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Volunteering, Oct. 29-Nov. 4

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.

Election officers are needed for polling places in the Potomac District for the presidential election Nov. 4. Anyone who is interested, contact Dianna Price, secretary of the Electoral Board, at 703-777-0548 or by e-mail at dprice@loudoun.gov.

The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. As an officer of election you must be at the polls from 5 a.m. until the polls close, the results are called in and all equipment is packed and ready to return to the Office of the General Registrar. Election officers may choose to work from 5 a.m. till the close of polls or may work from 5 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or from noon until the close of polls and all election records are completed.

The pay is $100 for the entire day, $50 for a half-day plus $20 for the training session. The training session deals with both general knowledge and setting up and using the machines in an election. Information about the training session will be sent prior to the elections.

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.