Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, a nonprofit dance studio, seeks volunteer gardeners to help plant, weed, landscape and perform other general gardening tasks. In addition, performance series assistants are needed to help with technical setup of performance space and to run the box office. Marketing assistants are needed to distribute marketing materials and to assist with word processing and database maintenance. Tutors and mentors are needed to work one-on-one with children, assisting them with projects and language skills. For more information, call Amy Lawson at 301-699-1819.
The P.A.N.D.A Program needs volunteer women 21 and older to become mentors for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Volunteers help teens reduce stress in their lives in hopes of preventing child abuse and neglect and help teens achieve their goals and build self-esteem. Training is available. For more information or to volunteer, call Tobey Goldfarb at 301-808-5681.
Prince George's County Department of Family Services' aging services division seeks volunteers to visit senior citizens in nursing homes and to advocate on their behalf through the long-term care ombudsman program. The program monitors nursing homes for compliance with residents' rights and care quality, while participating in the resident complaint resolution process. Volunteers would be expected to complete a training program and volunteer four hours a week for at least a year. Experience in a health care environment is desirable. For more information, call 301-699-2684.
PC Seniors, a program designed to help seniors become computer literate, seeks volunteer computer instructors with knowledge of Microsoft Word and IBM-compatible computers. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-248-7004.
Byte Back, an organization that provides free computer training to inner-city residents, seeks volunteers to teach five 90-minute classes during a five-week period. Classes include Windows 95, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and the Internet. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Baptist Senior Adult Ministries of the Metropolitan Area seeks volunteers to work in its adult day-care centers in Bowie, Brentwood and Greenbelt and at Thomas House in the District. Volunteers are needed to lead arts and crafts groups, to visit and to assist staff with activities and lunch. Volunteers are needed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. For more information, call Daryl Pennington at 202-626-5782.
The Foster Care Transitions Program seeks volunteer mentors to assist youths who are leaving foster care for independence. Volunteers also are needed to act as guest speakers and to help collect food, furniture, clothing and household supplies. For more information or to volunteer, call Catholic Charities at 301-568-9529, Ext. 20.
GUIDE Family Support Center needs computer-literate volunteers to teach beginning computer skills to young parents. The center also needs a receptionist and child-care assistants. For more information, call Beatrice Lumpkin at 301-324-9705.
The Retired Volunteer Service Corps of the University of Maryland at College Park seeks mature men and women to volunteer at the Career Center, the concert office, the Learning Assistance Service, the Writing Center and Art Center and in the English editing for international graduate students program. For more information, call Jed Collard at 301-226-4750.
The Children's Rights Council seeks volunteer office assistants to answer telephones, fill mail orders and assist with data entry, filing, copying and faxing. For more information, call David Levy at 202-547-6227.
The 13th Annual Winter Festival of Lights is Nov. 26 to 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. The event will showcase a drive-through display of more than 500,000 lights, highlighting the symbols of 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 or individuals can call Rita Brown at 301-464-6706. For festival directions and general information, call 301-699-2456.
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 email@example.com or write to Volunteers, Prince George's Extra, The Washington Post, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.