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

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

Kids Day at the Fair, sponsored by the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation and scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10, needs volunteers 13 and older to help children with disabilities take part in games, crafts and other activities at the county fair. The fair will be at the Show Place Arena and Prince George's Equestrian Center, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro. 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 will be accepted through Wednesday; volunteer hours at the festival are from 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 certification for community service hours. Call 301-445-4500.

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.

Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville, seeks 34 volunteers to serve as homeroom advisory mentors to help ninth-grade students make a smooth transition to high school. Mentoring sessions will be held from approximately 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Volunteers would be expected to attend a training session and make two get-acquainted homeroom visits in September and eight additional visits during the school year, in coordination with homeroom teachers. Call Jo Paoletti at 301-779-0940 or e-mail

The College Park Aviation Museum needs volunteers to greet visitors and help with gift shop sales every day of the week. The museum is at 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr. in College Park. Call Jane Welsh at 301-864-6029.

Clearwater Nature Center in Clinton seeks adult volunteers to work with birds of prey and provide interpretation for visitors to the nature center. Training is provided. The center is at 11000 Thrift Rd. Call 301-297-4575.

The Surratt House Museum in Clinton needs docents to conduct tours dressed in period costume. Volunteers are also needed to greet visitors, work in the gift shop and sell admission tickets. Orientation and training provided. The museum is at 9118 Brandywine Rd. Call 301-868-1121.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) 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 children, families and foster families, social workers, and lawyers, and provide recommendations to the court. Training will begin Sept. 13. Call 301-209-0491.

Capital Hospice (formerly Hospice of Prince George's County) seeks adult volunteers to serve people who have terminal illnesses and their families throughout Prince George's. Capital Hospice is a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and care to individuals and families facing loss and the end of life, regardless of the nature of their illness, availability of a caregiver or ability to pay for care. Hospice volunteers receive training to assist patients, families and the hospice clinical team by providing companionship, respite care and transportation, and assisting office personnel with administrative tasks. Call Rick Ransom at 301-572-2489.

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.

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 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 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 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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