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Volunteers

* The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is looking for volunteers to become tutors to teach adults in the English as a Second Language (ESL) or Basic Literacy program. Basic Literacy tutor training begins Jan. 11, and ESL tutor training begins Feb. 5. An informational volunteer orientation is scheduled for Feb. 19 from 7-8 p.m. To sign up for a training session, call 703-575-7900; send an e-mail to volunteers@lcnv.org; or access the Web site at www.lcnv.org.

* Arlington County Aging and Disability Services is seeking a volunteer to visit a 28-year-old male who is currently bedridden at home. Someone who is outgoing, knowledgeable about current events and sports, is a non-smoker, and would visit once a week would be ideal. Call the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703 228-1760.

* Meals on Wheels is recruiting volunteer drivers, riders and dispatchers to help in delivering meals to homebound Arlingtonians. Weekday help is needed between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Help is needed once a month or more. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington Education and Employment Program (AEEP) is seeking volunteers to teach English as a Second Language to adults in free community-based classes in Arlington. Commitment requested is one evening or morning a week for a minimum of three months. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Hispanic Committee of Virginia is recruiting volunteers to be interpreters (English/Spanish), tutors, mentors, administrative assistants, or to provide transportation to medical appointments. Flexible scheduling possible. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington County Department of Human Services Agency on Aging is recruiting volunteers to work in their Personal Advocate Services Program. Volunteers assist residents over 60 and are trained to assist in a variety of areas such as arranging ongoing home care, providing assistance after hospital discharge, exploring housing options, filling out forms or helping determine which services are available. In addition, special training will be available for those volunteers interested in working with insurance issues such as Medicare, Medigap, long-term care insurance and managed care. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington County Senior Adult Travel Office needs help in the office answering phones, providing information on trips and registration, and photocopying program fliers. Volunteers need to have excellent people skills, a clear speaking voice, good organization skills, and knowledge of basic office machines (photocopier, fax, adding machine, and computer), and be able to work independently. Help is needed eight or more hours a week for a minimum of three months. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington Public Schools Partners in Education Program is looking for weekday-available volunteers to help in the office with data input, typing, filing, organizing information, labeling and stuffing envelopes, copying, faxing, making phone calls, entering information into the Access database. Expertise in Access or Excel is desired but not necessary. Flexible hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Metro-accessible at either Ballston or Virginia Square on the Orange Line. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* Community Residences is seeking experienced volunteers to sit on committees to help plan their annual fund-raiser, A Taste of Arlington, to be held on Sunday, May 18, 2003. Committees needing assistance include Entertainment, Food and Restaurant, Logistics, Volunteers, Ticket Sales and Publicity. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Conservation Fund, located in Rosslyn, is recruiting volunteers to research corporations, foundations, and individual grant-making prospects; assist with maintaining the donor database; and help with organization of donor files. Weekday help is needed with flexible work schedule possible. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Bead Museum is seeking volunteers to meet and greet visitors, assist in the library, serve customers in the gift shop, work on education and outreach, help with the semi-annual bead bazaar, or string beads. Volunteers are needed five hours a week or more on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; or Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (AACH) is looking for volunteers who would be in interested in serving as weekend house managers. Responsibilities include answering telephones, greeting visitors, supervising the shelter and helping with donations. Shifts are 2-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* Homestretch Inc., a transitional housing program, is in need of volunteers to teach English as a Second Language weekdays or evenings. It is also recruiting a weekday-available volunteer receptionist. Other opportunities include serving on a board committee or assisting with several annual events. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) is in need of bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to teach English as a Second Language and also to teach computer skills. Assistance is also needed with administrative work and grant writing. The Center is open and help is needed Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday from 6 a.m.-noon. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry needs volunteers the first Friday of every month to pick up baby items at NOVAM and package and deliver them to new mothers in need. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentor/companions to children affected by HIV/AIDS. Must be 21 or older and make a commitment of one year, visiting twice a month. Volunteer drivers are needed to transport clients to medical appointments, support groups, food banks and other necessary appointments. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The AARP Income Tax Aide program is seeking volunteers to prepare federal and Virginia income tax returns for seniors and others. No prior experience is required, but ability to work with people and numbers is needed. A one-day orientation will be held in December and five weekdays of training in January. After training, time commitment will be four hours a week from February to mid-April. Call 703-743-5017 right away to reserve space in a class. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The American Red Cross, Arlington Chapter needs volunteers to help with health and safety instruction, elderly and disabled services, emergency disaster response, armed forces services, youth services, public affairs and general chapter support. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Arlington Community Action Program is seeking volunteers to help teach basic Microsoft Word, Access, Power Point, and Excel to low income clients during evening hours once a week for three months. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* The Homeless Income Tax Service needs volunteers to help homeless people living in shelters throughout the Washington, D.C., area file their income tax returns during the 2003 tax season. Most homeless people receive refunds. Training is provided, and volunteers generally work two to three hours every other week from late January through April, mostly evenings or weekends. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* AHC Inc. (formerly Arlington Housing Corporation) is looking for caring volunteers to work as tutors/mentors at four community centers located in Arlington. Volunteers will assist students once a week in the evening, helping with homework and serving as positive role models. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.

* Arlington County Parks, Recreation and Community Resources Aquatics Program is seeking volunteers to help with water exercise classes and provide in-water assistance and support for adults with multiple sclerosis. Help is needed Mondays and Wednesdays at 1 and 2 p.m. Volunteers will work under the direction of a class instructor. Call Jean Berg at 703-228-1760.