunteers work two three-hour shifts a month and attend seven training workshops focused on architecture, history and tour leadership. Call 202-626-7387.