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.
5K Race Planners
The D.C. Rape Crisis Center is planning the DCRCC Challenge for next April in Washington, its first annual 5K run/walk to increase awareness of sexual assault and raise funds for the center. Volunteers are needed to help plan and organize the event on the following committees: publicity, race course, registration, hospitality and fund-raising. Experience with planning races is not required. For more information, call 202-232-0789.
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. 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.
The Carlos Rosario International Career Center and Public Charter School needs teachers' aides to tutor individuals and/or small groups in English as a Second Language, GED and general literacy. Classes, which will begin Aug. 30, will be held from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. weekdays, and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Training is provided at the school, 3101 16th St. NW, suite 115. For more information, call 202-234-6522.
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.
Y2K Computer Compliance
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, 4301 Connecticut Ave. NW., along with the Leadership Coucil of the Metropolitan Washington Human Services Coalition, has launched a "Y2K Buddy Project." Volunteers are needed to help small, nonprofit organizations' computer programs to become Y2K compliant. Volunteers must attend a three-hour training session, and they must work with at least one agency for a half-day. For more information, call Steve Kane at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital at 202-274-3316 or visit the Web site at www.Y2KBuddyproject.org.
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.
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 Washington, Virginia and Maryland. After mandatory 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, contact David Weiss at 301-587-0410.
Museum Docents and Teachers
The Carlyle House Historic Park 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 Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 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 work 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.
Butterfly Show Guides
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton needs guides to lead children, ages 8 to 10, on a tour of a butterfly show in its South Conservatory. Volunteers also are needed to help teachers with educational projects in the children's classroom at Brookside Gardens. Basic knowledge of butterflies and the host and nectar plants for butterfly species is required. A strong interest in butterflies, horticulture and children's education is requested. Volunteers, who must be at least 18 years old, work six shifts of four to five hours each on weekdays in August and September. Training is provided, and at least one training session is mandatory. Brookside Gardens is at 1800 Glenallan Ave. For more information, contact Jayne S. Hench at 301-495-2504.
Mentors for Immigrant Children
Montgomery County Intergenerational Resource Center (Interages) needs volunteers ages 55 and older to serve as mentors for immigrant children who have recently moved to the United States. Mentors meet with students once a week after the school day at the students' schools in Silver Spring or Takoma Park. Activities include educational games, discussing American culture, doing homework and language-building. Training is provided. The Interages office is at the Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton. For more information, call Wendy Morris at 301-949-3551.
Emergency Rescue Workers
The volunteer Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Inc. is recruiting new members who are interested in becoming emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics and firefighters. Volunteers who have not received Maryland EMT certification must undergo 131 hours of class time at the Public Safety Training Academy on Darnestown Road in Rockville. Further training is held at the squad office, 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda. Members of the squad are required to work a minimum of one night a week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. For more information, call Judy Lath 301-652-0077, Ext. 216.