Germantown Friends of the Library seeks a volunteer with writing and editing skills to produce the group's newsletter which includes book reviews, community news and reports from members. The work is not paid, but the volunteer will be able to use the newsletters as professional writing samples. To apply, please mail samples to: Maria Pedak-Kari, Germantown Library, 12900 Middlebrook Rd., Germantown, Md. 20874.
The House of Ruth, 5 Thomas Circle NW, serves homeless women and their children. They need new unwrapped gifts such as winter hats, gloves, scarves, socks, underwear and sleepwear. Large and extra large sizes are needed for the women. The children are newborns to age 13. Call 202-667-7001, ext. 302.
Join volunteers from Maryland, Virginia and the District visiting nursing homes and hospitals on Dec. 25. The Holiday Project coordinates visits which take about 90 minutes and involve singing carols, handing out gifts and chatting with the residents. For some patients, the volunteers are their only visitors during the holiday season. Register by Dec. 23 by calling 202-628-5858.
Friends of the Montgomery County Library will send surplus books to the Garissa Mobile Library which uses camels to bring books to tribes in rural Kenya. Friends of the Library asks for organizations and individuals to help with the postage which is 79 cents a pound of books. Call Diane Leatherman, 240-777-0019.
Teach conversational English to small groups of adults from other countries at Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings and evenings. Teach one or two classes per week, starting Jan. 25. Training is offered to volunteers who register by Jan. 10. Call 703-768-9084.
The Spanish Education Development Center, 1840 Kalorama Rd. NW in Adams-Morgan, seeks volunteer teachers' assistants for English as a Second Language classes. Orientation will be Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. Classes start Jan. 18. Call 202-462-8848.