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

SPCA of Northern Virginia needs foster homes for dogs and cats. The SPCA does not have a shelter and depends on foster homes for animals that have been rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. 703-799-9390 or

Virginia Indian Festival, on Sept. 10 at Riverbend Park, needs volunteers to work as runners, park cars and sell food. The annual festival is an old-fashioned powwow that attracts thousands of visitors. The Mattaponi, Pamunkey and Rappahannock are among Virginia Indian tribes that participate. 703-759-1627.

Haven of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to provide emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying, and their families and friends. Volunteers must be available weekdays and commit to a minimum of 21/2 hours a week of telephone duty for a year. Volunteer orientation sessions will be held Aug. 10, 17, 22 or Sept. 1. A 30-hour training course will be held in September. 703-941-7000 or

Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates to make weekly visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Fairfax County. The ombudsman works with residents, their families and facility staff members to ensure that residents' rights are protected. Training and support are provided. Interviews of applicants will be held this summer in preparation for the next training session in September. For an application, contact 703-324-5435 or

ESL and Immigrant Ministries needs volunteers to teach English as a second language to adult immigrants at 18 locations in Northern Virginia. Training is provided. Daytime and evening classes begin in September. For an application, contact or 703-271-8341, Ext. 3, and leave a message.

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