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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.

Volunteer Fairfax accepts volunteer registration for this year’s VolunteerFest Saturday, Oct. 28. Hundreds of volunteers will contribute their time and energy to help 45 area nonprofits complete 57 projects on this county-wide day of service. With this year’s county-wide day of volunteer service, Volunteer Fairfax expects to surpass the $1 million mark. Volunteers can choose from projects such as building an outdoor classroom to assisting with invasive vine removal to 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 more, contact Erin Whyte at 703-246-3460 or ewhyte@volunteerfairfax.org.

Volunteers for Change is a volunteer program for adults featuring a flexible calendar of weekend and weekday evening projects to fit a busy schedule. One-time orientations are Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2-3 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Volunteer Fairfax’s office, 10530 Page Ave., Fairfax. After orientation, volunteers can choose from more than 45 monthly community service projects throughout Northern Virginia. Contact Ann Doyle to register for the next orientation at 703-246-3460 ext. 22 or e-mail adoyle@volunteerfairfax.org. Visit www.volunteerfairfax.org.

The Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Center is creating a 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 meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m., at the Volunteer Fairfax office, 10530 Page Ave., Fairfax, on the lower level. Parking 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 are needed for day and evening hours to work one-on-one with adult learners in public libraries or in classrooms. The Volunteer Learning Program is a joint community project sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools Adult and Community Education. A training session is Nov. 28. To volunteer or for more about the training session, call 703-246-2139 or e-mail VLP@fcps.edu.

Local dry-cleaning company Crest Cleaners has partnered with Dress for Success to help bring professional training and clothing to low-income women. Individuals can bring their gently worn women’s suits and business separates to the following Crest locations, where they will be cleaned and pressed before being collected by Dress for Success. For more, visit www.crestcleaners.com:

* Hayfield Shopping Center, 7560 Telegraph Road, Alexandria

* Kingstowne Shopping Center, 876 Kingstowne Blvd., Alexandria

* Burke Centre Shopping Center, 5725 Burke Centre Parkway, Burke

* Burke Centre Town Center, 6025-F Burke Centre Parkway, Burke

* Colonnade at Union Mall, 5472 Union Mill Road, Clifton

* Huntsman Square Shopping Center, 7545 Huntsman Blvd., Springfield

* Kings Park, 8958 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

A 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?

Northern Virginia Family Service seeks area residents to become a foster care providers to neglected children with special needs. NVFS helps families get the most out of foster/respite care experience by providing intensive training, certification and continuing education; careful child/parent matching; ongoing assistance and 24-hour support from professional social workers; financial reimbursement; help locating support services for your special foster/respite child; foster/respite parent support groups; and family activities. Register now for summer training. Call Ginny at 703-219-2184.

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 eklene@cmhs.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 kslone@fairfaxcounty.gov. 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 sharon.harrington@fairfaxcounty.gov.

* 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.

Volunteer ESOL instructors are needed for the fall adult ESOL session at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 9350 Braddock Road, Burke. Contact Aden Riggin at 703-323-5400 ext. 124, or call the parish office at 703-323-5400.

Odyssey Healthcare, a hospice provider, seeks volunteers in the Northern Virginia community to visit and/or assist terminally ill patients and their families during their end of life journey. Opportunities open to those who have compassion, desire to help one to two hours a week, share with a patient or their family, assist with office support or help with bereavement care. Training is provided. Call Carol Morrison at 703-821-9200.