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

World Heritage needs local families to host high school students from France, Germany, Thailand, Korea, Japan, Norway, Brazil, Russia, China, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy for the 2005-06 school year. Host families provide room, board and guidance to students. Couples, single parents and families with or without children at home are encouraged to apply. The students will arrive shortly before school begins in the fall. For information, call Judith Henderson at 800-888-9040 or visit

The U. S. Botanic Garden at 100 Maryland Ave. in Southwest Washington needs volunteers to provide visitor information and to run children's activities and discovery carts. Training is provided. For more information about volunteering for the visitor information desk, call Laura Anthony at 202-226-8333. Children's activities volunteers lead hands-on activities in the outdoor garden during growing season, and discovery cart volunteers share plant stories and information. For details, call Mary Chor at 202-226-8333.

The BeFriend-A-Parent mentoring program of the county Department of Family Services needs volunteers to become mentors for family services clients. Volunteers work on parenting and personal needs and skills with clients. Volunteers must be 21 or older; a six-month commitment of four to six hours a month is required. Training and staff support are provided. The next training session will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Falls Church. For information, call Laurie Eytel at 703-324-7871.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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