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

The Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program seeks volunteers to provide counseling and companionship to victims of rape and sexual assault. Volunteers must have a driver's license and access to transportation and must make a 12-month commitment. A 40-hour training program is provided over four weeks. For more information, call 240-777-1355.

The Montgomery County Public Library's Office of Multicultural Services seeks people from diverse communities in the county to serve on the Library Advisory Committee. The committee meets in the evening five times a year in Rockville. For more information, call Yuli Estler at 240-777-0024.

The Responding to the Call to Serve Program (RSVP) seeks volunteers older than 50 to work with students in the classrooms. Tutors, readers, teaching assistants, mentors and others are needed. If interested, attend one of two orientations: 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 29, Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Dr., Wheaton; and 1-3:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Gaithersburg Senior Center, 80 Bureau Dr., Gaithersburg. To register or for more information, call 240-777-2600.

Friends of Sligo Creek needs volunteers to clean up litter from the creek at its annual Sweep the Creek event from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A celebration after the cleanup will include music, speakers and animals at Kennebec Road and Sligo Creek Parkway. To volunteer or for more information, call 301-681-3703.

Services for the Visually Impaired seeks volunteers with retail experience to serve as sales associates to assist blind and visually impaired people at the White Cane Center in Silver Spring. The center sells talking, Braille and large-print products. Volunteers should be familiar with basic computer operations. For more information, call 240-777-2600.

Upcounty SHARP, a local program that serves students suspended from Northwest, Quince Orchard, Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill high schools, seeks volunteers to serve as tutors, mentors and administrative support staff members. For more information or to volunteer, call Alysia Kuntaraf at 240-403-3095.

Pain Connection-Chronic Pain Outreach Center seeks people with experience in fundraising, governance, public relations and program development to serve on its board of directors. The board meets four or five times a year. Members serve a two-year term. For more information, call 301-309-2444.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland seeks volunteers to deliver meals to homebound people between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A commitment of once or twice a month is requested. For more information, call 877-730-9476.

Boards and Commissions

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan is seeking applicants for the following vacancies:

The Agricultural Advisory Committee has seven vacancies; four must be filled by farmers and three by others. The farmer representatives serve three-year terms and the other members one-year terms without compensation. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday evening of each month in Germantown.

The Range Approval Committee has four vacancies. Members serve three-year terms without compensation. The committee meets as needed at the shooting ranges in the county and at the Police Administration Building in Rockville.

The Rustic Roads Advisory Committee has three vacancies. Members serve three-year terms without compensation. The committee meets at least six times a year on the second Thursday evening of each month.

The Solid Waste Advisory Committee has five vacancies. Members serve three-year terms without compensation and meet the first Tuesday evening of each month in Rockville.

The Facilities Implementation Group has two vacancies. Members serve three-year terms without compensation. Meetings are held at least quarterly at the Gothic Dairy Barn in Dickerson.

The Victim Services Advisory Board has six vacancies. Members serve three-year terms without compensation. The board meets the fourth Thursday evening of each month in Rockville.

Letters of interest in the above positions and a brief resume (including work and home telephone numbers) should be mailed to County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, 101 Monroe St., Rockville, Md. 20850, or sent via e-mail to

The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 30. For more information, call 240-777-2528.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL

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