Community Support Systems needs volunteers to help individuals and families work with federal, state and local services and programs. The volunteers will help identify and clarify problems and assist people with filling out forms. Call Claudia Raskin at 301-372-1491.

AmeriCorps offers part-time and full-time opportunities. A one-year commitment begins Sept. 22. Extensive training, a $13,000 living allowance, health care and a post-service education award of $4,725 are included. The ideal candidate will have basic computer skills and transportation. Call 410-514-7270.

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

The Berwyn Heights Community Center needs adults to work at its front desk. The ideal candidate will greet patrons, answer the phones and provide general customer service to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of the summer season. Call Cheryl Moran, 301-345-2808 or 301-249-7208.

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's division, is seeking volunteers to become members of the Park Police Volunteer Association (PPVA) to help with public safety on park property. A six-week training class, held one night a week from 7 to 9:30 p.m., includes such topics as traffic control, search and rescue and CPR. After completing the training program, volunteers may join the PPVA and serve in various capacities such as "Park Watch With the Park Police." Call 301-429-5623 and enter 607# when prompted, or visit

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

The Compassion Center needs help to create a sanctuary on two acres of gardens in College Park. Service projects include landscaping and construction work. Please call Daniel Guetzkow at 301-699-0100 or visit

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, invites 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, will need several volunteers to act as rest stop hosts, support vehicle drivers, overnight locations managers and more. 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. Homeowners must live in Prince George's County and be elderly or disabled and unable to do the home improvements themselves. Call Mary Kucharski, 301-868-0937.

Henderson House, an assisted-living facility in Bowie, is seeking volunteer leaders, companions, musicians, gardeners and a grass cutter. Call Dusti Hayes, 301-218-6973 or send e-mail to

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Prince George's County invites adults 55 and older to teach reading to children and adults, prepare meals for the homebound, provide support to nonprofit agencies and assume other duties. Call Ivin Myles, 301-265-8486.

The Sexual Assault Center at the Prince George's Hospital Center needs volunteers to provide services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. Candidates will help with hospital intake and escort and stay with victims during exams and special procedures. Call Cheryl Banks, 301-618-3155.

The Riversdale House Museum is seeking docents for its guided history tours program. The time commitment will be one four-hour shift each month from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays. Occasionally, special docent-led group tours will be planned, including some for school groups during the school year. Training will be provided. The museum is at 4811 Riverdale Rd., Riverdale Park. Call Ann Wass at 301-864-0420.

The Foster Grandparent Program of Prince George's County is recruiting people 60 and older to serve as mentors and tutors 20 hours a week for children with special needs. The program offers a monthly stipend and transportation to and from the school. Call Lisa Jenkins at 301-985-3534.

The Circle for Life Foundation's "Care For Kids" walk-a-thon is looking for volunteers to work on pre-walk activities as well as at the Aug. 14 event on the National Mall. The walk seeks to raise awareness about child abuse. Call event director Carletta Marrow at 301-617-0396; e-mail; or visit the Web site at

Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence needs office help from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the Bowie office. People also are needed to help coordinate efforts concerning immigrant and non-English-speaking communities. For more information, call Michelle Mueller at 301-352-4574.

The Excellence in Education Foundation, affiliated with the county's public schools, needs office workers who can help with telephone follow-ups, mailings, filing, proposal writing and data entry. A clerical, education or fundraising background would be helpful but is not required. Call Joslyn Cooper, 301-925-2880, or send e-mail to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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