American Red Cross blood drive, ages 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.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, an opportunity to help in removing invasive plants and with a park cleanup at Barcroft Park, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration required. 703-228-6406.

CrisisLink needs assistance on a suicide and crisis hotline. Prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Training provided. 703-516-6770 or

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

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

Rebuilding Together Alexandria, light office work, one to three hours a week. 703-836-1021.

CyberSeniors needs instructors. Four one-hour training sessions on weekday afternoons. 703-228-6425.

For information on the following opportunities, call the number listed or contact the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau at 703-836-2176, or

Alexandria Department of Mental 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.

American Liver Foundation, assist with Polar Burr Plunge at the Potomac River (Old Dominion Boat Club) in Old Town from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 1. Must be at least 13 years old. Also need volunteer medical personnel. 703-535-8880 or 703-966-7202.

First Night Alexandria, assist with button sales, setup, cleanup, crowd control and more. Shifts are 5:30 to 9 p.m. and 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. 703-751-4956 or

Alzheimer's Association, assist with projects and health fairs. 703-359-4440, Ext. 127.

Campagna Center needs help with after-school care programs, Head Start and the Wright to Read program. 703-549-0111, Ext. 142, or

Gadsby's Tavern Museum, assist with special events, family programs and tours. Training provided. 703-838-4242.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, drivers and helpers pick up home improvement donations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Truck is provided. Volunteers must be at least 25 and have good driving records. Stock shelves and assist customers. Ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult; must be 16 to run the register. 703-521-9890, Ext. 101.

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

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

National Organization for Victim Assistance, office work and assisting with special events. 703-535-6682 or

Senior Services of Alexandria, assist with food delivery for Meals on Wheels program. 703-836-4414, Ext. 4.

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

Port City Playhouse needs help with set construction and painting, and ushers for performances. Must be at least 15 years old. 703-838-2880.

Ten Thousand Villages, needs help with special events and store projects. 703-684-1435 or

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

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

Westminster-George Mason Tutoring Program, tutors for the current academic year for George Mason Elementary School students from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Training provided. 703-706-4470.

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

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

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

Community Residences Inc., office administrative work and socialize and engage in games and outings with mentally retarded or mentally ill clients. 703-842-2300.

Computer Core, needs an assistant career coach and admissions coordinator. 703-931-7346.

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.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Arlington office, help in setting up for and cleaning up after a Dec. 4 holiday party. 202-722-2280, Ext. 319.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Service is seeking help with removal of invasive plants and with a park cleanup from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at Barcroft Park and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 at Bluemont Junction Park. 703-228-7636.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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