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.
Greater DC Cares, a coordinator of volunteer services in the Washington area, needs volunteers to help community service organizations in Washington during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, Jan. 15, 16 and 17. Volunteers will help with activities such as feeding the homeless, spending time with the elderly, and mentoring children. Individuals and groups are encouraged to participate. For details about participating organizations, volunteer duties and scheduling, call 202-289-4108 or visit the Web site at www.dc-cares.org.
The International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit refugee resettlement organization, needs volunteers with trucks or vans to assist with picking up and delivering donations of furniture for refugees in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. The refugees are from places such as East Africa, West Africa, southern Europe and the Middle East. Volunteers are also needed to help refugees with acculturation and learning English, and to help with office work at the rescue committee's headquarters at 1612 K St. NW, Washington. For more information, contact Elizabeth Goldston at 202-822-0043, Ext. 19.
The D.C. Public Library's Library Services to the Deaf Community needs volunteers to tutor deaf and hearing adults and children in sign language on weekdays at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library and in various branch libraries. Volunteers must work at least one hour per week for 12 to 16 weeks. An eight-week training session in sign language will be provided for volunteers who don't know much sign language. Library Services to the Deaf Community is located at the King Library, 901 G St. NW, room 215. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Janice Rosen at 202-727-2145 (voice or TTY) or 202-727-2255 (TTY).
Job Corps Advisers
Joint Action in Community Service (JACS), a national organization of volunteers helping at-risk youth to enter the work force and to become self-reliant as adults, needs volunteers from Washington, Maryland and Virginia to offer encouragement, advice and referrals via telephone to students returning home from Job Corps centers in the metropolitan area. For more information, call 800-782-5227.
Family Fest in Silver Spring
The Folklore Society of Greater Washington needs children's performers and people to demonstrate craft-making for its Jan. 29 Mini-Fest at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring. Volunteers are also needed to help with setup, cleanup and other duties during the fest. For more information, contact Gail Snider at 202-667-3484.
U.S. Capitol Tour Guides
The U.S. Capitol Guide Service needs volunteers to assist tourists at the U.S. Capitol. Duties include providing general information, giving directions, and interpreting museum rooms, including the Old Senate and Old Supreme Court chambers weekdays or weekends. A March-through-August commitment is requested. Volunteers are required to attend a 12-hour training program. For more information, call Kevin Barry at 202-224-7349.
Alexandria Art Gallery
The Target Gallery in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria needs volunteers to answer phones, assist with various tasks at gallery openings, and to greet visitors. The gallery will provide a free art course to any volunteer who completes 15 full, five-hour shifts. Free parking is provided for volunteers working five-hour shifts. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, at 105 N. Union St. For more information, call 703-549-6877.
Community Tax Aid Inc. needs volunteers to help low-income individuals and families with income-tax preparation from early February through April 15 at 12 libraries and other facilities in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. Volunteers work at least two hours per week on Saturdays, Sundays or weeknights at the location of their choice. Community Tax Aid managers are on-site to answer questions and review each completed tax return. Tax-preparation experience is preferred to volunteer, but not required. Those who do not have enough experience can sign up for training in January. Volunteers also are needed to help with public relations, photo-copying tax returns and other tasks. For more information, call 703-318-2122 or visit the Web site at www.gwscpa.org/cta.
The American Red Cross needs volunteer "ambassadors" to help greet blood donors at donor centers and blood drives in the metropolitan area. Volunteers also give refreshments to the donors after they give blood, and observe the donors for possible adverse reactions. Hours are flexible and there are several locations to choose from in Washington, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Training is provided. For more information, call 800-272-0094.
The Smithsonian Institution needs volunteers who are at least 16 years old to work primarily weekdays in its 14 museums, performing activities such as curatorial research, creating and updating Web sites, answering letters and e-mail from the public, and more. Volunteers are asked to commit at least six hours a week until a minimum total commitment of 80 hours of service has been completed. For more information, call 202-357-2700 or 202-357-1729 (TTY).