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 less 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.

Doorways for Women and Families, assist in programs serving women and families who are homeless or victims of domestic violence; also needs shelter volunteers, court companions and daytime office aides. Training provided. 703-522-8858 or

Dumbarton House, docents for weekday and Saturday tours. Training begins in September. 202-337-2288, Ext. 222, or

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. 10-11. 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, needs 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 to make weekly visits to 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

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

For information on the following opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 703-836-2176, e-mail or visit

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 Volunteer Bureau, assist with 25th anniversary gala at the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Sept. 10.

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, or feed and care for cats at shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, ESL tutors. Training scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 13, 20 and 27. 703-237-0866.

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.

Trinity Ambassadors, assist with Tsunami Relief Project, flexible hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 703-370-5001 or

Virginia's Children of Promise Program, mentors for children of an incarcerated parent. Training provided.

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

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 Library, orient and train seniors at senior centers and activity sites. 703-228-5260.

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.

Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center, needs a computer assistant and help with gardening projects. 703-243-7640.

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.

Madison Adult Day Health Care Center, field trip supervisors for nursing home residents. 703-228-0433.

SOC Enterprises, which helps people with disabilities to find work, achieve independence and be integrated into society, seeks a board of directors for a three-year term beginning mid-September. 703-299-3237.

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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