Area Fuel Fund for Needy Is Asking for Donations

The nonprofit Washington Area Fuel Fund, which is administered by the Salvation Army, is seeking donations to help needy people heat their homes. The fund helps residents regardless of whether their homes are heated with natural gas, oil, electricity or wood.

Customers of Washington Gas Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co. can pledge a monthly gift to be automatically included on their gas bills, or they can make a one-time contribution by adding it to their bill payment.

Anyone may contribute by sending a check to the Washington Area Fuel Fund, P.O. Box 1999, Washington, D.C. 20013.

For information, call 624-6043. Museum Seeks Volunteer Docents

The Division of Education at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History is looking for people who would like to be volunteer docents.

Volunteers conduct tours and demonstrations and staff the museum's learning center.

Anyone interested should call 357-1802 or TDD 357-1563, or write to Helen Snyder, Docent Coordinator, Room B1026, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560. PhoneFriends Sought for Hot Line

The D.C. Hotline's PhoneFriend, a telephone support service for local latchkey children, needs volunteers to work from 3 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The afternoon hot line is designed to help children who are scared, lonely or need support.

Training for volunteer listeners will begin Saturday and will include instruction in reflective listening, caring and nonjudgmental emergency responses and referrals, and general child development.

For information, call 223-0020. Gospel Choir Auditions Scheduled

The Washington Performing Arts Society will hold auditions for an all-female gospel choir on Saturday for a showcase performance Feb. 17 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to be titled "Women of the Gospel."

The auditions will be by appointment between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 3001 at Howard University's College of Fine Arts, Sixth and Fairmont streets NW.

To schedule an appointment, call Eric Torain at 393-3600. Tutoring Service Needs Instructors

Tutors are needed to work one-on-one with schoolchildren enrolled at Growing Together Inc., a nonprofit tutoring service started two years ago to offer instruction to homeless children and to set up libraries at city shelters.

Growing Together leaders say they have a waiting list of children referred to them by social workers and public school teachers. Tutors meet the students at public libraries or at the Growing Together headquarters at Trinity AME Zion Church, 16th and Oak streets NW.

Anyone interested should call 882-5359.