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.
The Language Bank of the Montgomery County Volunteer Center needs foreign-language interpreters to work in person or on the telephone, and to translate forms, for hospitals, courts, schools and other agencies primarily in Montgomery County. Especially needed are volunteers who speak Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Korean, Japanese or Russian. Sign-language interpreters also are requested. Volunteer orientation is provided. The Volunteer and Community Service Center is at 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. For more information, call 240-777-2600.
Maryland Y2K Fairs
The Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 needs volunteers throughout the state to staff fairs and festivals in the coming months, as well as on New Year's Eve. Volunteers work at the Maryland 2000 booths, handing out literature on programs involving the arts, historic preservation, the environment and education. Workers also answer questions about millennium events, and volunteers are needed to dress up as the state's millennium mascot, Terrae 2000. The mascot costume includes a red, black, gold and white tunic reminiscent of the Maryland flag and a top hat bearing the golden numeral 2000 and a halo of sparkles. The mascot will pass out stickers and pose for pictures upon request. Maryland residents ages 15 and older are encouraged to volunteer. The commission is based at 80 Calvert St., room 314, Annapolis. For more information, call 410-260-6345.
NAMI Montgomery County, in affiliation with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, needs volunteers to price and sell clothing, furniture and other items at the NAMI Thrift Shop at 10730 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. Volunteers work from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. one day a week or one day a month, at the shop, which is open to volunteers seven days a week. For more information, call 301-949-5852.
Shepherd's Table, a community center for poor people, located at 8210A Colonial Lane, Silver Spring, needs volunteers to distribute clothing to clients from 10 a.m. to noon, one or two Wednesdays each month. Volunteers also are needed to do paperwork and distribute mail and Metro bus tokens to clients from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call Cheryl DeMaio Shalgian at 301-585-6463.
Adopt-A-Stream, sponsored by Save Our Streams and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, needs volunteers throughout Maryland to help with planting trees, cleaning streams, painting storm drains, surveying streams and watersheds, and assessing water quality. Groups are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Save Our Streams at 800-448-5826 or 410-969-0084.
The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Aging and Disability needs ombudsmen to work with residents, families and providers associated with assisted-living facilities and group homes for the elderly. Ombudsmen help resolve problems for the elderly by responding to their concerns about their care, and volunteers also go to community centers to educate the public about how to choose a group home for the elderly. Volunteers are asked to commit four hours per week for at least one year. Volunteers must attend at least one four-day training session. The next session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 14, 18 and 19, at the Department of Health and Human Services, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. For more information, call Mona Pollack at 240-777-3910.
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 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 held 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, 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, 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.