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

Reston-Herndon American Association of University Women needs volunteers to work with young girls, providing homework help and friendship. Volunteer tutor-mentors will work from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston. Donations of books and games are also needed. For more information, call Elisabeth Pugh at 703-759-4494.

Access, the disability ministry of McLean Bible Church in Tysons Corner, needs volunteers to work with children and youth with special needs in the church's nondenominational respite care programs. A Friday evening program called "Break Out" and a Saturday program called "Breakaway" provide breaks for families of children with Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and seizure disorder. For more information, call Teri Hoehn at 703-770-3822.

Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna needs volunteers to help homebound older adults with transportation to medical appointments, shopping, friendly calls and visits and financial record keeping. For more information, call 703-281-0538.

Annandale Christian Community for Action needs volunteers to help with holiday food baskets for needy families. You can sponsor a food basket, help pack and deliver food from the food pantry or donate money for food certificates. For more information, contact Harold Ottoson at 703-560-3390 or

SPCA of Northern Virginia needs foster homes for dogs and cats. The SPCA does not have a shelter and depends on foster homes for animals that have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. For more information, contact 703-799-9390 or

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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