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, Saturday.

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

→Gulf Branch Nature Center, 2-4:30 p.m., Jan. 13 and Feb. 10.

→Long Branch Nature Center, 2-5 p.m., Dec. 16, Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

→Tuckahoe Park, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

Arlington County Fire Department food drive, benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center, seeks donations of cereal, flour, oil, pasta, tuna and other nonperishable items. They may be dropped off through Dec. 21 at the Arlington County Government Center, Courthouse Plaza lobby, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., or at any fire station in Arlington County or Falls Church.

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

Christ Church seeks donations for the Christ Child Project Christmas Store. 703-778-4937.

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. Thursday-Friday, at a donation box in the main entrance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 2.

Firefighter toy drive drop off new toys from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday at Occasionally Cake locations at 207 King St. and 8859 Richmond Hwy. 703-647-9638 or

Rebuilding Together needs handymen and women to work on homes owned by low-income seniors and disabled people in Arlington County. 703-528-1999 or

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 Community Shelter needs washcloths, towels and personal hygiene products for men and women. 703-746-3660 or

Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically needs food distribution volunteers on Saturday at Cora Kelly Recreational Center, 25 W. Reed Ave.; Ladrey senior residences, 300 Wythe St.; and Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. or 703-683-4634.

Christ House seeks donations of canned meats and vegetables for the food pantry.

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

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.

The Salvation Army needs volunteers for bell ringing at kettle sites, Angel Tree sitters and toy distribution helpers through Dec. 24. Liz_O’ or 202-756-3906.

Volunteer Alexandria needs a receptionist.

Wesley Housing Development Corporation needs volunteers for the Adopt-a-Family program. Drivers are needed to deliver gifts to recipients on Friday and Sunday. or 703-642-3830, Ext. 224.

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 Parks & Recreation needs volunteers to help those with disabilities during their aquatics classes. 703-228-4731.

Arlington public library system needs newspaper support at the Shirlington branch. 703-228-7688.

Crisislink needs crisis-hotline counselors to work nights or weekdays. 703-516-6778.

Holiday Project of the National Capital Area needs volunteers to visit residents of a nursing home on Christmas Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 703-370-0370.

Offender Aid and Restoration seeks volunteers for Project Christmas Angel from Thursday through Dec. 23. 703-228-7031.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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