Friends of Reston needs volunteers to help plant commemorative trees and shrubs in honor of Reston’s 50th anniversary (“50 Trees for 50 Years” ) on April 7, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Registered volunteers will be assigned a location. All participants are invited to gather afterward at Nature House for refreshment. 703-435-7986 or

Assistance League of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to help with programs that provide clothing and help educate, feed and nurture those in need. 703-425-2243, or

Cherry Hill Farmhouse Museum needs volunteers to help with a variety of programs with flexible hours. Training provided. 703-248-5171 or

Haven of Northern Virginia is offering 30-hour volunteer bereavement training from April 28-May 9. Sessions will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 703-941-7000, or

Inova Fairfax Medical Campus needs volunteers to work in one of three on-site gift shops. The stores are open seven days a week. Daytime, evening and weekend shifts are available. 703-776-4025 or visit (click on volunteer).

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (part of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) needs volunteers to help in the gardens. Duties include propagating plants, weeding and composting. Tools are provided. Contact Tammy Burke, senior horticulturist, 703-255-3631.

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program needs volunteers to help with horse care and its lesson program. Volunteers help children and adults with disabilities, at-risk youths, veterans and their families reach goals such as increased strength, better posture and confidence. Training provided. 703-764-0269,,

Fairfax County needs volunteers to drive older adults to medical appointments and wellness programs. 703-324-5406,

Pets Bring Joy needs temporary foster homes for cats. or

American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” needs drivers to take patients to appointments. 410-781-6909 or

4Paws Rescue Group needs volunteers 18 and older to help one hour a week at the Alexandria Petco, 6612 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria. Duties include scooping litter, providing fresh food and water and playing/nurturing two cats in a quiet room. A six -month commitment is requested. 703-715-6369, or

Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run needs volunteers to help remove fallen trees and branches, clear paths, stack firewood and build brush fences. 703-442-7557.

Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources Fairfax needs male volunteers to mentor inmates before and after their release from jail. Mentoring pairs will be matched based on age, interests and need. Volunteers will mentor the same person during the 15-month commitment (three months in jail and 12 months in the community). Training is provided. 703-246-3139.

Fairfax Area Agency on Aging needs a front-desk assistant to provide coverage, two to eight hours a week, at Little River Glen Senior Center. Duties include answering phones and greeting and checking in participants. 703-324-5406.

ReSET, an organization that partners scientists, engineers and technicians with elementary school teachers to improve science motivation and literacy, needs volunteers to lead students in hands-on science and math activities. Flexible scheduling; self-directed training is available. John Meagher, 703-250-0236, or

Fairfax Pets on Wheels program needs volunteers to take their pets to visit nursing home residents in Fairfax County. Complete an online application, attend an orientation meeting and have on-site training. Pets must have a temperament evaluation and a health certificate completed by a veterinarian. 703-324-5406,

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteer advocates for residents in assisted-living and nursing facilities. Training is provided. 703-324-5861,

Meals on Wheels needs drivers in Reston, McLean and Falls Church. 703-324-5406,,

Little River Glen Senior Center in Fairfax needs volunteers to help with front-desk coverage and special events, and as instructors for fitness, art, computer and ESL classes. The Kingstowne Senior Center in Alexandria needs front-desk assistance Fridays and instructors for classes in art, Spanish, tai chi and qigong. The Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care Center in McLean needs a certified Zumba instructor for a Friday afternoon class and a musician to perform twice a month. The Mount Vernon Adult Day Health Care Center in Alexandria needs social companions to help participants. The Bailey’s Senior Center in Falls Church needs a quilting assistant to help with the quilting club Thursday mornings. 703-3245406,,

ReBuild Warehouse needs volunteers Saturday afternoons to receive recycled building material donations and move, label and organize items in the Springfield warehouse.,

Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers 14 and older to support riders with disabilities and assist with horse care. No experience necessary. Training provided. 703-402-3613, or

Lift Me Up Therapeutic Riding Program needs volunteers 14 and older to support riders with disabilities and assist with horse care. No experience necessary. Training provided. 703-759-6221,

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers 18 and older to help manage the Professional Clothing Closet for Training Futures, a job-training program for adults. Help is needed to organize clothing by size and gender, accept donations and coordinate quarterly “Dress for Success” days. Schedule is flexible. Navara Cannon, 571-748-2536 or

Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers 21 and older to tutor youths of families enrolled in the transitional housing programs. Tutors knowledgeable in Spanish, algebra, calculus and history are needed. All tutors must pass a background check. Navara Cannon,

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind needs people to help raise and train puppies. Volunteers will receive a puppy to raise until it is 12 to 18 months old. The puppy will then be returned to the Guide Dog Foundation to begin training to become a guide dog for the blind or a service dog for a veteran. 866-282-8046,

St. Mark’s English as a Second Language program needs volunteers to help adults master the English language and prepare for citizenship. Volunteer two to three hours one evening a week as an ESL teacher or aide, citizenship teacher or aide, conversation group facilitator or occasional substitute teacher or aide. Photographers and translators of Korean, Arabic, Chinese or Vietnamese occasionally are needed. .

The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter needs volunteers one to two days a week to make stewardship calls to past and current participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Knowledge about the Alzheimer’s Association and experience in fundraising events are preferred but not required. Julie Booth, 703-766-9007, .

The Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield needs volunteers to drive clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and pharmacies. Help is also needed with administrative activities and special events. 703-941-1419.

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean, Arlington and Falls Church needs volunteers to drive clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and pharmacies. Help is also needed with administrative activities and special events. 703-506-2199,

The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, which provides services to people 50 and older, needs volunteers for medical and companion transportation, friendly callers and visitors, caregiver support, handy helpers, record-keeping, health advocacy and decluttering. Hours are flexible. 703-281-5088,

The Homeless Animals Rescue Team needs volunteers 18 and older to assist with dogs at adoption events noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays at Petco, Greenbriar Town Center, 13053 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Fairfax. Foster homes are also needed for dogs and cats. 703-691-4278,

Fancy Cats Rescue Team needs volunteers to assist with cat care at PetSmart stores in Springfield, Fair Lakes and Chantilly. Volunteers will provide food and water, tend litter boxes and spend time with the cats. Foster homes for cats also are needed. 703-961-1091,,

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck


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