Volunteers are needed by the Alexandria Community Y's This Way House, which provides emergency shelter to youths 13 to 17 years old who have run away from home. The organization also provides services such as counseling and referral to other social service agencies for the youths and their families.

Volunteers help plan activities, work with support groups or assist with fund raising and paperwork, and talk with the youths and offer support to them.

Volunteers who can work weekdays are particularly needed, but people who can help in the evenings or on weekends are also needed. A commitment of eight hours a week for at least six months or a year is asked. References are requested and checked, since Virginia state law requires that organizations working with children check the background of all staff members.

Potential volunteers are now being interviewed for participation in a June 12 training session.

For information, call the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 836-2176.

Nurses Seek Visitors For Homebound Patients

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Virginia needs volunteer home visitors for some of the 800 homebound patients in Alexandria. Visits are primarily to relieve the patient's isolation, but volunteers also may do occasional shopping or errands and provide relief for the person who normally provides the home care.

Volunteer visitors need no professional or medical skills, but must be at least 15 years old and be good listeners. Visits may be made on a schedule agreed upon by the volunteer and the patient. The volunteer should plan to give about two hours a week.

A training session for new volunteers is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 10.

For information, call the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 836-2176.

Salvation Army Needs Food Drive

The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau is looking for clubs, service organizations or employes willing to organize and conduct a food drive for the Salvation Army Community Center's food cupboard.

The Community Center, near a low-income area of Alexandria, gets appeals from 20 to 25 families a week for emergency food supplies. The Salvation Army tries to provide a three-day supply of food.

At present, the cupboard is stocked with little more than canned cranberry sauce and canned green beans. There is an urgent need for high-protein canned or packaged foods such as powdered milk, beans, rice, pasta and canned tuna, meats and soups. Staples such as flour, sugar and coffee also are needed. The Salvation Army will pick up the donated goods if necessary.

For information, call the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 836-2176.