The Literacy Council of Prince George's County needs tutors to work at various locations helping adults learn to read. Fifteen hours of training are provided. Tutors are asked to commit to two to four hours a week for one year. Call 301-699-9770 or go to www.literacycouncil.org.

Greenbelt Park, operated by the National Park Service, needs volunteers to help remove invasive plants, on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Take along gloves and drinking water. Meet at the Sweetgum Picnic Area in the park, 6565 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. Call 301-344-3944.

The Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association needs mentors to provide support to families and children. Training is provided. Contact Yen Le at 301-588-6862 or yen.lee@mdvietmutual.org.

The Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park needs volunteers interested in demonstrating Colonial crafts, maintaining trails, removing trash from the Potomac River shoreline and gardening. Families, older teens and adults are welcomed. Call Jacalyn Thomas at 301-283-2113, Ext. 20 or send an e-mail to volunteers@accokeek.org.

Laurel Mill Playhouse needs volunteers for its community theater. Help is needed with set design and construction, stage management, lighting design and operation, sound design and operation, costumes, makeup, props, publicity, box office and program design. Students can earn community service hours. Call 301-617-9906 or go to www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Prince George's County needs volunteers, especially bilingual ones, to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in foster care. Volunteers meet with children, families, foster families, social workers and lawyers and provide recommendations to the court. Training sessions are scheduled for January and February. Call 301-209-0491.

Meals on Wheels of College Park needs volunteer drivers, visitors, kitchen assistants and substitutes to help prepare and deliver meals to elderly and disabled residents of Adelphi, Riverdale, College Park, Beltsville and Greenbelt. The time commitment is a minimum of two hours each week, and volunteers must be 16 or older. Students can earn community service hours. Call 301-474-1002.

The American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region, needs volunteers 14 and older to greet donors and serve refreshments at blood drives and donor centers. Training is provided. The time commitment is four to six hours two days a month. Call 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

The Heart of America Foundation seeks volunteers during weekday business hours to sort and distribute donated books to elementary school children in the region for its Books From the Heart program. A volunteer driver with a sport-utility vehicle or a covered truck is needed for pickups and deliveries one day a week. Reimbursement is available for mileage and gas. Call Colleen Noland at 202-347-6278 or send an e-mail to colleen@heartofamerica.org.

The Glenn Dale Volunteer Fire Department seeks volunteers to provide emergency medical services on ambulances. Medical training is provided. Volunteers are also needed to serve as firefighters and to help with administrative duties. For information, visit the station, 11900 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale; send an e-mail to glenndalevfd@hotmail.com; or call 301-805-2400.

Partnership for Animal Welfare, a volunteer rescue group that finds homes for abandoned or neglected dogs and cats, seeks volunteers to handle animals at weekend adoption shows, transport them to shows and veterinary appointments, provide foster care, answer phone and e-mail inquiries and perform other tasks. Attendance at a volunteer orientation session is required. Call 301-572-4729 or go to www.paw-rescue.org.

The Smithsonian Institution seeks volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to work on the information desks at its museums and galleries and to answer public inquiry telephone lines. Training is provided. The time commitment is 31/2 hours on weekdays or on alternate weekends. To apply, call Phil Almeida at 202-633-1000 or visit www.si.edu/resource/faq/volunteer/visinfo.htm.

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind needs volunteers to serve as readers, grocery shoppers and camp counselors and to help blind or visually impaired children at special events. Call Jocelyn Hunter at 202-454-6422 or go to www.clb.org/volunteer.

The Prince George's Volunteer Center has two open full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions in its Hyattsville office. Openings are for a volunteer center development coordinator and an emergency preparedness coordinator. A stipend and health care benefits are provided. An educational award of $4,700 is also provided. Call Nancie Park at 301-699-2800.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. needs volunteers 21 and older to serve as wish granters for children who have life-threatening illnesses. A one-day training session and background check are required. Call Jessica Jennings at 301-962-9474 or send an e-mail to jjennings@midatlantic.wish.org.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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