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

Animal Welfare League of Arlington, foster homes for kittens and puppies younger than 8 weeks old. 703-931-9241, Ext. 245, or

Annual Clinic, needs medical personnel, interpreters and community volunteers. 703-780-4844.

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

Fall Festival for the Arts, greeters, information assistants, pedestrian and traffic controllers for event Sept. 10 and 11. 703-838-4343.

Forte International Exchange Association, needs host families for international exchange students for the 2005-06 school year. 888-866-6869.

League of Women Voters, collecting new school supplies for needy children at Barrett and Randolph elementary schools. Collection boxes are located at Arlington libraries, in the lobby of the Courthouse Plaza and Virginia Commerce Bank branches on Wilson and Williamsburg boulevards. Supplies will be collected through Sept. 11. 703-536-8270.

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, needs advocates for Alexandria and Arlington residents in nursing and assisted-living facilities. Applications accepted this month and next for training session scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12, 13 and 23. 703-324-5435 or

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, assist with indoor and outdoor projects; meet at the nature center at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. 703-528-5406.

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

Travelers Aid, desk work and mobile guides at Dulles International Airport. Flexible hours, three- to four-hour shift per week. 703-572-7350 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. About four hours per month with a one-year commitment preferred, training provided. 703-838-0768.

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.

American Horticultural Society, assist in the gardens of George Washington's River Farm. 703-768-5700, Ext. 124.

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

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

Read Program.

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

King Street Cats, feed and care for cats at shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

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.

Sierra Leone Relief and Development Outreach, wash cars from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Hayfield Exxon in Alexandria. 703-823-3600.

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

Arlington Arts Center, high school students or interested individuals help with summer children's classes, Mondays-Fridays, through Aug. 26. 703-248-6800.

Arlington County Fair, assist with events, setup and breakdown Aug. 15-22. 703-228-3289 or

Arlington Free Clinic, needs physicians in the areas of urology, gastroenterology and dermatology, and an administrative assistant for gala event in October. 703-979-1425, Ext. 25, or

Arlington public schools, work with special needs students. Training provided. 703-228-6003.

Association of the U.S. Army, assist with mailing publications to U.S. soldiers and other office duties. 703-907-2636.

Goodwill of Greater Washington, wash cars from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Goodwill retail store in Arlington. 202-715-2625 or 703-979-5947.

Y-ME of the National Capital Area, breast cancer survivors work as hotline peer counselors. Two-day training seminar provided. 703-461-9595.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS