<lst>The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia needs volunteers for a one-to-one basic literacy tutoring program designed to work with adults reading below the fifth grade level. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. There is a $35 training fee to cover books and supplies. For more information, call 703-575-7900 or visit www.lcnv.org.

Volunteers for Change offers a flexible calendar of weekend and weekday evening projects for adults. A one-time orientation at Volunteer Fairfax's office in central Fairfax is required. To register for the next orientation, contact Emily Swenson at 703-246-3460 or e-mail eswenson@volunteerfairfax.org. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

Volunteer Fairfax has been mobilizing people and resources to meet regional community needs in Fairfax since 1975. To learn about volunteer opportunities in the area, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org or call 703-246-3460.

The Naomi Project, a free, confidential, interfaith program sponsored by the Virginia Council of Churches, is seeking volunteers in the Northern Virginia area. Volunteers will be trained to serve as mentors in a one-on-one relationship with an at-risk pregnant or newly parenting woman. The goals are to promote healthy pregnancies, foster good parenting skills and help clients plan for their futures. Spanish-speaking volunteers are especially needed. The next training session begins March 25. For more information, call Pilar Jones, training coordinator, at 703 860-2633, or visit http://naomiproject.homestead.com.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) accepts applications for potential volunteers to assist individuals through the court system. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. Call 703-273-3526. Visit www.casafairfax.org.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), which provides free food, clothing, household items and financial assistance to needy persons in Burke and Springfield, wants to expand its hours of operation to better serve its clients' needs. Adult volunteers who can work from 12-3 p.m. are needed to sort donations. ECHO also needs adult volunteers to work during regular morning hours, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-569-9160 during regular morning hours and ask for Pat.

Inova VNA Home Health is recruiting volunteers to act as friendly visitors to provide companionship to lonely, homebound patients. Volunteers are asked to spend one to two hours per week talking with a patient, running errands and doing odd jobs. Visiting can be done either during the day, in the evening or on the weekend as the volunteer's schedule allows. Training will be provided. Contact Marion Hart or Adele Jenney at 703-916-2885.

Inova VNA Home Health is recruiting office volunteers to assist in their various offices. Volunteers perform a variety of tasks. Two or three hour weekday shifts are requested. Training will be provided. Contact Marion Hart or Adele Jenney at 703-916-2885.

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, volunteers would work on fund-raising, public relations, education, member services or general organization issues. For more information, contact Sandi Qualley, HACA's executive director, at 703-352-7641.

African-American volunteer mentors are needed for the BeFriend-A-Child program, through Fairfax County Department of Family Services. Male and female mentors of any race or culture are welcome. Mentors give several hours every other week, one-on-one, to children in recreational or educational activities. For information, call Chuck Berlin at 703-324-7874 or e-mail cberli@co.fairfax.va.us or Ann Rieger at 703-324-7072, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Services, Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

Miracle on Wheels provides Power Wheelchairs to non-ambulatory seniors usually at no expense and without a deposit. The wheelchairs are provided to seniors who aren't able to walk and cannot use a manual wheelchair. For more information, call 1-800-749-8778 or visit www.durablemedical.com.

Heartland Hospice in Fairfax is looking for caring and dedicated people with an interest in serving the terminally ill hospice patients and their families. Volunteers offer companionship to patients through friendly visits while others assist with clerical services in the Fairfax office. Training is provided. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 703-273-8693.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services BeFriend-A-Parent mentoring program offers the opportunity to share knowledge and empathy with a parent who could use some help. Caring, change-focused volunteers build relationships with a Family Service client for a year or more, eight-10 hours a month spent with the client required. Special need for males and Hispanics, great opportunity for seniors and retirees. For more information, call Laurie Eytel, volunteer manager, Child Abuse Prevention Program, at 703-324-7871.

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 ranging in age from newborn to 5 years old. The program takes place in Fairfax, on Lee Highway and Gallows Road. The play group meets on Mondays, 12:30-3 p.m., and Wednesdays, 12-2:30 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.

Boys' Group Co-Leaders are needed in Fairfax to facilitate a small group that focuses on empowerment and life skills development for 12- to 17-year-old boys on a day and time to be determined. Minimum age 21. Visit www.facetscares.org.

Youth Group Co-Leaders are needed to facilitate a group for 12 to 17 year-olds on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Fairfax. Minimum age 21. Visit www.facetscares.org.

Child Tutors are needed to help children in grades K-3 complete homework assignments or engage them in other enrichment activities, such as educational computer games, word puzzles. Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday and/or Thursday, 4-5 p.m. in Fairfax. Minimum age 15. Visit www.facetscares.org.