The Gift of Literacy

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County seeks adult tutors to teach adults to read, write and speak English. Volunteers do not need to know a foreign language. A free orientation meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Wheaton Library. Call 301-942-9292 or e-mail:

Help Kids in Prince William County

Adults and mature teenagers are invited to participate as volunteer facilitators and leaders in a Prince William County community accountability program which brings juvenile offenders and other community members together for constructive dialogue. Volunteers complete a 20-hour training course and are assigned one case per month. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month. Call 703-369-5292, ext. 25.

Court Appointed Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates are needed to help abused and neglected children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Fairfax. Bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers are especially welcome. Volunteers are assigned to a child, research the case, prepare court reports and monitor compliance with court orders. Legal experience is not necessary; a 40-hour training course is provided. Volunteers work 15 to 20 hours per month. Call 703-273-3526.


AARP Tax-Aide seeks volunteers to help middle- and low-income taxpayers age 60 and older fill out their tax returns. A free five-day training course for volunteers starts Jan. 10. The time commitment is 40 hours over the ten-week season from Feb. 1 through April 15. Call Lillian Ross, 202-529-2434 or 1-888-227-7669.

Thrift Shop

The Herndon-Reston FISH social service agency asks for volunteers and donations for its thrift store, the Bargain Loft at 311 Spring St. in Herndon. Donations of household items and furniture are accepted; clothing is not accepted. Call 703-437-0600.