Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Volunteer Fairfax now is accepting volunteer registration for this year’s VolunteerFest, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Volunteers can choose from a variety of projects, such as building an outdoor classroom; assembling care packages for soldiers in Iraq; or helping adapt toys for toddlers and infants with disabilities. For a listing of volunteer projects and to sign up, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and click on “VolunteerFest 2006” in the dark blue bar on left hand side of the homepage. For questions, contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460 or ewhyte@volunteerfairfax.org.

Volunteers needed for stream cleanup. Fairfax Trails and Streams will clean up Pimmit Run between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday Oct. 28. Cleanup sites will be distributed throughout the McLean area. To identify a nearby site, contact Cathy Saunders at cathy.saunders@gmail.com or 703-534-4494.

The Volunteer Center is creating a special Volunteer Mobilization Leadership Team, comprised of trained volunteers, who will help run a Volunteer Mobilization Center, which serves as a processing point for volunteers when they arrive at a disaster site. The Leadership Team will work with Volunteer Fairfax staff to orient, train and place volunteers at the Volunteer Mobilization Center. Attend the next Volunteer Mobilization Leadership Team informational on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., at the Volunteer Fairfax office, 10530 Page Ave., on the lower level. Parking is available on site. To attend the training or for more information, contact Emily Yahr at eyahr@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3460, ext. 8, 1.

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 our upcoming training on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28, please call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

The Women’s Center, a nonprofit agency in Vienna that supports the psychological, career, financial and legal well-being of women and their families, regardless of ability to pay, has volunteer opportunities in business operations, development, and clinical services. To sign up to volunteer, call 703-281-2657 or visit www.thewomenscenter.org.

Volunteers for Change, a volunteer program for adults, features a flexible calendar of weekend and weekday evening projects to fit your schedule. The only commitment to make is to a one-time orientation at Volunteer Fairfax’s office in central Fairfax. Orientations will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

After orientation, volunteers can choose from more than 45 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Projects include planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult ESL students, playing Bingo with the disabled, special community-wide events throughout the year, and more.

Contact Ann Doyle to register for the next orientation at 703-246-3460 ext. 2,2 or e-mail to adoyle@volunteerfairfax.org. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging: The Meals on Wheels program is in immediate need of volunteers to deliver meals during the week, Monday to Friday, to senior adults who live in the McLean area. The job involves picking up meals at specified sites between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and delivering the meals to seniors by 1 p.m. Drivers can choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, monthly or substitute basis. Call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Make a difference in a child’s life and become a mentor with CHAMPS. Mentors in this program provide children of prisoners in Northern Virginia with friendship, recreational activities and constructive example. Call Ellen Klene at 703-533-3302 Ext. 107 or e-mail eklene@cmhs.org.

The Great Falls Optimist Club is a child-centered non-profit organization that focuses its activities on supporting, encouraging and challenging children to reach greater heights. Call T.R. Cook, president, at 703-938-5885 or e-mail cooksphotoart@aol.com. Call Angela Bongiorno, membership co-chair, at 703-759-2925 or e-mail angela.bongiorno@verizon.net.

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL) is looking for good homes for orphan Great Danes. MAGDRL has Great Danes available for adoption that are already spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccines. The orphans range in age from puppies to seniors. The adoption fee is $300 for orphans under 1 year and $275 for those over 1 year. Fencing is required, and MAGDRL will work with applicants to find a good fit for their lifestyle and their family. To offer a home for a Great Dane or to volunteer, visit www.magdrl.org or call 703-644-8009.

Angels of Mercy Program is asking scout, school and church groups to collect new or used CDs and DVDs for its program supporting wounded military at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at hospitals in Iraq. Call Marian at 703-938-8930 or visit www.McLeanPost270.org/oifoef.