A list in the Nov. 25 Weekly of nonprofit organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food and money and other items during the holidays gave the incorrect telephone number for Homestretch of Falls Church. The phone number is 703-237-2035. (Published 12/02/1999)
Following is a list of some Northern Virginia organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays.
Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry
NOVAM needs volunteers for the holiday season to help provide services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The organization seeks volunteers to set up and serve food at the client holiday party Dec. 6. In addition, donated gifts are needed for the adopt-a-family program. For information, contact Beth Felling at Ext. 15.
Northern Virginia Family Service
Volunteers are needed to adopt a family or donate children's toys. For adopted families, new gifts and clothing are needed for children and food for the family. Drop off new toys or gifts for children at 100 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Falls Church.
Alexandria Volunteer Bureau
The bureau has compiled a listing of holiday volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups for the holiday season. Volunteers are needed for a range of activities, such as delivering food to the homebound, assisting with a toy drive, adopting a family or gift wrapping to help local organizations raise funds. To receive an updated copy of the list, call the bureau or visit its Web site, http://home.dn.net/avb.
Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless
Volunteers are needed to wrap and deliver presents and food baskets to people living in homeless shelters and transitional housing in Alexandria and Arlington between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23. Unaccompanied volunteers must be at least age 16.
Volunteers also are needed for the holiday hook-up program, in which individuals or groups buy and deliver presents from wish lists provided by homeless or formerly homeless families.
The coalition also accepts donations of new toys, nonperishable food, frozen turkeys and supermarket gift certificates. Donations are accepted from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week at 3103 N. Ninth Rd., Arlington.
For more information, contact Paul Heimer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Web site, www.aachhomeless.org.
Alexandria Community Network Preschool
The preschool seeks donations of winter coats, hats and gloves for people of all ages. They also need equipment for home day-care providers, such as car seats, high chairs and bookcases.
Other needs include volunteers to help children use the computer and hardcover preschool picture books, children's dictionaries and tape players for the family literacy program. Those wanting to give gifts can best help the school by buying items that can remain in the classroom and be used by all the students.
Ecumenical Community Helping Others
ECHO seeks donations of new umbrellas, movie videos, hand tools, cloth diapers, men's and women's winter gloves, electronic hand-held games for ages 8 to 14 and gift certificates for clothing stores, restaurants and shoe stores.
The center needs clothes for teenagers and always seeks canned goods, toys for younger children and books. Drop off donations at 418 S. Washington St. in Alexandria during normal business hours weekdays. Volunteers are also needed for Campagna Kids, a before- and after-school child care service; Head Start, a national preschool program; Write to Read, a program that tutors disadvantaged children in reading; and This Way House, a shelter that has provided counseling and refuge for more than 1,300 runaway youths in crisis situations.
Community Holiday Coalition
The coalition seeks donations of toys, food and clothing for infants, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens for its Christmas store. Volunteers also are needed to receive, sort and distribute donations. For more information, contact Karen Velez.
Community Partners for Children (formerly Ho Ho Ho)
Community Partners for Children seeks help for its ninth annual Christmas Toy Donation Drive through Dec. 10. In addition to volunteers for distribution day, Dec. 11, the organization needs books, clothes and new and unused toys and games such as basketballs, puzzles, crayons, coloring books and gifts for older teenagers. Also needed for the office are 12 money aprons, a laser printer and a heavy-duty hole punch.
The shelter needs monetary donations, blankets, adult hats and gloves, towels, washcloths and toiletries. The shelter--at 930 N. Henry St., Alexandria--also seeks volunteers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For other shelter needs and a gift list, call Melissa Hillier.
Hopkins House, 1224 Princess St., Alexandria, needs volunteers to adopt an individual or family affected by HIV/AIDS. Donations of toys, clothing and cash are needed. Individuals, businesses, social groups and houses of worship are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Jackie Young.
Clock Tower Thrift Shops
Falls Church: 703-237-1910
Donations of new or like-new toys, household items, books, cosmetics and sporting goods are needed. Winter clothing--including coats, gloves, sweaters, boots and hats--also are needed. Volunteers are needed to tag donated items.
Clock Tower operates three shops in Northern Virginia. To volunteer or donate, call Sandra Wells in Centreville, 6031 Centreville Crest Lane; Paula Buresh in Falls Church, 2860 Annandale Road; or Marion Anderson in Sterling, 46950 Community Plaza on Route 7.
Christ House seeks volunteers to serve Christmas dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. at 131 S. West St., Alexandria. It also needs donations of nonperishable food, toys and clothing.
Homestretch needs individuals, families, businesses and churches to adopt a family for the holidays and purchase gifts and a holiday meal. Financial donations also are needed for the Teen Club December event and for a holiday shopping spree in which children ages 5 to 15 buy presents for their families. Adult volunteers are needed to help homeless children shop and wrap gifts for their families at 8 a.m. Dec. 11. To adopt a family or for more information, call the agency. Donations may be sent to Homestretch at P.O. Box 141, Falls Church, Va. 22040.
The Hispanic Committee of Virginia
The committee seeks monetary donations and new toys for clients and their families. For more information or to make a donation, call Jennifer Cohen at Ext. 116.
United Community Ministries
Sponsors are needed to adopt a family for the holidays. Families need toys, clothes and some household items. Volunteers also are needed Dec. 11 to 23 to help answer phones, accept donations and set up and maintain the gift sharing program. UCM also seeks cash contributions and nonperishable food.
Shelter House, a nonprofit shelter for homeless families in Fairfax County, needs volunteers to work with children in the evenings and in the food pantry on weekends. Donations of over-the-counter medications, toiletries and alarm clocks are needed. For information, contact Jamie Dziak.
Urban Alternative needs donations of baby clothes, winter coats for children and adults, toys for children 1 to 18 months old, gifts for adolescents, nonperishable food, books and materials for art and handicraft projects. Computer products such as nonperforated printer paper, disks and computer books are also needed.
Volunteers are needed all year to assist in after-school children's activities and teach computer use. Donations can be taken to 860 S. Greenbrier St., Apt. G-4, Arlington, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For additional information, contact Leni Gonzalez, or e-mail email@example.com.
Alexandria Department of Human Services
Volunteers are needed to assist in the adopt-a-family, adopt-a-senior and Santa Claus for foster children programs. Volunteers purchase gifts for families or individuals and deliver them to recipients the week of Dec. 13 or to the department for distribution by social workers.
Volunteers also are needed to help receive and sort bundles of wrapped gifts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the week of Dec. 13 at 2525 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. For more information, contact Suzanne Kratzok, volunteer services coordinator.
Community Foundation of Alexandria
Volunteers are needed for computer instruction for the foundation, which assists senior citizens, from 9 a.m. to noon and noon to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Volunteers should be familiar with Windows 95/98 and WordPerfect 8/Microsoft Word 97. A computer network administrator is needed for the holidays and next year to manage the foundation's computer network.
Personal computers also are needed. They should be at least a 486 and can be delivered to 4650 Taney Ave., Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. For more information, contact Ralph Thompson.
Daytime drop-in center for the homeless needs men's and children's winter coats, hats, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags. Also needed are laundry detergent, coffee creamer, powdered soft drink mix, paper towels and disposable diapers. Donations may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at 9766 Lee Hwy. For more information, call Steve Schlossberg or Barbara D'Annibale.
Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia
The Arlington agency needs wrapping paper, ribbons and bows for its holiday toy drive. Wrapping paper should have a holiday theme or be a solid color. Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 5232 Lee Highway. Deliveries should be made to the agency's receptionist. For more information, contact Rachel Schwartz at Ext. 4923.
Lorton Community Action Center
Volunteers are needed to help sort donations of food and gifts, assemble food and gift bags and distribute the bags to those in need. Help is needed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 20 and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21. Volunteers can work in shifts. For more information, contact Kathy Noone, volunteer coordinator, at Ext. 12, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, donations will be accepted at the American Legion Hall on Legion Drive in Lorton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Items needed include unwrapped gifts for children; gift certificates for teenagers; canned vegetables and cranberry sauce; large boxes of Jell-O mix; and desserts. Call for further information.
The center also is putting together year 2000 packages for families that need assistance. Items needed are flashlights, batteries, can openers, battery-operated radios, powdered milk and canned goods. Donations can be dropped off at the American Legion Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20.
Donations of nonperishable food items, toys, gifts and clothing for the needy will be collected at United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Dr., Reston, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 to 19. Volunteers also are needed to deliver boxes of collected items in Reston from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 22. For more information, contact Barbara Guinee.
Volunteers are needed to participate in Arlington's secret Santa program, which assists more than 400 families a year. Sponsors are needed to provide holiday meals and gifts for families. Participants also can donate food baskets, gift certificates for food and clothing, or items such as hats, scarves and mittens.
Gift deliveries will be Dec. 15 to 18 and can be made at drop-off sites in the county or directly to the families. Participants will be matched with families Dec. 10, the last day to become a sponsor. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 18. For more information, leave a message on the secret Santa hot line, and a volunteer will return the call.
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, Mental Health Services
This organization--which serves adults with severe mental illness, children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and families in crisis--needs volunteers and donations of new items including jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and boots in adult and youth sizes; adult winter clothing, such as sweat suits, flannel shirts, sweaters and socks; gift certificates for retail stores and recreational activities (such as movie passes or bowling passes); arts-and-craft supplies and sports equipment; and backpacks, duffel bags and sleeping bags.
Volunteers also are needed to sort donated items for the homeless outreach program.
For more information, contact Kristine Gubanich.
Reston Interfaith Inc.
Volunteers are needed to help provide holiday food baskets to area families. Baskets are filled according to family size and should contain cans of vegetables, fruit, cranberry sauce, gravy and sweet potatoes; a large container of juice; desserts; coffee, juice or cocoa mix; box of rice or mashed potato mix; $10 gift certificate for a ham or turkey; box of stuffing mix; and a loaf of bread or dinner rolls.
In addition, many items are needed to fill a variety of holiday wish lists for people of all ages. For a full list of items needed, more information about the food basket program or to volunteer, contact Heather Portch.
Main Street Child Development Center
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the center by painting and making repairs. The organization also needs donations of children's clothing, winter jackets, hats, mittens, socks and underwear. All clothing should be for boys and girls sizes 4 to 8. The center is at 10830 Main St., Fairfax. For more information, contact Elizabeth Egan.
Family Respite Center
The center needs volunteers for its Wednesday luncheon program, which involves serving food to people with memory loss. The center also seeks volunteers to assist with periodic large mailings.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Luminaria Celebration in McLean and the Capital Campaign. Other needs include monetary donations, entertainers and coffee-table books. For more information, contact Amanda Bacon.
Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)
Volunteers and donations are needed to assist OAR's Project Christmas Angel, an outreach to children whose parents will not be home for the holidays because of incarceration.
Donations of the following unwrapped gifts for children up to the age of 16 are needed: games, toys, books or journals, movie passes, sports equipment and gift certificates. Donations of clothing are not requested. Additionally, gift certificates to grocery stores and financial contributions to offset the cost of postage and wrapping supplies are needed.
Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts and deliver them to the post office for shipping. To volunteer or for more information, contact Linda King by Dec. 6.