The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis.
The Fairfax County government needs volunteer operators to connect county employees and customers who speak limited English with services provided by Lincus, an internal interpreter program. Volunteers must also maintain an interpreter database, catalogue language materials, assist in records development and attend occasional meetings related to language access. People 21 and older who speak foreign languages are needed. Training is provided. Volunteers must commit to a weekly three-hour shift during regular business hours for at least six months. For more information or to schedule an interview, call Angie Carrera at 703-324-2531.
The Fairfax County Park Authority needs volunteers to help maintain and manage ballfields, lakes, recreation centers, golf courses, nature centers, historic sites, a working farm and a horticulture center. Available opportunities include working outdoors, greeting park visitors, being an exercise buddy, assisting with office operations, teaching swimming to people with special needs, helping with archaeological digs, leading nature programs and more. For more information, call 703-324-8594 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
The Naomi Project needs volunteers to serve as mentors to at-risk pregnant or newly parenting women, helping them obtain consistent prenatal care, develop positive parenting skills, and plan a healthy future for themselves and their babies. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Training begins Sept. 21. For more information, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit www.naomiproject.homestead.com.
The 2004 Reston Multicultural Festival needs volunteers to help with setup, the children's area, volunteer check-in, greeting visitors, food sales and more. Volunteers must be 13 or older. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Lake Anne Village Center in Reston. For more information, call Ha Brock at 703-435-7986.
Family and Home Network, a national nonprofit organization that offers information and support to parents who forgo or cut back on employment to nurture their children, needs volunteers to help with writing and editing, marketing, public relations, public policy, administration and more. Volunteer orientation meetings will be held Sept. 16 and 17. For more information, call 703-352-1072 or visit www.FamilyAndHome.org.
-- Compiled by JEAN MACK
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