Looking for volunteer opportunities? The following organizations need volunteer help for a day, for a week or on a regular basis.
Colesville Meals On Wheels seeks volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound in Woodmoor, Four Corners, Burnt Mills, White Oak, Colesville, Calverton and Burtonsville. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A two-hour commitment per week is required. For more information, call Sarah Day at 301-384-5735.
Montgomery County Child Welfare Services needs foster parents who are married or single and living in a house or apartment to provide a loving and stable environment for children needing temporary and permanent homes. Financial assistance is available for qualified residents. For more information, call 240-777-1664.
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton needs volunteers for many different roles: butterfly show helpers, docents, tour guides, children's guides, house gardeners, gardener's assistants, turf mowers and information desk and gift shop assistants. Training is provided. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Ellen Hartranft at 301-962-1429.
Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) seeks volunteers to help at animal adoption shows, provide foster homes for dogs and cats and transport animals to and from vet appointments. If you are interested in helping homeless animals, call 301-572-4729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metropolitan Washington Ear Inc. needs volunteer readers to record newspaper and magazine articles for free telephone access by the visually and physically impaired. Volunteers are asked to read at least two hours a week Monday through Friday or two hours every other week on Saturday or Sunday. An audition is required. The office is at 35 University Blvd. E in Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-681-6636.
The Telephone Reassurance for Family Caregivers Program needs volunteers to make weekly 15- to 30-minute telephone calls to caregivers to offer support, companionship, empathy and information on resources to help them feel less isolated. Volunteers receive six hours of training, monthly support group meetings, continuing education workshops and ongoing consultation with program staff. Volunteer training is provided at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center, 401 Hungerford Dr., Rockville. To learn more, contact Marcia Rose Fuoss at 240-777-2611.
Affiliated Sante Group, a provider of mental health care for Montgomery County, is interviewing seniors who are interested in becoming volunteer peer counselors. Peer counselors provide support to homebound seniors one to two hours a week and attend twice-monthly supervision meetings from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Volunteers are required to attend a three-day training program conducted by a mental-health professional and to make a one-year commitment. For more information, call Donna Chavers, 301-589-2303, Ext. 312.
The Jewish Social Service Agency seeks adult volunteers for Transitions, a program designed to enhance the quality of life and provide support to those with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Volunteers visit patients weekly, provide friendship and help with errands, chores, transportation and short-term respite care to family members. The program is nonsectarian. Volunteers are trained and asked to make a one-year commitment. For more information, call Amy Goott at 301-816-2681.