The Literacy Council of Prince George's County needs tutors to work at various locations helping adults learn to read. Fifteen hours of training provided: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13, 15, 22, and 27 at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo; and Sept. 29 at the Literacy Council's headquarters, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Tutors are asked to commit two to four hours a week for one year. Call 301-699-9770 or go to

The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Charity Walk needs help with fundraising, setup, registration, food service and cleanup for the event, which takes place from 8:15 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at Buddy Attick Park, Greenbelt. Proceeds will benefit research and families that have experienced 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 2005 Hispanic Festival needs volunteers 13 and older to help with children's activities and distribution of festival information. Volunteer hours (including orientation) at the festival are from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lane Manor Park in Adelphi. High school student volunteers will be eligible to receive certification for community service hours. Call 301-445-4500.

KinderFest, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, needs volunteers 13 and older to help with entertainment, games, arts and crafts, scarecrow-making, the information booth and to wear costume-character outfits at the Oct. 2 event at Watkins Regional Park . Call 301-218-6700.

The National Park Service, Greenbelt Park and the REI company need volunteers 14 and older to resurface and repair trails in the park using shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. The workday will be held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 10; the rain date is Oct. 15. Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. High school students will be eligible to receive certification for community service hours. Participants should wear heavy shoes, dress for the weather and bring gloves and insect repellent. Lunch will be served. Registration is required. The park is at 6565 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Call 301-982-9681.

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 during weekdays or on alternate weekends. To apply, call Phil Almeida, 202-633-1000, or go to

The Prince George's NAACP seeks volunteers for its voter registration and education program. A meeting will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the organization's headquarters, 9201 Basil Ct., Largo. Call Brendon Laster or Mel McCottry at 301-883-4941 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 the event of widespread disasters or emergencies. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. has a critical need for volunteers 21 or 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

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

Partnership for Animal Welfare , a volunteer rescue group that finds homes for abandoned or neglected dogs and cats, seeks volunteers to handle animals at weekend adoption shows, transport them to shows and veterinary appointments, provide foster care, answer phone and e-mail inquiries, and perform other tasks. Attendance at a volunteer orientation session is required. Call 301-572-4729 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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