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.

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 during 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.

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 or the number listed below, visit or e-mail

Alexandria Department of Human Services, needs budget assistants for elderly or disabled residents to help them maintain independence by acting as a representative payee, monitoring their government benefits and paying bills. Patience, ability to manage some financial paperwork and good organizational skills are helpful. About four hours per month with a one-year commitment preferred, training provided. 703-838-0768.

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 Recreation Department, assist with cultural arts, senior citizen programs, special events, therapeutic recreation programs and activities, youth sports (coaches and assistants), advisory councils and the parks, must have own transportation. Volunteers interested in working with minor children must undergo a background check. 703-838-4343.

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

Del Ray Artisans Art Camp, assist teachers with students ages 9-15 who are taking part in visual art day camp, July 25-29. 703-838-4827 or

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

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

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

Food for Others, help pack food boxes, sort canned goods, and assist with office operations, special programs and fundraising events. 703-207-9173 or

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.

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.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 703-527-3010, Ext. 701.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, volunteers ages 14 and older assist blood collection staff members at blood drives and blood donor centers. 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.

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 KATHY ORTON