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

The Ronald McDonald House on the grounds of the Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers to maintain a warm, welcoming environment for families while their children are undergoing treatment at area hospitals. Responsibilities include answering phones, giving tours and miscellaneous household and office tasks. For more information, call Anne or Susan at 703-698-7080.

Haven of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to provide emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying and their family and friends. Volunteers must be available during weekdays and must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 1/2 hours a week of phone duty for at least a year. Training will be in September. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County needs volunteers to conduct one-to-one mentoring sessions with Fairfax County jail inmates and to teach classes in the jail. The emphasis is on helping an offender make a successful transition back into the community. Volunteers can also work with families of offenders during visiting hours in the Adult Detention Center. Training will be provided in September. For more information, call 703-246-3033.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to help abused and neglected children who are in the Fairfax County court system. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training, and applications are being accepted for a training session this month. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. For more information, call 703-273-3526 or visit www.casafairfax.org.

The Office of Victim Services at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court needs volunteers to assist crime victims of juvenile offenders. Volunteers will notify victims of pending hearings, inform them of their legal rights and provide emotional support. Training and supervision will be provided. A minimum commitment of one four-hour shift a week for six months is required; the shift can be between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers will be interviewed and must submit to a criminal background check. For more information, call Gwen Robinson at 703-246-2697.

The ESL and Immigrant Ministries Program needs volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adult immigrants in 20 locations in Northern Virginia. Free training is provided next month and September; classes begin in September. For more information, call 703-841-0292, Ext. 6, or visit www.eslim.org.

The SPCA of Northern Virginia needs foster homes for dogs and cats. The SPCA does not have a shelter and depends on foster homes for animals that have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. For more information, call 703-799-9390 or visit www.spcanova.org.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack

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