The Alexandria Office on Women needs caring volunteers to work with its Domestic Violence Program, which operates the City's Battered Women's Shelter. The shelter provides emergency housing to battered women and children. Volunteers will receive extensive training and support. Training sessions begin Nov. 6, but potential volunteers must call to be interviewed by Oct. 22. A one-year commitment is required. For information or to volunteer, call Lorri Mitchell at 703-838-4911.

For Love of Children seeks college preparatory coaches to help underprivileged youths prepare and enter the college of their choice, increasing their chances of success as adults. Volunteers will assist youth in selecting colleges, identifying financial aid resources, completing applications, meeting application deadlines and other steps in the process. Training will be provided. Hours are flexible and can be set between the volunteer and student. For information, call Christine Smythe at 202-462-8686, Ext. 345.

The Learning Assistance Service at the University of Maryland's Counseling Center seeks conversation partners and small conversation group leaders for its fall program. Volunteers will donate one to two hours a week, from Oct. 4 to Dec. 10, to converse with international students on topics of mutual interest. Teaching experience is not necessary. For information, call Vera Holder at 301-314-8404.

Holy Cross Hospice needs volunteers to help terminally ill patients and their families by providing emotional and practical support to help them cope with their situation and future. Volunteers provide care at the patient's location, whether it be at home, in the hospital, or in nursing or assisted living facilities. For information, call Shelly Kastl at 301-754-7744.

The Vanished Children's Alliance, an organization dedicated to the prevention, location, recovery and reunification of missing and abducted children, seeks office assistants to update directories and perform data entry and other light typing duties. For information, call Ingrid Horton at 301-563-4040.

The Family Crisis Center, in Brentwood, seeks clerical volunteers. Flexible hours are available, any time between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For information, call Maha at 301-779-2100.

HomeCall Hospice Services needs volunteers to offer support to terminally ill patients and their families. A free, well-defined training program is provided and uses both lecture and experiential exercises. For information, call Francis McGrath at 1-800-543-0696, Ext. 2567.

Brotherly Love International, a community tutoring and reading program for youth, seeks volunteer tutors and readers. On-the-job training will be provided. For information, call Gloria Yancey at 301-577-5858.

The Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel seeks volunteers to tutor people ages 16 to 24 in reading, math and GED preparation. For information, or to volunteer, call Ted Pratt at 301-497-3945 or Ouida Cooper-Rodriquez at 301-497-3933.

The Literary Council of Prince George's, a nonprofit organization, is in dire need of volunteers to help adults learn to read and write. There is also a need for volunteers to teach basic English and English as Second Language. In addition, volunteer office assistants with good typing and computer skills are needed. For information or to volunteer, call 301-322-5290.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the agencies directly. If you would like to submit a notice for Volunteers, fax to 301-952-1397, e-mail to or write to Volunteers, Prince George's Extra, The Washington Post, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.