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Volunteering, Nov. 19-25

The Reston Triathlon is looking for volunteers to help with the event scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7. E-mail restontri@aol.com or go to restontriathlon.org and follow the links on the Web site.

The Reston-Herndon Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will begin its 7th mentoring season for elementary school girls starting in late September. The organization is looking for volunteers to fill the role. Volunteers work one-on- one with students for 90 minutes each Tuesday after school hours at a Reston school. For more information, call Mary at 703-860-1071, or Gail at 540-338-5535.

Reston Multicultural Festival seeks volunteers for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Lake Anne Plaza, Reston. Volunteer hours are 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Must be 13 or older to volunteer, younger must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Ha Brock, RA volunteer coordinator, at habrock@reston.org or call 703-435-7986.

Advocates needed to reinforce rights. Volunteer advocates are assigned to a specific local nursing home or assisted-living facility in Fairfax County 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. Also, volunteer ombudsmen must not be employed by a long-term care facility. Interviews of applicants will be held this summer in preparation for the next annual training, scheduled for Sept. 15, 16, and 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a public service, funded in part by the Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging For more information, call 703-324-5422, TTY: 703-449-1186 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LTCOmbudsman.

Join the Reston Association Weed Warriors Project on the fourth Saturday of every month to help protect our forests and restore them to their natural state. On Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., the group will meet at the Lake Anne Garden Plots parking lot off of Wiehle Ave. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended. Water, work gloves and tools provided. Contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator, at habrock@reston.org or 703-435-7986 to volunteer.

HAVEN of Northern Virginia, a nonsectarian, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, needs volunteers to provide emotional support to the bereaved, the seriously ill, the dying and their families and friends.

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2-1/2 hours of weekday telephone duty on for at least one year and attend a 30-hour training course, which will begin Sept. 29 and run through Oct. 10. Training sessions will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed to pick up meals from local school or hospital providers and delivering them to local residents. Meal delivery occurs midday Monday – Friday and takes about 1.5 – 2.0 hours to deliver the meals. Volunteer drivers can deliver on a weekly, biweekly, monthly, or substitute basis. For more information, call Fairfax Area Agency on Aging's Volunteer Intake line: 703-324-5406. TTY: 703-449-1186 or email DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Help clean Reston’s local stream valley on Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Different groups will clean the entire stream, starting at Hunters Woods Village Center, Glade Bank Way, Soapstone Drive, Walker Nature Education Center and Tall Oaks Village Center along Colvin Run. Contact Ha Brock at 703-435-7986 or e-mail habrock@reston.org to volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for the Halloween Trail and Fun Fair on Oct. 22-24, 5-9 p.m. at the Walker Nature Education Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston. Must be 16 or older to volunteer, ages 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator at 703-435-7986 to sign up.

Volunteers are needed for the Weed Warrior Project on Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Stirrup Road Woodland in Reston. Help rescue Reston’s parkland from exotic plants that are invading the area. Must be 13 or older to volunteer. Contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator at 703-435-7986 to sign up.

Become a volunteer stream monitor and help RA assess the health of our stream at a Stream Monitoring Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Reston Association, 1930 Isaac Newton Square. Volunteering consists of four sessions for a total of 12-16 hours. Contact Ha Brock, RA Volunteer Coordinator at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org.

Fairfax County is recruiting Meals on Wheels volunteers to deliver meals to the county’s older residents. Opportunities are available throughout the county and volunteers are matched to programs in or near their own neighborhoods. Volunteers can commit to a weekly, biweekly, monthly or substitute schedule. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 703-324-5406 or e-mail DFSAAAvolunteer@fairfaxccounty.gov.

Volunteers are needed for Volunteer Fairfax’s annual children’s program, "A Celebration of Giving and Sharing". Volunteers at Hutchinson Elementary School, 12309 Parcher Ave., Herndon, will work with children to teach them the importance of giving back on Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 12, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Contact Samantha Watson at 703-246-3826 or VolunteerFairfaxCGS@gmail.com to sign up.