Women's Center

The Women's Center, 133 Park St. NE in Vienna, holds a recruitment and orientation meeting for prospective volunteers today from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Business professionals, students, homemakers, the unemployed and entrepreneurs are all welcome. Call 703-281-2657.

CrisisLink is the new name of the Northern Virginia Hotline. They are currently recruiting volunteers age 18 and older to staff the 24-hour crisis hotline. The 40-hour training program includes crisis intervention and suicide prevention skills. Classes start Monday. Call 703-527-6016.

Tax Return Assistance

The RSVP-AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide assistance with filing income tax returns for seniors age 60 and older who have low or moderate income. Tax-Aide assistance is available at more than 30 sites throughout Montgomery County, including libraries and senior centers. To make an appointment, call 301-468-4179, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Work With Youths

The National Building Museum seeks professionals and university students in the fields of architecture, art, design, urban planning and engineering to participate in City Vision, a three-month program for at-risk middle school students. Workshops are held at the museum, which is near Judiciary Square Metro station, during the spring and fall semesters. Volunteers work two seven-hour days a month with the students or sponsor a field trip or presentation. The next session starts Feb. 22. Call Mike Hill, 202-272-2448, ext. 3301 or e-mail mhill@nbm.org.

Edgemeade, a residential school in Upper Marlboro, provides therapeutic services and special education for youngsters with emotional and behavioral problems. Volunteer drivers are needed to transport students and staff to evening and weekend recreational activities, using vans owned by the school. Tutors are also needed, for students in grades 7 through 12. Office assistants, library aides and crafts teachers are also needed. Volunteers undergo a criminal background check and tuberculosis test. Call Debbie Nielsen, 301-888-1330.

Kennedy Center

The Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteer program is recruiting qualified volunteers for positions in the education department, photo lab and tour program. Training is provided for all volunteer positions. Volunteers will be interviewed prior to selection for the April 1 orientation meeting, which is an invitation-only event. For a volunteer application, call 202-416-8301.


The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia presents an orientation program for new volunteers on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at 2855 Annandale Rd. in Falls Church. Volunteers tutor adults who need to improve their basic reading, writing and speaking skills in English. Call 703-237-0866.

The Ethiopian Community Development Council seeks volunteers to teach English to adult immigrants and refugees. Teachers are also needed for citizenship classes. Volunteers with computer hardware knowledge are invited to sort donated equipment, determine usefulness and set up a working system. Call the Arlington Volunteer Office, 703-228-3222.

Capitol Hill Guides

Volunteers are needed at the U.S. Capitol Guide Service. Tasks include providing directions to visitors, interpreting museum rooms in the Old Senate Chamber and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. The time commitment is one morning a week on weekdays or twice a month on weekends. Training starts in February for guides who will work from March 1 through Aug. 31. Call Kevin Barry, 202-224-7349.

Local Calendar

Friends of the Greenbelt Museum have produced a Greenbelt Millennium Calendar, with photos of community landmarks. The calendars are $10 plus $3 shipping. The organization is also selling "Greenbelt Cooks -- Then & Now" featuring old recipes from the Woman's Club of Greenbelt and updated recipes featuring lower fat and sugar. The cookbook is $14 plus $4 shipping. Write: Friends of the Greenbelt Museum, P.O. Box 1025, Greenbelt, Md. 20782 or call 301-507-6582.

Health Beat

A training course for volunteer health educators will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. by Y-ME of the National Capital Areawhich promotes breast cancer awareness. The training course prepares volunteers to teach short seminars on healthy lifestyles and early breast cancer detection. Call 703-461-9595 to register.

The Prince William Area Agency on Aging offers limited supplemental in-home care to seniors age 60 and older who live in Manassas, Manassas Park and greater Prince William County. The Home Care Assistance program includes homemaker services (cleaning, laundry, meal preparation) and personal care services (bathing, shaving, feeding, shampooing). Recipients contribute an hourly amount based on their income and the type of service. Preference is given to older adults who demonstrate the greatest social and economic need. Call 703-792-6374.

Volunteer by Telephone

Compeer of Greater Washington, based in Falls Church, invites volunteers who are good listeners to make weekly telephone calls to adults who are recovering from a mental illness. The weekly calls usually take about 15 minutes and can be made from the volunteer's home. Training and ongoing support are provided. Call 703-536-2771.