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Arlington and Alexandria volunteer opportunities

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium needs tutors for kindergartners and first-graders in Alexandria public schools. Must work once or twice a week from October through May. Training and lesson plans provided. 703-549-6670, Ext. 119.

Arlington County Invasive Plant program needs volunteers to remove invasive plants: First Saturdays, Haley Park; second Sundays, Gulf Branch Nature Center; third Saturdays, Tuckahoe 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 Energy Masters program is accepting applications for community volunteers to become certified Energy Masters and for high school and college students to become Energy Masters in training, which starts Oct. 2. To apply through Sept. 15, go to (for community) or (for students).

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment programs: Four Mile Run Cleanup, remove trash and debris, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 20. Meet at Barcroft Park. To sign up, go to; Energy Education Training for school volunteers, 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St.; collect native seeds, 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 12, Lubber Run Park, N. Columbus and Second streets. To register, go to or 703-228-6427.

Borromeo Housing seeks donations for the Infant Care Supply Center. Drop off wipes and diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6 and pull-ups), infant clothes and supplies, and car seats, 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Fridays at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 3304 Washington Blvd., Arlington.

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

Veterans Moving Forward, which provides service dogs for people with physical and mental-health challenges, seeks people to raise puppies. Visit 800-375-1209.

Virginia Cooperative Extension Arlington County Office offers Master Gardener Training, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 2-Nov. 18, at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington. To apply, go to

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

Virginia Master Naturalist program is accepting applications for Master Naturalist volunteers, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8-Dec. 8 at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Apply by Monday by visiting 703-525-3614.

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

Alexandria’s War of 1812 seeks volunteers to set up and take down, help on stage, assist in the information tent and more, on Aug. 31. To sign up, go to or 703-548-1789.

Alexandria Black History Museumneeds a reception volunteer. Must commit to a three-hour shift every other week. 703-746-4356.

ALIVE needs food program co-chairs to coordinate deliveries and pickups with Capital Area Food Bank and more. To apply, go to Volunteers needed to bag and distribute food to low-income families, 8:30 a.m.-noon Aug. 26 at the Church of the Resurrection, 2280 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria.

Carlyle House Historic Park needs a museum teacher. To apply, go to

Goodwin House Alexandria seeks elder companions for senior residents. Must commit to six months and once a week visit. or 703-824-1122.

United Way Worldwide, Shinnyo-en Foundation needs volunteers for the Family Afternoon of Service, 1-4 p.m. Aug. 30 at Mary Gates Learning Center, 701 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. or 415-777-1977.

Volunteer Alexandria needs a receptionist. To apply, go to

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission seeks a gardener at the Lee-Fendall House. To apply, go to Docent volunteers are also needed. To sign up, go to

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

Arlington Historical Society seeks a volunteer coordinator and a membership director. or 703-534-3577.

Arlington Historical Museum seeks docents. or 978-807-0134.

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing seeks volunteers for the community picnic at the Columbia Grove, 3-7 p.m. Wednesday. or 703-851-3635.

Ball-Sellers House seeks docents and greeters. or 978-807-0134.

Bikes for the World needs volunteers to prepare donated bicycles for overseas donation, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 21, 28 and Sept. 4. 703-740-7856.

CrisisLink seeks volunteers to answer suicide and crisis prevention hotline calls. Training begins 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. To apply for a weekday shift (6 a.m.-5 p.m.), go to; late night shift (9 p.m.-2 a.m.), go to; and weekend shift (8 a.m.-midnight), go to or 703-516-6778.

Food for Others seeks volunteers to distribute food at three Arlington sites, 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. or 703-207-9173.

The Reading Connection needs volunteers for the Read-Aloud program. Must be 18, pass a background, commit to two hours a month for a year and attend an orientation on Oct. 9. or 703-528-8317, Ext. 10.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus



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