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.
Mentors for Inmates
The Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) of Arlington County Inc. needs mentors, tutors and life-skills instructors to work with inmates (charged with crimes ranging from theft to murder) once a week at the Arlington County Detention Facility or the Alexandria Detention Center. Hours are flexible, and special skills are not required for most programs. However, some duties, including support-group facilitators in the fields of alcoholism, health and money management, may require some special expertise. Volunteers must complete 20 hours of pre-service training. Volunteers have the opportunity to refuse to work with inmates accused of serious crimes. For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-228-7051.
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. Parking is provided. For more information, call Jean Falvey or Betty Kilgore at 703-276-2657.
The Embry Rucker Community Shelter, an emergency shelter for families and individuals, needs volunteers to serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. Bilingual (English- and Spanish-speaking) volunteers are especially needed. Contact Jewell Mikula at 703-437-1975.
Office Workers and Translators
The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers to assist with administrative duties, program development, support groups, a telephone help-line, public relations and health fairs. Volunteers will work at the office, 10201 Lee Hwy., suite 210, Fairfax City, and in the community. Volunteers also are needed to translate a multicultural resource guide on the disease for Hispanic, Korean and Vietnamese communities. The time commitment is flexible and training is available. For more information, call Kerry O'Brien at 703-359-4440.
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.
Adult Literacy Tutors
The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs tutors to help English-speaking adults to read and write, and to teach English to foreign-born clients. Also needed are volunteers for office work, fund-raising, computer-lab work and community outreach. An orientation session will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. July 24 at the council's office, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. Preregistration is requested. For information, call 703-237-0866.
War Memorial Maintenance
The Veterans Common USA, based in the East Falls Church and Arlington area, is seeking volunteers to help maintain and preserve a memorial to World War II veterans at the Washington and Old Dominion National Recreational Trail, the corner of Little Falls Road and North Four Mile Run Drive. Volunteers trim and edge the grass around the limestone marker, and water plants, flowers and trees. For more information, call Leonard S. Michalowski at 703-533-7823.
Battered Women's Shelter
The Alexandria Office on Women needs women and men to volunteer with its Domestic Violence Program, which operates Alexandria's Battered Women's Shelter. Volunteers, who receive extensive training, provide crisis counseling in the shelter, give educational presentations on domestic violence in the community, provide court advocacy for victims of domestic violence, and work for a telephone crisis hot line. Training starts July 19. Volunteers must call by July 12 to preregister. For information, call Lorri Mitchell at 703-838-4911.
Visiting Artists for Disabled Children
Art is the heART, a pediatric program of the Washington Very Special Arts, needs artists to help children engage in creative activities at home or while in hospice care. The children are disabled or ill, some with life-threatening conditions. The organization needs musicians, dancers, storytellers, poets, puppeteers, photographers, actors and visual artists. Training and support are provided. Washington Very Special Arts is based at 1100 16th St. NW, Washington. For more information, contact Judy Rollins at 202-296-9100, Ext. 208.
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, to distribute literature at community functions, and to organize health awareness workshops. The organization is based at 1407 S St. NW, Washington. For more information, call 202-939-7860.