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 D.C. Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers ages 16 and older to help build houses for needy residents in the Washington area. Volunteers work 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. Habitat for Humanity also needs volunteers to write public relations materials and help with fund-raising, and it needs public speakers to represent the agency at community meetings. For more information about volunteering in Maryland and Washington, call 800-422-4828.
Tutors for Schoolchildren
The Rosemary Village Community Center needs volunteers, from teenagers to senior citizens, to help students in prekindergarten through high school with literacy skills, homework and the arts. The tutorial program takes place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fridays at the community center. Students participating in the tutorial program are in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster of schools. The center is located in the Rosemary Village Cooperative, an apartment complex off of East-West Highway at 1916 Rosemary Hill Dr. in Silver Spring. The program is operated by Family Learning Solutions Inc., a nonprofit organization. For more information, call Lori Melman at 301-608-8096.
Gaithersburg Thanksgiving Dinner
The city of Gaithersburg is seeking volunteers to help with a dinner for the needy on Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day, at Gaithersburg Elementary School in old town Gaithersburg. Volunteers will work from 1 to 3 p.m. setting up the meal, serving food and cleaning up. Volunteers also will be needed to deliver some of the prepared food to people confined at home in Gaithersburg. The dinner will be sponsored by the Cedar Cafe/Chicken Basket restaurant. For more information about the dinner, call 301-437-2782. For information about Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities elsewhere in Montgomery County, call the Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center at 240-777-2600.
Wheaton Crafts Fair
Wheaton Urban District's Third Annual Crafts Fair, sponsored by Montgomery County, needs volunteers between noon and 5 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Market Place Parking Lot on Grandview Avenue. Volunteers will guide traffic, load and unload booths, assist with displays and help with general setup and cleanup. Volunteers should report to the fair at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Karen Thon at 240-777-8122.
Anne Arundel Running Event
The American Cancer Society is seeking people to help plan its Relay for Life events to be held May and June in Arnold, Edgewater and Linthicum. The events will involve teams of runners and walkers. Each planning committee will meet once a month on a weeknight in Anne Arundel County to discuss logistics, team recruitment and entertainment. Relay for Life will raise funds for the American Cancer Society, as well as raise public awareness of cancer. For more information, call Liz Knapp at 888-603-4304 or 410-721-4304.
The National Military Family Association, a volunteer-based education and advocacy organization working on behalf of families of U.S. military personnel worldwide, seeks volunteers with all levels of expertise to do a variety of work, such as administrative assistance and legislative research. Volunteers also are needed to prepare bulk mailings, type and perform other clerical duties, and to manage and train other volunteers. Volunteers with basic computer knowledge are also sought. Volunteer hours are flexible and child care is reimbursed. NMFA is located at 6000 Stevenson Ave., suite 304, Alexandria. For more information, call 703-823-6632.
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 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly from Dec. 9 through Dec. 30, except Dec. 24 and 25. The groups will perform for 2,000 to 3,000 people. To get 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.