The Festival of Lights, a holiday drive-through sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, needs volunteers 16 and older to greet visitors and distribute information, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 to Jan. 2. Call 301-218-6700.

The Volunteer Fire Department of Brandywine needs firefighters and emergency medical technicians, and people to work in auxiliary and administrative capacities. Call 877-475-5646 or go to

The Laurel Museum needs a docent, shop clerk and researcher to work in the Brennan library. Call Elsie Klumpner at 301-725-7975.

The Literacy Council of Prince George's County seeks volunteer board members with expertise in fundraising, public relations and events. Call 301-699-9770.

The Excellence in Education Foundation, affiliated with Prince George's County public schools, needs office workers to help with telephone follow-ups, mailings, filing, proposal writing and data entry. Contact Joslyn Cooper at 301-925-2880 or

The Anacostia Watershed Society has short- and long-term assignments. Outdoor activities include leading canoe and pontoon trips and helping with restoration projects. Indoor assistance includes fundraising, membership drives and administrative duties. Call 301-699-6204.

The Prince George's County Senior Health Insurance and Assistance Program needs people to provide telephone health insurance counseling for senior citizens and the disabled. The state will provide volunteers with three days of training and mileage reimbursements for travel to and from the Area Agency on Aging office in Camp Springs. Call Julie Neal at 301-265-8471.

Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm of the National Park Service seeks people to portray historical figures. Training is provided. Call Marilyn Brown at 301-839-1176.

Clearwater Nature Center in Clinton seeks adults to work with birds of prey and provide interpretation for visitors. Training is provided. The center is at 11000 Thrift Rd. Call 301-297-4575.

The Foster Grandparent Program of Prince George's County is recruiting people 60 and older to mentor and tutor children with special needs 20 hours a week. The program offers a monthly stipend and transportation to and from the school. Call Lisa Jenkins at 301-985-3534.

The Surratt House Museum in Clinton needs docents to conduct tours while dressed in period costumes. Volunteers also are needed to greet visitors, work in the gift shop and sell tickets. Orientation and training are provided. The museum is at 9118 Brandywine Rd. Call 301-868-1121.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission needs adult puppeteers to design and perform 45-minute shows for children ages 5 to 12. Hours are from 2:30 to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Volunteers will drive a mobile unit and must undergo background checks and defensive-driving training. Call Carolee Duckman at 301-203-6017.

Community Hospice of Maryland in Landover needs weekday volunteers to serve people with terminal illnesses and their families, and to help with administrative duties. Training is provided. Call Steven Eveland at 301-560-6006.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Prince George's County seeks people 55 and older to teach reading to children and adults, prepare meals for the homebound and support nonprofit agencies. Call Ivin Myles, 301-265-8486.

Capital Hospice seeks adults to serve people in Prince George's County who have terminal illnesses and their families. Call Rick Ransom at 301-572-2489.

The Sexual Assault Center at Prince George's Hospital Center needs people to provide services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. Call Cheryl Banks at 301-618-3155.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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