Know something that should be included in our Volunteers listing? Fax a brief write-up to 703-917-0991 or call Lea Mae Rice at 703-917-6459.
Burke Centre Festival, held Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept.10, has the following opportunities:
* Volunteers are needed to work at least one two-hour shift leading up to or during the festival. Volunteers will get one chance to enter in the volunteer-only drawings for iPods, merchant gift cards and other prizes. Many two-hour shifts are available on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10. For more information, contact Nancy Sherman at 703-978-2928 ext. 24.
* Clusters and community groups are needed to run games, such as football or basketball tosses, putt-putt, etc. during the festival. All material for the games is provided except for the prizes. All profits would go the group. Applications are now available, contact Nancy at 703-978-2928, ext. 24 or e-mail nancys@burke centre.org.
Volunteer for Change, a volunteer program sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax, offers many weekend and weekday evening projects meant to fit adults' busy schedules. A one-time orientation, held Sunday, Sept. 10 from 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., is required. To register or for more information, contact Ann Dolye at 703-246-3460, ext. 2, or at email@example.com.
The Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administration offers “How to Capture Your Audience in 15 Minutes! (or less…)", a Volunteer Management training workshop to improve presentation skills. The workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, in conference rooms 2 and 3. The training is free to members, non-members $10 at the door. All are encouraged to stay for lunch and network in the cafeteria, brown bag lunches welcome. Register by Friday, Sept. 13 to Susan Stolpe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-323-9569.
The Naomi Project needs volunteers to serve as mentors to disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. Mentors will help clients learn about good health during pregnancy, locate needed information, services and equipment, provide positive reinforcement, model sound parenting skills, and will support clients as they plan for stable futures. The next training session for volunteers is Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. For more information, contact Pilar Jones at 703-860-2633 or visit www.naomiproject.org.
Adoption Services Information Agency has a free information meeting for those considering international adoption Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 7-9 p.m. at their Virginia office, 6800 Versar Drive, Suite 312, Springfield. Steps of the internation adoption process, available program options and fees and timelines will be dicussed. Space is limited, to register, call 888-904-2229 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 by Sept. 11. In support of HACA's mission and goals, volunteers would work on fund-raising, public relations, education, member services or general organization issues. Contact Sandi Qualley, HACA's executive director, at 703-352-7641.
Fairfax County Foster Care and Adoption Program is seeking homes for children in need. In addition to free training, foster parents may receive monthly financial assistance for the expenses of the child in their care. Call 703-324-7639 to help.
The Volunteer Learning Program is looking for volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with adult learners who are working on the GED, high school diploma or attempting to improve reading, writing or math skills. Tutors are needed for both day and evening sessions if the public libraries or in small classroom settings. Fairfax County Public Schools, the Fairfax County Juvenile Court and the Fairfax County Public Library System sponsor the Volunteer Learning Program. To register or for more information, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.
Volunteer language interpreters are needed for the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to assist court staff and clients. Criminal background check required. Duties include facilitating communication between clients and court staff, translating court documents, interpreting at some court hearings and helping clients review their court orders. Fluency is required in both English and another language. A commitment to one weekly four-hour shift during business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for at least six months is needed. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. For more information and an application, contact Sharon Harrington, volunteer services coordinator, at 703-246-2697, TTY 703-273-3713, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 are not able to walk and cannot use a manual wheelchair. Call 1-800-749-8778 or visit www.durablemedical.com.
The EF Foundation for Foreign Study needs host families for foreign exchange students for 2006-07 in Arlington and Fairfax County high schools. Host families provide room, board, and a caring environment. EF selects students from Europe, Asia, and Latin America. They are fully insured, speak English and bring their own spending money. Contact local coordinator Ruth Roush at home 703-751-0165, cell 703-626-5005, or email@example.com. Visit www.effoundation.org.
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 Center of Multicultural Human Services in Burke seeks volunteers to help a student with organizing and studying in several school subjects, especially physics. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and volunteer at least two hours a week. Call Ellen Klene at 703-533-3302, ext. 107.
Fairfax County Police Department is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming Auxiliary Police Officers. APOs are trained to perform a variety of operational support and administrative duties, which include patrol, traffic control, security of prisoners, communications, desk assignments, fingerprinting, crime prevention and special events. To be considered applicants must live in Northern Virginia and be at least 21 years of age. Applicants must be in good health and without a criminal record or history of drug use, and not be an applicant for police officer in any jurisdiction. To apply, obtain a brochure or additional information about the Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Unit, call 703-280-0576.
Volunteer Court Assistant is needed to perform a variety of responsibilities for the Fairfax County General District Court. Duties include responding to public inquiries and maintaining accurate statistics and performance logs. For more information, contact Deborah Harrison, Volunteer Coordinator at 703-246-4760.
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging Volunteer Home Services for Seniors is seeking volunteers to assist seniors who live in the Falls Church, Alexandria, Annandale, Reston, Springfield and McLean areas. A variety of services are needed ranging from transportation to doctor appointments to grocery shopping. Volunteers who speak Sign Language and Spanish are also needed. Contact the AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406.
The Fairfax County Health Department, as part of the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, launches a volunteer recruitment campaign as part of National Preparedness Month. Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are needed to support public health response activities during times of emergency. For more information or to register, visit www.vamrc.org.
The Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is seeking volunteers to help patients and visitors as well as hospital staff. To learn more about volunteering at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute or to apply, please call Volunteer Services at 703-776-3447 or visit www.inova.org, and click on How Can I Help?
CHAMPS seeks mentors, volunteers who provide the children of Northern Virginia prisoners with friendship, recreational activities and constructive example. Contact Ellen Klene at 703-533-3302 ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nurturing Parenting Program, offered by Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services with volunteer support from local community organizations, businesses and faith-based groups, provides parenting classes to promote the strengthening of families and the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The program is currently seeking additional community support to continue and expand these highly successful classes throughout the county. Community volunteers support the program by preparing dinners for participating families, helping with child care, or assisting with facilitation of groups. Call 703-324-7745, (TTY: 703-222-9452) or e-mail at email@example.com. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/service/dfs/factsheets/NurturingParenting.htm.
The Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court seeks volunteers in the following capacities. All volunteers must undergo a criminal background check by law. Call 703-246-2697 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Assist crime victims of juvenile offenders. Volunteers will notify victims of future hearings, inform victims of their legal rights and provide emotional support. There is a minimum commitment of a one, four-hour shift a week, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., as well as a consistent work week for six months.
* Meet with families after the hearings. Under the supervision of the court staff, volunteers meet with clients to clarify court orders, sign probation rules and provide information regarding program referrals. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. A six-month commitment is needed.
* Interview defendants and assist in processing paperwork to determine eligibility for court-appointed attorneys. Training is provided by the court clerk's office.
Childhelp USA Children's Center of Virginia seeks volunteers for the advocacy center in Fairfax. Volunteer Mentors provide a positive influence in the lives of children who are at-risk. Volunteer Teachers/Publix Speakers will instruct elementary, middle and high school children about internet safety. Team Volunteers bring comfort to families by helping the Blessing team with mini home makeovers. Children's and Activities Leaders provide supervision to children in the playroom while receiving various services at the center or in court. Training provided. Call Cheryl Ray at 703-208-1549.