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 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.

Alexandria Birthday Celebration, assist with stage management and general logistical support July 9 at Oronoco Bay Park. 703-838-4343.

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

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

Arlingtonians For a Clean Environment, remove invasive plants and assist with marking "Don't Dump" messages on neighborhood storm drains; educational resources and light refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6427.

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

Benjamin Banneker Park, removal of invasive species with the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, bring gloves and clippers. 703-532-9772.

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

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

T.C. Williams High School's "All Night Grad Party," assist with food distribution, games, prizes, security and more, two-hour shifts from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. June 25. 703-212-0223 or contact Alice Haitsuka at

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

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

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

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital D.C., Day camp unit director for Owl Camp at Fort Ward Park in Alexandria, from 3 to 8 p.m. July 11-15 and July 18-22. Must be 18 or older. Training provided. 202-543-0713.

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.

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.

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

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital D.C., troop leader for Camp El Sol at Key Elementary School in Arlington, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11-13. Must be 18 or older. Training provided. 301-449-5690.

Public Health Services, greeter and receptionist from 3 to 6 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Training provided. 703-228-1211.

Travelers Aid International, work from a home computer to respond to requests for information and provide assistance. Training provided. Contact Ray Flynt at

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS