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

Special Olympics Maryland needs people to direct walkers and to staff water stations for its Turtle Trot walk around Laurel Lakes in Laurel from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Janet Novak at 410-789-6677, Ext. 111, or

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter, needs rest-stop hosts, support vehicle drivers, overnight-location managers and other volunteers for its three-day MS Challenge Walk, Oct. 1-3 from Prince George's County to Washington. Lodging, meals and T-shirts will be provided. Call 202-296-5363.

Hospice of the Chesapeake staff members will discuss volunteer opportunities in patient care, bereavement support, office staffing, community outreach and more. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 8724 Jericho City Dr., Landover. To register, contact Julie Medlin at 301-499-4500 or

Companion Animal Rescue Alliance in College Park seeks volunteers to temporarily provide care, food, water and shelter for foster cats and dogs until they are placed in permanent homes. Call 301-422-3677.

Prince George's Philharmonic orchestra needs volunteers to greet patrons, usher and work in the box office. High school student volunteers will be eligible to receive community service hours certification. Call 301-454-1462.

The Food and Nutrition Information Center at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville needs volunteers, especially seniors, to help with clerical tasks in a library office environment. Contact Gwendolyn Baker at 301-504-5414 or

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Education Center in Accokeek needs volunteers to help with parking, apple cider pressing, food service and hayrides at its annual Oktoberfest from 1-6 p.m. Sept. 25. Call Brenda Wright at 301-292-5665.

AmeriCorps offers part-time and full-time opportunities. One-year commitment opportunities 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.

Excellence in Education Foundation, affiliated with the Prince George's County public schools, needs office workers to help with telephone follow-up, mailings, filing, proposal writing and data entry. A clerical, education or fundraising background would be helpful but is not required. Contact Joslyn Cooper at 301-925-2880 or

College Park Aviation Museum needs volunteers daily to greet visitors and help with gift shop sales. 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 information for visitors to the nature center. Training is provided. The center is at 11000 Thrift Rd. Call 301-297-4575.

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 are provided. The museum is at 9118 Brandywine Rd. Call 301-868-1121.

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 children, families and foster families, social workers, and lawyers and provide recommendations to the court. Training will begin Monday. Call 301-209-0491.

Capital Hospice seeks adult volunteers to serve people who have terminal illnesses and their families throughout Prince George's County. 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 are trained to assist the hospice clinical team; provide companionship, respite care and transportation; and assist office personnel. Call Rick Ransom at 301-572-2489.

Community Support Systems Inc. needs people to help individuals and families work with federal, state and local government and community services and programs in Brandywine. Volunteers help identify and clarify problems and complete forms. Call Claudia Raskin at 301-372-1491.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Prince George's County invites adults age 55 and older to teach reading to children and adults, prepare meals for the homebound and support nonprofit agencies. 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 admissions 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 age 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.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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