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

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to provide one-to-one tutoring in English as a second language. Training workshops will be held at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 18, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 14 and 21. Tutors must attend all four sessions. A charge of $35 will cover the cost of books and supplies. No teaching or foreign language skills are necessary. For more information, call 703-237-0866.

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 will be provided for volunteers in August and September. For more information, call Barbara Bernett at 703-841-0292, Ext. 6, or visit

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association needs volunteers to help with tour marshaling, the kid's bike rodeo, rider registration and more at its 12- and 32-mile Giant Food BikeDC ride in September. For more information, call 202-628-2500.

Haven of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to provide emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill and the dying and their family and friends. Volunteers must be available weekdays and must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 1/2 hours a week for phone duty for at least a year. Training will be offered in September. Orientation sessions for prospective volunteers will be held in August. For more information or to schedule an orientation appointment, call 703-941-7000 or e-mail

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

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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