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 www.scanva.org.

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 old. 703-931-9241, Ext. 245, or www.awla.org.

The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter, assist in 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 www.tacts.org.

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

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, help needed before, during and after the festival, June 23-27 and June 30-July 4. 202-275-2003 or www.folklife.si.edu.

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.

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

Volunteer Emergency Families for Children, assists children in crisis. Training session for host families is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 703-969-3795.

World Heritage, needs foster homes 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 www.world-heritage.org.

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

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

Senior Services of Alexandria's Meals on Wheels, 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. www.umfs.org.

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760, or visit www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo.

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.

Arlington Education and Employment Program, needs English as a Second Language teachers, an ESL teaching assistant and a public relations volunteer. 703-228-7231.

NAACP Arlington, needs a proofreader. 703-522-5575.

Travelers Aid International, work from a home computer to respond to information and assistance. Training provided. Contact Ray Flynt at info@travelersaid.org.

-- Compiled by

RIA MANGLAPUS