The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis.

The D.C. Jewish Community Center seeks 1,000 volunteers Wednesday to serve meals, entertain seniors and children, give blood and paint walls in Montgomery County and the Washington area. People of all ages and religious backgrounds are encouraged to participate. Volunteers will participate in 62 activities to benefit more than 40 organizations. For more information and to register, go to the Web site, or call 202-518-9400, Ext. 300. The deadline for registering is tomorrow.

A registration fee of $18 for adults will help offset the cost of food, paint, gifts and other materials. There is no charge for children under 18 to participate, and scholarships are available for those who cannot pay.

The center also seeks donations of hats, scarves, gloves and socks to give to 2,500 adults and children. Drop off these items, as well as unwrapped toys, at the JCC's Q Street entrance at 1529 16th St. NW in the District.

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center needs volunteers in the following areas:

Volunteers are needed to help elderly or disabled neighbors by shoveling snow from walks and driveways. A law enacted last year by the Montgomery County Council requires all residential and commercial property owners to clear their public sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm. Anyone who can help is asked to call 240-777-2600. CASA de Maryland, a nonprofit organization, is providing snow shoveling services for a fee. Call 301-431-4177 or 301-431-4185 to request assistance.

The Association of Partners for Public Lands seeks a volunteer office assistant to provide staff support for the executive director.

The Pets on Wheels program of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County seeks a volunteer grants assistant. Duties include researching on the Internet, helping to write proposals and providing input into the development strategy of the program.

The Jewish Social Service Agency seeks a transitions program volunteer. Volunteers spend time with people facing life-threatening illnesses or those approaching the end of life. Training is provided.

For information on any of the above volunteer opportunities, contact the volunteer center at 240-777-2600.

The Montgomery County Humane Society is conducting a holiday food drive for pets. Canned food, dry food and small-mammal food are welcome. Donations may be dropped off at the Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Dr., Rockville, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; or, The Ark, 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 240-773-5960 or visit

Boards and Commissions

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan seeks applicants to fill vacancies on the following commission:

The Range Approval Committee has four vacancies. Applicants should have training and experience in the safe use of weapons.

Members of county boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Individuals interested in the committee should send a letter of interest no later than Dec. 27, to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Md. 20850. Include a brief re{acute}sume{acute}, along with both business and home telephone numbers. For more information, call 240-777-2528 or refer to the county's Web site,

Nonprofit groups needing volunteers should fax notices to Volunteers at 301-279-5665 or by e-mail to