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.
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 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers report to the office of PhoneFriend, which is based in the Dupont Circle area of Washington. PhoneFriend is sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse of Metropolitan Washington. Volunteers will be trained in listening skills and child-development issues. For more information, call 202-223-0020.
St. John's Community Services, which promotes community support and opportunities for people with disabilities, needs people to help with its third annual 8k Race benefit on Oct. 30. Volunteers will help set up and break down the course, staff two water stations, help with registration, serve as race-course monitors and help with a Kids Fun Run (getting children motivated and ready to go, maintaining order). The event starts and finishes at St. John's Church on Lafayette Square NW, and 500 runners are expected to participate. The event will also feature a short-course fitness walk. For more information, call 202-338-3726 or 800-869-3393.
Children's Reading Program
Communities in Schools of Washington needs tutors for D.C. Reads, a citywide child literacy program. Volunteers tutor first- , second- , or third-grade children in reading one to two hours a week between 1 p.m and 3 p.m. weekdays at D.C. public schools. Training is provided. Experience is not required. For more information, contact Inez Jackson at 202-289-4314.
Helping Senior Citizens
AARP in the District of Columbia, an advocacy group for senior citizens, needs volunteers to work as grief counselors for seniors who have lost a loved one; legislative advocates to talk with D.C. City Council members and staff about issues concerning older Americans, such as health care and fraud protection; tax aides to help seniors fill out tax forms; and Spanish-speaking volunteers to help motorists ages 50 and older refine their driving skills and develop defensive-driving techniques. A one-year commitment is requested. Training is provided. The work is done in the community or at the volunteer's home. The AARP office is at 601 E St. NW. For more information, call 703-739-9220 or 202-434-2277.
Tutors for Teenagers
The Community Club, sponsored by the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, is seeking volunteers to tutor junior-high and senior-high school students from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Thursdays at the church, 1313 New York Ave. NW, near the Metro Center and McPherson Square subway stops. Volunteers help students with their homework assignments in a variety of subjects, such as math, reading and writing. No tutoring experience is required. Orientation for new volunteers is held at 6:15 p.m. each Thursday. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment through May. For more information, call David Brown at 202-484-8626.
Arena Stage, at 1101 Sixth St. SW, Washington, needs weekday volunteers to file, answer phones and help with mailings; to work as receptionists; and to help with fund-raising, and painting and repair projects. Evening and weekend volunteers are needed to post fliers and other promotional material in Washington and to work at performances and special events. Training and parking are provided. Volunteers work at least one hour a week. For more information, call A. Lorraine Robinson at 202-554-9066, Ext. 292.
Tutors for Adults
Living Wages, which provides literacy tutoring, GED preparation, computer classes and job counseling in Ward 8 in Southeast Washington, needs volunteers to help adults study reading, writing and math two hours a week, Monday through Thursday, for at least six months. The volunteer's schedule is flexible, and tutors work at Living Wages, which is based in an apartment complex on Brandywine Street SE. Training is provided. No experience is required. For more information, call 202-574-3961.
Public-Radio Membership Drive
WPFW 89.3-FM, a public radio station in Washington, is seeking volunteers for its fall membership drive, from Oct. 10 through Oct. 23. Volunteers will answer the telephone for pledges, assist with computer data entry and send out mailings to current and prospective public station sponsors. Weekday, evening, and weekend shifts are available between 7 a.m. and midnight. Shift intervals are 7 to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight. The drive will be held at 2390 Champlain St. NW. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Richard Wright at 202-588-0999, Ext. 344.
Flu Vaccination Program
The Visiting Nurse Association of Washington, D.C., needs volunteers to assist registered nurses with paperwork and customer relations at flu clinics in Safeways, CVS stores and other locations throughout the Washington area. No experience is required, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Volunteers give clients a consent form to sign, collect money for flu shots and do paperwork for medicare recipients. Proceeds will be donated to home-care agencies to help the needy purchase fans and other appliances, as well as pay utility costs such as electric or phone bills. For more information, call Maria Serafin or Michelle Arroyo at 301-853-7551.
The Leukemia Society of America, 2900 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, needs volunteers to help staff booths at health fairs in corporate and government offices in the Washington area. Volunteers work two to four hours during business hours answering questions and distributing literature about the Leukemia Society of America. Volunteer training is provided. For more information, call the Leukemia Society at 703-960-1100, Ext. 31, and leave a name, an address and a telephone number.
Friends for the Mentally Ill
Compeer of Greater Washington needs volunteers to befriend adults who are recovering from mental illness. Volunteers meet individually with clients, participating in social outings with them. Volunteer training and ongoing support are provided. A commitment of four hours a month for one year is requested. The volunteer and client determine their meeting time and place, and the volunteer submits monthly reports on the outings. Compeer hosts social gatherings such as picnics, potluck meals and holiday parties for volunteers and clients throughout the year. Volunteers who speak a foreign language are particularly needed. For more information, call Barbara Wallace at 703-536-2771.