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

Community Support Systems needs people to help individuals and families work with federal, state and local services and programs. Volunteers help identify and clarify problems and assist in the completion of forms. Call Claudia Raskin at 301-372-1491.

AmeriCorps offers part-time and full-time opportunities. A one-year commitment will begin 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 program of Prince George's County needs volunteers (especially those who are bilingual) to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in foster care. Volunteers meet with the children, families and foster families, social workers and lawyers, then provide recommendations to the court. Training will begin Sept. 13. Call 301-209-0491.

The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department has openings for people 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's live-in program. Call the firehouse any day after 6 p.m. at 301-552-1213 or send an e-mail to

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

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

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 through 3. Call 202-296-5363.

Kids Day at the Fair, sponsored by the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 10, needs volunteers 13 and older to help children with disabilities take part in games, crafts and other activities. Call 301-249-7208.

The 2004 Hispanic Festival needs volunteers 13 and older to distribute programs and evaluations and help with children's activities and shuttle parking. Volunteer applications accepted until Sept. 1; the festival is 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lane Manor Park in Hyattsville. High school student volunteers will be eligible to receive community service hours certification. Call 301-445-4500.

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 at 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 at 301-218-6973 or send an 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 at 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 at 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.

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. Call Michelle Mueller at 301-352-4574.

The Excellence in Education Foundation, affiliated with the Prince George's County public schools, needs office workers to 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 at 301-925-2880 or send an e-mail to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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