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.
Court Advocates for Youths
Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) needs volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Fairfax. There is a particular need for male and Spanish-speaking volunteers. Volunteers conduct interviews with children, families and professionals, attend court hearings, and write reports to the court. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of training, and a commitment of one year is requested. CASA is at 4101 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 303, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-273-3526.
The Shiloh Project, a humane-education group that counsels juveniles convicted of animal abuse, and which also helps find owners for homeless dogs, needs volunteers to perform yard and office work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at Shiloh, 12210 Fairfax Towne Center in Fairfax County. The work will be done in preparation for Shiloh's upcoming student session, when juveniles will be counseled, and also taught how to train the dogs. Volunteers are needed to mow grass and clean the animal shelter, and to do office work, such as filing. Long-term volunteers are also needed to help with fund-raising, clerical work and accounting. For more information, call Nancy Katz at 703-591-3600.
The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter (TACTS), a shelter for abused women and children and homeless women and families, needs volunteers for its thrift shop, which provides free clothing to shelter residents and low-cost items to needy families. Individuals and groups are needed to sort clothing and assist customers. The time commitment is a few days a week, or once a month. The thrift shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays, at 2729 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. For more information, call 703-807-2460.
Foster Cat Owners
The SPCA of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to temporarily house cats and kittens until permanent homes for the animals are found. The SPCA provides veterinary care. Foster owners are responsible for transporting their foster cats to at least two adoption fairs per month. The fairs are held to give prospective owners an opportunity to meet the cats. For more information, call the SPCA at 703-799-9390.
Museum Docents and Teachers
The Carlyle House Historic Park in Alexandria needs docents to lead tour groups through the 18th-century mansion built by John Carlyle, a founder of Alexandria and a prominent colonial merchant. Museum teachers also are needed to help with educational programs for children at the Carlyle House. Training sessions for docents and teachers will take place from 9:45 a.m. to noon Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2 at the historic property, 121 N. Fairfax St.. Docents who work on the weekends are asked to work one shift per month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m or 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, or noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Docents who volunteer on weekdays work two shifts per month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Museum teachers work on an on-call basis, generally from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. For more information, call 703-549-2997.
Nursing Home Ombudsmen
The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs ombudsmen to serve nursing homes or assisted-living facilities in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties. By observing residents and staff, the ombudsman helps ensure that the residents' rights are protected, enabling them to speak on their own behalf. The ombudsman also communicates with the staff for residents who have dementia or who have lost the ability to communicate. Required training, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 16 and 23, will address issues such as residents' rights, the long-term care system, interviewing skills, and complaint handling and resolution. To apply for the training and to get more information, call 703-324-5435.
Family Budget Advisers
Community Lodgings Inc. needs volunteers to help poor families budget their expenses. Community Lodgings, at 228 South Pitt St., Alexandria, helps families move from homelessness to independence by providing them with subsidized apartments and social services for two years. Volunteers meet at least once a month with the client family. Mentors should have a background in financial planning and experience in budgeting on a fixed income. Other volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, call 703-549-4407.
Inova HealthSource is recruiting more than 200 adult volunteers to staff flu clinics that will be held September through November in Safeways and at a variety of public locations throughout Northern Virginia. Volunteers, working four-hour shifts, will register clients, help people complete forms, and collect fees. Proceeds will benefit charitable home health-care services. Attempts will be made to assign each volunteer to a store in his or her neighborhood, but placement is not guaranteed. Volunteers must attend a two-hour training session in September. The Fairfax office is at 8003 Forbes Pl., Springfield. To receive a volunteer registration packet, call Marion Hart at 703-321-2681.
Arlington Garden Work
Potomac Overlook Regional Park needs volunteers to weed and water gardens, to clean and weed trails, and to help sell refreshments at concerts. In addition, a special work day involving the planting of trees and other landscaping will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The park is at 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. For more information, call 703-528-5406.
Cleaning War Memorials
The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to wash the Vietnam Veterans and Korean War memorials at 6:30 a.m. on Sundays in Washington. The cleaning lasts an hour to two hours. All cleaning equipment and supplies are provided, and parking is available. For more information, call 202-426-6841.
Retirees Enhancing Science Education Through Experiments and Demonstrations (RE-SEED), needs volunteers, especially scientists and engineers, to create science experiments and aid science teachers with classroom assignments for students in 6th-through-8th grades at schools in Virginia. After training in late September, volunteers will be assigned to a classroom, and they will be asked to commit to work one full school day a week for the school year. For more information, call David Weiss at 301-587-0410.
Museum Information Desks
The Smithsonian Institution's Visitor Information Center and Associates' Reception Center are seeking volunteers to staff information desks at Smithsonian museums in Washington. Applications are being accepted for the fall and winter training classes. For an application, call 202-357-2700.