Volunteering, May 7-13

Volunteering, May 7-13

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 County Animal Shelter is looking for interested individuals and families to serve as foster care providers for special cats and kittens. Spring is the beginning of "kitten season," the time of year when cats give birth and animal shelters are overwhelmed with homeless litters.

Foster homes are most often needed for kittens too young to be adopted or mother cats with their babies. These animals require a level of care and socialization that is difficult to achieve in a shelter environment that is not staffed 24 hours a day. Foster care provides one of the few opportunities these animals have to survive.

An informational orientation to the foster care program will be held Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m., at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Shelter information and directions can be found at www.loudoun.gov/animals.

Teen Reading Buddy Volunteers at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Share your love by reading picture books to young children, ages 3-5. Stop by the Information desk for more details and an application form. Recommended for ages 12-18. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue has firefighting, EMS and administrative positions available. Retirement and tax benefits available. Call 703-729-0666 and ask Loring for more information or come to the information meetings the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at AVFRD, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn.

Are you planning you in the planning for your college future? Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue has an opportunity to help you complete the "community participation" part of your college application. Come be an Explorer. Learn fire and safety procedures and have fun doing it. Young men and women between the ages of 14-17 are eligible to participate in this program. Come to the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department on any Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

The Loudoun Summer Music Fest is looking for volunteers for the 2008 season. People who want to listen to rock music, have fun and serve their community are encouraged to go to the series' Web site, www.liveatbelmont.com and sign up on the volunteer page.

Volunteers who work any concert get a free ticket for any other individual concert of their choice. This "work one, get one free" policy has resulted in many volunteers working half of the shows and attending the other half.

Volunteer drivers are needed for the home-delivered meals program at the Senior Center at Cascades Marketplace from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Felix Duran, 703-430-2397, Ext. 109.

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.

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.

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 Habitat for Humanity has openings on the special events and public relations committees. People interested in either of these committees, contact Cynthia Jennings at Cynthia-jennings@comcast.net or call the Habitat office at 540-751-2244.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently vacancies for representatives from all of Loudoun County’s election districts on the county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees. For information about specific vacancies, contact Cindy Atkins, County Administration, 703-771-5034, or by e-mail at Cindy.Atkins@loudoun.gov.

Information about each board, committee and commission is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

The Heritage Farm Museum located in Claude Moore Park in Sterling seeks volunteers to serve as program assistants and instructors programs in their new interactive exhibit hall. Ask about internships for college and graduate school students; paid positions also available for qualified applicants. Call curator Katie Jones at 571-258-3800.

Reading Buddies Volunteers. Teens, Ashburn Library is looking for volunteers to read books to young children, ages 3-5. Come by the Information desk for an application form and more details. Visit www.lcpl.lib.va.us.

Loudoun Volunteer Services is seeking volunteers to assist in emergencies. In the event of an emergency, Loudoun Volunteer Services is prepared to assist the Loudoun County Office of Emergency Management by coordinating volunteers. These are volunteers who are not currently affiliated with an organization and who are willing to assist with the emergency. Training will be conducted in February. To register, visit www.loudoun.gov/volunteer and click on "Volunteer Reception Center Support Team." Contact Lisa Rose, volunteer coordinator, at 703-737-8424 or lisa.rose@loudoun.gov.