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

The Fairfax County CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) program needs tax preparers, screeners and translators to help residents who make less than $37,000 a year claim tax refunds. Volunteers also help participants open bank accounts so they can receive their refunds by direct deposit. Volunteers are required to pass an IRS certification test. Free training is provided online or in classroom sessions. For information or to volunteer, call Tom Meagher at 703-324-5139.

Transitions, a nonsectarian Jewish Social Service Agency program offering support to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families, will hold training sessions for volunteers starting in January. After completing training, volunteers visit with patients and their families to provide friendship and to help with errands, chores, food preparation, transportation and short-term respite care. The training sessions will be at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. For information, call Sandy Chernin at 301-816-2681.

Ragged Mountain Dogs, an all-breed rescue group, needs people to assist at adoption fairs, to plan fundraising events and to provide foster care for dogs. For information, visit www.ragmtk9.org, e-mail volunteer@ragmtk9.org or call 540-987-9207.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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