Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following groups need 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, 4020 University Dr., Suite 220, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Notices may also be faxed to 703-273-2836 or e-mailed to fxextra@washpost.com. The list will be published weekly on a space-available basis.

* Care Wear Volunteers, a nationwide nonprofit organization, needs people to knit, crochet and sew hats, booties, blankets, quilts, fabric or fiberfill toys, burial gowns and other items for infants and children in area hospitals. Participants use the Care Wear Volunteers' patterns. There are no dues, quotas, regulations or meetings. For more information, send $2 to Bonnie Hagerman, Care Wear Volunteers, c/o Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, Md. 21701 or visit www.hood.edu/carewear.

* World Heritage is seeking host families for high school boys and girls from Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico or one of the former Soviet Union countries for its International Student Exchange Program. Host families provide room, board and guidance for a foreign student. Couples, single parents and families with and without children in the home are encouraged to apply. For more information, call Wyndy Fredrick at 703-435-8948 or visit www.world-heritage.org.

* The Hunter Mill District office and Reston Interfaith have teamed up to collect and distribute winter coats to the less fortunate in the community. Clean, wearable winter coats for men, women and children will be accepted at the Hunter Mill District office in the North County Government Center, 12000 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, during regular business hours, from Jan. 27 through the end of March.

* Court Appointed Special Advocates needs adult volunteers to advocate for children in abuse and neglect cases referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The next training class begins March 4. For more information, call 703-273-3526 or visit www.casafairfax.org.

* Volunteer Fairfax is calling for nominations for its annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. The public is invited to nominate groups and individuals who have volunteered time, energy and expertise to meet community needs. Businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools and civic groups are encouraged to submit nominations. Nominees and award winners will be recognized at a breakfast ceremony in April. All nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Call Volunteer Fairfax at 703-246-3460 or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org to receive a nomination form.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack