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Volunteers - July

Know of something missing from our volunteer listings? E-mail arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Rebecca Halik at 703-917-6407. Visit www.connectionnewspapers.com for more volunteer opportunities.

A community service project by Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs invites seniors to dress dolls and bears given to underprivileged children in Arlington by The Salvation Army at Christmas. Dolls and bears are provided; outfits may be homemade or purchased. Contact a senior center or call 703-228-4721.

Student Researcher needed to assemble data about cost of living in Arlington County for White Paper on Hunger. This is a perfect opportunity for a college student interested in poverty/hunger issues in our high-cost community. Qualified high school seniors will also be considered. Self-starter. Must know how to conduct research and be able to search on own for sources. Contact Nancy Cude, Volunteer Coordinator, 703-845-8486.

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Arlington is seeking volunteers/members to assist with projects benefiting local residents and in particular, its annual Christmas stocking project for underprivileged children in Arlington. The Auxiliary purchases items to fill more than 1,200 stockings each year. The group meets at 7 p.m., the first Tuesday of the month at Salvation Army headquarters (except July and August), 518 S. Glebe Road. Annual dues, $10. The Auxiliary is intergenerational. Call Major Janice Fitzgerald or Indra Corea at 703-979-3380.

The Friends of the Arlington County Public Library are looking for a volunteer to assist the membership chairman and the Board developing strategies to streamline membership services and administration of membership records. Located at the Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Information on the Friends' mission and functions is available at www.arlingtonva.us/departments/libraries/support/LibrariesSupportJointhe Friends.aspx. Contact Barbara Dean, Volunteer Coordinator, 703-228-7688

Women are invited to join the Salvation Army Women's Auxillary of Arlington. The Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August), at 7 p.m. at Salvation Army headquarters, 518 S. Glebe Road. Dues are $10 per year. Call Major Janice Fitzgerald or Indra Corea at 703-979-3380.

The Arlington County Senior Adult Travel office is looking for volunteer travel leaders to escort seniors on day and overnight excursions. The travel office is part of Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs. Travel leaders must be able to assist seniors on and off the bus, have a clear speaking voice and flexible personality and be organized and customer-service oriented. Call Janice Covert, volunteer coordinator, 703-228-4730 or e-mail, jcover@arlingtonva.us.

If you are interested in volunteering for Arlington Public Schools, there are many different opportunities, from tutoring and mentoring programs, to reading to students and helping with clubs. Most of the programs take place during the school day, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Kim Durand, 703-228-6003 or www.arlington.k12.va.us/volunteering.shtml.

Volunteer Orientation. First Tuesday of every month. Doorways for Women and Families orientation meeting to learn more about volunteer opportunities with family shelter, domestic violence Safehouse and other community programs. Log on to www.doorwaysva.org/volunteer or email volunteer@doorwaysva.org.

Volunteers Needed. 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 24/7 hotline. Some weekday opportunities available. Training begins August-September. Please call 703.522.8858 x13 or email volunteer@doorwaysVA.org. Visit www.doorwaysva.org/volunteer.

Volunteer to help individuals with disabilities ages 3-14 to learn swimming and water safety skills. Assist with three back to back classes on the same day and at the same location. The classes will take place April 16-June 11 with the opportunity to volunteer on a continuous basis for this program (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall classes). The time and location are still to be determined. Mandatory training prior to beginning as a volunteer will include lectures and hands-on workshops. Contact Shaeron King, Therapeutic Recreation/Prevention Intervention Programmer at 703-228-4731.

Amateur radio operators provide critical communication support for many public service events in the Washington, D.C. area including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Walk and Bikathon, the American Diabetes Association's "Tour de Cure", and the Marine Corps Marathon. Put your RACES and/or ARES training to use and help out a good cause at the same time. The Arlington County Radio Public Service Club (ARPSC) is typically contacted 4-8 weeks prior to a public service event needing amateur radio operators. Events are generally held from April through October. Specific opportunities will be posted as we are notified. Volunteers must have an amateur radio license to be the control operator for an amateur radio station. Events typically utilize the 2m band so a Technician license and an HT with extra batteries is frequently sufficient. Some events will have additional needs such as higher power stations, packet capability, or APRS. Contact David Jordan, Chief Information Security Officer, 703-228-3185 or visit www.W4AVA.org.

Hoffman-Boston Elementary School, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington, needs adult volunteers to work one-to-one with a first or second grade student struggling with reading for two mornings a week from 8:15-9:15. On-going support including training, lesson plans and all materials provided. Call Marty Maher, Book Buddies Co-ordinator, at 703-228-5845.

Have the chance to influence a child's life by volunteering in one of our classrooms. Assist our wonderful teachers with day-to-day learning and fun. The children are three- and four-year-olds attending classes at Child & Family Network Center's preschools in Arlington. Spend time with the children in the classroom doing science projects, coloring, finger-painting, and other activities. Must be 18 years or older. Contact Patricia Chapman, Volunteer Coordinator, 703-836-0214 or visit www.cfnc-online.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. Call 703-969-3795 or email MMiller@VEFC.org. Visit us on the web at: www.VEFC.org.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers. To register for training, call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

"Voices of Children" Volunteer Project. This volunteer opportunity requires: a commitment to 8 weekly therapeutic groups for two hours; an interest in learning about group work with children; lots of patience and a sense of humor. Contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or visit www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo.

The Opera Guild of Northern Virginia needs help archiving historical documents and organizing the history of the guild. Contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or visit www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo.

Four to six volunteers are needed to tutor Latino day laborers on basic English. Many of the day laborers who come to the Shirlington Employment & Education Center (SEEC) are looking for work, but do not speak or understand English. Contact the Arlington County Volunteer Office at 703-228-1760 or visit www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo.

The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program is seeking volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children in court. Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are greatly needed. Training begins in late February. Call 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org.

The Auxiliary of the Virginia Hospital Center-Arlington, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, has openings for volunteers in a variety of patient services, daytime and weekends. Call June Breen at 703-620-2944.

The Carlin, an independent living facility for seniors located near Ballston Common, has a variety of opportunities for volunteers. Specific needs include assistance with our newsletter, particularly art work; helping to organize a Walking Club for people with limited mobility; a line dance organizer; and someone with medical experience to do blood pressure checks. Call Diane Downey, volunteer coordinator, at 703-243-4300.

Processing and Routing Library Materials. Help unpack, discharge and sort books and other materials at the Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St., so that customers at all locations can enjoy them. Volunteers must be familiar with computers and able to use computers to charge and discharge library materials. They must be able to lift 10-15 pounds, to move boxes of books and to maneuver book carts. For more information, contact 703-228-5260.

Volunteer with immigrant children. Volunteers needed to work with immigrant children while their parents learn English. Responsibilities include helping with homework, reading, playing board games, chess, basketball, volleyball and/or cards with the children. Volunteers will work at Randolph Elementary School, 1306 S. Quincy St., Arlington. Volunteers typically work two hours a week and a three-month commitment for the duration of the class is preferred. Volunteers need to fill out an application and attend an orientation, given the second Wednesday of every month. For more information, contact Jennifer Fadden, volunteer coordinator, at 703-228-7231.

Child-Care Leader/Child-Care Assistants. The Community Outreach Program is seeking people who are interested in providing structured activities for preschool and elementary children for daytime and evening activities. Child-care leaders and assistants will be required to attend a one-hour orientation and submit information for a background check. For more information, contact Ben Harris at 703-228-1397.

Meals on Wheels deliver hot, nutritious meals to the homebound, in Arlington, Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. What's needed are delivery volunteers, a dispatcher, and visitors to the homebound. Email mowvolunteer@yahoo.com or call 703-931-4990 (Pat).