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.

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

American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life," set up and break down at each relay, Saturday and Sunday at Williamsburg Middle School. 703-938-5550.

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

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

EP Foundation for Foreign Study, host foreign exchange students ages 15-18 during the 2005-06 school year. 571-322-0006 or visit

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

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

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.

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

Senior Services of Alexandria's Meals on Wheels, deliver meals for homebound seniors from 10:15 a.m. to 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, from 9 a.m. to 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.

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, "Field Day for Kids" event, supervise kids ages 4-12 and assist with events, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. 703-276-2657, Ext. 105.

Arlington Public Schools, help maintain the gardens at Tuckahoe Elementary School, 703-228-5288; Campbell Elementary School, 703-228-6770; and Barrett Elementary School, 703-228-6288.

Department of Human Services, educate and inform citizens about West Nile Virus, from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday. 703-228-7400.

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.

Medical Reserve Corps, assist public health staff during emergencies. Must be 18 or older. Orientation and training available. 703-228-4986.

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