Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following groups need help for a day, a week or on a regular basis. Nonprofit groups needing volunteers should send notices to Volunteers, The Washington Post, Suite 100-A, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175. Notices may also be faxed to 703-777-8437 or e-mailed to lextra@washpost.com. The list will be published on a space-available basis on the first Sunday of each month.

Loudoun County Special Olympics needs helpers and referees for its annual basketball tournament from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday. Games will be played at Heritage and Loudoun Valley high schools. Help is needed at both sites with concessions, team check-in and scorekeeping. Shannon Poe, 703-777-0438.

Inova VNA Home Health needs companions for lonely, homebound patients. Volunteers are asked to spend one or two hours a week talking with a patient, running errands and doing odd jobs. Training provided. Help also needed with office duties. Marion Hart or Adele Jenney, 703-916-2885.

Loudoun Academy of the Arts needs a carpenter and handyman for minor repairs throughout the year. Peggy King or Gail Waldron, 703-777-8043.

Blossom and Bloom needs thrift shop help. Cindy, 703-737-7808.

Blue Ribbon Campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month needs help to cut blue ribbon and serve on the organizing committee. Joseph Wilson, 703-777-0697.

Loudoun Literacy Council needs instructors in basic literacy and English as a Second Language for adults. Training class 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Jan. 18 at 71 Lawson Rd. SE, Leesburg. Reservations. Tara, 703-777-2205.

Loudoun Resource Family Program needs families to provide foster-adoptive homes, respite care and mentoring to children, particularly teenagers, sibling groups and minorities. Informational meeting 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 14, Loudoun County Department of Social Services, 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg. Kim Burk, 703-777-0386.

Fauquier Family Resource Network needs people to share a 30-minute lunch with a child once a week. Background check required. 540-349-0010.

Encircling Families Program needs mentors for Loudoun families in which a parent or child has a cognitive, physical or emotional disability. Training provided. Aileen Early, 703-525-9673.

Hospice of Northern Virginia needs aid throughout the area for patient care and bereavement support. Training provided. 703-777-7866.

Hospice Support of Fauquier County seeks help caring for terminally ill patients and their families. 540-347-5922.

Road to Recovery needs people to transport ambulatory cancer patients to and from appointments. 703-938-5550.

Inova VNA Home Health needs four-wheel-drive vehicles to transport nurses to homebound patients throughout Northern Virginia during snow emergencies. 703-916-2885.

Volunteers for LARC, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities and their families in Loudoun, needs help for Pathways to the Community, designed to promote integration of developmentally impaired adults into the community. 703-777-1939.

Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging needs drivers for home delivered meals and a program coordinator. Sandra Boughner, 703-777-0257.

Loudoun Arts Council needs help with data entry in Leesburg during work hours and volunteers to distribute fliers in Leesburg the week before the next First Friday Gallery Walk in February. Lynda, 703-777-7838.

Ball's Bluff Elementary School ACT Program needs mentors to work with children to enhance self-esteem and academic efforts. For 30 minutes weekly, student and volunteer may read, study, talk or work on a project. Julia Bollback, 703-779-8800.

Loudoun Symphony needs a coordinator and office help with concerts, outreach and special events. Esperanza Alzona, 703-771-8287.

Loudoun Community Free Clinic needs Spanish translators 5:30-9 p.m. Thursdays. Lyle Werner, 703-737-6012.

Loudoun County Mental Health in Leesburg needs a babysitter for two small children weekly 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Stacey Waring, 703-771-5111.

Selden's Landing Elementary School needs a tutor for a child in morning kindergarten. Teresa Micheli, 703-779-8948.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program needs over-55 help in several areas. Karen Chappelle, 703-777-0505.