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 provide one-to-one tutoring to foreign-born adults who are learning to read, write, speak and understand English. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. Volunteers must complete a 16-hour, four-day training workshop to become a certified tutor in English as a Second Language and to be matched with a student. The training will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 20; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23, at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church. There is a fee of $35 for books and supplies. For more information, call 703-237-0866.

Fairfax County Department of Family Services needs community organizations to volunteer support for their nurturing parenting program, which offers parenting classes throughout the county to promote the strengthening of families and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Community organizations or faith-based groups would provide support by preparing dinners for participants and helping with child care. For more information, call Krissa Slone at 703-324-7745.

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 such group activities as sports, projects, trips to museums and parties. Screening, training and coaching are provided. The next training session will be from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. For more information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or e-mail

Lorton Community Action Center needs volunteers for their one-to-one tutoring program for second- to sixth-graders, which is held 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Lorton Library. No teaching background is necessary. Volunteers must complete an application, and a police criminal/sexual offender background check will be completed. For more information, call Kathy at 703-339-5161, Ext. 12.

Carlyle House Historic Park in Old Town Alexandria needs volunteer docents who love history, teaching and interacting with the public to give tours of the museum. Training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16. For more information, call 703-549-2997.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK