Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to remove invasive plants. For ages 9 and older; under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a reusable water bottle. 703-228-1862.

→Barcroft Park, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Dec. 15.

→Benjamin Banneker Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday and Dec. 22.

→Haley Park, 9-11 a.m., Saturday.

→Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Dec. 9.

→Lacey Woods, 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 8.

→Long Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Dec. 16.

→Tuckahoe Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 15.

Arlington County Fire Department Food Drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center seeks donations of cereal, flour, oil, pasta, tuna and other non-perishable items; they may be dropped off through Dec. 21 at the Arlington County Government Center, Courthouse Plaza Lobby, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington or at any fire station in Arlington or Falls Church. .

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment seeks volunteers for an invasive plant removal at Lacy Woods Park, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. To register, e-mail or 703-228-6406.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment seeks donations to help maintain a clean and green community through Dec. 31 . Donate online at . 703-228-6427.

Community Partners for Children is holding an annual toy drive. Drop off new toys, infant and toddler items and grocery store gift cards 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Dec. 14, at a donation box in the main entrance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 2.

Long Branch Nature Center seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants from the park, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 16. Must be 9. 703-228-6535.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is holding a mitten and glove drive to benefit Alexandria’s Child and Family Network Centers from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through Jan. 20, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 2.

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria offers volunteer training from February through April. or 703-527-2349.

Virginia Hospital Center needs volunteers to assist patients and visitors and help in the nonprofit gift shops. 703-558-6401.

Volunteer Alexandria: Call the numbers listed below or contact Volunteer Alexandria at 703-836-2176, or for information on the following opportunities:

Alexandria Adult Day Services Center needs an activities assistant. or 703-746-5676.

First Night Alexandria seeks event volunteers for Dec. 31. Training will be Dec. 29. To register, visit https://sites. or call 703-746-3299.

Holiday Sharing Program seeks volunteers to get “wish lists” for children, seniors or disabled citizens. Volunteers are also needed for the family gift distribution on Dec. 10-12. or 703-746-5663.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia seeks gift wrap volunteers for three-hour shifts at Barnes & Noble store locations through Dec. 24. or 703-237-0866, Ext. 108.

Liberty’s Promise needs after-school program volunteers from 3:30-5 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. Training provided. 703-549-9950.

Scottish Christmas Walk seeks parade volunteers for Saturday. To register, visit or e-mail

T.C. Williams International Network needs classroom volunteers from 8:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Must be 21 and pass a background check.

Volunteer Alexandria needs volunteers for social media and special events. or 703-836-2176.

Volunteer Arlington: Call the numbers listed below, or contact Volunteer Arlington by calling 703-228-1760 or visiting for information about the following opportunities:

Arlington County Department of Human Services seeks instructors for Project Family’s early childhood education and parenting classes. 703-228-1760.

Arlington County Department of Human Services seeks volunteers for the Foster Care Holiday Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Must be 21 and complete a volunteer application. 703-228-1760.

Arlington Food Assistance Center seeks volunteers to host a holiday food drive. Food collections boxes and posters provided. 703-845-8486.

Arlington Public Library system needs volunteers to track and move books from other libraries at the central branch; shelving support at Cherrydale Library. 703-228-7688.

Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network needs emergency winter shelter volunteers. 703-842-0168.

CrisisLink needs hotline crisis counselors for weekday shifts. 703-516-6778.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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