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 Maryland, Virginia and Washington, 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, Washington. For more information, call Julie Medlin at 202-756-3918.
Classroom Teaching Assistants
The Pathways Schools, a program that serves children with emotional and behavioral disabilities at seven locations throughout Maryland, is seeking assistants to help children with math and reading on weekdays. The time commitment is flexible. Math classes are held between 8:20 a.m and 10 a.m. and reading sessions are held between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Pathways Schools office is at 9525 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. For more information, contact principal Anthony Carvana at 301-587-4221.
Drivers for Cancer Patients
The American Cancer Society, Howard County Unit, is seeking volunteers to drive cancer patients to and from their medical treatments throughout Howard County. Volunteers with cars are asked to commit a few weekday hours per month. Hours are flexible. For information, call Kim Pernia at 301-498-5622 or Anne Dunn at 410-418-8753.
Building Repairs and Gardening
Progress Place, a multiservice center that houses agencies that help the homeless, needs volunteers to assist with minor building repairs, gardening and maintenance at the center, 8210 Colonial Lane, Silver Spring. For more information, call Rick Sniffen at 301-585-4471.
Representing Neglected Children
The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Montgomery County (CASA), which trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children, needs volunteers to represent children from Montgomery County in juvenile court. Volunteers are appointed by juvenile court judges to advocate for the timely placement of each child in a safe and permanent home. For more information, call 301-340-7458.
Friends for Disabled Adults
The Jubilee Association of Maryland is seeking volunteers to befriend adults who have autism, Down's syndrome or other developmental disabilities. Activities include hiking, shopping, watching movies or crafts-making. Jubilee serves 73 clients living in 14 group homes and nongroup home settings in Montgomery County. Volunteers will be matched with clients who have interests similar to theirs. Training will be provided, and volunteers are asked to make a commitment of four hours a month for one year. For more information, call 301-949-8628.
The Takoma Park Meals on Wheels program needs people to deliver meals to homebound clients from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays in Takoma Park, Silver Spring and Hyattsville. Volunteers work in pairs; one volunteer drives while the other delivers the meal to the door. The food is picked up from the Takoma Meals on Wheels office, at 7410 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park. For more information, call Vanessa Gilbreath at 301-434-1922.
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 Workers
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.