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

Volunteer Fairfax needs people for its annual VolunteerFest, a community-wide day of service on Oct. 22. Join individuals, families, community groups and corporate teams working on more than 55 projects at nonprofit agencies throughout the area. Projects include landscaping, assisting with children's programs, painting, cleaning, organizing, restocking food pantries and helping the homeless. For a complete list of projects and to register, visit or call Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460.

AARP Tax-Aide, a tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteers to complete and file 2005 federal and state income tax forms electronically. Tax counselors receive free training and become certified by passing the IRS examination. For information, call Patty Callahan at 703-207-0056 or visit

Fairfax County Department of Family Service's BeFriend-A-Child mentoring program needs volunteers to go on outings with a child and participate in group activities and parties. Mentors must be 21 or older and must commit to participate for a year. The next training session is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or Ann Rieger at 703-324-7072.

The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to evaluate scholarship applications of students from Afghanistan, Serbia, Montenegro and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Funding for the Future Leaders Exchange program is provided by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students will spend one year living with an American family and attending a U.S. high school. Evaluation of applications will take place from November to March. Training is provided. For information, call the Future Leaders Exchange department of the American Councils at 202-833-7522.

Neighbors United of Herndon, a nonprofit youth outreach organization, needs volunteers to assist students ages 7 through 15 in two after-school tutorial programs that run Mondays through Thursdays. Youths 16 and older are welcome to volunteer. Substitute tutors are also needed. For information, call 703-376-8475.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK