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

Alexandria Department of Health's mental retardation and substance abuse programs offer the chance to help with family activities at the Alexandria Community Shelter, to go on one-on-one outings with residents of an Alexandria group home for adults with mental retardation or to assist with receiving checks and paying bills for people with mental illness. 703-838-4455.

CrisisLink needs assistance on a suicide and crisis hotline. Must be at least 18 years old. Training on Nov. 28. 703-527-6016 or

For information on the following opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 703-836-2176, send an e-mail to or visit

Alexandria Department of Human Services needs Christmas gifts for Sponsor a Family, Sponsor a Senior, Sponsor a Teen and Sponsor a Foster Child programs. Presents may be dropped off through Dec. 15 at the Human Services Center, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Volunteers also are needed to receive and sort gifts from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15; delivery drivers are needed on Dec. 16. 703-838-4000.

Community Partners for Children; help is needed for the annual toy drive at T.C. Williams High School on Dec. 17. 703-683-2570.

The Fountains at Washington House, a retirement community, needs front desk volunteers. Tuberculosis test and background check required. 703-845-2964.

Holiday on the Avenue in Del Ray needs help to set up luminarias on Dec. 3. 703-683-2570.

King Street Cats needs foster homes or help in feeding and caring for cats at a shelter in Alexandria. 703-836-6686.

Scottish Christmas Walk needs help with the marketplace, heather and greens, parade and home tours Dec. 1-3. 703-765-1348.

Turkey Trot 5K Run needs assistance with registration of runners, at the end of the race and with other activities, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 24. 703-683-2570.

West End Business Association offers the chance to help with a holiday decorating project in the West End of Alexandria. 703-658-5274.

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

Arlington Diocese Refugee Services needs translators of Vietnamese, Khmer, Arabic, Farsi, French and Spanish. 703-841-3871.

Arlington public schools needs homework helpers at Gunston Middle School from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 703-228-6003.

Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center needs holiday entertainers and volunteers to assist new residents. Training provided. 703-243-7640.

Friends of Clarendon House needs servers, preparers and help with cleanup at a holiday party from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16. 703-532-2316.

Healthy Families and Early Head Start Arlington needs Thanksgiving baskets of nonperishable items. 703-769-4616.

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington and Community Role Models are seeking help to wrap gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated. Gift wrapping is from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. 703-228-7051 or 571-344-8256.

Operation Hope Inc.'s Banking on Our Future program enables volunteers to teach the basics of money management to children in grades 4 to 12. 703-236-8864.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Arlington office, is seeking donations of gift cards for Thanksgiving and Christmas for homeless families, gifts for children ages 3 to 16 or help in setting up for and cleaning up after a holiday party Dec. 4. 202-722-2280, Ext. 319.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service is seeking help with removal of invasive plants and with a park cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Dec. 10 at Bluemont Junction Park and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 at Barcroft Park. 703-228-7636.

Whitefield Commons Community Resource Center needs Christmas gift donations for children 17 and younger. 703-465-5001.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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