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 email@example.com. The list will be published weekly on a space available basis.
* CrisisLink needs good listeners for its crisis and suicide prevention hotline. Volunteers are being recruited now for the winter/spring training classes. Must be 18 or older. For more information, call 703-527-6016 or visit www.crisislink.org.
* Docents are needed to lead tours and conduct hands-on activities for preschool and elementary school students at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. For more information, call 202-357-2991 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* The Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland needs local families to host a pair of Protestant and Roman Catholic teenagers for four weeks this summer. Families must provide a safe, neutral setting for the teens to get to know one another, a single bedroom for them to share and day-long adult supervision. The teens will attend a leadership conference on Capitol Hill and other team-building and social activities. However, the majority of their time is spent with the host family. For more information, call Melinda Grochowski at 703-478-6291 or visit www.cfpni.org.
* The Naomi Project needs volunteer mentors for high-risk pregnant women referred by the Health Department, human services and private physicians to promote healthy mothers and healthy babies. There is a special need for Spanish-speaking volunteers. For information on the spring training that begins March 20 contact Peggy Ferguson at 703-860-2633 or visit www.naomiproject.homestead.com.
* Retired scientists, engineers and other individuals with science backgrounds are needed for Fairfax County public schools' RE-SEED Program. The program trains volunteers to work with science teachers in county middle schools, high schools and professional and technical academies in the development, setup and implementation of experiments and demonstrations designed to help students investigate basic scientific concepts and apply these concepts to everyday situations. Training will take place Feb. 20. For more information, call Sharon DeBragga at 703-227-2388 or e-mail Sharon.Debragga@fcps.edu.
-- Compiled by Jean Mack