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.
Ringing Bells for Charity
The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to work as bell-ringers and kettle attendants to collect money for the needy at retail areas in Washington, Virginia and Maryland, and to serve meals to the needy on Christmas Day at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 1318 Ninth St. NW, Washington. Toyland and Angel Tree workers also are needed to distribute clothing and toys to the needy, to register families for emergency assistance and to staff a telephone hot line, at the former Woodward & Lothrop store building, 1025 F St. NW. For more information, call Julie Medlin at 202-756-3918.
Children's Holiday Party
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Greater Washington and Ubiquity Inc., a social, cultural and educational organization, are hosting an annual Christmas party for about 200 children with sickle cell anemia from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Storytellers, clowns and magicians are needed to entertain children, and Santa's "elves" are needed to distribute toys. Volunteers also are needed to oversee a crafts activities station and to serve food to children and other volunteers. The association is seeking donation of a holiday tree, as well as other items for the party, which will take place in the ballroom of the Howard University Blackburn Student Center in Washington. For more information, call Roxanne Caines at 202-612-0343.
Math and Reading Tutors
The Kingman Boys and Girls Club needs volunteers to tutor students in third through eighth grades in reading, language arts and mathematics. The tutoring is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays at 1529 Kingman Pl. NW. For more information, contact Vermelle Paris or Aaron Webster at 202-483-1210.
Architecture Museum Docents
The Octagon, of the Museum of the American Architectural Foundation, is seeking docents to guide visitors through the house and exhibitions on weekdays or weekends. Volunteers with an interest in design, historic preservation, architecture and local history are requested. Docents work two, three-hour shifts a month and participate in seven training workshops, focusing on architecture, history and touring strategies. The museum is at 1799 New York Ave. NW, near the Farragut West Metro stop. For more information, call 202-626-7387.
Sankofa Educational Technologies Inc. needs computer scientists and programmers, electrical, chemical or civil engineers, and architects to help students with projects in engineering clubs in the D.C. public schools. The clubs involve such activities as building rocket-powered devices and solar-powered cars and taking field trips to science museums. Volunteers work with fourth- and fifth-grade students for two to four hours a month on Friday afternoons or Saturday mornings. Volunteer training is provided. For more information, call Linda Bettis at 301-405-8497.
Museum Garden Docents
Hilwood Museum and Gardens, which plans to reopen next fall, needs volunteers to start a nine-month training program as garden docents in January. The classes, which will cover horticulture and garden design, will be held for two hours a week on Wednesday afternoons at the museum. The museum is adjacent to Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington and features French and Russian decorative arts collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post, and gardens created for Post's home. Teaching or docent experience is preferred but not required. In the fall, docents will work four hours a week, and they will participate in continuing education classes at the museum. For more information, call Angie Dodson at 202-686-8505, Ext. 8618, or visit the Web site at www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
D.C. Babe Ruth needs baseball coaches in the spring for players ages 6 to 16. Practices and games are held at recreation centers in Washington, generally in Wards 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8. No coaching experience is required. The coaches will start meeting in the winter to establish baseball clinics and to set coaching schedules. For more information, call 202-337-2843 or 202-362-0566.
Researching Antique Beads
The Bead Museum, which has exhibits on Bohemian and American crystal and glass beads, needs docents, as well as volunteers to research and classify antique beads, to greet visitors, to work in the museum gift shop and to catalogue bead books. Volunteers' schedules are flexible. The museum, sponsored by the Beads Society of Greater Washington, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, 400 Seventh St. NW. For more information, call 202-462-8933 or 202-624-4500.
Historic House Tours
The Sewall-Belmont House, the historic headquarters of the National Woman's Party, needs volunteers to give house tours, to work in the museum shop, to provide office support, and to oversee receptions and events. Hours are flexible. The Sewall-Belmont House is at 144 Constitution Ave. NE, five blocks from Union Station. For more information, call 202-546-3989.
The Arthritis Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter, needs volunteers for the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis on Sunday in Reston and on Dec. 12 in Washington. Duties includes registering participants, cleaning up, manning water stations, keeping runners on course, stuffing registration packets and more. Volunteers will report to both runs between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Volunteers for the Reston race will meet at South Lakes High School. Volunteers for the D.C. race will meet at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information, call Dolores Evans at 202-537-6800, Ext. 3021.
Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival committee needs volunteers for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be held from March 26 through April 9 in Washington. Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the festival gala, the Kennedy Center Opening Ceremony, the parade, concerts, sporting events, the Sushi Festival, D.C. Day, the Sakura Matsui street festival and other events. Volunteers are needed now to do administrative tasks, including envelope-stuffing, computer work and promotional help; and to give hands-on help, such as decorating, at the events throughout the city. For more information, call 202-466-9000 during the daytime on weekdays.
Medical Museum Docents
The National Museum of Health and Medicine, located on the grounds of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, needs docents to lead tours for students and adults on weekdays or weekends. The galleries feature such items as the lead bullet that took Abraham Lincoln's life, a comprehensive microscope collection, and a 7 1/2-foot-tall skeleton. Volunteers with an interest in medical-related sciences are encouraged to apply. An orientation is scheduled for Saturday. For an application or more information, contact Jeanne Levin at 202-782-2201.