The Patuxent Research Refuge needs people to help remove nonnative invasive plants from the wildlife habitat; volunteers should wear long pants and sleeves, and bring gloves and hand tools. 9:30 a.m. Monday, Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Registration required. 301-497-5887.

The Smithsonian Institution seeks volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to work on the information desks at its various museums and galleries and to answer the Smithsonian public inquiry telephone lines. Training is provided. The time commitment is 31/2 hours weekdays or on alternate weekends. To apply, call Phil Almeida at 202-633-1000 or go to

The Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers, especially those with experience caring for Alzheimer's patients, for a health fair to be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at Spirit of Faith Christian Center, 2261 Oxon Run Dr., Temple Hills. Training will be provided. Call Barbara DeAngelis at 703-359-4440, Ext. 127.

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Charity Walk needs help with fundraising, setup, registration, food service and cleanup for the walk, scheduled for 8:15 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt. Proceeds will benefit research and families whose children have died from SIDS. High school volunteers will be eligible to receive certification for community service hours. Call Joani Horchler at 301-322-2620 or e-mail

The Seat Pleasant Patriot Technical Training Program seeks an AmeriCorps-VISTA worker to provide program and technical support in science and engineering for students in grades 5 through 12. The volunteer will also provide computer database technical support. Evening and weekend hours available. A stipend is provided. Call Thurman Jones at 301-925-9350.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Prince George's County needs volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in foster care. Volunteers meet with children, families, foster families, social workers and lawyers and provide recommendations to the court. Training sessions will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 6 through 22, or 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Oct. 3 through Nov. 7. Call 301-209-0491.

The Radio and Television Museum in Bowie welcomes volunteers to serve as guides on weekends; restore radios, televisions and other artifacts; and help with fundraising and other activities. Training is provided. Call Brian Belanger at 301-258-0708 or send e-mail to

The American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to greet donors and serve refreshments at blood drives and donor centers. Training is provided. The time commitment is four to six hours, two days a month. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, or e-mail

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. has a critical need for volunteers 21 and older to serve as wish granters for children who have life-threatening illnesses. A one-day training session and background check are required. Call Jessica Jennings at 301-962-9474 or e-mail

The Prince George's County Health Department needs Medical Reserve Corps volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health workers and other medical personnel, social workers, computer technicians, administrative and clerical assistants, client greeters and interpreters to help in response to widespread disasters or emergencies. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802.

AmeriCorps seeks coordinators to organize volunteers. A one-year commitment will begin Sept. 21. Extensive training, a $13,000 living allowance, health care and a post-service education award of about $4,700 are included. The ideal candidate will have strong writing abilities, basic computer skills and transportation. Call 410-514-7270 or go to

The Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department seeks volunteers to provide emergency medical services on ambulances. Medical training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to serve as firefighters and to help with administrative duties. For information, visit the station, at 11900 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, or call 301-805-2400.

The Prince George's County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association needs volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services providers. Volunteers must be 16 or older. Help is also needed with administrative duties and the ladies' auxiliaries. Call 877-475-5646.

SHARE provides food to families and individuals at reduced prices. Volunteers are needed to help with packaging and distribution at the SHARE food warehouse, 5170 Lawrence Pl., Hyattsville. Call Ninochika Twitty at 301-864-3115.

Greenbelt Park, operated by the National Park Service, seeks volunteers to work in the ranger station Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Call Kevin P. Barry at 301-344-3944.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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