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Volunteer Opportunities

To have an item listed, mail to the Gazette, 1604 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314; fax to 703-917-0991 or e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. If you have any questions, call Elizabeth Orr at 703-917-6449.

Trash Collection. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program need volunteers to help with invasive removal/trash collection on Nov. 13. The event will take place, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at Dyke Marsh. To sign up, call Amber Hollingsworth at 703-549-1607 ext. 141.

Alexandria Red Cross relies on volunteers to sustain its humanitarian mission for disaster relief efforts, to teach first aid and CPR, for the Friendly Visitor Program and other community service work, special events, administrative support, to work with the Junior Red Cross and for blood donation services for the citizens of Alexandria. Training is provided. Call 703-549-8300 or see the Web site at http://www.alexandriaredcross.org.

Alexandria-based Coats for Kids is trying to provide a coat to every child in need in the city this winter — a goal that will require about $65,000 in funding. To contribute or for more information, call 703-567-2628 or e-mail Paul Darby at coats-for-kids@comcast.net.

Be Ready, Alexandria, a year-long disaster preparedness campaign, needs volunteers to distribute information citywide. For more information, call 703-836-2176 or e-mail Disaster@AlexandriaVolunteers.com.

Domestic Violence Program. Seeks volunteers for weekend/holiday shelter volunteers, daytime shelter, children's group, court watch volunteers, as well as many other opportunities. For more information, visit www.AlexandriaVolunteers.com or call 703-836-2176.

Donations Needed. New Hope Housing needs donations to continue their work in Alexandria. Requested donations include blankets, sheets, pillows, wash cloths, towels, diapers, baby wipes, new adult and children's underwear and socks, children's games, videos and laundry soap. New Hope Housing is located at 8407-E Richmond Highway, Alexandria.

Emergency Preparedness. The City of Alexandria seeks volunteers for its Emergency Preparedness program. Medically-trained volunteers are needed to provide medications and vaccines. Nonmedical volunteers are also needed for a variety of roles. For more information, visit www.AlexandriaVolunteers.com or call 703-836-2176.

Fairfax County's Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers, especially in Alexandria and other eastern sections of Fairfax County. Regular and substitute drivers are needed, and volunteers may deliver prepared meals to homebound elderly people weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. To volunteer, call 703-324-5406 or e-mail beverly.mullis@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Gifts in Kind International. Seeks volunteers for telephone, sales, date entry, writing and marketing skills. Gifts in Kind promotes product philanthropy. For more information, visit www.AlexandriaVolunteers.com or call 703-836-2176.

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services needs volunteers to work at the front desk and present basic money-management classes. For front desk volunteers, there is a time requirement of three hours during the day every week or every other week. For more information, call Gloria Curry at 703-768-9404 or e-mail curry@goodhousing.org. The money management sessions are provided one-on-one to clients in Good Shepherd offices and require one two-hour training session. For more information, call Kay Haskins at 703-768-9404 or e-mail khaskins@goodhousing.org.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Puppy Raising program. asks volunteers to commit to raising a puppy from seven weeks of age until 14-16 months. During this time, they begin preparing the dogs for their future as a guide dog by following a well-defined program designed to support and realize their potential. Guiding Eyes provides all necessary training and support for the volunteers and covers the cost of vaccines and routine medical care for the puppy.

Guiding Eyes needs more volunteers. Volunteer applications and further information on these and other volunteer opportunities can be found on the Guiding Eyes Breeding Center Web site at www.guidingeyesbcweb.org or by calling 1-866-GEB-LABS.

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia needs volunteers to help in its first ReStore on Route 1. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will pick up and receive donations, answer phones, stock shelves, greet customers, and cashier. For more information, call Steve Greene at 703-521-9890 ext. 101.

Little Theatre of Alexandria. Seeks volunteers to help with mailings, box office and other clerical duties. For more information, visit www.AlexandriaVolunteers.com or call 703-836-2176.

Neighborhood Health Services. Volunteers are needed to baby-sit small children of Hispanic women while mothers attend exercise of nutrition classes. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.AlexandriaVolunteers.com or call 703-836-2176.

Odyssey Healthcare. This hospice provider is seeking volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and/or assist terminally ill patients and their families during their end of life journey. If you have compassion, a desire to help one-two hours a week, share with a patient or their family, assist with office support, or help with bereavement care, become an Odyssey Volunteer. Training will be provided. Call Karen Baroody at 703-821-9200 or email kabaroody@odsyhealth.com.

Reading Buddies Needed. Tutors, mentors and Reach Out and Read volunteers are needed to work with children 6 months to 10 years of age. Day, evening and weekend opportunities are available. For more information and upcoming orientation dates, call 703-549-0777 ext. 142 or visit www.campagnacenter.org.

Sacramento Neighborhood Center is seeking volunteers to share their skills. The center's services include computer classes, support for Latino parents and a children's reading program. For more information, visit the center at 8792E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria, or call 703-619-2964.

Supply Our Students, a volunteer group that collects new school supplies and new and gently used backpacks for distribution to area kids in need, is seeking volunteers. Volunteers are needed to deliver supplies and set up collection boxes. For more information or to volunteer, call 703-993-8887 or e-mail Lori Petterson at supplyyourstudents@hotmail.com.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center at Mount Vernon Community School is looking for people to share their time and talents with students in an after-school enrichment program, starting in October. We need people to play board games, card games, teach crafts, assist with homework or do one-on-one reading for students grades one through five. Volunteer hours will be from 4-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Volunteers may sign on for as many hours or days as they choose. Please contact Michele Brandon, program director at 703-549-0111.