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

For information on the following opportunities, call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.

Brookside Nature Center needs volunteers from May through September to staff the "Wings of Fancy" butterfly show. Volunteers will be docents, butterfly house gardeners, tour guides and more.

Family Volunteer Weekend, May 3-4, offers a variety of indoor and outdoor projects, including sprucing up a historic site while learning about Montgomery County history, cleaning a local stream and trail, and playing games with seniors.

The 2003-04 W/E KAN (Weekend/Evening Kids Action Network) Volunteer Youth Leadership Council is accepting applications for members. The council is made up of middle school and high school students. Members attend a monthly meeting, participate in a monthly service project and design a small project of their own. Applications are due by April 30. For more information, call the volunteer center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit the Web site

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center will hold a training session on how to help control the spread of mosquito-related diseases, such as West Nile virus, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 26. The program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center. Call the volunteer center to register.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers willing to teach adults to read, write or speak English on April 30 in Gaithersburg.

The Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program seeks volunteers to provide information and emotional support to victims. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. To receive an application or for more information, call 240-777-1355 or visit or The next training class is this spring.

Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park seeks black and Latina women, who are at greatest risk of heart disease, for a program on ways to lower that risk. Free screenings are available. The program is free; preregistration is required. The hospital is at 7600 Carroll Ave. For more information, call 800-542-5096.

-- Christine Swerda

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