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

The Northwest Center for Community Mental Health in Reston needs volunteers to serve on its advisory board. Family members of people with mental illnesses, consumers of mental health services and others are encouraged to apply. The nonprofit board serves as a bridge between this county-funded mental health center and the community, helping to educate citizens about mental health issues and services, advocating on behalf of those with mental illnesses and participating in fundraising activities to support clients with special needs. The board meets monthly. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 703-968-4040.

The Fairfax County Public Library needs volunteers to organize shelves, check books in and out, process gift books, help with clerical tasks, locate reserved books, garden, assist with teenagers' or children's programs, offer Internet and MS Office tutoring, and lead English or Spanish conversation groups. Training is provided. For more information, call 703-324-8332 or visit

The Volunteer Learning Program, a joint community project of the county school system's Office of Adult and Community Education, the juvenile court and the public library, needs volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult learners in public libraries or adult learning centers. Additional opportunities are available working with adolescents in alternative school settings. Training, materials and support are provided. For more information, call 703-246-2139.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to be advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Special advocates investigate a child's situation and advocate in court for the child's interests. Training is provided; no prior experience in child welfare is required. For more information, attend an orientation session 7:30-9 p.m. Monday or Sept. 13 at the CASA office, 4103 Chain Bridge Rd., Suite 200, Fairfax; visit or call 703-273-3526.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs volunteer tutors to help area adults learn to speak, understand, read and write English. Tutor training workshops will prepare volunteers to provide individualized instruction to adult students. Each trained tutor is then matched with a student and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half to help the student improve English skills. A $35 training fee covers the cost of books, materials and instruction. Upcoming English literacy tutor training workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays: this week, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27 at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd. in the Falls Church area. For more information, call 703-237-0866.

The Smithsonian Institution's Visitor Information and Associates Reception Center needs volunteers to staff the information desks at the Smithsonian's museums or to answer public inquiry telephone calls at the Castle. Bilingual skills are a plus. For more information, call Phil Almeida at 202-633-1000.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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