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

Reality Store: Adults needed to help set up consumer education simulation exercises -- such as buying groceries, clothing and entertainment -- for high school seniors. The adults also will help the students consider banking and credit cards choices. The exercises, organized by Virginia Cooperative Extension's Loudoun Volunteer Financial Council, will be held from 7:45 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 at Broad Run High School and Nov. 17 at Heritage High School. 703-771-5836 or dfoster@vt.edu.

Loudoun County Extension Office: Apply to become a master gardener after attending a 10-week horticulture training program and contributing 75 hours of related service. Work at the help-line office identifying plants, diagnosing problems and offering gardening recommendations. Grow vegetables and ornamentals in the demonstration garden and attend fairs and plant clinics. Previous gardening experience not required. Interested Loudoun residents should apply by Nov. 17 and attend a Nov. 22 orientation meeting and an interview. If accepted, classes begin in mid-January. For an application or more information, contact 703-771-5150 or e-mail ex107mg@vt.edu.

Clock Tower Thrift Shops: Northern Virginia Family Service needs help organizing, pricing and tagging donations at its Sterling store and other locations. 703-406-2640.

Loudoun Museum: Costumed guides lead visitors through "haunted" Leesburg sites from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. Help also needed with ticket, concessions and the gift shop. 703-777-7427.

Loudoun County Volunteer Services: For Make a Difference Day on Oct 23, help collect food and cleaning products for needy families. 703-777-0113.

Loudoun County Rural Economic Development Council: Board of Supervisors-appointed advisory committee seeks members to represent seven rural industry positions and two at-large positions. Members will represent agribusiness, banking and finance, the equine industry, horticultural industry, production agriculture, rural-based business and the wine industry in addition to the at-large positions. Successful applicants will be recommended to the Board of Supervisors for appointment to a two-year term beginning in 2005. Letters expressing interest should be sent to the Department of Economic Development, P.O. Box 7000, Leesburg, Va. 20177 by Oct. 15. 703-777-0426 or loudounag@aol.com.

Loudoun County advisory boards, commissions and committees. Contact 703-771-5034. Serve on the following:

Advisory Commission on Youth: Broad Run and Potomac districts

Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board: Single-family home builder

Animal Advisory Committee: Potomac District

Building Code and Appeals Board: Building industry

Cable TV Advisory Committee: Leesburg District

Commission on Aging: Sterling District

Commission on Women: Potomac and Sterling districts

Community Criminal Justice Board: Broad Run District

Community Services Board: Two at-large representatives

Commuter Bus Advisory Board: Broad Run, Sugarland Run, Potomac, and Sterling districts

Disability Services Board: Three at-large business representatives or representatives who have a disability or a family member with a disability

Dulles Town Center Community Development Authority: One representative

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Committee: At-large representatives

Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia: A provider representative

Open Space Advisory Committee: Broad Run and Sugarland Run districts

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: Sugarland Run District

Board of Road Viewers: At-large representatives

Woods Road Special Exception Oversight Committee: At large

-- Compiled by LILA ARZUA

To Submit an Item

E-mail: lextraa@washpost.com

Fax: 703-777-8437

Mail: Nonprofit groups that need volunteers should send notices to Volunteers, The Washington Post, Suite 100-A, 305 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 20175.

Details: The list is published on a space-available basis on the first Sunday of each month.