Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Jennifer Lesinski at 703-917-6454. For additional listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com.

The Loudoun Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers to assist with financial education. Free classes will be offered Oct. 11, 15, and 22, from 6-9 p.m. each evening, at the Loudoun Cooperative Extension Office. Topics to be covered will include debt management, money management, reviewing credit reports, budgeting, and bankruptcy. Contact Guy Johnson at Loudoun Cooperative Extension at 703-771-5419.

Loudoun County’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) seeks local business leaders who can contribute their time, energy and ideas to promote business growth, strengthen the local economy and preserve Loudoun’s high quality of life. The EDC expects several openings for terms beginning January 2008. Leaders from all sectors of the local business community are encouraged to apply. Applications are due in the Department of Economic Development offices by 5 p.m., Oct. 19. Electronic submissions are preferred. Interviews will take place Oct. 24 and 25. Send letters of interest, along with resumes/bios, to: EDC Nominating Committee, c/o Dorri Morin, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Mailstop 63, Leesburg, VA 20175 or dorri.morin@loudoun.gov, fax: 703-771-5363.

Loudoun Habitat for Humanity is hosting a volunteer orientation Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m., at the Ashburn Library at 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. LHFH’s mission is to provide affordable housing, built with the help of volunteers and contributions, for Loudoun families. Prospective volunteers will receive information about committees and upcoming projects. Those who are interested are encouraged to visit or e-mail volunteers@loudounhabitat.org.

Loudoun Volunteer Services is seeking nominations for outstanding student volunteers, to be recognized as Student Volunteer of the Month. The qualifying student, or group of students, must be enrolled in Loudoun County public, private or home school, grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Nominees must demonstrate contributions to the Loudoun County community through exceptional volunteer service. Visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm or call 703-777-0113. Send nominations to Loudoun Volunteer Services Board, Student Recognition Committee, MSC 03, 1 Harrison St., S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175; by fax at 703-771-5841 or by e-mailing pivs@loudoun.gov.

Teen Volunteer Day. Want to volunteer? Need to volunteer? Phone 703-444-3228 or register online at www.lcpl.lib.va.us for Cascade Library’s volunteer day, Oct. 23. Recommended for ages 12-18. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

The Loudoun Museum is seeking a number of dedicated volunteers to make this year’s 16th annual Hauntings event a success. Each year, costumed guides lead visitors through downtown Leesburg’s historic, and reportedly haunted, sites. This year’s walking tours will be Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-10 p.m. The museum needs volunteers in all areas of the event. Call Beth Friedmann, museum administrator, at 703-777-7427 or e-mail bfriedmann@loudounmuseum.org.

The Center for Multicultural Human Services is seeking volunteer mentors for our IPE Gang Intervention and Prevention Program throughout Northern Virginia. Mentors in this program are volunteers who provide youth with support, friendship, reinforcement and constructive example. Activities may include but are not limited to career exploration, life skills development, going to sports, entertainment or cultural events, or tutoring. Contact Ellen Klene 703-533-3302, Ext. 107 or eklene@cmhs.org.

Loudoun Volunteer Services' volunteer-match Web site is aimed at both volunteers, who are seeking to find opportunities best suited for their particular interest or skill, and organizations seeking a way to publicly advertise their volunteer opportunities. To register for this free service, visit www.loudoun.gov/pio/volunteer.htm and click on "register your organization's volunteer opportunities," or to volunteer click on "looking for volunteer opportunities." Contact Lisa Rose at 703-777-0113.

The Wingler House lunch program is looking for volunteers to serve a hot, nutritious meal and the gift of friendship to older adults at the Ashburn senior living facility. E-mail debra.bressler@loudoun.gov or call Debra Bressler at 703-777-0257.

There are currently vacancies for representatives on various county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees. For information about specific vacancies, contact Cherie Giles, Board of Supervisors, 703-771-5034 or by e-mail at Cherie.Giles@loudoun.gov. Information about each board, committee and commission is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

ESL and Immigrant Ministries needs volunteers to teach English as a second language to adult immigrants in 16 locations in Northern Virginia. Training is provided. Day and evening classes begin in September. For an application, visit http://www.eslim.org or send email to eslim02@gmail.com or call 703-271-8341, Ext. 3, and leave a message.

The George C. Marshall International Center is seeking volunteers to work two four-hour shifts per month in the book shop at Dodona Manor, the home of Gen. George C. Marshall in historic Leesburg. Duties include greeting visitors, handling ticket sales and small gift purchases. Contact Janet VanderVaart at Dodona Manor by e-mail at jvandervaart@georgecmarshall.org or by phone at 703-777-1301 for information regarding a short orientation/training meeting.

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC), an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to serve as leaders in its local community for the protection of wildlife and their natural habitats. LWC offers programs, classes and field trips for individuals and groups. Key initiatives include public education and local advocacy. To volunteer, call 540-882-9638; send correspondence to Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, P.O. Box 2088, Purcellville, VA 20134; or visit www.loudounwildlife.org.

Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice and the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter are in need of volunteers. All volunteers are required to complete an application that can be found on the Web site at www.lcsj.org and a 30-hour training to be offered September-October. Contact Hannah Lindsay at 703-771-9020.

The ASPECT Foundation is looking for families to host foreign exchange students for the upcoming school year. The students come from around the world to study. Contact Robert Rawls at 703-433-0362.

Host families are needed for eight young musicians from Venezuela from September to December. The musicians, all high-school graduates, who will be interning with the Virginia Conservatory of Music. Call 703-728-2589, e-mail info@ymppa.org or visit www.ymppa.org.

Potomac Blood Services Region is seeking youth to work as volunteer ambassadors at blood operations this summer. Teens 14 years or older are offered the opportunity to earn service learning credits and develop job skills by assisting the blood collections staff. Training is provided at American Red Cross offices in Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Montgomery County, Prince William County, and Washington, D.C. 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.