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

Forte International Exchange Association, host families for international exchange students. Students speak English, have health insurance and their own spending money, 888-866-6869.

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

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

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, filing, stuffing envelopes, entering data, moving boxes and other activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Alexandria Transitional Housing Program, provide child care while parents attend a life-skills meeting once a month.

Arc of Northern Virginia, assist in the thrift store and play with children with special needs the second Saturday of each month.

Capital Hospice's Point of Hope Wellness Center, help at annual summer weekend camp for children, teens and adults who are grieving over the loss of a loved one. Camp is July 29-31. Recreation leaders, lifeguards, bus and cabin monitors, and small-group facilitators are needed.

Carpenter's Shelter, front desk volunteers needed to answer phones and greet visitors, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Orientation provided.

Child and Family Network Centers, read stories to children, share computer skills, play games, plan and organize special programs, and help with administrative work.

Lee-Fendall House Museum, guide visitors through the historic Lee family home and interpret the house's history.

The Lyceum, a history museum in Alexandria, needs tour guides, front desk and museum shop volunteers as well as people to help with quarterly mailings.

Northern Virginia Urban League, file, type meeting minutes and correspondence, draft letters and perform other duties, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Paul Spring Retirement Community, play bingo 7-8 p.m. Mondays; talk about current events around the world for one hour once a week; and help with Saturday night movie, including setting up the chairs, running the movie, distributing snacks and beverages, and cleaning up. Training provided.

St. Martin de Porres Senior Center, staff reception desk and help with clerical duties and translation, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays- Fridays.

Senior Services of Alexandria/Meals on Wheels, deliver meals to homebound elderly and disabled residents. Groups are welcome. Mondays-Fridays.

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760, or visit

Arlington Community Temporary Shelter (TACTS), which works with women and families who are homeless or are experiencing domestic violence, seeks an intern to assist in client advocacy. Minimum eight hours per week.

Arlington County Department of Human Services/Community Outreach Program, teach English to small classes of immigrants, 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes focus on the needs of the students as they acclimate to life in Arlington.

Arlington County Department of Human Services/Community Outreach Program, teach basic computer classes to low-income residents.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, help staff several booths at fairs and festivals throughout Arlington this summer. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, distributing literature, leading trivia games and giving prizes to children. Spanish-language speakers are sought for the Peruvian Festival. 8 a.m.-noon July 16, Courthouse Farmers Market; noon-6 p.m. July 24, Peruvian Festival; Aug. 18-21, Arlington County Fair.

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

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, be a friend, companion or mentor to a child with HIV or AIDS through Pals Mentoring Program. References required. Must be 21 or older.

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

Summer Colonial Market Fair, help prepare fairgrounds

for 18th-century festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tasks may include raking the grounds, cleaning and decorating stalls, hauling firewood, hanging wall and door tarps,

moving benches and tables, moving plants, and moving

and displaying merchandise. All work is physical. Picnic lunch and free passes to the fair for July 16 and 17 are provided.

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

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