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 www.scanva.org.

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

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, formerly the Arlington Community Temporary Shelter, 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 www.doorwaysva.org.

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

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 www.eslim.org.

Friends of the National Zoo, needs small-mammal interpreter program volunteers. Must be 18 years or older. Training from 6:30 to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends Sept. 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17. 202-633-1105.

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.

Marian Koshland Science Museum, assist visitors. 202-334-1499.

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

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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ombudsman.

Smithsonian's Visitor Information and Associates' Reception Center, needs volunteer information specialists. Training provided. 202-633-1000 or www.si.edu/resource/faq/volunteer/visinfo.htm.

National Zoo, needs keeper aides to assist with daily care of the Amazonian exhibit. 202-633-3062.

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

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

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

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

Campagna Center, after-school care programs, summer camps, Head Start and the Wright to Read program. www.campagnacenter.org.

Food for Others, help pack food boxes, sort canned goods and assist with office operations, special programs and fundraising events. 703-207-9173 or www.foodforothers.org.

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 teacher for family learning program, classes from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 20 at Woodlawn Elementary School. Training provided. 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, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 703-370-5001 or www.trinityambassadors.org.

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

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo.

AHC, help remove an old wooden fence where a children's play area will be built. Must be 16 and older. Bring hammers; pizza and drinks provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20, the Berkeley Apartments, 2910 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-486-0626, Ext. 12.

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 www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.

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.

Buckingham Festival, assist in setup, manage activities or cleanup during one four-hour shift Sunday. 703-228-4730.

Columbia Heights West's Pride Day Festival, assist in setup or cleanup, noon-3 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. 703-228-4730.

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.

SCAN of Northern Virginia, needs a newspaper-reading volunteer. 703-836-1820.

Signature Theatre, ushers for the show "Urinetown" Tuesday-Oct. 9. 703-820-9771.

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.

-- Compiled by

RIA MANGLAPUS

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