Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following groups in your area need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis. Nonprofit groups in need of volunteers should send notices to Volunteers, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. The list is published the first Thursday of the month.
Raising Guide-Dog Puppies
Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a program based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., provides guide dogs and guide-dog training for people who are blind. Volunteers are needed to raise puppies for 1 1/2 years, providing the dogs, most of which are Labrador retrievers, with food and toys. Volunteers also are responsible for regularly walking the puppy, as well as house-breaking it and introducing it to social situations. The organization provides veterinary care and obedience classes, which the volunteer must attend with the dog. Experience with animals is not required. Volunteers with children and other pets are encouraged to participate. Those interested in volunteering throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington should call Pat Maskell at 703-222-5898.
The Legal Services Clinic, a program of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, needs volunteers to counsel new immigrants in need of legal aid, from 9 a.m to noon, one Saturday per month. Duties include providing legal advice and legal referrals to new immigrants. The clinic is at 432 VanBuren St., Herndon. Lawyers, translators in a variety of languages and law students are particularly needed. Training is provided. For more information, contact the Rev. Deacon Ruth Anne Garcia at 703-437-3790.
Fairfax Fair Workers
Celebrate Fairfax Inc., producers of the Fairfax Fair, needs people at least 14 years old to volunteer for the event on June 11, 12, and 13 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. Volunteers will work flexible three-hour shifts. The fair will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight June 11 and 10 a.m. to midnight June 12 and 13. Responsibilities include monitoring crowds, distributing programs, assisting fairgoers, troubleshooting, selling tickets and more. Volunteers receive free admission, a T-shirt and snacks. For more information, call 703-324-5392 or visit the Web site at www.Fairfaxfair.com.
Alexandria Waterfront Festival
The Alexandria Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers at the 18th annual Alexandria Red Cross Waterfront Festival on June 11, 12 and 13 at Oronoco Park in Old Town Alexandria. More than 1,600 volunteers are needed to work a variety of jobs, including staffing admission gates, distributing ice, and selling sodas, ice cream, souvenir items and tickets for rides. Available shifts are 8 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Help is also needed before the festival to hang posters throughout the area. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival and can work in teams upon request. For more information, call 703-549-8300, Ext. 222.
The Smithsonian Institution is sponsoring a UNESCO conference on traditional culture and folklore June 27 through July 1 in the Castle building of the Smithsonian in Washington. The conference is titled "A Global Assessment of the 1989 Recommendation on the Safeguarding of Traditional Culture and Folklore: Local Empowerment and International Cooperation." College seniors and graduate students who are interested in folklore, anthropology and international affairs are needed to take notes during the conference sessions and to act as guides for conference participants. The notes will be used to create a final conference report. The conference will have simultaneous translation, and volunteers proficient in Spanish, French and Russian are also needed. To request an application, call Lisa Maiorino at 202-287-3484.
CAPTION: Volunteer Amy Wasserstrom, of Takoma Park, trains puppy Roxanne. The 3-month-old Labrador retriever will be a guide dog for the blind.