The Prince George's County Health Department seeks volunteers to provide office assistance to programs in the department. The duties include filing, answering telephones and other types of clerical support. Volunteers must have a strong desire to help others and have excellent interpersonal skills. Flexible hours are available both long- and short-term. The next volunteer orientation will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. For more information, call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802.
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System seeks volunteers to provide services to seniors and homebound residents of the county. Volunteers will select, deliver and pick up library materials on a pre-scheduled basis, usually once every three or four weeks. Volunteers will use their own vehicles and will be reimbursed for mileage. Volunteers are needed in Beltsville, Bowie, Cheverly, Hillcrest Heights, Hyattsville, Laurel and New Carrollton. For more information, call Marna Cary at 301-883-2653.
The Prince George's County Department of Social Services seeks a volunteer to work four hours per day, Monday through Friday, at their Hyattsville office in the Prince George's Plaza Metro Center. Volunteer tasks will include answering telephones, taking detailed messages from donors and holiday recipients, filing applications alphabetically and numerically and performing computer data entry using Microsoft Office 97 applications, including Word and Excel. Volunteer applicants must be accurate typists, must demonstrate excellent spelling and oral communication skills and be able to work in a stressful atmosphere. A 90-day commitment is also necessary. For more information or to volunteer, call Mary Lou Klemm at 301-209-5021.
The Friends of the National Zoo need volunteers to greet zoo visitors, answer questions and share knowledge of animals, and zoo and conservation issues. Volunteers are needed in six programs during the week and on weekends. Volunteers should enjoy interacting with people, should have strong communication skills and should be able to stand on their feet for as many as three hours, as volunteers are needed to work three three-hour shifts a month as well as attend a monthly meeting. Training will be provided for each program. For more information, call Helen Moore at 202-673-4954.
The Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer firefighters and E.M.S. providers. Training, uniforms and other benefits are provided and regular meetings are held the third Monday of each month. For more information, call 202-310-3904.
The Capital Area Foodbank needs a few volunteers to act as fill-in receptionists, 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. Flexible hours are available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers who can consistently help several hours each week are especially needed. For more information or to volunteer, call 202-462-5344, Ext. 235.
For Love of Children seeks college preparatory coaches to help underprivileged youth to prepare for and enter the colleges of their choice. Volunteers will be asked to assist them with selecting schools, identifying financial aid resources, completing applications, meeting application deadlines and other steps in the process. Volunteer training will be provided, and times are flexible and can 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 and reunification of missing and abducted children, seeks office help to update directories, enter data and do other light typing. For more information, call Ingrid Horton at 301-563-4040.
The Family Crisis Center in Brentwood, seeks clerical volunteers. Flexible hours are available between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call 301-779-2100.
The planning committee for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2000 will meet Nov. 30, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in volunteering with the walk is invited to attend the meeting, at the office of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., 9200 Basil Ct., Suite 209, Largo. For more information, call Oatice Thomas at 301-883-2883.
Pregnancy Aid Centers Inc., a health clinic serving low-income pregnant women and new parents, seeks one or two volunteers to assist with the distribution of food and clothing to young families. In addition, volunteers may at times assist with record-keeping and other administrative tasks. For more information, call Ellen O'Neill at 301-277-2136.
Takoma Park Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound clients Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food is delivered on five routes, with a driver accompanied by another person who hand-delivers the meals to clients. For more information or to volunteer, call Vanessa Gilbreath at 301-434-1922.
The American Lung Association of Maryland needs donations of cars, boats, trucks, vans and motorcycles to raise funds for its numerous support programs and services, including asthma education programs. In addition, individuals who donate a vehicle to the Vehicle Donation Program can deduct the lesser of fair market or book value of the vehicle as a charitable donation from their taxes. For more information on the program, call 1-888-300-LUNG.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Volunteers, Prince George's Extra, The Washington Post, 14402 Old Mill Rd., Suite 201, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.