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

Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program, volunteers speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Training provided. 703-836-1820 or

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

Annual Back-to-School Physicals Clinic, needs medical personnel, interpreters and community volunteers for clinic for uninsured children. 703-780-4844.

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

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

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 in Virginia Commerce Bank branches on Wilson and Williamsburg boulevards. Supplies will be collected through Sept. 11. 703-536-8270.

National Museum of American History, docents. Training provided. Apply by Aug. 12. 202-633-3690 or

National Museum of Women in the Arts, docent tour guides. Training provided. 202-783-7996 or

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, needs advocates for Alexandria and Arlington residents in nursing and assisted living facilities. Applications accepted in August 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 at the park. Meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at the nature center. 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 opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 703-836-2176, or

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.

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, needs foster homes, all expenses paid, or feed and care for cats at shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

Meals on Wheels of Alexandria, deliver meals for homebound seniors from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. weekdays. 703-836-4414, Ext. 4.

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

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 County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, piano accompanist for Lee Caroleers at Lee Senior Center. Rehearsals from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. 703-228-4730.

Arlington Free Clinic, needs physicians in the areas of urology, gastroenterology and dermatology and an administrative assistant for a 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.

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