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

Alexandria Commission for the Arts seeks people with expertise in dance, literature, music, theater and visual arts to serve as resource panel members. 703-838-6348 or

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

SPCA of Northern Virginia needs foster homes for dogs and cats. 703-799-9390 or

Little Theatre of Alexandria needs box office volunteers and ushers. 703-683-5778, Ext. 1.

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 Department of Human Services, teach English and provide citizenship instruction to Hispanic adults from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 703-838-0962.

Alzheimer's Association, assist with projects and health fairs. 703-359-4440, Ext. 127.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, assist with the 14th annual Canine Games, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 8. Must be at least 16 years old. 703-838-4774, Ext. 225.

Campagna Center needs help with after-school care programs, Head Start and the Wright to Read program. 703-549-0111, Ext. 142, or

Food for Others, help pack food boxes, sort canned goods, and assist with office operations, special programs and fundraising events. 703-207-9173 or

Gadsby's Tavern Museum, assist with special events, family programs and tours. Training provided. 703-838-4242.

Haven of Northern Virginia, hotline companions for the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying, and their families and friends. Training provided. 703-941-7000 or

Junior Friends of the Campagna Center, help organize fundraising. 703-549-0111.

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

Marine Corps Marathon needs help with water stations, hospitality areas, baggage tent, medical stations and information area Oct. 30. Ham radio operators are also needed. 703-432-8190 or

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.

Port City Playhouse needs help with set construction and painting, and ushers for performances. Must be at least 15 years old. 703-838-2880.

Reading Connection needs readers for shelter read-aloud program. 703-528-8317, Ext. 14.

Trinity Ambassadors, answer phones, accept donated items, work with youth jobs and computer refurbishing programs. 703-751-8420 or

Virginia's Children of Promise Program, mentors for children of an incarcerated parent. Training provided. 703-941-9008.

Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, assist in setup, manage food stations or clean up; four shifts between 5:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 22. 703-838-5030 or

Westminster-George Mason Tutoring Program, tutors for the 2005-06 academic year with George Mason Elementary School students from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Training provided. 703-706-4470.

For information on the following volunteer opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or visit

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

Arlington County Volunteer Office, help with Hurricane Katrina response efforts. 703-228-1026.

Arlington Street People's Assistance Network needs emergency winter shelter volunteers in the evenings and for overnight shifts Nov. 1-March 31; food handlers; and servers and preparers for the bagged-meal program for the homeless. 703-820-4357.

CrisisLink Response Center, help with Hurricane Katrina hotline. Must be at least 18 year old. Training provided. 703-527-6016 or

Greenbrier Learning Center, tutor students during after-school programs. Must be at least 15 years old and undergo a background check ($10 fee). 703-379-6488.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, ESL tutor. Training workshop, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 22 and 29. 703-237-0866.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs play-group supervisors at Arlington Veteran's Memorial YMCA. Volunteers interested in working with minor children must undergo a background check. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Oct. 15-Dec. 10. 703-769-4616.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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