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.
Museum Tour Guides
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, which focuses on 18th-century tavern life, travel and food, is seeking tour guides. Volunteers work weekdays and weekends. A commitment of six hours per month is requested. No experience is necessary. A mandatory two-day training course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 and 25 at the museum, 134 North Royal St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-838-4242.
Jerry Lewis Telethon
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is seeking local volunteers for the Jerry Lewis Telethon between 9 p.m. Sept. 5 and 1 a.m. Sept. 6. The telethon will air on some 200 television stations across the nation. Local volunteers will report to the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, to answer phones, coordinate distribution of food and drinks for telethon workers, help with mailing out pledges, tally pledge slips, clean up and more. For more information, call the area MDA office in Fairfax County at 703-385-7186.
County Court Workers
The Court Services Division of the Fairfax County General District Court is seeking volunteers to interview defendants to determine whether they can afford legal representation, to process papers for criminal and traffic cases, to direct people to various areas of the courthouse, and to answer telephone inquiries. In addition, Spanish interpreters are needed for pretrial interviews of defendants. Knowledge of computers and court terminology is helpful but not required. A criminal background clearance check is required, and volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers work four hours per week for one year, from 8 a.m. to noon or noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. The volunteer coordinator's office is at 4110 Chain Bridge Rd., room 211-C, Fairfax City. For more information, call 703-246-3114.
AIDS Community Organization
Heaven in View Inc., in Alexandria, educates the public about AIDS and provides supportive services to patients with AIDS, including people who are incarcerated or newly released, drug abusers, prostitutes and the homeless. Volunteers are needed to organize fund-raisers and to help with grant-proposal writing for the organization. Lawyers, accountants and typists who can donate one or two hours a week are also needed. There will be a volunteer orientation session at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at the organization, 2280 Bulgard St., Alexandria. For more information, call 703-979-0060.
Reading and Writing Tutors
The Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Adult and Community Education needs tutors for its Volunteer Learning Program to work one-on-one with people who are studying for a GED or a high school diploma, or who are attempting to improve reading, writing or math skills. Tutors are needed daytime and evenings to assist teachers in small classrooms in alternative schools throughout the county. A volunteer training session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25, at the Fairfax County Juvenile Court, 4000 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax City. To register for the session, or for more information, call 703-246-2139.
Helping Assault Victims
The Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network (VAN), a program of the Fairfax/Falls Church Community Services Board, provides assistance to victims of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault. Bilingual volunteers in particular are needed to provide services to people who are Asian and Hispanic, or who are hearing impaired. Volunteers accompany clients to court when necessary, translate, or answer a telephone help line. Volunteers work at least four hours a week on weekdays, for at least one year. For more information, call 703-360-7273.
Recreation Center Monitors
The Fairfax County Park Authority needs volunteers to help monitor the quality of service at area RECenters. Volunteers will anonymously visit or call indoor RECenters and report on their experiences. Training is provided. For more information, call Heike Harrup at 703-324-8730.
PhoneFriend is a telephone support service for Washington area children who are at home without adult supervision. Volunteers are needed to answer a variety of calls from children who are lonely or scared, need help with a homework assignment, or who may want to discuss a fight they have had with a friend. PhoneFriend operates from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers are trained in listening skills and child development issues. For more information, call 202-223-0020.
Museum Information Desk
The National Building Museum, which focuses on American achievements in building through exhibitions and educational programs, needs volunteers to work at the museum's information desk and as cashiers at the museum shop. Volunteers work two shifts per month, from three to four hours each, daily. Volunteers receive training and free membership benefits. Volunteers also are needed to help with a variety of administrative tasks. Hours are flexible. The museum is at 401 F St. NW, Washington. For more information, call 202-272-2448, Ext. 3302.
St John's Community Services, which promotes community support and opportunities for people with disabilities, will hold its third annual 8K race benefit on Oct. 30. The race starts and finishes at historic St. John's Church at Lafayette Square NW, and 500 runners are expected to participate. The event will also feature a Kids Fun Run and a short-course fitness walk. Volunteers are needed to staff two water stations, to help with registration, to serve as race course monitors, to help with the Kids Fun Run (getting children motivated and ready to go, maintaining order), and to help set up and break down the course. For more information, call 202-338-3726 or 800-869-3393.
CAPTION: Volunteer docent Mary Underhill shows an 18th-century bedroom in the Gadsby Tavern Museum in Alexandria.