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Volunteer Opportunities

<lst>To have volunteer opportunities listed in The Arlington Connection, mail to 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102, e-mail to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is the Friday before publication. Call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449 with any questions.

Bodyworker, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will provide body work for residents of Northern Virginia living with HIV; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals designated as eligible for services. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Case Management Phone Support, Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Volunteers will support clients over the phone in efforts to stabilize their life situation and help them to regain independents. They will call clients, read prepared questions to clients, write clients' answers on form. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Closed Case File Manager, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will receive closed case files, store them alphabetically by month of closure, transfer files to permanent storage locations, and create new file templates for case managers' use. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Healing Garden Liason, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will promote the Healing Garden and Labyrinth, meet with associated groups and individuals, assist in planning/organizing events/fund-raisers, provide information regarding volunteer days, send event notices to the press, maintain supply/distribute Garden brochures and assist with other administrative needs. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

HIV Counselor, Prevention and Education, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Working closely with the health educator, the HIV counselor will provide HIV pre- and/or post-test counseling to African-American men who are same-gender-loving (SGL) and/or injecting drug users (IDU). Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Home Discussion Party Host, Prevention and Education, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will provide the use of their homes as a meeting space of Northern Virginia's "Home Discussion Parties Initiative," will assist the health educator in choosing the topic to be addressed for that discussion, promote the event, and provide refreshments. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Laundry, Body work program, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will pick up, launder and return all linens, towels, and blankets used by the on-site Bodyworkers using universal precautions in a prompt manner, communicate with Team Leader regarding schedule changes, Bodyworkers regarding problems, and fellow volunteers regarding extra assistance. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Safer Sex Kit Assembler, Prevention and Education, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Working closely with the health educator, the volunteers will order kit materials and assemble safer sex kits to be distributed during street outreach and special events. Volunteers will work flexible, day time hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Software/Computer Trainer, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will enhance efficiency by providing training to WWC staff, interns and volunteers working with MS Office and other software programs. Volunteer's will conduct on-site trainings to address users' specific needs, provide follow-up "help desk" contact, and produce FAQ. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Street Outreach, Prevention and Education, Whitman-Walker Working closely with the health educator, the street outreach volunteer will identify locations where African-American men who are same-gender-loving (SGL) and/or injecting drug users (IDU) congregate and provide the target population with HIV prevention materials and information. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Witnesses, Legal Services Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will make home and hospital visits with volunteer attorneys and notaries to witness the signing of wills and other estate planning documents in Northern Virginia. Visit www.wwc.org/volunteer.

Cook Dinner, and a turkey, for the winter shelter. Volunteers are needed to cook a turkey dinner for our clients at the emergency winter shelter on one or more Saturdays between November and March. We have frozen turkeys that have been donated to the shelter, but we need help. Visit www.a-span.org.

Donate and cook turkeys/hams for the holidays, Arlington Street People's Assistance Network. People are needed who would like to donate, and preferably cook, hams, turkeys, side dishes and desserts for a holiday party for homeless clients Tuesday, Dec. 21. Visit www.a-span.org.

Attorney, Legal Services, Whitman-Walker Clinic. Volunteers will provide pro bono counseling, advocacy and representation to people living with HIV/AIDS. They will assist clients with legal problems relating to employment, employment and public accommodations discrimination, insurance, confidentiality, immigration, public benefits and estate planning matters.

Long Branch Nature Center invasive plant removal, Sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

Although the weather is cold, the invasive species are thriving. Help us remove English ivy and honeysuckle bush from the park around Long Branch Nature Center . No experience necessary. Please bring tools such as pruning shears, flattop screwdriver, and small. Visit www.arlingtonenvironment.org.

ESL Teachers/ Instructors. Arlington Community Action Program (ACAP) is seeking volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers for the beginner classes. ACAP, a nonprofit organization, will help low-income parents of its Head Start students to improve their English language skills by offering classes. Visit www.arlingtoncap.org.

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry will be the beneficiary of the holiday wrapping booth, sponsored by the Arlington Jaycees, as well as hosting a holiday ornament tree at Ballston Common Mall on weekends in November and December and the final week before Christmas. Volunteers needed to help with holiday wrapping at Ballston Mall. Visit www.novam.org or call 703-228-1026.

Refugee Children Activities Volunteer offers group activities for our refugee children. This is an opportunity for them to be social and enjoy local events. Volunteers are needed to aid in transportation for the children to and from the activities. Visit www.arlingtonrefugeeservices.com or call 703-228-1026.

Army Community Service is looking for volunteers to be front desk receptionists in three-hour blocks, 9 a.m.- noon or 12-3 p.m. Learn about Army life and meet soldiers and their families in a social work type setting. Visit www.fmmc.army.mil or call 703-228-1026.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society needs volunteers to stop by stores, restaurants, banks, and offices to distribute brochures for our fund-raising events. We will supply you with the materials and instructions to visit a variety of locations near your home or workplace. Visit www.MSandyou.org/volunteering or call 703-228-1026.

Arlington Interfaith Council needs volunteers and food contributions to help set up, prepare, and serve a holiday dinner for the Homeless at Central United Methodist Church in Ballston. Flexible volunteer shifts. Visit

www.arlingtonva-interfaith-council.org or call 703-228-1026.

Special Olympics Volunteers offers an opportunity to help individuals with disabilities from Arlington County participate in Special Olympics. Volunteers are needed for the time trials Saturday April 16, and the Regional Invitational Track Meet Saturday April 30. Visit www.co.arlington.va.us/prcr or call 703-228-1026.

Therapeutic Recreation/Prevention Intervention needs volunteers to assist individuals with Multiple Sclerosis or other neurological disorders to participate fully in a water exercise class. There are two classes. The classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at Washington-Lee High School. Visit www.arlingtonva.us/prcr or call 703-228-1026.

Friends of the National Zoo needs volunteers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to lead tours for groups of all ages on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Visit http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Support/Volunteer/default.cfm or call 703-228-1026.

The Smithsonian's National Zoo/Friends of the National Zoo needs Reptile Discovery Center interpreters. Volunteer interpreters share information with visitors about the extraordinary world of reptiles and amphibians through conversational interactions. Visit http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Support/Volunteer/default.cfm or call 703-228-1026.

The Arlington Special Olympics program is looking for volunteer coaches for the 2005 basketball season. Basketball season runs from December through March with practices held twice a week. Special Olympics oversees a year-round program of sports and competition for children and adults with mental and developmental disabilities, so volunteer opportunities in other programs may also be available.†Contact Patrick Hope at 703-528-8956.

Holiday Card Collection. Arlington's Card Santa Program is collecting holiday cards to be distributed to shelters, hospitals and hospices. Deadline for collecting is Dec. 20 for Christmas and Hanukkah. Call 703-522-3302 for more information.

Volunteer tax assistance. Seeking volunteers to prepare taxes for low-income families at locations in Arlington, Fairfax, Alexandria. No experience required. Free training and certification is now available online through the IRS or traditional classes. Hours are flexible. The commitment can be as few as three hours per week, January through April 15. Contact Brenda Kuhlman, Northern Virginia VITA Coordinator: 703 359-6777 or Brenda.kuhlman@dss.virginia.gov.

HomeCall Hospice Services Inc., needs Arlington volunteers with compassion for the terminally ill. Free training. Call 800-543-0696 or email ayoung@mamsi.com.

Cambodian Interpreter. The Arlington Diocese Office of Refugee Services needs an interpreter to help a Cambodian widow and her two small children with interpretation and understanding "how things work" here in the United States. Call 703-524-2154.

The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter (TACTS) seeks an intern to play a key role in our client advocacy. This position requires a thoughtful, compassionate individual with abilities to communicate effectively ó written and verbal, take initiative, multitask, manage time wisely, meet deadlines, conduct research, think outside of the box and be a team player. Requirements: minimum of eight hours each week, with the possibility of some nights and weekend hours as needed. This could also include research time off site. Work site: TACTS Administrative Office, 3179 Wilson Blvd., suite A, Arlington. Call Rosanne Campbell, volunteer coordinator, 703-522-8858 ext. 13.

TACTS seeks an intern to play a key role in the service delivery to women involved with civil and criminal court proceedings as a result of domestic violence. This position requires a thoughtful, compassionate individual with abilities to listen and communicate effectively, take initiative, multitask, manage time wisely, think outside of the box and be a team player. The intern will report to the safe house director. Minimum of 10-20 hours each week based on a Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule, flexible, with the possibility of some nights and weekend hours as needed. Work site: TACTS Safe house and Arlington County Court offices. Call Rosanne Campbell, volunteer coordinator, at 703- 522-8858 ext. 13.

Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center is looking for all kinds of volunteers this holiday season. They need help decorating, singing, helping residents send cards to their families, making Christmas cookies, perform and visit one on one with residents. Call Jennifer Lewis, volunteer coordinator, 703-243-7640

Processing and Routing Library Materials. Help unpack, discharge and sort books and other materials at the Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., so that customers at all locations can enjoy them. Volunteers must be familiar with computers and able to use computers to charge and discharge library materials. They must be able to lift 10-15 pounds, to move boxes of books and to maneuver book carts. For more information, contact 703-228-5260.

Food Delivery Assistance. The Arlington Street People's assistance network needs volunteers to pick up food from

bakery/bread shops that will be donating day-old food to the Emergency Winter Shelter each week. Volunteers must have own transportation. For more information, contact Jessica Wood, volunteer coordinator, 703-820-4357, ext. 17.

Family English Volunteer Assistant. Volunteers needed to work with immigrant children while their parents learn English. Responsibilities include helping with homework, reading, playing board games, chess, basketball, volleyball, and/or cards with the children. Volunteers will work at Randolph Elementary School, 1306 S. Quincy St., Arlington. Volunteers typically work two hours a week and a three-month commitment for the duration of the class is preferred. Volunteers need to fill out an application and attend an orientation, given the second Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Jennifer Fadden, Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-228-7231.

Childcare Leader/Childcare Assistants. The Community Outreach Program is seeking people who are interested in providing structured activities for preschool and elementary children for daytime and evening activities. Childcare Leaders and Assistants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation and submit information for a background check. For more information, contact Ben Harris at 703-228-1397.

The Virginia Hospital Center has openings for volunteers in a variety of patient services. Volunteers are needed for both daytime and weekends. If you would like to volunteer, call June Breen at 703-620-2944. The Virginia Hospital Center is located at 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington.

Arlington Free Clinic is looking for a receptionist for reception area designated for eligibility program. Volunteer will check in patients, perform administrative tasks, learn eligibility process in order to train new volunteers or provide assistance to screeners as necessary, and assist patients in completing forms. For more information visit www.arlingtonfreeclinic.org.

Arlington Mill Community Center needs employment assistance volunteers to help low-income people find jobs. For more information, visit http://www.co.arlington.va.us/Departments/ HumanServices/HumanServicesMain.aspx.

Arlington Street People's Assistance Network needs Clothing Sorters. For more information visit www.a-span.org.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), a local environmental civic organization, seeks candidates to serve on its Board of Directors, a volunteer leadership group providing oversight of programming and finances. Board members must be available to attend an evening meeting. ACE is also looking for volunteers to help maintain a wildlife refuge close to downtown Ballston. This Arlington resource may not be known by some, but local wildlife including the occasional beaver do frequent. For more information visit arlingtonenvironment.org.

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs, Inc. (AMEN) is looking for volunteers to help in the Furniture Bank. AMEN provides furniture and household furnishings to Arlington residents leaving shelters and otherwise in need, and pick up donated items in Arlington. For more information visit www.emergencyneeds.org.

Aurora Hills Library needs a volunteer to organize the supply closet. Work with an Aurora Hills staff person to organize the closet so staff members have easier access to necessary objects. For more information, visit www.co.arlington.va.us/lib.

Cherrydale Health & Rehabilitation Center needs volunteers to make one-in-one visits with patients who may have no family or be far from home. For more information, visit www.mfa.net/cherrydale.

Middle-School Tutors. This volunteer opportunity will involve tutoring middle-school students on all school subjects. Volunteers will tutor students Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m. Call Dana Lewis at 703-241-2040, Ext. 12

Therapeutic Respite Caregiver Training. Learn about the emotional and physical dynamics of children with special needs, then join them in real-life situations. Call Melissa at 703-219-2132.

Community Outreach Program of Arlington County is looking for a Citizenship Class Teacher. As a teacher the volunteer will build relationships with people from all over the world and teach them the necessary information to obtain their citizenship. For more information visit: http://www.co.arlington.va.us/Departments/ HumanServices/HumanServicesMain.aspx

Get to know a young person on the journey to get a high school diploma and go to college. Tutors are needed to work one-on-one with high school students at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School. For more information visit www.seeforever.org.

Jane Franklin Dance needs volunteers help promote a matinee performance on Jan. 8, 2005. This opportunity will include networking with area youth, dance and exercise studios to offer group rates. Other volunteer needs include: reception/refreshments chairperson. For more information, visit www.janefranklin.com.

Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) seeks adults interested in mentoring a child aged 6-15 through the agency's PALS Mentoring Program. Volunteers make a one year commitment to a child. Training and ongoing support is provided by NOVAM and an agency funded background check is required. For more information on this volunteer opportunity, contact Briana Jordan at 703-746-0440, ext. 15.

Volunteer Tutor/Mentors Needed: AHC, a private, nonprofit, community-based owner, manager, redeveloper and builder of low- and moderate-income housing, is seeking tutor/mentors to work one on one with students one evening a week during the upcoming school year. The program is offered at five AHC properties throughout north and south Arlington. For more information or to volunteer, please e-mail Erica Grossman at grossman@ahcinc.org.