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Volunteers Sept. 13-21

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

Volunteers are needed to assist with a public event to be held in the Archaeology museum on Saturday, Oct. 13. Duties included meeting, greeting, and keeping the museum tidy during the activity. Both events are free and open to the public and listed as "Open House" activities with participants coming and going at their leisure. E-mail ruth.reeder@alexandriava.gov or call 703-838-4399.

Vendors needed for Mason Neck State Park Oct. 20 harvest festival. Planners of the Mason Neck Old Fashioned Harvest Festival seek arts and craft vendors for the 2007 festival, held at Mason Neck State Park, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All crafts must be handmade. Crafts could include natural art, paintings, basket weaving, dolls, puppets and art toys, crochet, floral arrangements, quilting, jewelry, leather goods, musical instrument making, needle work, pottery and wood carving.

The booth fee will be waved for vendors demonstrating their craft during the festival. For more information, or to register, contact Assistant Manager David Stapleton at 703-339-2385.

The Alexandria Jaycees are seeking volunteers to help with a concession stand at "Art on the Avenue" in Del Ray in Alexandria on Oct. 6. Proceeds from the concession stand are used to support a scholarship given each year to a graduating T.C. Williams high school senior. For more information, contact Lea Anne at alexjcpresident@hotmail.com.

The Alexandria Jaycees seek volunteers to help run a concession stand at the Alexandria Fall Festival at Armistead L. Boothe Park, 520 Cameron Station Blvd., Alexandria on Saturday, Oct. 13. Proceeds are used to support upcoming Jaycees community events such as the annual Holiday Shopping Tour for underprivileged children. For more information, contact Lea Anne at alexjcpresident@hotmail.com.

The Alexandria Jaycees seek sellers and buyers for a community yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Anthony Lane Elementary School parking lot, 7137 Beulah St. The cost for sellers is $15 per space. Free to browse. For more information, visit www.alexjaycees.org or leave a message on our event line 703-866-7171.

If you are looking for a dynamic volunteer experience with the chance to make a difference, the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) program is the volunteer opportunity for you. The SARA program is looking for compassionate listeners, both English speaking and bilingual, who would be comfortable talking to sexual assault survivors and their families. Volunteers take evening or weekend shifts from home or anywhere accessible by phone. The next SARA training is scheduled to begin in October and meets two evenings a week 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 McCullough at 703-838-5030 or stacey.mccullough@alexandriava.gov.

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.

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.

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 .

The Lee-Fendall House Museum seeks volunteers to guide visitors through Alexandria's oldest Lee Family home and residence of John L. Lewis. Weekday and weekend shifts are available and Individuals are needed to volunteer a minimum of six hours each month. Training is provided. Previous experience is not required. A volunteer orientation and information session will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required to attend a Volunteer Orientation and Information session. To register, or for more information, call Kristin Lang at 703-548-1789 or e-mail Contact@LeeFendallHouse.org.

The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau's Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival and Volunteer Fair in Market Square is slated for May 12th (1 to 6 p.m.) and 13th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Come out and enjoy the spring weather, hand-made arts and crafts, folk music and food vendors. Artists who wish to participate can download an application and rules on the AVB Web site, www.alexandriavolunteerbureau.org <http://www.alexandriavolunteerbureau.org/> . For questions, call 703-836-2176 or e-mail crafts@alexandriavolunteerbureau.org.

The Alexandria Red Cross is currently seeking nominations for the 2007 Burke Award, given annually by the Chapter in honor of its founder, Esther Dashille Taylor Burke. In keeping with the Red Cross mission of humanitarianism, this award is made to an individual who, through volunteer work has demonstrated a level of commitment through a variety of organizations and has made a significant impact on the quality of life in Alexandria. The deadline for nominations is May 10. For more information on how to make a nomination, contact Tina Games-Evans, Public Relations Manager at GamesT@usa.redcross.org or by telephone 703-549-8300.

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.

The Alexandria/Arlington Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program needs Hispanic Bilingual volunteers because they are having difficulty matching neglected and abused Hispanic children with volunteers who understand their culture, traditions, and language. This takes an average of 10-15 hours per month. For more information call 703-820-9001 or visit www.scanva.org/casa.

Apply for membership in the new Fairfax Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists. We provide local residents with naturalist training, then connect them with important volunteer stewardship, citizen science, and education opportunities in parks and natural areas. The three-month Basic Training Course, taught by some 20 recognized environmental and scientific experts, offers fun and interactive instruction in natural history and forest and aquatic ecology. To learn more and to obtain the application form, please visit www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/fairfax.html or e-mail FMNvolunteer@cox.net.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking persons who are diplomatic, assertive, and good communicators to serve as a volunteer ombudsman. Volunteers are assigned to a specific local nursing home or assisted-living facility in the City of Alexandria and make weekly visits, meeting one-on-one with residents. Applicants must be available to volunteer four hours per week. For further information and to obtain an application, call 703-324-5435, TTY: 703-449-1186, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and 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. A commitment of 30 hours over the summer is required. Training is held throughout June. To register for training, please call the American Red Cross Volunteer Office at 1-800-272-0094, ext. 1, or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

Become a volunteer advocate, who is assigned to a specific local nursing home or assisted-living facility in the City of Alexandria and make weekly visits, meeting one-on-one with residents. Using the skills of listening, observing and mediating, the ombudsman works with the residents, their families and the staff of the facility, to ensure that the residents' rights are being protected. Applicants must be available to volunteer four hours per week, primarily during regular business hours. Interviews of applicants will be held during the summer in preparation for the next annual training, scheduled for Sept. 17, 18, and 28 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For further information and an application, call 703-324-5861, TTY: 703-449-1186 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.

Claude Moore Colonial farm seeks volunteers for their Hearth Cooking Workshop. For more details contact erolando@1771.org.

The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership seeks adult mentors. The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of 15 mentor programs, City staff and volunteers working to recruit, train and support adult mentors in the City in order to match every child who wants or needs a mentor with a caring adult. No prior experience or prior training is required: we will train you. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring, e-mail mentoring@alexandriava.gov or call Mike Mackey, Alexandria's Gang Prevention Coordinator, at 703-838-4180, ext. 242.