The Anacostia Watershed Society needs volunteers for tree planting from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15. Shovels and gloves will be provided. Call 301-699-6204 or send an e-mail to

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

Meals on Wheels of College Park needs volunteer drivers, visitors, kitchen assistants and substitutes to help prepare and deliver meals to elderly and disabled residents of Adelphi, Riverdale, College Park, Beltsville and Greenbelt. The time commitment is a minimum of two hours each week, and volunteers must be 16 or older. Students can earn community service hours. Call 301-474-1002.

The Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center Inc. needs volunteers to call victims, witnesses and survivors to inform them about available services and referrals. Volunteers also may perform office and administrative duties. Mail a resume to 14750 Main St., Suite 1-B, Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772; by fax to 301-952-2319; or by e-mail to

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind needs volunteers to serve as readers, grocery shoppers, camp counselors and to help blind or visually impaired children at special events. Call Jocelyn Hunter at 202-454-6422 or go to

The Hillcrest Heights Community Center needs volunteers to help with decorating, setting up and dismantling, and food service at the center's Senior Extravaganza Fashion Show on Oct. 15. The time commitment is from noon to 6 p.m. or from 2 to 10 p.m. Call 301-505-0896.

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 response to widespread disasters or emergencies. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802.

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 take care of other tasks. Attendance at a volunteer orientation session is required. Call 301-572-4729 or go to

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

Bladensburg Waterfront Park will conduct a cleanup of the Anacostia River and shoreline from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22. Gloves, trash bags and canoes will be provided. Those younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. High school volunteers will be eligible for certification for community service hours. Participants should wear clothing and shoes that can get muddy. Volunteers should meet at the boat ramp at 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Call 301-779-0371.

The Heart of America Foundation seeks volunteers during weekday business hours to sort and help distribute donated books to elementary schoolchildren in the area for its Books From the Heart program. A volunteer driver with a sport-utility vehicle or covered truck is needed for pickups and deliveries one day a week. Reimbursement for mileage and gas is available. Call Colleen Noland at 202-347-6278 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 answer the Smithsonian public inquiry telephone lines. Training is provided. The time commitment is 31/2 hours weekdays or on alternate weekends. To apply, call Phil Almeida, 202-633-1000, or go to

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic needs volunteers 21 or older to grant wishes to 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

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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