Thinking about donating your time? There are countless ways to get involved, but here is a sampling of area organizations that recruit and coordinate volunteers for the holidays and beyond.

ALEXANDRIA VOLUNTEER BUREAU -- A referral source and clearinghouse for community volunteers in Northern Virginia. 703-836-2176.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES -- Recruits and trains volunteers to work as tutors, mentors, case aides, transportation aides, child care aides and office assistants. 410-269-4460.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA -- Partners adults with area children in its one-to-one mentoring program. 301-794-9170.

BYTEBACK -- Recruits volunteers to provide computer training to low-income and unemployed people. 202-529-3395.

CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION -- Leads environmental restoration projects throughout the year. 410-268-8816.

COMMUNITY SERVICE GUILD -- Needs volunteers to serve as mentors/tutors. 202-628-8867.

DC CITY PAGES -- A Web site where people volunteer their skills.

DC SCORES -- A youth development after-school and summer program using soccer and creative writing as tools. 202-234-4112, Ext. 304.

DOING SOMETHING -- Volunteer clearinghouse Web site. 202-393-5051.

FOOD & FRIENDS -- Helps those with HIV/AIDS. 202-488-8278.

GREATER DC CARES -- A clearinghouse, recruiter and trainer for volunteers. 202-289-7378.

HOLIDAY PROJECT OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL AREA -- Needs volunteers to help organize holiday visits to nursing home residents and hospital patients. 703-370-0370.

HOWARD COUNTY RECREATION AND PARKS -- Places volunteers in preschool and youth programs, sports, senior adult programs, natural resources, outdoor recreation and special events. 410-313-4624.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA -- Helps adults learn to read. 202-387-1772.

LOUDOUN COUNTY VOLUNTEER SERVICES -- Provides information, referral and training for volunteer activities. 703-777-0113.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY VOLUNTEER CENTER -- Coordinates volunteer projects. 240-777-2600. asp?page=/mc/services/volunteer/index.html.

POINTS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION -- Advocates volunteering in each state. 202-729-8000.

PRINCE GEORGE'S VOLUNTEER CENTER -- Promotes volunteerism. 301-699-2800.

PROJECTWORD -- Provides information and support to people with disabilities. 703-525-9673.

SINGLE VOLUNTEERS OF DC -- A volunteer group for singles.

TOUCH DC -- Serves as a clearinghouse for pairing volunteers to regional nonprofits that need their help. 202-939-3438.

TRAVELERS AID -- Helps visitors to the United States sort out their problems.

VOLUNTARY ACTION CENTER OF THE GREATER PRINCE WILLIAM AREA -- Provides current information about local not-for-profit and human service agencies. 703-369-5292.

VOLUNTEER MARYLAND -- Clearinghouse for projects throughout Maryland.

VOLUNTEER SOUTHERN MARYLAND -- Finds opportunities for volunteers in the region. 301-934-7642.

WASHINGTON LITERACY COUNCIL -- Teaches adult students to read. 202-387-9029.

WASHINGTON NEEDS YOU -- A clearinghouse of volunteer projects in the metro area.

WEED WARRIORS -- Uses volunteers to identify, remove and control alien invasive plants in Montgomery County parks. 301-949-2818.