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 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, formerly the Arlington Community Temporary Shelter; assist with programs serving women and families who are experiencing homelessness or are 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

Friends of the National Zoo, needs volunteers for 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.

Kennedy Center Open House, needs stage crew, crowd management and hospitality assistants. Four-hour shifts, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Orientation provided. 202-416-8321.

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

Potomac Overlook Regional Park, assist with indoor and outdoor projects, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 3 at the nature center. 703-528-5406.

School Supply Drives, collection locations for needy students. American Red Cross Arlington County Chapter, 703-312-4922; Arlington County Community Outreach Program, 703-228-1397; Arlington Diocese Refugee Services, 703-841-3871; Doorways for Women and Families, 703-522-8858; Greenbrier Learning Center, 703-379-6488; League of Women Voters of Arlington, 703-536-8170; Northern Virginia Family Service, 703-219-2193; Reading Connection, 703-528-8317, Ext. 14; and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, 703-271-0938.

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 Fall Festival for the Arts, needs 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. 703-836-2176.

King Street Cats, needs foster homes, or feed and care for cats at shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, needs 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.

Virginia's Children of Promise Program, mentors for children of an incarcerated parent are needed. 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 visit

AHC Inc., tutor or mentor for teens, 6:30-8 p.m., once a week. Must commit to one full school year and submit to a criminal background check ($10 fee). Training provided. 703-486-0626, Ext. 12.

American Red Cross Blood Drive, volunteers assist the blood collection staff at blood drives and blood donor centers, ages 14 and older. Training available; registration required. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

Arlington Teen Concert, assist with concession stands, collect tickets and monitor exit doors 7-11 p.m. Sept. 9. Must be 18 or older. Orientation provided. 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, assist with SAT prep courses, Sept. 10-Nov. 19; work with special-needs students. Training provided. 703-228-6003.

Argus House Group Home, student intern and community volunteer. 703-228-0422.

Association of the U.S. Army, assist with mailing publications to U.S. soldiers and perform other office duties. 703-907-2636.

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.

Computer C.O.R.E., needs a computer refurbishment technician, a Saturday tutor, a grant applications administrative assistant, a resume reviewer and a success-story writer. 703-931-7346 or

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.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, drivers and helpers pick up home improvement donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Truck is provided, and volunteers must be at least age 25 and have a good driving record. Stock shelves and assist customers; ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult; must be 16 to run the register. 703-360-6700.

The Women's Home, drive and assist a resident with grocery shopping, 9-10:30 a.m. Sundays. 703-237-2822.

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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