The Vanished Children's Alliance, an organization dedicated to the prevention, location, recovery and reunification of missing and abducted children, needs office assistants to update directories and perform data entry and other light typing. For more information, call Ingrid Horton at 301-563-4040.

The Washington Adventist Hospital needs volunteers to work in its gift shop. Duties would include operating the cash register, assisting customers with purchases, straightening and restocking shelves, pricing new merchandise and performing light clerical duties. For more information or to volunteer, call Bonnie Boyd at 301-891-5444.

D.C. Central Kitchen needs volunteers to help produce 2,000 meals a day for District children through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from now through Aug. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Gary at 202-234-0707.

The Heartland Health Care Center in Adelphi seeks volunteers to assist with transportation to and from activities every afternoon and chaperons to attend shopping and leisure outings. For more information, call 301-434-0500, Ext. 2257.

UKIMWI Orphans Assistance, whose mission is to provide orphans and children in need with the basic necessities of life for normal growth and development, needs volunteers to work from home on grant and proposal writing. For more information, call Martha or John at 202-723-7003.

The Students on Suspension (SOS) Program needs volunteer tutors, site coordinators, counselors and receptionists to assist in its mission to create an international community committed to active citizen involvement in the uplifting of self, family and community. For more information, call Alva Amaker at 301-914-4049.

The Family Crisis Center, in Brentwood, needs clerical volunteers. Flexible hours are available, any time from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, call Maha at 301-779-2100.

HomeCall Hospice Services needs volunteers to join its hospice caring teams. Volunteers offer support to terminally ill patients and their families during difficult times. A well-defined training program, using lecture and hands-on exercises, is provided free. For more information, call Francis McGrath at 1-800-543-0696, Ext. 2567.

Brotherly Love International, a community tutoring and reading program, needs volunteer tutors and readers. On-the-job training will be provided. For more information, call Gloria Yancey at 301-577-5858.

Greenbelt Park needs volunteers to answer phones and greet visitors on Mondays and Fridays. In addition, Trail Blazers are needed to walk, patrol and enjoy the numerous scenic trails. For more information, call Kevin P. Barry at 301-344-3944.

The Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel needs volunteers to tutor young people ages 16 to 24 in reading, math and/or GED preparation. For more information or to volunteer, call Ted Pratt at 301-497-3945 or Ouida Cooper-Rodriguez at 301-4977-3933.

World Heritage needs host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, Mexico, France, Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Japan and the independent states of the former Soviet Union who are coming to the area for the upcoming school year. The academically select exchange students speak English and are eager to learn about this country by living as part of a family and attending high school.

The exchange students will arrive from their home countries shortly before the school year begins and will return at the end of the school year. All World Heritage students are fully insured, bring their own personal spending money and expect to bear their share of household responsibilities and to be included in normal family activities and lifestyles.

The students are well screened and qualified by World Heritage. Families may select the teenager of their choice from student applications, photo collages and biographical essays. Once paired, students and families are encouraged to begin corresponding before the student's arrival. For more information or to volunteer as a host family, call Michelle Deck at 703-518-5035 or 1-800-785-9040.

Adoptions Forever needs five or six families to host an orphan, ages 6 to 9, and/or one adult chaperon for six weeks in July and August. The visiting summer campers are from Kazakhstan. Knowledge of Russian would be helpful but is not required. Couples seriously considering adopting one of the children have the greatest opportunity to become host families. For more information, call Linda Navas at 301-773-3760.

The Baptist Home for Children and Families needs volunteers in various capacities at Cara House, which provides neighborhood-based prevention and early intervention programs in the District near Prince George's County, to prevent child abuse and neglect. Volunteers are needed to be foster parents, to assist with child care while parents take part in parent education, to help with interior and exterior maintenance of the building and to help financially through donations. For more information or to volunteer, call Ari Brooks at 301-365-4480, Ext. 126.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the agencies directly. If you would like to place an item in Volunteers, please e-mail to pgextra@washpost.com; fax to 301-952-1397, or write to Volunteers, Prince George's Extra, The Washington Post, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.