The Literacy Council of Prince George's County needs tutors in various locations to help adults learn to read. Training will be provided from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 15, 22, and 27 at Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo; and from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 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 for certification for community service hours. Call 301-445-4500.

The National Park Service, Greenbelt Park and REI Company need volunteers 14 and older to resurface and repair trails in the park using shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. The workday will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; the rain date is Oct. 15. Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. High school students will be eligible for 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 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 disasters or emergencies. The next training sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 in Cheverly or from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Largo. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802 or e-mail

The City of Hyattsville needs group or individual help removing nonnative invasive plants from Trumbule Nature Trail in Magruder Park, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept. 24. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves and to bring work gloves; tools will be provided. The park is at 40th Avenue and Hamilton Street, Hyattsville. Call Colleen Aistis at 301-985-5057 or e-mail

The Prince George's Volunteer Center seeks a full-time (40 hours per week) AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer center development coordinator to work in the Hyattsville office. The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet research, telephone and organizational skills. A stipend and health care benefits are provided, as well as an educational award of $4,700. Call Nancie Park at 301-699-2800 or apply at

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 and an information booth. Volunteers are also needed to wear costume-character outfits at the Oct. 2 event at Watkins Regional Park. Call 301-218-6700.

Life Skills Workshop Inc. seeks female mentors to work one-on-one with female graduates of its job readiness workshop. The graduates are in transition from incarceration or homelessness to the workforce. The time commitment is six months and training for mentors will be provided Saturday. Call 301-530-0788 or e-mail

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 on 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 Neighborhood Design Center is seeking volunteer landscape architects and designers to draw up simple landscaping plans for community planting projects to be installed on Oct. 15 for "Gorgeous Prince George's Day." Volunteers also are needed Oct. 15 to help with planting at schools and in neighborhoods. Call 301-779-6010 or e-mail

The Surratt House Museum in Clinton needs docents to conduct tours while dressed in period costume. Volunteers are also needed to greet visitors, work in the gift shop and sell admission tickets. Orientation and training provided. The museum is at 9118 Brandywine Rd. Call 301-868-1121.

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

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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