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Volunteering, Nov. 5-11

Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail <a href="mailto:loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com">loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com</a>. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is soliciting volunteers to assemble 100,000 MADD ribbons for the annual Tie One On For Safety campaign. Students can earn two hours community service hours for each 500 ribbons they assemble. Interested volunteers e-mail maddloudoun@aol.com or leave a message at 703-771-8127.

Teens interested in being on the teen advisory board should attend an interest meeting Saturday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., at Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling. Register online at library.loudoun.gov or phone 703-430-9500.

The Loudoun Extension is seeking volunteers to join the Master Gardener Volunteer training program, which trains volunteers to assist the urban horticulturist in providing service and educational programs. Program held Tuesday and Thursday mornings beginning Feb. 3. Download application from www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org. Deadline for applications is Nov. 14. Applicants are asked to attend an orientation session/open house Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. and interviews will begin Dec. 1. Contact Debbie Dillion, 703-777-0373/TDD.

The Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn, is looking for teen reading buddy volunteers to read to young children ages 3-6, Mondays at 4:30 p.m., in November and December. Apply at the Information Desk. Phone 703-737-8100.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteers, 14 and up, to assist its blood collections staff at blood drives and blood donor centers, including Loudoun County. Responsibilities include greeting donors and providing them with essential reading materials, serving refreshments and observing donors for post-donation reactions. A free, brief training is provided. To register for training or for more information, call the American Red Cross volunteer office at 1-800-272-0094, Ext. 1 or e-mail karlofft@usa.redcross.org.

There are currently opportunities for people to serve on Loudoun County and regional advisory boards, commmissions and committees. For information about specific vacancies, contact Rosey Rai, county administration, 703-771-5034, or by e-mail at Rosey.Rai@loudoun.gov. Information about each board, committee and commission is available on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/advisory.

Volunteer Loudoun is wrapping up its third volunteer management training series, designed to assist volunteer managers with six core areas that are important to consider when managing a volunteer program. Visit www.loudoun.gov/volunteer to take a short survey indicating what location and time of day works best for when training. For more information, visit www.loudoun.gov/volunteer or call 703-737-8424.