Meals on Wheels of College Park needs drivers and friendly visitors to deliver noon meals and to provide friendly contact with people unable to prepare their own food in the Beltsville, College Park and Greenbelt areas.
Vesta needs volunteer drivers to transport clients in the metropolitan area between 9 and 11 a.m. or 1 and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Volunteers must have a clean driving record and be able to pass a background check. For more information, call Kevin Clauss at 301-445-5775, Ext. 212.
The Prince George's Department of Social Services needs volunteers to fill two positions in its Maryland Energy Assistance Program. A consumer representative is needed to maintain direct contact with consumers, answer telephones, file consumer records, prepare information packages and other mail, provide referral services to consumers and assist staff with completing consumer files. In addition, a screener-interviewer is needed to maintain contact with consumers, answer telephones, review applications and determine eligibility, assist interviewers with maintaining complete consumer records, assist data entry staff with maintaining a computer database and file incoming applications. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-209-5045.
Impotence World Association, a nonprofit educational organization in Bowie, seeks volunteers to perform various office duties, including answering telephones, mailing educational materials and assisting with data entry. For more information or to volunteer, call Gail at 301-262-2400.
United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia seeks volunteers with solid interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to work with individuals with disabilities. Duties include participating in community experience trips, assisting individuals who use wheelchairs and those with severe cognitive and physical disabilities to actively engage in and experience the community, providing limited personal-care assistance, assisting individuals in making choices for preferred activities and helping with the implementation of therapeutic activities. For more information, call Rodney Savoy at 202-269-1500.
The Children's Rights Council seeks volunteer office assistants to answer telephones, fill mail orders, help with data entry and assist with filing, copying and faxing. For more information or to volunteer, call David Levy at 202-547-6227.
Pets on Wheels needs volunteers with temperamentally suited pets to visit long-term care facilities in southern Prince George's County. Volunteers and their pets are needed to visit two to four hours a month for a minimum of nine months. For more information, call 301-853-3330.
The House, a program of Metro TeenAIDS, seeks volunteers to serve as board members to help provide links to the community. In addition, they need youth mentors to help at the drop-in center by tutoring, playing games and talking to teenagers. For more information, call Keleigh Matthews at 301-270-7337.
The Capital Area Food Bank needs committed volunteers to act as a fill-in receptionist, to assist with data entry, clerical work and record keeping, to contact agencies via telephone, to act as teacher's assistants for hands-on cooking classes and to assist with food and delivery pickup. Flexible hours are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 202-526-5344, Ext. 235.
The Family Tree, a statewide agency dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, seeks women older than 21 to become volunteer mentors for its P.A.N.D.A. Program. The program matches pregnant and parenting teenagers with volunteers who, following the necessary training, will work with teen mothers on issues such as parenting skills, educational goals and building self-esteem. The information and resources that mentors share with the teenagers can help them dramatically reduce stress in their lives, thereby reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect intheir families. The next training session will take place Jan. 8. For more information or to volunteer, call Tobey Goldfarb at 301-808-5681.
Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton seeks volunteers to work in its youth and adult programs. The youth program seeks teenagers ages 14 through 17 to act as "candy stripers" while receiving valuable experience in a professional setting and learning about careers in the health care field. The adult program seeks volunteers to greet patients and guests and to assist on nursing units. Flexible hours are available. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-877-5756.
The Prince George's Volunteer Center is accepting nominations for its 2000 Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony, which will take place March 23 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. County residents are asked to identify and nominate individuals, groups, fraternities and sororities, businesses or corporations that have contributed their time, efforts and talents to improving the quality of life for other residents. Previous nominees who were not selected for an award may be nominated again. All winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15. For more information or to receive nomination forms, call 301-699-2800.
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.