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.

Registering 5K Runners

Run for Research, a nonprofit organization that supports HIV/AIDS education and research, needs volunteers to help plan and conduct a July 17 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for AIDS research and education. The race will begin and end at Freedom Plaza, 13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Volunteers will help register participants from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10 at Basic's Cafe, 1610 U St. NW, and from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 16 at Capital City Brewing Co., 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Volunteers will also be needed from 7 to 11 a.m. on race day to help with late registrations at Freedom Plaza and to staff the race course. For more information, call Meredith King at 703-354-1731.

Visiting Artists for Disabled Children

Art is the heART, a pediatric program of the Washington Very Special Arts and in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, needs artists to help children engage in creative activities at home or while in hospice care. Volunteers will sing, play musical instruments and lead activities such as painting. The children are disabled or ill, some with life-threatening conditions. The organization needs musicians, dancers, storytellers, poets, puppeteers, photographers, actors and visual artists (painters, sculptors and others). Training and support are provided. Washington Very Special Arts is based at 1100 16th St. NW. For more information, contact Judy Rollins at 202-296-9100, Ext. 208.

Decorative-Arts Museum Docents

The Hillwood Museum and Gardens is recruiting house and garden docents to work at the museum when it reopens in 2000. Docents educate visitors about the art and horticultural collections at the former private home, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, near Rock Creek Park. The museum features French and Russian decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post, as well as the gardens she created. Teaching or docent experience is preferred. Participation in orientation and continuing education classes is required. For more information, call Angie Dodson at 202-686-8500, Ext. 8618.

Feeding the Homeless

The Mighty Men of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church need volunteers to serve lunch to the homeless from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at the church, 1518 M St. NW. Volunteers also clean up after lunch. For more information, call Leon R. Jones at 202-399-0785, or the church office assistant at 202-331-1426.

Sorting Clothing for the Poor

Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service (SCCDS) needs volunteers to sort clothing four to eight hours per week, weekdays, at 2451 Good Hope Rd. SE. The clothing will be sold and in some cases, distributed for free, to poor families in the community. The agency also is seeking organizations to sponsor clothing drives. For more information, call Andrea Barton at 202-678-2800.

Adult Literacy Tutors

The Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council needs tutors to help adults improve their reading. Each volunteer works about three hours a week with one student, and they meet at a mutually convenient time and place, such as at a public library. Teaching materials are provided, and training is held at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 1225 R St. NW. For more information, call 202-234-2665 or 202-234-2665.

Health Educators for Women

Women's Healthy Connections in connection with the Whitman Walker Clinic, needs volunteers to educate women about AIDS, breast cancer, alcohol and drug abuse, pregnancy, parenting and other issues. Training is provided; expertise in health care is not required. A 10- to 12-month commitment is requested. Volunteers also are needed to coordinate outreach programs, distribute literature at community functions, and organize health awareness workshops. The organization is based at 1407 S St. NW. For more information, call 202-939-7860.

Computer Specialists

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) needs volunteers two- to - four hours a month to train APAH staff on how to use MacIntosh computer systems for spreadsheets, mail mergers and e-mail functions at the APAH office, 2009 N. 14th St., suite 502, Arlington. For more information, call Jean Falvey or Betty Kilgore at 703-276-2657.

Buddies for Children

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities needs volunteers for its buddy program to mentor children with disabilities in recreational settings, such as camps, classes and drop-in recreation centers. Volunteers, who must be at least 14 years old or have completed the eighth grade, work at least one two-week session in July or August. Volunteer training is provided at the Durant Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. The next training sessions are 2 to 5 p.m. July 14 and July 28. For more information, call Karla Bruce at 703-519-3353.

Horse-Riding Program

The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, which provides equestrian activities to people with physical and mental disabilities, needs volunteers to assist riding instructors and therapists with grooming, tacking and walking the horses. Volunteers don't have to be equestrian experts. The program involves physical and occupational therapy as well as behavioral management for the clients, such as children with autism. Volunteer training is available. The center is at 3750 Shady Lane, off of Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, in western Howard County. For more information, call Helen Tuel at 410-489-5102.

Disaster Services Assistants

The Montgomery County American Red Cross Emergency Services Office needs volunteers to be ready to go out on emergency calls. Individuals will be trained to provide food, shelter and clothing at emergency sites, as well as to do assessments of injuries, fire damage and the consequences of other emergencies. Volunteers are trained in classes held at the Montgomery County chapter office at 2020 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, or at other sites throughout the metropolitan area. Office work, such as phone-answering, also is needed once a week, on weekdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m in the Montgomery office. For more information, call 301-588-2515, Ext. 218.

Readers for the Blind

The Metropolitan Washington Ear Inc. needs volunteers to read magazines, newspapers and other publications for recordings for use by the visually impaired. Volunteers are needed for two hours a week. The office is at Marvin Memorial Methodist Church, 35 University Blvd., Silver Spring. For more information, call Washington Ear between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, at 301-681-6636.