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.
Teaching Immigrants English
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington needs volunteers to teach English to new immigrants who are in danger of losing access to social services and food benefits if they don't pass the U.S. naturalization test. In order to pass, a person must be able to converse in English. Volunteers are needed to work with an individual or a whole family. No experience is required. Training is held frequently at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington offices, 6101 Montrose Rd., Rockville. The next session is 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22. For more information, call Geri Elias at 301-230-7206.
Community Service Day
The Volunteer Partnership Montgomery Inc. needs volunteers for the annual Community Service Day to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 throughout Montgomery county. Community Service Day volunteers help with projects such as fall planting and landscaping at parks and schools; park and stream cleanups; and organizing collections of food, clothing and other supplies for the needy. Or volunteers can create projects that would fulfill a need in the community, and register them with the partnership. Volunteers work individually or as a group. A breakfast will be held for volunteers at 8:30 a.m. the day of the cleanup at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda. For more information, call 240-777-2621.
Helping Single Adoptive Parents
The Adoption Resource Exchange for Single Parents Inc. (ARESP), an organization that assists prospective single parents with the adoption process, needs volunteers for a variety of projects, such as office work, public education (making presentations on adoption to the community, or hosting functions at the ARESP office), computer database management and Web-site management. For more information, call Rob Windle at 301-585-5836. The office is at 8605 Cameron St., suite 220, Silver Spring.
Fort Frederick Archaeology
The Maryland State Department of Natural Resources needs volunteers to help archaeologists dig up, sift, screen and sort artifacts at an archaeological site at Fort Frederick State Park in Washington County. No archaeological experience is necessary. Volunteers will help search for artifacts from a 1756 French and Indian War fort, including areas where gunpowder and arms were stored and where officers were housed. Volunteers will also work along the walls of the fort to determine how the fort was defended. The park is one mile east of Interstate 70, off Exit 12 (Route 56). Digging takes place from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m Tuesdays through Saturdays. A full-day commitment is requested. For more information, call Varna Boyd at 301-982-2854 or the park office at 301-842-2155.
The Montgomery County Youth Orchestras is seeking musicians in grades four through 12 for its String Ensemble, Preparatory, Junior and Senior Orchestras' upcoming season. Auditions are being held through Sept. 10. For more information, call 301-654-2018 or visit the Web site at www.mcyo.org.
Takoma Park Festival Workers
Volunteers are needed at the Takoma Park Folk Festival on Sept. 26, at Route 410 and Maple Avenue in Takoma Park. Volunteers will help with sales of food, beverages and T-shirts, parking, the signing-in of performers, trash collecting and manning information booths. Shifts are for two-hour periods starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. For more information, call 301-585-7984.
Library Computer Help
The Montgomery County Public Libraries need volunteers to help library patrons use a new online library catalogue. Volunteer training will be provided in early September. Applicants, who must be at least 15 years old, should be familiar with the Internet, Windows 97 and Netscape, and they should have good communication skills and the ability to teach. For more information, call Deborah Rosenstein at 240-777-0029.
Domestic Violence Hot Line
The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, needs volunteers to talk to victims of domestic violence who call the center's 24-hour telephone hot line. Volunteers work four-hour shifts at their homes. Training is provided. For more information, call Sheila Helgerson at 410-997-0304, Ext. 203.
Assault Victims Program
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services needs volunteers for the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program, which provides 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at Montgomery County hospitals and police stations. Help is needed at all times, but especially for daytime and early-morning shifts. On-call, 12-hour and six-hour shifts are available. A required, 40-hour training program covers crisis-intervention skills and information about the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims face. Volunteers must be residents of Montgomery County, have a valid driver's license and be able to make a yearlong commitment. Volunteers must participate in a monthly group supervision meeting; individual supervision is provided as needed. For more information, call 240-777-1355.
The Audubon Naturalist Society, in Chevy Chase, needs volunteers for several hands-on nature programs this fall in the D.C. public schools. Expertise in natural history is not required. Volunteers read from nature books, construct above-ground gardens in frames, and use visual aids from nature to teach schoolchildren about animal life and environmental adaptations. Volunteers also are needed to work in the society's bookstore and to lead educational hikes at the grounds of Woodend, an old estate in a natural setting, at 8940 Jones Mill Rd. Volunteers receive training, and are asked to commit to one half-day per week, Mondays through Saturdays, for three to eight weeks. For information about nature activities, call Tar Fuad or Regina Sakaria at 301-652-9188, Ext. 30. For more information about the bookstore and Woodend activities, call Barbara Barrett at 301-652-9188, Ext. 18.
Haunted House Actors
The Good Knight Child Empowerment Network, which educates children throughout the Washington area about such issues as conflict resolution and child abuse, needs actors to portray Halloween characters at its "Safe Halloween Haunted Kingdom" in October. Volunteers also are needed for set-building and painting for a variety of productions, and for fund-raising and office work, such as typing, faxing and making telephone calls, at the offices of the Good Knight Castle, 11001 Rhode Island Ave., Beltsville. For more information, call Gwen Gregory at 301-595-8989.
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.
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 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.