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Arlington and Alexandria volunteer opportunities

American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teachers. Must attend a one-day orientation; hours are flexible. or 703-237-7683.

Arlington County Invasive Plant Program needs volunteers to remove invasive plants. First Saturdays, Haley Park; second Saturdays, Lacey Woods Park; second Sundays, Gulf Branch Nature Center; third Saturdays, Tuckahoe Park; third Saturdays, Barcroft Park; third Sundays, Long Branch Nature Center; and fourth Saturdays, Benjamin Banneker Park. For information, visit To register, e-mail or call 703-228-1862.

Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Plot Against Hunger program seeks local gardeners and farmers willing to grow and donate fresh produce to the AFAC food pantry. Vegetable seeds provided. Pick up seeds 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 2708 S. Nelson St., Arlington. or 703-845-8486.

Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, offers opportunities including at docent/visitor services, as a historical costumed interpreter, a domestic arts demonstrator and others. Training provided. or 703-235-1530.

Ball-Sellers House seeks docents. or 703-941-4086.

Velocity Bicycle Cooperative seeks volunteers to refurbish donated bicycles and organize charity events. Training provided. or 703-863-4464.

Veterans Moving Forward seeks foster puppy raisers. For information, visit 703-963-4505.

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

Volunteer Services Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors seeks volunteers for the annual National Military Survivor Seminar, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. May 21-26. or 571-385-2512.

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

Alexandria Boating Festival seeks helpers with event planning.

Alexandria Food and Wine Festival seeks volunteers for various tasks during the event, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. June 21. To register, visit

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority needs help with the annual Alexandria Youth Arts Festival on June 7. Sign up at .

Goodwin House needs volunteers to visit and interact with residents. Must commit to six months. Certified tai chi instructors are needed. To register, go to

Old Town Arts & Crafts Festival needs help to set up, assist vendors and clean up. Shifts are 12:30-9 p.m. June 14. For information, go to

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust seeks volunteers for the Dora Kelley Nature Park invasive plant removal, 10 a.m.-noon May 24. Meet at Jerome Buddie Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave. To register, go to or 703-354-5093.

RSVP Northern Virginia offers volunteer opportunities at orientation workshops. They are 2 p.m. May 14 and June 11 at Charles E. Beatley Central Library in Alexandria. To register, visit

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 Arts Center needs classroom assistants and help with gallery installation, receptions, exhibitions and during the festival May 17. 703-248-6800.

Arlington County Police Department Auxiliary Police Unit offers opportunities to serve the community. Training provided. Must be 21, a resident of Arlington County and a U.S. citizen with 60 college credit hours and a good driving record. A background investigation, polygraph, physical and drug screen are required. Time commitment is 180 hours a year. or 703-228-4057.

Arlington Public Library system needs volunteers interested in presenting book talks at Columbia Pike Branch Library; a French speaker to lead the French conversation group at Aurora Hills Branch Library; and circulation support at Westover Library. To apply, go to 703-228-7688.

Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia seeks chemistry, math and English tutors for high school students. 703-228-2384.

Greenbrier Learning Center seeks buddy-night volunteers and an after-school assistant for the Learning Rocks program. 571-297-5894. A science coach is also needed. 703-379-6488.

Opera Nova needs volunteer grant writers. To apply, e-mail operanova
. A financial and budget records assistant is also needed. Call 571-334-9831.

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold an orientation at 2 p.m. April 17, Arlington Central Library. 703-403-5360.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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