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Volunteer Opportunities

Send information about ongoing or special event volunteer opportunities to reston@connectionnewspapers.com or 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean VA, 22102. Call 703-917-6449 with questions.

Volunteer Fairfax’s annual program for children, “A Celebration of Giving and Sharing,” is now recruiting volunteers to help teach students the concepts of giving, receiving, sharing and kindness.

Each December, volunteers fill backpacks with books and toys, deliver them to deserving elementary students in Fairfax County, and then visit classrooms to talk to the children about the importance of volunteer service. Every class is encouraged to undertake a group project. The fourth annual “Celebration of Giving and Sharing” will benefit students at four elementary schools in Fairfax County, including Dogwood Elementary in Reston.

Volunteers are needed two days. The first is Delivery Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., at participating schools. Volunteers help decorate classrooms and distribute backpacks and books for every student. The second is Discovery Day, Friday, Dec. 1, 7-9 a.m. (varies by school start time), at schools. Teams of community volunteers will greet the students, assist with activities and help lead a lesson on the meaning of giving and sharing.

Contact Emily Gibbs at egibbs@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3460 ext. 8,3 or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and click on “CGS Registration.”

Volunteer tutors needed: Volunteers are needed for day and evening hours to work one-to-one with adult learners in public libraries or in classrooms. VLP is a joint community project sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools (Adult & Community Education). For more information about volunteer opportunities and upcoming training on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

Winter Break Fun Zone. Tuesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 29 at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. Volunteers are needed for any segment of time from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, field trips, cooking, photo lab, woodshop, swimming for 20 children and volunteers.

For more information, contact Debbie Heron, youth programs director, at 703-390-6163 or Deborah.heron@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit www.restoncommunity center.com.

Our Daily Bread needs angels and Santas to adopt families for the holidays. Our Daily Bread is seeking individuals, families and businesses to adopt a Fairfax County family for the holidays. Help can include assembling a holiday meal basket, buying gifts or gift cards from grocery and discount department stores, or making a donation to help brighten a family’s holiday. Call 703-273-8829 or visit www.our-daily-bread.org.