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

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 are 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.

ESL and Immigrant Ministries, teach English as a Second Language to adult immigrants at various locations in Northern Virginia. Training provided in August and September. 703-271-8341, Ext. 3, or

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington, needs mentors, tutors and group facilitators to work with inmates in Alexandria and Arlington County detention facilities. 703-228-7051.

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, assist with indoor and outdoor projects, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the park's nature center. 703-528-5406.

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

Alexandria Health Department, bilingual (Spanish and English) greeters at information desk.

Alexandria Human Rights Committee, review complaints of consumer rights violations. Four hours a month. 703-838-4455, Ext. 165.

Alexandria Police Department Office of Volunteers, Spanish and English translators, data entry assignments, telephone receptionists, computer programmers and filing clerks.

Campagna Center, after-school care programs, summer camps, Head Start and the Wright to Read Program.

Cavalry Women's Shelter, prepare a meal off-site for 25 women, bring it to the shelter and serve it to residents; need volunteers to spend the night at the shelter. Training provided.

CrisisLink, assist with suicide and crisis hotline. Flexible hours. Must be 18 and older. Training provided.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, 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.

Meals on Wheels of Alexandria, deliver meals for homebound seniors, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 703-836-4414, Ext. 4.

Mentoring Education Together With Children, volunteers tutor and mentor children and write grants; a program and community coordinator is needed.

Senior Services of Alexandria 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.

Y-ME of the National Capital Area, breast cancer survivors needed as volunteers for the Peer Counselor program.

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. 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 Food Assistance Center, ages 14-18, stock food and supplies in the warehouse, flexible hours. 703-845-8486.

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.

Computer C.O.R.E., assistant teacher and assistant career coach. 703-931-7346.

Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital, 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.

Opera Guild of Northern Virginia, school attendance coordinator for the children's opera and coordinator for lecture series on opera and related topics. 703-536-7557.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS