The Court Appointed Special Advocate program of Prince George's County needs volunteers, especially those who are bilingual, to provide a voice for abused and neglected children who have been placed 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.

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

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

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 welcome. Call Jacalyn Thomas at 301-283-2113, Ext. 20, or send an e-mail to

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

Greenbelt Park, operated by the National Park Service, seeks volunteers for three-hour shifts to answer phones and handle administrative tasks at the ranger station, especially Fridays through Sundays. Call 301-344-3944.

The Radio and Television Museum in Bowie needs volunteers to be weekend museum guides; restore radios, televisions and other artifacts; and help with fundraising and other activities. Training is provided. Call Brian Belanger at 301-258-0708 or send e-mail to

The College Park Aviation Museum needs volunteers to greet visitors and help with gift shop sales. The museum is at 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Call Jane Welsh at 301-864-6029.

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

Partnership for Animal Welfare, a volunteer rescue group that finds homes for abandoned and 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

The Prince George's Volunteer Center has two full-time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions open in its Hyattsville office, 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 Prince George's County Health Department needs Medical Reserve Corps volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, mental health workers and other medical personnel, plus social workers, computer technicians, administrative and clerical assistants, client greeters and interpreters to help in response to widespread disasters or emergencies. Call Cynthia Baker at 301-883-7802.

Oxon Cove Park and Oxon Hill Farm, operated by the National Park Service, seek volunteers to portray historical characters for public programs. Training is provided. Call Marilyn Brown at 301-839-1176.

The Laurel Museum needs volunteers to manage merchandising activities, arrange displays, schedule volunteers, make recommendations on prices and order quantities at the Brennan Library. The ideal candidate will have some retail experience and be able to work four to six hours per week. Call Elsie Klumpner at 301-725-7975.

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

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN

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