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

Alexandria Youth Sports Office needs volunteers to coach local youths in cheerleading, basketball, football, baseball and softball 10-12 hours a week. Must attend a coach's certification class and complete a criminal background check. 703-838-4345.

American Red Cross blood drive needs ages 14 and older 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. 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.

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, go on outings with a resident of an Alexandria group home for adults with mental retardation or help with receiving checks and paying bills for people with mental illness. 703-838-4455.

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

American Liver Foundation is seeking help 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. Volunteer medical personnel also needed. 703-535-8880 or 703-966-7202.

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

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

Gadsby's Tavern Museum seeks help for tours, special events and family programs. Training provided. 703-838-4242.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs drivers and helpers to 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 adults; must be 16 to run the register. 703-521-9890, Ext. 101.

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

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

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

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 United of Northern Virginia is seeking tutors for middle and high school students from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 703-684-5697.

Westminster-George Mason Tutoring Program is seeking 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.

Arlington Interfaith Council, assist with setting up, serving and cleaning up at a Christmas Day dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. 703-536-8270.

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

Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center needs a GED tutor for an 80-year-old student. 703-243-7640.

Community Residences Inc. needs volunteers to socialize and engage in games and outings with mentally retarded or mentally ill clients; opportunities for office administrative work also available. 703-842-2300.

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.

Sierra Leone Relief and Development Outreach Inc. needs hosts and hostesses, ticket sellers, food servers, doorkeepers, musicians and decorators for the Gift of Hope Celebration Dinner on Dec. 10. 703-823-3600.

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

Volunteer Emergency Families for Children needs a civic coordinator, a media coordinator, a training/recruitment coordinator, a recognition coordinator and a newsletter editor. 703-969-3795.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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