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

Life With Cancer, an organization that provides information, support and education to people affected by cancer, offers a variety of opportunities. Volunteers are needed to be class instructors, class assistants and visiting volunteers and to work one on one with hospitalized patients, among other things. Training, supervision and opportunities to gather with other volunteers are provided. For more information, call 703-208-5612.

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 must commit to a minimum of 21/2 hours a week for telephone duty, for at least one year. One-day volunteer orientation sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 22 and Sept. 1. A 30-hour training course will be held in September. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

The Naomi Project, a free, confidential, interfaith program sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to at-risk pregnant women and new mothers. Mentors provide encouragement, help clients learn about good health during pregnancy, locate needed information and services, model sound parenting skills and support their clients as they plan for the future. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. Training sessions begin Sept. 15. For more information, call Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program needs volunteers age 14 and older to help with horse care and riding lessons for people with disabilities. For more information, send an e-mail to or visit

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

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