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

Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, volunteers speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Training provided. 703-836-1820 or

Alexandria Office on Women, various programs and services; hotline companions for the Domestic Violence Program, 703-838-4911, and the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness Program, 703-838-5030.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington, foster homes for kittens and puppies younger than 8 weeks. 703-931-9241, Ext. 245, or

The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter, programs serving women and families who are homeless or victims of domestic violence; also needs shelter volunteers, court companions and daytime office aides. Training provided. 703-522-8858 or

Community Hospice of Virginia, companionship for terminally ill patients and respite for family caregivers. Training provided. 703-738-5017.

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, needs mentors, tutors and group facilitators to work with inmates in the Alexandria and Arlington County detention facilities. 703-228-7051.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, indoor and outdoor chores, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Potomac Overlook Regional Park Nature Center, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-528-5406.

Smithsonian Follklife Festival, help needed before, during and after the festival, June 23-June 27 and June 30-July 4. 202-275-2003 or

SPCA of Northern Virginia, foster homes for dogs and cats. 703-799-9390 or

U.S. Botanic Garden, visitor information services, 202-226-8333; children's activities and discovery cart interpreters, 202-226-1047. Training and orientation provided.

Volunteer Emergency Families for Children, assists children in crisis. Two training sessions for host families are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdayand June 11. 703-969-3795.

World Heritage, needs hosts for high school students from Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy Korea, Japan, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Thailand for the 2005-06 school year. 703-567-5676, 800-888-9040 or

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 703-836-2176, visit or e-mail

Campagna Center, after-school care programs, summer camps, Head Start and the Wright to Read Program.

Carpenters Shelter, volunteers sought for Children's Hour program, Thursday nights.

CrisisLink, suicide and crisis hotline; training provided. Flexible hours. 703-527-6016 or

King Street Cats, feed and care for cats at shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

Meals on Wheels of Alexandria, deliver meals for homebound seniors, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 703-836-4414, Ext. 4.

Virginia's Children of Promise Program, mentors for children of an incarcerated parent. Training provided.

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760, or visit

American Red Cross Arlington County Chapter, drivers needed to transport seniors to and from medical appointments and grocery stores, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 703-527-3010, Ext. 701.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, volunteers assist the blood collection staff at blood drives and blood donor centers; ages 14 and older. Training available; registration required. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS