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.
Museum Tour Guides
The Lee-Fendall House Museum, in Old Town Alexandria, seeks volunteers to guide visitors through the historic Lee family home and garden, located at 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. Volunteers will interpret the house's history, from its Revolutionary War-era beginnings, through the Civil War, to modern Labor movements. Volunteers will also guide visitors through a permanent doll house exhibit and collection of antique dolls. Previous experience and training are not required. Weekday and weekend shifts are available. For more information, call 703-548-1789.
Activities Leaders for Girls
The County of Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court needs volunteers to teach physical activities twice a week at a shelter for adolescent girls involved in the Fairfax court system. Suggested activities include walking, volleyball, aerobics, yoga, kickball and basketball. Leaders are needed from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. A commitment for the school year is preferred, but a commitment of at least one quarter will be considered. For an application, call Carol Coile at 703-246-4908.
Christmas-Sukkot in April is a national organization that rehabilitates the housing of people who cannot complete repairs and maintenance of their homes. Volunteers are needed year-round for public relations, volunteer recruitment, fund-raising and house inspections. And in April, volunteers spend a day repairing the homes of limited income, elderly and disabled residents. Volunteer hours are flexible. For more information, call Patti Dennis at 703-528-5606, Ext. 16.
Caring for Shelter Children
Shelter House Inc., a homeless shelter for families in Falls Church, needs volunteers to care for children while their parents attend life skills classes. Volunteers help plan structured activities for children ages 2 to 12 on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Experience working with children is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers are also needed to work in the shelter's food pantry the second Saturday morning of each month. For more information, call Jamie Dziak at 703-538-6457.
Visitors for Veterans
Volunteers are needed to participate in Holiday Project's visits to area military-related retirement home and medical facilities on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The 90-minute visits will take place in the morning. Team leaders will be assigned to assist volunteers, who will meet with patients and offer companionship while helping the patients celebrate Veteran's Day. Nonmilitary volunteers are welcome. To register to make a visit on Veterans Day, call the Holiday Project regional office at 703-370-1156 and listen to the recorded instructions.
Tutors for Schoolchildren
The S.T.A.R. (Saturdays Towards Academic Rise) Tutoring Program, sponsored by the Hayfield Coalition and Hayfield PTSA, is seeking tutors for students in grades 4 through 12. The tutors meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. two Saturdays a month in the Media Center of Hayfield Secondary School, 7630 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria. Tutors work with one to three students, depending on attendance. Tutors choose the grade level and subject they prefer to tutor. Subject matters include mathematics, reading, foreign languages, social studies, physics, and history. Volunteers range from teenagers to to senior citizens. The tutoring schedule can be adjusted and no teaching experience is required. A light breakfast is provided at the start of the tutoring session. The first session will be held Nov. 13, with an orientation for new tutors beginning at 8:15 a.m. For a volunteer application, call Leslie Rodriguez at 703-924-7500, Ext. 8131.
The National Military Family Association (NMFA), 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 light 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.
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. Groups will perform before 2,000 to 3,000 people. Interested groups should call the National Park Service at 202-208-1631, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays, for an application. Applications may also be obtained from the park's Web site at www.nps.gov/whho/pageant.