The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Prince George's County needs volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to provide a voice for children in foster care who have been abused and neglected. CASA volunteers meet with the children, families and foster families, social workers and attorneys to formulate recommendations to the court. Training will begin Sept. 13. Call 301-209-0491.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's division, is seeking members for the Park Police Volunteer Association to help with public safety on park property. A six-week training class is held from 7 to 9:30 one evening each week and includes topics such as traffic control, search and rescue, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Call 301-429-5623 and enter 607# when prompted, or go to the Web site

The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department has openings for volunteers ages 16 and older to serve as emergency medical technicians, firefighters and administrative assistants. Training and equipment will be provided. Benefits may include federal and state income tax incentives, college education reimbursement and the station live-in program. Call the firehouse after 6 p.m. at 301-552-1213, or send e-mail to

The Compassion Center needs help in creating a nature sanctuary in College Park. Service projects include landscaping and working on the center's building, which is under construction. Call Daniel Guetzkow at 301-699-0100 or go to the Web site

The University of Maryland Legacy Leadership Institute on Humor Practices is looking for volunteers ages 50 and older to use humor to present information about healthy eating to schoolchildren. Training is provided. Call 301-403-4467.

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired, needs volunteers to read local and national newspapers, magazines and other publications on its closed-circuit radio broadcast and dial-in telephone service. A brief audition is required. Call 301-681-6636.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter, needs several volunteers as rest-stop hosts, support vehicle drivers, overnight location managers and for other duties. Lodging, meals and T-shirts will be provided for the three-day MS Challenge Walk on Oct. 1-3. Call 202-296-5363.

Christmas in April is seeking homeowners to apply for the 2005 program, to be held April 30. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1. Applicants must be elderly or disabled, live in Prince George's County and be unable to do repair work around their homes.

For more information, call Mary Kucharski at 301-868-0937.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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