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Send volunteer notices to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com or call Rebecca Halik with any questions 703-917-6407.

The City of Alexandria's Oral History Program is seeking volunteers to help collect the oral histories of long-time Alexandria residents. Oral History Volunteer Training Sessions will be held on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N. Union St. 703-838-4399. New volunteers should attend one of these sessions.

Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps: supplement existing emergency and public health resources. Volunteers must complete a 2-hour orientation course. Contact Cyndi Lake at 703-838-4400 ext 283 or cyndi.lake@vdh.virginia.gov

Alexandria Senior Services on Wheels: deliver food to seniors. Contact Brenda Walls, 703-836-4414.

Community Lodgings, Inc. needs conversation partners for one hour/week to practice English. Volunteers can practice Spanish as well. Volunteers will determine schedule with student. Contact Emily Barnes at 703-739-5856 or emilybarnes@communitylodgings.org.

Friends of Guest Home: small database entry project putting client records into a new database. Contact Kari Galloway at 703-549-8072 or director@friendsof guesthouse.org.

The Lyceum needs a front desk volunteer to greet and orient visitors, answer phones, and provide area information. Contact Pam.Budde@alexandriava.gov.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): identify resources to meet the needs of immigrant youth through internet research, networking, use of the Quick Guide and working with various service agencies. Contact Kathy Shinal at 703-536-2155 or volunteer@shelterhouse.org.

Shelter House: help with Kid's Night on Tuesdays through Thursdays. Have fun with the kids and provide structured play to increase social skills and learning. Contact Victor Dooley at 703-536-2155 or volunteer@shelterhouse.org.

Wildlife Rescue League needs wildlife transporteres, a transport coordinator, and an editor to their quarterly newsletter, and a hotline volunteer and scheduler. Contact Pam Fulmer at 703-391-8625 or volcoord@wildliferescueleague.org.

Alexandria Archeology seeks volunteers to work on graphic design. Contact Ruth Reeder at 703-838-4399 or ruth.reeder@alexandriava.gov.

INOVA-VNA Home Health needs "Friendly Visitor" volunteers to provide companionship to homebound patients throughout Northern VA. Flexible hours and days. Training provided. Contact 703-916-2885.

Alexandria Adult Day Services Center seeks volunteers for meal preparation and service, kitchen cleanup, and some light administrative duties such as copying and preparing mail for distribution. Contact Kim Taylor-Davis at 703-838-4224 or kimberly.taylor-davis@alexandriava.gov.

Alexandria Adult Day Services Center seeks volunteers for meal preparation and service, kitchen cleanup, and some light administrative duties such as copying and preparation mail for distribution. Contact Kim Taylor-Davis at 703-838-4224 or kimberly.taylor-davis@alexandriava.gov.

Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps needs volunteers to supplement existing emergency and public health resources. All volunteers must complete a 2-hour orientation course. Contact Cyndi Lake at 703-838-4400 x283 or cyndi.lake@vdh.virginia.gov.

Alexandria Senior Services Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to deliver food to seniors. Contact Brenda Walls, 703-836-4414.

Join the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department. The Alexandria VFD offers equal opportunity to all qualified volunteers. Persons interested in membership should meet City health, fitness and background standards, and to commit required time for training, deployment and support activities. Multiple categories of training status are available to encourage participation by all qualified applicants. Contact Deputy Chief W. Scooter

Slade at 703-706-3955 or avfdrecruitment@gmail.com.

Carpenter's Shelter has various volunteer opportunities: front desk attendant, breakfast servers (1st Saturdays and Sundays of the month), lunch servers (2nd Saturday and 4th Monday), and chaperones for children's fieldtrips. Contact Jasmin Witcher at 703-548-7500 or jasminwitcher@carpentersshelter.org.

Friends of Guest House needs a volunteer for a small database entry project putting client records into a new database. Contact Kari Galloway at 703-549-8072 or director@friendsofguesthouse.org.

INOVA Home Health needs "Friendly Visitor" volunteers to provide companionship to homebound patients throughout Northern Virginia. Flexible hours and days. Training provided. Contact 703-916-2885.

The Lee-Fendall House Museum seeks volunteers to guide visitors through this historic Lee Family home. Volunteers will interpret the house's history from its Revolutionary War era beginnings, through the Civil War and the modern Labor movement. Seeking individuals who are available to volunteer a minimum

of six hours each month - weekday and weekend shifts are available. Training provided. Contact Kristin Miller Lang at 703-548-1789 or

contact@leefendallhouse.org.

The Lyceum needs volunteers for three positions: front desk attendant (duties include greeting and orienting visitors, answering the phone and providing area information), museum shop volunteer (assist customers with selection and purchase of shop merchandise), and education program docent.

Contact Pam Budde at 703-838-4994 or Pam.Budde@alexandriava.gov.

Shelter House needs volunteers for Kid's Night, held Tuesdays through Thursdays. Your job would be to have fun with the kids and provide structured play to increase social skills and learning. Contact Victor Dooley at 703-536-2155 or volunteer@shelterhouse.org.

Volunteer Emergency Families For Children (VEFC) needs volunteers willing to open their homes and provide short term (1-21 days) emergency shelter to local children who are victims of abuse, neglect, etc. Volunteers can choose the age, gender, and length of stay for each placement. Local leaders are also needed to serve children in crisis by sharing VEFC's mission within their community. Call 703-969-3795 or e-mail MMiller@VEFC.org for details. Visit www.vefc.org.

The Alexandria Domestic Violence Program is looking for volunteers to provide hotline coverage and crisis counseling to survivors of domestic violence. The program is also specifically seeking children's group leaders and bi-lingual translators. Volunteers are required to participate in 40 hours of training and requested to donate 10-15 hours per month over weekends and holidays. The next volunteer training will kick off on Saturday, March 10, with a retreat from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Contact Lacie Hughes at 703-838-4911. Visit www.alexwomen.com.

You are invited to make a difference in one child's future learning success by volunteering through the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) to tutor a first or second grader in the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). There are still children who do not have tutors who were identified last fall by teachers and pre-testing as needing additional help in reading. To register to tutor for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year, visit www.alexandriatutors.org or call 703-549-6670 ext 119 to have information mailed to you.

Be a Hero for Capital Hospice. Make a difference by helping those who need hospice care. Capital Hospice is participating in the 26th Annual Hospice Cup Sailing Regatta in Annapolis on Sept. 8. Volunteers are needed for a variety of Capital Hospice committees to support Hospice Cup XXVI. Reply to Caroline at 703-531-1111 or specialevents@capitalhospice.org.

Doorways for Women and Families offers a free support group for survivors of domestic violence. The group meets every Tuesday in a confidential locationi n Arlington. Please call 703-237-0881 for more information. Free childcare is provided.

Doorways for Women and Families is seeking volunteers for its Safehouse domestic violence shelter program. Volunteers are needed for weekend and evening shifts and to answer our 24/7 hotline. Some weekday opportunities are also available. Training begins August-September. Call 703-522-8858 x13 or e-mail volunteer@doorwaysVA.org. For more information visit www.doorwaysva.org/volunteer.

The Alexandria Office on Women is recruiting new volunteers for its winter training with the Speakers Bureau. The Office on Women's Speakers' Bureau is a group of volunteers who present an education program on domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and teen pregnancy prevention to Alexandria youth. The Speakers Bureau presents to 5th-, 7th- and 9th-graders throughout the school year. The expected volunteer commitment is four to six hours per month and volunteers must have the flexibility to present during the school day. Contact Jen Harris at 703-838-5030 or send an e-mail to jennifer.harris@alexandriava.gov.

Doorways for Women and Families invites you to attend a monthly volunteer orientation meeting the first Tuesday of every month to learn more about volunteer opportunities with our family shelter, domestic violence Safehouse and other community programs. Visit www.doorwaysva.org/volunteer or e-mail volunteer@doorwaysva.org for more information.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT) is recruiting volunteers to help in the fight against blood cancers by raising funds as they train to walk, run, cycle or swim in honor of local patients. Team In Training provides personalized coaching, group training and support, and the chance to meet new people and be part of a team. In addition to weekly training sessions under the guidance of a certified coach, TNT offers training events and clinics on nutrition, equipment, injury prevention and safety. Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at (703) 960-1100; or visit: www.teamintraining.org/nca.

The Del Ray Artisans – Seeking volunteers for all aspects of community arts organization and gallery operations. Opportunities include mailings, gallery and garden maintenance, grant writing, fundraising, special events, gallery sitting and outreach activities. Age: 15 and older. Wheelchair accessible. Alexandria. 703-979-8996 or 703-838-4827

Port City Playhouse – Volunteers needed to help with set construction and painting. Need ushers for performances. Groups of up to10 are welcome. Youth ages 15 and older are welcome. Alexandria. 703-838-2880

SOHO: A Space of Her Own – The Art League - Volunteers are needed to work with a unique art and mentoring program which serves at-risk, low-income girls, ages 12-16. Girls and mentors attend workshops in art and design, then work together to remodel the girls' bedrooms. A one-year commitment is required, as is a criminal background check and attendance at 3 mentor orientation sessions. Alexandria. 703-519-1741.

National Organization for Victim Assistance – Volunteers needed to update databases, handle correspondence, mailings. Alexandria. 703-535-6682.

Northern Virginia Family Services -- Volunteers needed plan and coordinate special events, fundraise or provide clerical and graphic support. NVFS offices are located throughout the area and have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available at multiple locations. Alexandria office 703-370-3223.

UCM's Transitional Housing Program is looking for volunteer groups to help provide a prepared well balanced meal for about 60 people, this includes children. Groups would be asked to sign up for 1 meeting per year on the third Tuesday evening of each month. The grocery bill would be at the group's expense and a tax donation slip would be provided. Assistance with child care is needed. Call Betsy Damitz, volunteer coordinator 703-768-7106 ext. 328.

Alexandria Adult Day Services Center seeks volunteers to perform meal light preparation and service, kitchen clean up and some light administrative duties such as coping and preparation mail for distribution. Contact Kim Taylor-Davis at 703-838-4224 or kimberly.taylor-davis@alexandriava.gov.

Friends of Alexandria Archaeology seeks volunteers to enter historical data into computer files. Contact Jen Barker at Jennifer.barker@alexandriava.gov or 703- 838-4399 and for graphic design contact Ruth Reeder at ruth.reeder@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4399.

The Alexandria Community Services Board is urgently seeking volunteers to serve as legally appointed guardians for geriatric adults with mental illness. Ideal guardians will be compassionate persons who are able to make difficult decisions. The duties require approximately two hours per month after training. Without guardians, these persons are highly vulnerable to exploitation, homelessness, multiple hospitalizations and loss of medical care. Contact Jennifer Cohen Cordero at 703-838-4455 or jennifer.cordero@alexandriava.gov.

Alexandria Domestic Violence Program is training volunteers in January and February to work at their shelter and hotline. Other opportunities include the children' program, translation, court advocacy, assisting with support groups and one-time group activities. Contact Mary Ann Johnson at 703-838-4911 or maryann.johnson@alexandria.gov.

Alexandria Performing Arts Association seeks board members. A board-run, all volunteer organization, APAA puts on productions in music, dance and poetry and runs a music and playwrights competition for Middle and High School students in northern Virginia. Contact Keith Donaldson, 703-402-6674 or kmdon@juno.com

Alexandria Senior Services Meals on Wheels, deliver food to seniors. Contact Brenda Walls, 703-836-4414.

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Volunteers needed to usher at concerts at 7 p.m. Dates are Feb.3, March 3 and May 5. Duties: usher concert goers to seats, hold main doors, sell refreshments, assist with box office sales and will call. See the concerts for free.703-548-0885 or danforth@alexsym.org.

Alexandria Volunteer Bureau-Volunteers needed on a regular basis to serve as office receptionist once a week, or to work occasionally in office with data entry, fielding phone calls, mailings special events. 703-836-2176 or mail@AlexandriaVolunteers.com.

ALIVE! sorts and distributes food monthly on the 4th Saturday. Contact Suzanne Lamb, 703-683-4634. ALIVE! is also seeking volunteers for weekly afternoon food deliveries and to help with a wide range of tasks in preparation for its Annual Gala on April 14. Tasks include publicity, administrative duties, auction item recruitment and fulfillment, set up and clean up, wait staff and bar backs, and registration. Contact Pamela Goodell, Volunteer Coordinator,703-837-9300 or volunteers@alive-inc.org.

Capitol Region Earth Force seeks creative, computer literate volunteer to create materials promoting events and activities of Earth Force classes in the D.C. metropolitan area. Contact Jennifer McDonnell, 703-519-6867 or jmcdonnell@earthforce.org

Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) program is seeking a volunteer who could assist with a short-term project for a few hours per week in the office. The volunteer would be responsible for some filing work and would be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. If you would like more information, contact Erika at 703-838-5030.

The Child & Family Network Centers has many volunteer opportunities, including volunteering in classrooms, field-trip assistants, ESL and Spanish language tutors, clothing drive assistant and office assistant. They also need volunteers to help prepare for their annual wine tasting fundraising event in the spring. Contact Patricia Chapman at 703-836-0214 or pchapman@cfnc-online.org.

Higher Achievement seeks teacher mentors to work with motivated scholars at Hammond Middle School from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Karen Berry, Volunteer Coordinator, 202-544-3633 or kberry@higherachievement.org

The Hispanic Committee of Virginia needs volunteers for their youth programs, including volunteers to mentor Hispanic teenagers and for "Arroz Con Leche," a weekly reading and writing enrichment program for immigrant 2nd and 3rd graders. Spanish language proficiency is not required, training and support is available, and average commitment is just 1-2 hours/week. Contact Jodi Hammer at 703-671-5666, ex. 20, or educationcoord@hcva.org.

Project Northstar needs volunteers to tutor children who live in homeless shelters, transitional housing programs and foster care. Project Northstar matches adult volunteers with the same student for one evening per week to work on basic math and reading skills. 202-223-0144, ext. 10

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) seeks volunteers for the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, which provides live, secure, anonymous, instant message-style crisis support to the growing number of people who prefer communicating via the Internet --- giving those affected by sexual assault a safe place to turn when they can't find their voice. Contact Darcey West at 202-544-0227 or darceyw@rainn.org.

Stop Child Abuse Now of Northern Virginia is holding trainings for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. Trainings will be held in the winter and the spring. For more information, contact the SCAN office, 703-820-9001, info@scanva.org.

WETA seeks a volunteer immediately to assist with WETA's online auction that takes place the first week of June. Good Computer and communication skills for a job that includes soliciting items for the Auction, follow up, data entry and fulfillment. Contact Janet Riksen, Senior Projects Officer,WETA, jriksen@weta.com or 703-998-2442.

Wright to Read seeks volunteers to tutor elementary school students in Alexandria Schools, and for Book Buddies, an after-school reading program held at William Ramsay Elementary on Tuesdays and at Jefferson-Houston Elementary on Wednesdays. They also need pediatric waiting room readers to read to children at the Saint Asaph Street Clinic. To register for orientation, contact Ginny Biggs at 703-549-0111, ext. 339

The Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC) needs tutors! Call 703-549-6670 or e-mail atc@opmh.org to learn how you can give a child the gift of reading. Visit www.alexandriatutors.org to learn more. ATC has volunteers from over 20 faith-based communities and was established in 1997 in support of Alexandria City Public Schools. Primary Initiative is to help ensure that all ACPS first and second graders can read at or above grade level by the end of second grade.'

The SARA program is looking for compassionate listeners who would be comfortable talking to sexual assault survivors and their families. SARA requires volunteers to complete 40 hours of training to become a hotline companion. While the initial training commitment is intensive, the commitment following training is two hotline shifts per month. Volunteers take evening or weekend shifts from home or anywhere accessible by phone. The next SARA training is scheduled to begin in late January and meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and on two Saturday mornings. For more information or to register for the SARA training, contact Stacey Calhoun at 703-838-5030 or stacey.calhoun@alexandriava.gov .

The Alexandria Community Services Board is urgently seeking volunteers to serve as legally appointed guardians for geriatric adults with mental illness. Service would start in late January 2007 or after. Ideal guardians will be compassionate persons who are able to make difficult decisions. Guardians make decisions about personal care, health care and living arrangements. Guardians meet periodically with the client and his/her social worker or service provider. The provider will give guardians pertinent information relevant to decision making.

Some of the clients in need of guardians may eventually be placed in nursing homes outside of Alexandria in locations such as Manassas, Warrenton, Fredericksburg or possibly Richmond. The guardian would then need to maintain correspondence with service providers in the location and visit as needed, approximately one or two times per year.

Guardians are bonded and court-appointed in Alexandria and will receive a copy of the Virginia Handbook for Guardians: A Practical Handbook. A tuberculosis test and training is required. The duties require approximately two hours per month. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Cohen Cordero at jennifer.cohen-cordero@alexandriava.gov or 703-838-4455, x165.

Volunteers are needed to help teach students ages 6-12 etiquette and manners. Students are taught all around Northern Virginia including Alexandria, at recreation centers and middle schools. All interested should contact Ms. Black at EB2204@verizon.net.

Alexandria Library seeks enthusiastic, mature volunteers with experience in Microsoft Word and WordPerfect to assist patrons using our word processors. Help needed all library hours--days, nights, weekends at the Beatley Central, 5005 Duke St. Call 703-519-5900x206 or e-mail lderoche@alexandria.lib.va.us.

Join Volunteers for Change, a unique volunteer program for adults, featuring a flexible calendar of fun weekend and weekday evening projects to fit a busy schedule. The only commitment needed is a one-time orientation at Volunteer Fairfax’s office in central Fairfax. Volunteers can choose from projects including 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 for more information.

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 to share their joy. Last year, classes made cards for sick kids in the hospital and placemats for a nearby senior center. Volunteers are needed for an assortment of days and activities. For more information and to get involved, contact Emily Gibbs at egibbs@volunteerfairfax.org or 703-246-3460 ext. 8,3 or visit www.volunteerfairfax.org and click on ÒCGS RegistrationÓ in the dark blue column on the left side of the home page.

Join the Volunteer Corp of the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. This museum in Old Town Alexandria is looking for Volunteer Tour Guides who love history and enjoy working with the public. No experience is necessary. Volunteers should be able to contribute one morning or afternoon a month. Tours Guides are needed for weekdays, some weekday nights and weekends. The training process is simple and flexible. Simply meet with the Volunteer Coordinator to receive your training packet, observe five tours and pass your tour review. The museum is located at 105-107 S. Fairfax St. in Alexandria, and is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, call 703-838-4242 at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

The Fairfax Area Agency on Aging's Meals on Wheels (MOW) program is in immediate need of volunteers to deliver meals during the week, Monday-Friday, to senior adults who live at Manchester Lakes Senior Apartments, located in Alexandria. This is a unique MOW opportunity, as volunteers only need to show-up at 11:30 a.m. and hand-deliver the meals to the seniors by 1 p.m. No prior pick-up location is required. Volunteers can choose to deliver meals on a daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute basis. For more information or to volunteer, call the Fairfax AAA Volunteer Intake Line at 703-324-5406 or e-mail melanie.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Be a part of documenting Alexandria’s History. Become an Oral History volunteer. Alexandria Legacies seeks volunteers to assist in collecting memories, both interviewers and transcribers. Alexandria Legacies also seeks people with memories and stories of their families. If you are interested in volunteering with Alexandria Legacies, RSVP to jen_hembree@hotmail.com. Reservations are required, as space is limited. For further information about the Alexandria Legacies Oral History Program, visit http://oha.alexandriava.gov/oha-main/oha-legacieshome.html

The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) is seeking volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Volunteers conduct interviews with children, families, and professionals, monitor compliance with court orders, write detailed reports, and represent the child in court. Volunteers must complete training and background checks. and commit to one. Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are greatly needed. Call 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org.

Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services is looking for volunteers. Two opportunities: baby-sit for children whose parents are attending our budget-counseling course. Parents will be in the adjacent room. Activities/snacks will be provided for children. Every other Tuesday or Thursday evening 6:30-9 p.m.; and front desk volunteer: answer phones, greet visitors and assist in referrals to other local resources. Weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Contact Liz Buczynski at 703-768-9404 or lbuczynski@goodhousing.org.

United Community Ministries Backporch Thrift Store is looking for volunteers to help accept donations, sort and price items and place on store floor. Contact Betsy Damitz, volunteer coordinator at 703-768-7106, ext. 328.

Bryant Early Learning Center is looking for volunteers to help with the infant and toddlers program. Rocking and feeding of infants, being involved with toddlers activities, playtime, lunch, etc. Contact Betsy Damitz, volunteer coordinator 703-768-7106, ext. 328.

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.

Healthy Families Mount Vernon/Lee at the South County Building 8350 Richmond Hwy., Suite 525 is in need of a volunteer twice a week for two hours to help with organizing files, xeroxing, collating, etc. and help in keeping the storage area organized of brochures, baby clothing, miscellaneous baby items, etc. Contact Irma Dobber at 703-704-6794. Healthy Families is a countywide program that seeks to identify and reach expectant parents who are isolated within their community and in greatest need of parenting education. It promotes child health and development, positive parenting, parent competence self-reliance and self- esteem and it helps families establish links with community support network.

Volunteer Emergency Families For Children (VEFC) needs volunteers willing to open their homes and provide short term (1-21 days) emergency shelter to local children who are victims of abuse, neglect, etc. Volunteers can choose the age, gender, and length of stay for each placement. Local leaders are also needed to serve children in crisis by sharing VEFC's mission within their community. Please call 703-969-3795 or e-mail MMiller@VEFC.org for details. Visit www.vefc.org .