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

Reston Festival 2005, a celebration of Reston's 41st birthday on July 9 and 10 at the Reston Town Center, needs volunteers for several jobs, including check-in worker, children's area assistant, kids stage manager, parking attendant, information booth worker, festival store worker and roving raffle ticket seller. For more information or to volunteer, call Ha Brock at 703-435-7986.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs a volunteer to develop a space plan for its Loudoun office. Time commitment is flexible, and the job could be done at home with several visits to the Loudoun office. For more information, call Maureen Collins at 703-404-1901.

The City of Fairfax needs volunteers to help with activities during the Fourth of July parade. Volunteers are needed to dress in character costumes and perform along the parade route. Costumes are provided. Volunteers 16 and older are also needed to handle large character balloons in the parade. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 703-385-7949. The Independence Day celebration committee also needs volunteers to distribute free fans to the crowd along the parade route. To volunteer for this activity, call 703-273-9152.

The BeFriend-A-Child Mentoring Program of the Fairfax County Department of Family Services needs volunteers to serve as mentors for children in the program. Volunteers go on one-on-one outings with a child and participate in group activities, including a performing arts workshop, T-shirt screen-printing, a baseball clinic and a holiday party. Volunteers must be 21 or older and are carefully screened. A commitment of a year or more is required. Training and coaching are provided. For more information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or e-mail him at charles.berlin@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Black Women United for Action needs volunteers to help coordinate a yard sale in August to raise money for the group's program to give at-risk students an opportunity to go to college. Volunteers will coordinate the date, time and location of the yard sale; advertising, pickup and drop-off of items; sales and bagging of items; and delivery of leftover items to a local thrift shop. For more information, call Teresa Burrous at 703-922-5757 or e-mail tburrous@bwufa.org.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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