The Literacy Council of Prince George's County needs tutors to work at various locations helping adults learn to read. Fifteen hours of training are provided: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 8, 10, 15, 17 and 23, at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. Tutors are asked to commit two to four hours a week for one year. Call 301-699-9770 or visit

The Metropolitan Washington Ear, a radio reading service for the visually impaired, needs volunteers to read local and national newspapers, magazines and other publications on its closed-circuit radio broadcast and dial-in telephone service. A brief audition is required; the time commitment is a minimum of two hours once a week or two hours every other weekend. Call 301-681-6636 or go to

Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, operated by the National Park Service, seek volunteers to portray historical characters for public programs. Training is provided. Call Marilyn Brown at 301-839-1176.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Prince George's County needs volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in foster care. Volunteers meet with children, families, foster families, social workers and lawyers and provide recommendations to the court. Training will begin in September. Call 301-209-0491.

AmeriCorps seeks coordinators to organize volunteers. A one-year commitment will begin Sept. 21. Extensive training, a $13,000 living allowance, health care and a post-service education award of about $4,700 are included. The ideal candidate will have strong writing abilities, basic computer skills and transportation. Call 410-514-7270 or go to

Silk Painters International, a nonprofit arts-related organization, seeks volunteers for the following positions: office manager, to create databases and filing systems; archivist, to oversee files and computer data; and office assistant, to prepare and handle correspondence. Hours are flexible. Call 301-474-7347.

Greenbelt Park, operated by the National Park Service, seeks volunteer groups for service projects, such as painting picnic tables and cleaning up. Volunteers are also needed to staff the ranger station Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. The park is located at 6565 Greenbelt Rd. Call Kevin P. Barry at 301-344-3944.

The American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to greet donors and serve refreshments at blood drives and donor centers. Training is provided. The time commitment is four to six hours, two days a month. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail

Partnership for Animal Welfare, a volunteer rescue group that finds homes for abandoned or neglected dogs and cats, seeks volunteers to handle animals at weekend adoption shows, transport them to shows and veterinary appointments, provide foster care, answer phone and e-mail inquiries and take care of other tasks. Attendance at a volunteer orientation session is required. Call 301-572-4729 or go to

The Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association needs volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services providers. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. Help is also needed with administrative duties and the ladies' auxiliaries. Call 877-475-5646.

SHARE provides food to families and individuals at reduced prices. Volunteers are needed to help with packaging and distribution at the SHARE food warehouse, 5170 Lawrence Pl., Hyattsville. Call Ninochika Twitty at 301-864-3115.

The Surratt House Museum in Clinton needs docents to conduct tours while dressed in period costume. Volunteers are also needed to greet visitors, work in the gift shop and sell admission tickets. Orientation and training provided. The museum is at 9118 Brandywine Rd. Call 301-868-1121.

The Sexual Assault Center at Prince George's Hospital Center needs volunteers to provide services to victims of sexual assault and abuse. Call Cheryl Banks at 301-618-3155.

Capital Hospice seeks volunteers to visit patients in their homes, to provide companionship for the patient and respite for the family, run errands, furnish transportation and help with administrative work in the Beltsville office. Training is provided. Call Rick Ransom at 301-572-2489.

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