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 teach adults to read and write English. The council sponsors a one-to-one basic literacy tutoring program specifically designed for adults reading below the fifth-grade level. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. The next three-day workshop for basic literacy tutor training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. A fee of $35 will cover the cost of books and supplies. For more information, call Ellen Bloom at 703-237-0866, Ext. 111.

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority needs volunteers to join the work crews at two sites for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 18. Workers may choose to help clean up trails, clear invasive species, landscape, seed areas and work on environmental education projects at a site on the Mason Neck Peninsula. Register at 8:45 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management's Meadowood Special Recreation Area, 10705 Belmont Blvd., Lorton. Lunch will be provided. To volunteer at this site, call 703-339-3461. Workers are also invited to join the Public Lands Day tree-planting project on the Herndon section of the Washington & Old Dominion trail from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To volunteer for this activity, call 703-729-0596 or visit

The Neighborhood Resource Center in Herndon needs volunteer tutors to work with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students one evening a week from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tutors work with one or two students to help them complete their homework and build academic skills. A certified teacher is in each classroom for guidance. For more information, call 703-437-1975 or e-mail Faye Yu at

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to help abused and neglected children in the Fairfax County court system. Volunteers receive 30 hours of training to speak up for the children. Bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. Prospective volunteers can learn about the CASA program at an orientation from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 or Oct. 5 at the CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-273-3526.

The Washington National Cathedral needs volunteers for its docent, visitor greeter and school guide programs. An information session will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. For information and reservations, call 202-537-8990.

AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteers to help taxpayers complete their 2004 federal and state income tax forms. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS-certified by passing an examination. For more information, call Joyce Blanton at 703-921-0023 or visit

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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