The Prince George's County Department of Social Services seeks a volunteer to work four hours a day, Monday through Friday, at its Hyattsville office next to Prince George's Plaza on East West Highway.

Duties include answering telephones, taking detailed messages from donors and holiday gift recipients, filing applications alphabetically and numerically and entering data into a computer using Microsoft Office 97 applications, including Word and Excel. Volunteers must be accurate typists, demonstrate excellent spelling and oral communication skills and be able to work in a stressful, pressured atmosphere. For more information or to volunteer, call Mary Lou Klemm at 301-209-5021.

The Friends of the National Zoo needs volunteers to interact with zoo visitors, answer questions and share knowledge of animals, zoo policies and conservation issues. Weekday and weekend opportunities exist in six programs. Volunteers should have strong communication skills and should feel comfortable enough on their feet to work for three shifts a month of three hours each. Volunteers also will be required to attend a monthly meeting. Training is required for each program. For more information, call Helen Moore at 202-673-4954.

The Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications from people interested in becoming volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service care providers. Training, uniforms and other benefits will be provided, and meetings are on the third Monday of each month. For more information or to volunteer, call 202-310-3904.

The Capital Area Foodbank seeks exceptionally committed volunteers willing to help on a regular basis. Flexible hours are available Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Volunteers who can offer several hours a week on a consistent basis are needed to act as a fill-in receptionist, to perform data entry, clerical and record-keeping, to contact agencies by telephone, to act as teacher's assistants in hands-on cooking classes and to deliver and pick up food. For more information or to volunteer, call 202-526-5344, Ext. 235.

Bethel House, a welfare-to-work program in Brandywine, has a variety of volunteer opportunities available, including assisting instructors with daily course work, mentoring, performing clerical duties and facilitating a class. For more information, call Maria Carrasquello at 301-209-5020.

For Love of Children seeks college preparatory coaches to help underprivileged youth prepare to enter the college of their choice.

Volunteers are needed to assist teenagers in selecting schools, identifying financial aid resources, completing applications, meeting application deadlines and completing other steps in the process. Training will be provided, and times are flexible and can be set between volunteers and students. For more information, call Christine Smythe at 202-462-8686, Ext. 345.

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 to perform data entry and other light typing duties. For more information, call Ingrid Horton at 301-563-4040.

The Family Crisis Center, in Brentwood, seeks clerical volunteers to work flexible hours between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call Maha at 301-779-2100.

The 13th Annual Winter Festival of Lights runs from Nov. 26 through Jan. 2 at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. The sponsoring organizations, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the Prince George's Community Foundation Inc., seek volunteers and organizations to collect food for the needy at the festival.

The theme of the festival is Peace Through Diversity, and it will showcase a drive-through display of more than 500,000 lights, highlighting the symbols of different ethnic, cultural and religious groups that make up Prince George's County. The mission of the Prince George's Community Foundation, a charitable, nonprofit organization, is to enhance the quality of life by building and sustaining philanthropic and human capital. The foundation helps county-based nonprofit organizations that provide support to residents in need of human, education and social services.

Teen or community center leaders interested in collecting food at the festival should call Kathy Garrity at 301-249-9220. All other groups and individuals can call Rita Brown at 301-464-6706. For directions to and general information on the festival, call 301-699-2456.

The Prince George's County Office of the Family Tree, a statewide agency dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, seeks women older than 21 to volunteer as mentors for its P.A.N.D.A. program. The program matches pregnant and parenting teenagers with volunteers to mentor teenagers on such issues as parenting skills, educational goals and self-esteem building. Volunteer mentors take an active role in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in their communities. Training will be provided. For more information, call Tobey Goldfarb at 301-808-5681.

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.