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. For those interested in volunteering throughout the Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia area, call Pat Maskell at 703-222-5898.
Food & Friends, which provides food to people with AIDS in the Washington area, needs volunteers to package meals and groceries and deliver them to people with AIDS and their families. In addition, volunteers assist with food preparation at the Food & Friends facility in Southeast Washington. A commitment of two hours per week or once a month is requested. Workers may attend a volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. Saturday or 6:30 p.m June 17 at Food & Friends, 58 L St. SE. For more information, contact Jennifer Fagan at 202-863-1843.
This Sunday's Celebrate Mount Pleasant Festival needs volunteers to sell T-shirts and water bottles and give assistance to festival vendors. The event, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business Association and other neighborhood organizations, will have entertainment, crafts-people, ethnic cuisines, and games for youths and adults. The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mount Pleasant Street NW, between Irving Street and Park Road.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) needs volunteers for its Washington-Annapolis-Baltimore Adventure from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13. The event involves 35- to 110-mile routes routes on rural roads and rail trails, with the opportunity to see harbor views and city sights. Volunteers are needed to help with route-marking (on June 10 or 11), registration, marshaling, rest stops and support vehicles. All routes begin and end at Catholic University in Northeast Washington. Volunteers are asked to work two to three hours during the event, and they receive a T-shirt and a free opportunity to bike before or after their shift. For more information, contact the WABA at 202-628-2500 or visit the Web site at www.waba.org.
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. 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 with an interest 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.
Volunteers are needed by Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary to help count snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, toads and salamanders to document animal population changes. Volunteers, led by naturalists, will help identify, weigh and measure the animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and June 12 at the sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, Md. No experience is necessary. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy, outdoor shoes. Preregistration is required. For information, call 410-741-9330.
CAPTION: Volunteer Amy Wasserstrom, of Takoma Park, trains puppy Roxanne. The 3-month-old Labrador retriever will be a guide dog for the blind.