Volunteer Fairfax will hold VolunteerFest on Oct. 27 in conjunction with “Make a Difference Day,” to mobilize families, civic groups, corporations and individuals to give back to the community. Meg Emery, 703-246-3533, memery@volunteerfairfax.org; www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/volunteerfest.php.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will hold an information session for people interested in becoming advocates for abused or neglected children. 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Rd., Burke. 703-273-3526, Ext. 22, ekosarin@ casafairfax.org.
The Phoenix Rising Meal Program at Franconia United Methodist Church needs volunteers to help prepare and assemble bag lunches for homeless people and to assist in delivering the meals in Fairfax County. Meals will be prepared at the church, 6037 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, 6:30 p.m.Oct. 25. Meals will be delivered 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. 703-971-5151, admin@franconiaumc.org, www.franconiaumc.org.

ArtSpace Herndon needs volunteers with painting experience to paint the walls of the gallery next week. Volunteer weekend docents are also needed to greet visitors, ring up sales and monitor art classes. Dale McGrath, 703-956-6590, artscoordinator@artspaceherndon.com.

The Vienna Saturday farmers market is hosting a clothing drive for homeless teens of Shelter House, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays in October. Bring new or gently used gloves, hats, coats, sweaters, pants, athletic wear and other clothing items to the Caboose parking lot, Church St. NE, Vienna. manager@viennafarmersmarket.com.

Fairfax County’s Volunteer Solutions has a variety of volunteer opportunities. A volunteer is needed to provide transportation to an older adult who lives in Falls Church and to help with grocery shopping. Fairfax County’s Adult Day Health Care Center in Herndon needs a licensed hairdresser, lunch assistants and a piano player. 703-324-5406, volunteersolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices.

Fairfax County needs volunteers to help older adults apply for SNAP/Food Stamps in the Reston and Herndon areas. Training will be provided Oct. 30. Michelle Miller, 703-324-5419, michelle.miller@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm.

St. Mark ESL Program needs volunteers to spend two to three hours a week helping adult learners master the English language, prepare to become U.S. citizens and acclimate to U.S. culture. All classes meet at St. Mark Catholic School, 9972 Vale Rd., Vienna. Teaching and non-teaching volunteers are needed. st.mark.esl@gmail.com.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers to work one-on-one with low-income seniors to help them plan and maintain monthly budgets, enroll in benefit programs and provide friendly support. Navara Cannon, 571-748-2536, volunteer@nvfs.org.

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial group needs volunteers to welcome and talk with visitors at the memorial. All volunteers must register with the National Park Service as a part of the Volunteers-in-Parks program. Training and mentoring are provided. George Kerestes, 703-569-1747, ghkerestes@wwiimemorialfriends.org, www.wwiimemorialfriends.org.

AARP Tax-Aide, a free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms for low- to moderate-income and elderly residents. All ages and backgrounds are welcome. Must be able to use a computer. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. www.aarp.org/taxaide.

The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to evaluate the scholarship applications of students from the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. Foreign students will spend one year living with a U.S. family and attending a U.S. high school, while U.S. students will live overseas to study languages. Evaluation of applications will be at the group’s office in the District from November through March. Training is provided. Megan Timmens, mtimmens@americancouncils.org, 202-833-7522.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region needs volunteers to assist at blood drives. A one-hour orientation session is offered at Red Cross offices. Terry Ann Karloff, 800-272-0094, Ext. 1, terryann.karloff@redcross.org.

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers, 18 and older, to hold dogs available for adoption at Saturday pet adoption events in Chantilly. Volunteers are also needed to foster dogs while they await adoption. 703-691-4278, www.hart90.org.

— Compiled by Jean Mack


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