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

The National Capital Area Affiliate of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization needs volunteer community outreach facilitators. Participants will be trained to present one-hour seminars on breast cancer awareness, healthy lifestyle choices and the three steps to earlier detection of breast cancer. Availability during weekday working hours is preferred. A training class will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, call 703-461-9595.

Fairfax County's Department of Family Services, Child Abuse Prevention Services needs men 21 or older for its "BeFriend-a-Child" mentoring program. Volunteers will go on one-to-one outings and participate in group activities such as sports, projects, trips to museums and parties. Screening, training and coaching are provided. The next training session will be 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16. For more information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or e-mail

The Inova Heart and Vascular Institute at Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers to help patients, visitors and hospital staff. Volunteers may provide support in clinical areas, clerical assistance or work in the gift shop, resource rooms or on reception desks. For more information, call 703-776-3447.

The American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5-Mile Walk needs volunteers to help with registration, refreshments, decorations, cheerleading, setup and more. Volunteers will be needed 6 a.m.-noon Oct. 10 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. For more information, call 866-399-9255 or visit

Dumbarton House, a Federal-period historic house museum in Georgetown, needs volunteer docents to provide tours to visitors. Training sessions begin next month. For more information, call 202-337-2288, Ext. 222.

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

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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