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

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

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

Empowered Women International needs coaches and mentors to help immigrant and refugee artists. 703-778-6310.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society needs bilingual Spanish-English volunteers and clerical support. 703-960-1100, Ext. 248.

Master gardener, volunteer training program. Register by Dec. 14 for classes Jan. 10-April 6. Tuition and materials $235; Arlington residents $185. 703-228-6426.

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 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 help with receiving checks and paying bills for people with mental illness. 703-838-4455.

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.

Carpenter's Shelter needs servers for breakfast Nov. 23-25. 703-548-7500, Ext. 205.

Community Partners for Children needs help for its annual toy drive. Drop-offs accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 16 at the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau. 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 Project offers a chance to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with nursing home residents and hospital patients. All ages welcome. 703-370-0370.

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

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

Tenants' and Workers' Support Committee needs tutors for middle and high school students from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 703-684-5697.

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. on Thanksgiving Day. 703-683-2570.

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

Arlington Community Action Program needs an administrative assistant for emergency services. 703-241-2040, Ext. 39.

Arlington Historical Society needs volunteers for public relations, event and program planning, database management, writing, editing and curatorial and graphic design. 703-536-8270.

Arlington Diocese Refugee Services needs an immigration lawyer. 703-841-3871.

Ball-Sellers House needs docents. 703-536-8270.

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 seeks donations of Thanksgiving baskets containing 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.

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 Dec. 4 at Barcroft Park and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at Bluemont Junction Park. 703-228-7636.

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

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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