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 July 9-10 at the Reston Town Center, needs volunteers for several jobs, including check-in, children's area assistant, costumed characters, kids' stage manager, food sales, parking attendant, information booth attendant, Reston Festival store, roving raffle ticket sales and more. For more information or to volunteer, call Ha Brock at 703-435-7986.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates to make weekly visits to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Fairfax County. The ombudsman works with residents, their families and the staff of the facility to ensure that residents' rights are protected. Ongoing training and support are provided. Interviews of applicants will be held during the summer in preparation for the next training session in September. For more information or to obtain an application, call 703-324-5435 or visit

The ESL and Immigrant Ministries needs volunteers to teach English as a second language to adult immigrants in 18 locations in Northern Virginia. Training is provided. Day and evening classes begin in September. For more information or for an application, visit or call 703-271-8341, Ext. 3, and leave a message.

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum needs docents to give tours of the museum. Volunteers are also needed to work at model train shows and the gift shop, and to help with publicity, newsletter publishing, garden maintenance and more. For information about the museum's mission and history, visit To volunteer, call Ron Beavers at 703-978-6820.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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