Volunteers: April

Volunteers: April

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

Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs puppy raisers who are willing to open their homes to Labrador Retriever puppies until they are old enough to be professionally trained as guide dogs, usually 16-18 months. Training and guidance provided by local experienced counselors. Volunteer puppy raisers provide love and affection, behavior training and socialization experiences. Call 703-242-2232 or visit www.gebdominion.org. To complete an application, visit www.volunteer.guidingeyes.org.

Potomac Conservancy offers outdoor hands-on volunteer opportunities to improve water quality in the Potomac River watershed. Participate in Potomac Conservancy's signature project Growing Native by collecting tree seeds in the fall and planting trees along streams and the Potomac River in the spring. Volunteers can also help clean up trash, remove invasive plants or take part in large-scale tree planting activities. All volunteer opportunities are offered on a seasonal basis. For more information, visit the Growing Native and Potomac Conservancy Web sites at www.growingnative.org and www.potomac.org.

Volunteers are the backbone of a successful Covenant Partner in the Fuller Center for Housing (TFCH. Need members to join the Volunteer Recruitment Committee. The committee needs to develop a recruitment plan that includes an inventory of duties that volunteers can perform, both in the office and in the field and a list of potential sources. There are many volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in assisting in this wonderful organization. For Volunteer Recruitment we are seeking people with good communication skills, access to the internet and some time available during the week to return telephone calls and emails. Visit www.fullercenter.org for more.

Free yoga class offered to both new and experienced students at Sun & Moon Yoga Studios. These classes are offered to the public through our teacher-training program (an experienced teacher will supervise). Located in Fairfax (9998 Main Street) and Arlington (3811 Lee Highway) studios. Space is limited and registration is required: www.sunandmoonstudio.com.

Doorways for Women and Families provides a safe, weekly, confidential domestic violence support group. The support group helps current and former victims of domestic violence share feelings, thoughts and information to make healthy life choices and end abuse. Call 703-237-0881. Meetings are held Tuesdays.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups (Patient Discussion, Carepartners and Wilber McBay Exercise Program) meet weekday mornings at the Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) invites persons with PD and their carepartners. Interested participants must call ahead. Contact Leon Paparella at 202-966-4450.

The Women's Center offers counseling and educational programs at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at 3304 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.thewomenscenter.org or call Vittoria Grant, LPC, Program Manager at 703-281-4928 ext. 402. Call 703-281-4928 ext. 300 for our Spanish-speaking hotline.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will offer Pet Loss Support Group meetings at the animal shelter at 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive on the second Tuesday and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. beginning in January. Call the League at 703-931-9241 x246 or visit www.awla.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 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.

Volunteers are needed for The 14th Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors Memorial Day Weekend. Each Memorial Day, from Friday through Monday noon of that weekend (May 23-26), children of military parents from around the world whose loved one died in service are invited to this camp. Takes place at the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive in Crystal City. Call TAPS at 800-959-TAPS (8277) or e-mail liz@taps.org.

Become a Travelers Aide Mobile Guide (Circuit Rider) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Volunteer detectives in good physical shape who enjoy traveling and travel issues are needed. As a volunteer you will receive training, resource information and complimentary parking in Airport Garages during Travelers Aid shift time. Call 703-417-3975 or E-mail TravelersAidDCA@mwaa.com to learn more about mobile guide airport volunteering.

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).

Darkness to Light encourages adults to take responsibility in preventing child sexual abuse. 1-866-FOR-LIGHT.

CareRing provides free, daily check-in phone calls to individuals who are alone, aged, disabled or chronically ill. CareRing keeps minor issues from escalating into major emergencies. Visit www.crisislink.org or call 703-516-6764.

Depressive and Manic Depressive Group meets every Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at Sunrise of Falls Church, 200 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Call Marshall Epstein at 703-641-5460.