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.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) dedicates its new 7,750-square-foot expanded building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at the building, 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield. ECHO has raised $860,000 of the estimated $890,000 cost of the expansion. The organization welcomes financial contributions to the construction effort. For more, visit www.echo-inc.org.

ESL and Immigrant Ministries, a non-profit organization that teaches English as a second language classes in Northern Virginia, is looking for volunteers and students for the fall semester. Training is provided and classes begin in September. To download an application visit www.eslim.org or call 703-841-0292 for more information.

The annual VolunteerFest, a region-wide day of community service produced by Volunteer Fairfax, is Saturday, Oct. 28. Fairfax County nonprofits and government agencies are invited to submit project proposals and participate in this event. To submit a project proposal, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and follow to link to VolunteerFest. For more information, contact Erin Whyte at ewhyte@volunteerfairfax.org or (703) 246-3460, ext. 7.

World Heritage is seeking families, couples or single parents (with or without children at home), who are interested in hosting a high-school-aged foreign exchange student. Students from France, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Russia, China, Switzerland, Denmark and Italy await homes for the 2006-2007 school year. Call 1-800-888-9040 or visit www.world-heritage.org.

Sunrise Assisted Living in Fairfax is looking to integrate the community into its home. Anyone ages 14 or older is welcome. Valid toward school community service hours. Call 703-691-0046.

Trail volunteers are needed for the Meadowood Recreation Area in Mason Neck. Volunteers will help with trail maintenance and construction activities including pruning, brush cutting, grading, landscaping and construction. Volunteers are needed on a regular basis for trail work days and maintenance activities. Contact Jeff McCusker, outdoor recreation planner at 703-339-3463 or jeff_mccusker@blm.gov.

Family practice physicians and nurses (RNs, LPNs, CPNs, nurse practitioners), active or retired, are needed as volunteers in the primary care clinic at NOVA's Medical Education Campus located near Springfield Mall. Hours and days vary. Call Ronda Wright at 703-822-6607 for details.

Volunteers are needed at the Lamb Center at Fairfax Circle, an organization that serves the homeless, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 703-267-6801.

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is recruiting community-minded citizens from diverse backgrounds to volunteer as advocates for children whose families have been cited for abuse and neglect by the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The role of a CASA is to investigate a child’s situation and to advocate for what is in the best interest of the child in court. All CASA volunteers undergo training to prepare them for this role and no prior experience in child welfare is required. We are especially in need of male and bilingual volunteers. To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, visit www.casafairfax.org or call or e-mail the Fairfax CASA’s Recruitment & Training Manager at 703-273-3526 or staff@casafairfax.org.

Crisislink, the greater Washington region's only 24/7 crisis, suicide and trauma prevention, intervention & response hotline, seeks volunteers to take calls and respond directly to individuals in need on a suicide and crisis hotline. Visit www.crisislink.org and complete the online application or call 703-527-4077 to volunteer.