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 to 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 volunteers ages 14 and older to help staff members at blood drives and in donor centers. Training available. Registration required. 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

AARP Tax-Aide, prepare taxes electronically for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. Training provided. 703-207-0056, 888-227-7669 or

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

Inova Virginia Nursing Association Home Health, drivers with four-wheel drive vehicles to transport nurses to homebound patients during snow emergencies. 703-916-2885.

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

Northern Virginia Aids Ministry, wrap gifts at the NOVAM booth at Ballston Common Mall through Dec. 24. 703-533-5505, Ext. 13.

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 are seeking volunteers 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 receive checks and pay bills for people with mental illness. 703-838-4455.

Alexandria Seaport Foundation needs adult mentors to work with apprentices ages 18 to 21. 703-549-7078.

American Liver Foundation is seeking help with the Polar Burr Plunge into the Potomac River at 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 to 9 p.m. and 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31. 703-751-4956 or

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. Help is also needed stocking shelves and assisting 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 a Meals on Wheels program. 703-836-4414, Ext. 4.

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

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

Arlington County Medical Reserve Corps needs a program assistant interested in public health and emergency preparedness. 703-228-4986.

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 cleanup at a Christmas Day dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. 703-536-8270.

Arlington Public Schools needs an arts and crafts leader and a junior achievement club leader at Carlin Springs Elementary School. 703-228-6003.

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. Office administrative work is also available. 703-842-2300.

Community Tax Aid Inc., tax preparers, translators fluent in Spanish, Arabic and Amharic, greeters and site administration volunteers are needed in Clarendon to help with tax preparation program for low-income individuals and families. 202-347-4811.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving needs a court monitor at the Arlington County Courthouse. Must be at least 18 years old. 703-379-1135.

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

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS

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