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

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

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods needs volunteers to sort and pack food donations for its Thanksgiving food drive. Volunteers will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving day at the center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. The packed food will then be delivered to Reston Interfaith to be distributed to needy area families. The food drive is co-sponsored by Reston Interfaith, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and the Reston Community Center. For more information, call Haywood Hopson Sr. at 703-390-6161.

The Jewish Social Service Agency's Resettlement Program needs volunteer tutors to teach English to immigrants from the former Soviet Union so they can understand and speak enough English to pass the U.S. naturalization test and achieve citizenship. Free training, materials and support are provided to all volunteers. For more information or to register for tutor training, call Nina Sznurman at 301-770-5120.

Ragged Mountain Dogs, an all-breed canine rescue group, needs volunteers to assist at adoption fairs, plan fundraising events or provide foster care for rescued dogs. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 540-987-9207.

Annandale Christian Community for Action needs individuals, families, classes, organizations and businesses to adopt a family at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Volunteers provide meals to needy families and Christmas gifts for children in those families. For more information, call Kristy Hudson at 571-203-0397.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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