The following is a list of some organizations in need of volunteers, clothes, food, money and other items during the holidays.




ACTS needs nonperishable food for the pantry, cars for its Working Wheels program and thrift store donations. Volunteers are needed for Turning Points, a domestic violence program; family casework; food pantry; homeless shelter; help line listeners, including a teen-to-teen line and a Spanish hotline; administration; thrift stores; day care; and facilitators for the Nurturing Parenting Program. To make thrift store donations, call 703-221-3298 (Dumfries) or 703-490-9697 (Woodbridge). To volunteer or donate cars, call Amber Bullington at 703-441-8606, Ext. 19. To make donations to the food pantry, 703-221-3186.

Best Transitional


This housing program provides a shelter for homeless mothers and their children. Items needed include new toys and stuffed animals. Volunteers are also needed on an ongoing basis. 14381 Hereford Rd., Dale City. Contact Claire Hoagland, 703-580-7206.

Compassion House


Christ Chapel's Compassion Ministries conducts a food outreach program that distributes food noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays. Volunteers are needed to serve food Dec. 22. Take food donations to 13909 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge. Spanish-speaking inquiries, ask for Pastor Sergio.



SERVE runs a shelter and a thrift store. Donations of furniture and clothing can be taken to the thrift store, 7234 Nathan Ct. in Manassas, 703-330-8777. The shelter, 10056 Dean Dr. in Manassas, welcomes donations of personal care items, household cleaning items, new socks, underwear and T-shirts. For children, they are also looking for all sizes of diapers, baby wipes, shoes, socks, underwear, snack-size bags of potato chips and juice boxes. Also needed are small personal products for teenagers, such as hair ties and body spray. For general donations, contact Diane at 703-368-2979. For children's donations, contact Mary Wampler at 703-368-8214.

Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center


The shelter, 14945 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in Woodbridge, requests large adult winter coats, warm blankets, bath towels, hair products, deodorant, razors, large diapers, cleaning products, cold and flu remedies, canned food and Christmas gifts for residents. The shelter is collecting money for medical needs and the AfterShare Fund, for deposits on rent and utilities for families who are moving out of the shelter. Food donations are especially needed for meals Christmas Eve and Christmas. Volunteers are needed to help with Christmas day meals at noon and 6 p.m. Contact Marnita Johnson.

Christmas for Community Kids


Throughout November, the Dale City Recreation Center will collect new, unwrapped toys to be delivered to the Prince William County Homeless Shelter. Take items to 14300 Minnieville Rd., Dale City.

Dawson Beach Transitional Housing Program


The shelter requests donations of new toys, housewares, furniture, cars in working condition, televisions and small appliances. Take donations to 14009 Dawson Beach Rd., Woodbridge. Contact Kim Bundy.

Parks and Leisure for Adults and Youth Foundation


The foundation provides funding for recreation activities to needy Prince William County residents. Monetary donations can be mailed to Prince William County Park Authority, PLAY Foundation, 14420 Bristow Rd., Manassas, Va. 20112.

Transitional Housing BARN


BARN, which provides transitional housing for homeless women and children for two years, seeks donations of reliable transportation, towel sets, shower curtain sets, twin-size blankets, cleaning and laundry supplies, paper products (towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues), baby wipes, diapers (sizes 5 and 6 only) and pull-ups (30 pounds and up).



Pick a child's name off holiday trees at Occoquan Town Hall and the Garden Kitchen restaurant and buy a gift for that child, through Dec. 11. Occoquan Town Hall, 314 Mill St., Occoquan; Garden Kitchen, 404 Mill St., Occoquan.


Community Holiday Coalition


The coalition's Neighbors Helping Neighbors program needs many volunteers and donations for the Christmas store. Donation requests include gifts, toys, household items, laundry baskets and large kitchen-size trash cans filled with cleaning products and personal items, money, holiday decorations and food baskets/boxes. Items are being collected through Dec. 11 at various sites throughout the county or can be taken to the Dulles 28 Centre (Waxpool Road and Route 28) Dec. 6-11. To fill a Christmas stocking or gift bag for seniors, call 703-771-5718. To volunteer, call 703-737-8367. Contact Karen Velez.



LINK's 15 member churches feed more than 3,000 people at their Thanksgiving and Christmas events. Volunteers, nonperishable food items and $10-$25 grocery store gift certificates are requested.

Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter


Volunteers are needed to answer the crisis line, assist with the youth and children's program, provide landscaping services, work at the Resourceful Woman shop and provide emergency transportation. Training is provided, and an interview is required. The shelter requests donations of phone cards, gift certificates, batteries, first-aid products, gas cards, diapers, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, trash bags, paper products (napkins, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper), nonviolent videos, bottled water, new sleepwear for women and kids, linens, hot water bottles, heating pads, office supplies, conditioner, hairbrushes and toothbrushes. 105 E. Market St., Leesburg. Call 703-777-6552 to coordinate delivery of wish list items. For other donations, call 703-771-8173.


Food for Others


Food for Others, Northern Virginia's largest provider of emergency foodservices, requests donations of nonperishable food. Items most needed include peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, rice, macaroni and cheese, pasta, cereal, soups, canned vegetables, spaghetti sauce, meat chili with beans, dried beans and beef stew. For holiday assistance in December, frozen turkeys, stuffing and cranberry sauce are especially welcome. Volunteer opportunities include sponsoring a food drive, helping in the warehouse, distributing food and picking up food from retailers. Food can be taken to the warehouse, 2938 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Contact Ed Demoney.

-- Compiled by Carrie Donovan