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Alexandria and Arlington volunteer opportunities

Alexandria Book Shelf, a citywide literacy program, seeks books for children at FACE, Child Family Network and Alive Child Development centers and more. Donations may be dropped off at ACT for Alexandria, 1421 Prince St., second floor; Hooray for Books, 1555 King St.; Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., CrossFit, 805 N. Royal St.; and Local Motion Studio, 2377 S. Dove St., Alexandria. 703-622-0965.

Gulf Branch Nature Center seeks volunteers to remove invasive plants in the park, 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday. 703-228-3403.

Jewish Council for the Aging seeks senior volunteers to teach and coach computer classes. or 240-396-0916.

Mutt Love Rescue seeks foster homes for rescued dogs. or 703-577-0106.

ReSET seeks volunteers to lead elementary students in hands-on science and math. or 703-250-0236.

Travelers Aid seeks volunteers to staff airport information desks and provide tourism information. Must commit to six months. Training, parking provided. or 703-417-3975.

TreeStewards is accepting applications for the volunteer training class Feb. 11-April 29 at Fairlington Community Center. To apply online, visit and e-mail the materials to

Virginia Hospital Center Auxiliary in Arlington offers opportunities to help on information desks, the surgical center and in gift shops. 703-558-6401.

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

Lee-Fendall House Museum offers volunteer opportunities. or 703-548-1789.

The Lyceum needs volunteers for visitor services and the museum shop. 703-746-4994.

Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria Committee seeks members. The committee meets at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

National Organization for Victim Assistance seeks advocate certification volunteers. or 703-535-6682.

New Hope Housing needs a volunteer to help shelter residents develop résumés.

Senior Services of Alexandria needs volunteers to visit seniors for an hour, once a week. or 703-836-4414, Ext. 13.

Senior Services of Alexandria Meals on Wheels seeks delivery volunteers and teams. or 703-836-4414, Ext. 12.

Sexual Assault Center seeks hotline volunteers. To apply, visit or 703-746-3127.

Sexual Assault Center seeks volunteer advocates. A 40-hour classroom training starts Feb. 8. Apply by Jan. 17. or 703-746-3127.

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) needs court-appointed special advocates. or 703-820-9001.

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold orientations from 2-3 p.m. next Thursday and Feb. 20 at Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. To register, go to 703-403-5360.

Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria offers volunteer opportunities. or 703-684-1435.

Volunteer Alexandria Snow Buddies Program needs volunteers who will be matched with city residents who are low-income homeowners, elderly or disabled, and who are registered with Alexandria’s Office of Citizen’s Assistance. Must sign a liability waiver. To sign up, visit

Volunteer Alexandria seeks individuals for the Volunteer Reception Centers. Orientations are from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Duncan Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave.; and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Feb. 7, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd. Volunteers are also needed for Martin Luther King Day of Service, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Jan. 20. Orientation is from 10 a.m.- noon Jan. 18. To register, e-mail or 703-836-2176.

Wright To Read needs literacy tutors/mentors for elementary students. Must attend orientation and training sessions and pass a criminal background screening. or

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

Arlington Arts Center offers volunteer opportunities. 703-248-6800.

Arlington Food Assistance Center seeks volunteers to host food drives. To register, go to 703-845-8486.

Arlington County Department of Human Services needs yoga workshop leaders, 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Must be 18. or 703-228-1760.

Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation seeks volunteers, age 9 and older, to remove invasive plants. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 703-228-1862.

Arlington County Department of Parks & Recreation seeks volunteers to help with adapted aquatics classes for children starting Jan. 27. To apply, go to 703-228-4738.

Arlington Public Library system needs a welcome desk staffer at the central library. To apply, go to 703-228-7688.

Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia seeks volunteers to distribute groceries to students at the Arlington Career Center, 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays. 703-228-8694.

CrisisLink seeks crisis hotline volunteers. Three-hour shifts, once a week, are available from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays; 8 a.m.-midnight weekends; and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. late nights. Must pass a screening process; and 50-hour training starts Feb. 1. or 703-516-6778.

Jewish Council for the Aging seeks computer instructors and coaches for classes at the Pentagon City location. 240-395-0916.

Opera Nova needs a fundraiser volunteer, grant writers, a financial and budget records assistant and an administrative assistant. 571-334-9831 or

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold an orientation, 11 a.m. Jan. 22, Shirlington Branch Library. 703-403-5360.

Virginia Cooperative Extension offers a Master Food Volunteers Program. Participants receive 24 hours in training on basic nutrition, meal planning, cooking techniques, food safety and working with diverse audiences; and in return must commit to 30 hours of volunteer service within one year of the training. Training sessions begin March 7 in Arlington. Apply by Wednesday by visiting

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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