The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, a week or on a regular basis.
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 Tuesday. For more information, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit www.naomiproject.homestead.com.
The Center for Multicultural Human Services needs tutors to teach English as a second language to groups of parents whose children attend two elementary schools in Falls Church. A minimum commitment of two hours a week is required on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening throughout the school year. Materials and training are provided. Volunteers are also needed to implement a reading program for elementary school children. For more information, call Ellen Klene at 703-533-3302, Ext. 107.
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 these children. Bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. Prospective volunteers can learn about the CASA program at an orientation from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday or Oct. 5 at the CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-273-3526.
The Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department needs volunteers to help plan and prepare for its upcoming annual haunted house Oct. 22 through 25. Volunteer assignments may include help with advertising, building props, doing makeup and costumes during the haunt, working the cash register, being a haunt tour guide or ghoul, setting up and tearing down. For more information, page Rose-Ellen Eastman at 703-701-4863 or e-mail her at Haunt@dlvfrd.org.
The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority needs volunteers to join the work crews at two public sites Saturday for National Public Lands Day. Workers may choose to help clean up trails, clear invasive species, landscape, seed areas or work on environmental education projects at a site on 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 www.wodfriends.org.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Compiled by JEAN MACK
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