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Thrift Store — Individual needed to evaluate condition of donations that are to be picked up for UCM's thrift store. Person would need to travel to donation site.

The Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry is looking for individuals or groups that are interested in providing child care for children whose parents are attending necessary medical or social service appointments. One to three volunteers are needed to provide care and play with groups of one to six children raging in age from newborn to five-years-old. The program takes place in Fairfax, on Lee Highway and Gallows Road. The playgroup meets on Mondays from 12:30-3 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-2:30 p.m. A flexible schedule is available, training is provided, and an agency funded background check is required. For more information on this and other volunteer opportunities with NOVAM, contact Briana Jordan at 703-746-0440, ext. 15.

Heartland Hospice serves terminally ill patients in the Northern Virginia area. They are looking for volunteers to assist patients and caregivers. No experience is required. Training will be provided. Those interested should call the volunteer coordinator at 703-273-8693.

Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County is a nonprofit agency that provides positive influences on the lives of offenders in the Fairfax County jail, as well as assistance to their families. OAR is currently seeking volunteers to conduct one-to-one mentoring sessions with inmates and teach skills-based classes in the jail. Volunteers can also work with families of offenders in the lobby of the Adult Detention Center. Emphasis is on helping an offender make a successful transition into our communities. Special skills are not required. The next training will be held June 22 and 29. For more information, contact the volunteer department at 703-246-3033.

The Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area (HACA), whose mission is to serve people affected by bleeding disorders, is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on its board of directors. In support of HACA's mission and goals, they would work on fundraising, public relations, education, member services or general organization issues. For more information, contact Sandi Qualley, HACA's executive director, at 703-352-7641.

CASA is now accepting applications to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Currently, there is a desperate need for male and bilingual Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Volunteers gather the facts, conduct interviews with children, families and professionals; monitor Court compliance; attend Court hearings and prepare reports for the Court. Volunteers must be 21 or older, complete training and a commitment for one year is requested. Those with 10-15 hours available each month and who are interested in the well-being of youth, or have a desire to make a difference in the life of a child should apply. Call 703-273-3526 or visit CASA on-line at www.casafairfax.org for an application and an interview.

UCM Community Solutions has several volunteer positions open. Be an office assistant, sort food in the pantry or clothing at the thrift store, work with preschool children at the daycare center or tutor adults in their computer training school, drive clients to and from medical appointments.

UCM is in critical need of volunteers to pick surplus food from fields and orchards to feed the hungry on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings. Call 703-768-7106, ext. 326 for more information about volunteer opportunities.

African-American volunteer mentors are especially needed for the BeFriend-A-Child program, through Fairfax County Department of Family Services. Male and female mentors of any race or culture will be welcomed. For over 20 years, BeFriend-A-Child has provided companionship, guidance and support to clients ages 5-12 years who have been abused or neglected, are at risk for abuse or neglect or have other significant needs. Mentors give several hours every other week, one-to-one to children in recreational or educational activities. For information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or email cberli@co.fairfax.va.us or Ann Rieger at 703-324-7072, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Services, Fairfax County Department of Family Services.