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.

House Construction

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers ages 16 and older to help build houses for needy residents in Washington. Volunteers work from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and they are especially needed from Dec. 4 through Dec. 11. Churches, groups, and organizations are encouraged to participate. No experience or background in construction is required. The volunteer time commitment is flexible. The group also needs volunteers to write public relations materials and to help with fund-raising, and it needs public speakers to represent the agency at community meetings. For more information, call 202-610-2355.

Hospice Agency Helpers

Hospice Care of D.C. needs volunteers to work weekdays or weekends as foreign-language translators, or to provide notary and other legal services, and assist administrative staff with filing, computer data entry and fund-raising. Training is provided. For more information, call 202-347-1700.

Sorting Clothing for the Needy

Senior Citizens Counseling and Delivery Service (SCCDS) needs volunteers to sort clothing four to eight hours per week at its clothing bank at the SCCDS office, 2451 Good Hope Rd. SE. Volunteers work between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The agency is also seeking organizations to sponsor drives to solicit clothing donations. For more information, call 202-678-2800.

Breakfast for the Homeless

The Homeless Breakfast Program of Charlie's Place needs volunteers with cars to deliver baked goods to homeless shelters and soup kitchens in Northwest Washington, once per week, mornings or evenings. The day and time of delivery varies depending on need. Drivers with their own vehicles and valid driver's licenses are needed to pick up baked goods from local bakeries and deliver them to Charlie's Place and other homeless shelters. Charlie's Place is a nonprofit agency that provides homeless people with breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays. Charlie's Place also distributes food to at least eight other shelters in the Washington area. Volunteers also are needed to organize walk teams for the Help the Homeless Walkathon on Nov. 20, and to help with fund-raising, typing letters, faxing and other duties. Contact Bruce McBarnette at 703-404-8429.

Housekeeping and Child Care

The D.C. Ronald McDonald House, 1326 Quincy St. NE, needs volunteers to assist with tasks that help maintain a home for seriously ill children and their families. Duties include light office work, providing hospitality to families, light housekeeping and occasional child care of the siblings of sick children. Volunteers, who must be at least 18 years old, are asked to make a six-month commitment, and they work three hours or more per week between 8 a.m and 9 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Barbara Silverman at 202-529-8204.

Community Education for Seniors

AARP in the District of Columbia, an organization for people ages 50 and older, needs volunteers to help educate seniors in the areas of consumer protection, economic security, grief counseling, legislative issues, tax assistance, and more. Volunteers lead seminars and workshops. The D.C. AARP headquarters is at 601 E St. NW. For details about scheduling and specific duties, call 703-739-9220.

Holiday Singing Groups

The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to provide seasonal music for visitors during the 1999 Christmas Pageant of Peace. The Christmas Pageant of Peace opens this year with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 on the Ellipse, south of the White House. Volunteer performances will be scheduled for 30-minute segments from 6 to 8:30 p.m. daily from Dec. 9 through Dec. 30, except Dec. 24 and 25. Groups will perform for 2,000 to 3,000 people. For an application, interested groups should call the National Park Service at 202-208-1631, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. Applications may also be obtained from the park's Web site at www.nps.gov/whho/pageant.

CAPTION: Volunteers, above, build a house for a Habitat for Humanity project in 1997 in Washington. The organization is seeking volunteers to construct dwellings for the needy.