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.
Swimming Activity Aides
The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking volunteers to help people with physical and developmental disabilities swim and participate in other water activities at indoor recreation centers in Fairfax County. Volunteers work individually with participants, teaching them how to swim and perform water exercises. A six-hour volunteer training session is required. Experience in adapted aquatics is not required. Nonswimmers are requested to help with mailings, computer data work and maintaining files. Volunteers' work schedules vary, depending on the location of the recreation center. Volunteers can use the centers free of charge after assisting with at least two classes. For more information, call Jean Skinner at 703-324-8565.
Crisis Counselors for Women
The Alexandria Office on Women seeks women and men to volunteer with its Domestic Violence Program. The program operates the city's shelter for abused women, which provides emergency housing to women and their children. Volunteers help with telephone hot-line coverage and crisis counseling at the shelter, and give educational presentations on domestic violence in the community. Volunteers are generally needed during the weekends and holidays. The time commitment is flexible. Volunteer training starts Nov. 6, but volunteers must call by Oct. 22 to be interviewed. A one-year commitment is required. For more information, call Lorri Mitchell at 703-838-4911.
The Hospice of Northern Virginia, which cares for terminally ill patients and their loved ones, needs volunteers for its thrift shop at the Wilson Centre 1 shopping center, 6172 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church. Volunteers work three- or four-hour shifts greeting customers, sorting and pricing donated items, handling cash-register sales and making repairs at the shop. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, contact Leona Vandenberg at 703-532-5355.
Assault Victims' Hot Line
The Alexandria Sexual Assault Response & Awareness (SARA) program needs volunteers to answer its 24-hour hot line, providing sexual-assault survivors with emotional support and medical and legal referrals. No prior experience is required, and 40 hours of training is provided. Volunteers are especially needed weekday evenings and weekends. Volunteers also occasionally accompany victims to a hospital or a police station. To request a volunteer application, call Nancy Pearson no later than Oct. 20 at 703-838-5030.
The Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court needs foreign-language interpreters to help court staff and clients in civil cases. Volunteers facilitate communication between clients and court staff, translate court documents, interpret at some court hearings and help clients review their court orders. Fluency is required in English and another language, especially Spanish. Spanish-speaking interpreters work a weekly three-hour shift, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, for at least six months. Interpreters for other languages work on-call. The next mandatory volunteer training sessions will be held from 8 a.m to noon Oct. 20 and 27, at 4000 Chain Bridge Rd. in Fairfax County. For more information and a volunteer application, contact Carol Coile at 703-246-4908.
Caring for Rescued Cats
The Albert Foundation, which is dedicated to helping homeless and injured cats, needs volunteers to help care for rescued cats at its shelter in Old Town Alexandria, 213 King St., Alexandria. Volunteers also are needed to help to screen potential adoptive pet owners; to provide a temporary home for an animal (food and litter can be provided); and to help with fund-raising. All shelter animals have current vaccinations and test negative for feline leukemia and feline HIV. Adult cats are neutered or spayed. The time commitment is flexible. For more information, call Mary Beth Corrigan at 703-299-3035 or the foundation's office at 703-920-7404.
Mentors for Pregnant Women
The Naomi Project, a program of the Virginia Council of Churches and the Virginia Interfaith Infant Mortality Prevention Council, needs mentors for pregnant women to promote good prenatal care, and the health of the mothers and their babies. The mentor will advise the mother on parental responsibilities, health care for herself and her baby, and child development. Mentors work with the mother until the baby is at least 6 months old. Training is available. For more information, call Peggy Ferguson at 703-860-2633.
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., serving Washington, Maryland and Virginia, needs volunteers to assist nurses 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 customers consent forms 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 to 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. 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.
Tutors for Teenagers
The Community Club, sponsored by the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, needs 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, Washington, 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.
CAPTION: Volunteer Jim Ogura teaches Laura Weiss how to swim at Providence Recreation Center in Fairfax County.