Community Notes

Community Notes

The Herndon town naturalist is looking for donations of old aquariums and tank equipment, nature books, field guides, binoculars, nature treasures, animal mounts, artifacts, geology specimens or other nature items. Volunteers are needed for the Runnymede Park Nature Tent during the Herndon Farmers Market, Thursdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., through October. Gain interpretive skills, lead nature programs and educate the public. All training is provided and supervised. All ages welcome. Call Susan Lilly at 703-787-7303, Ext. 121.

Inova VNA Home Health needs volunteers to visit homebound patients. Volunteers spend one to two hours a week talking to the patients, running errands and doing odd jobs. Visits are made during the day, evening or on weekends. Training is provided. Call 703-642-9041.

Seniors seeking employment in Northern Virginia are encouraged to call Senior Employment Resources at 703-750-1936, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for an interview.

The Northern Virginia Family Service is looking for foster families for abused and neglected children. African-American families are particularly needed. Training, support and financial compensation will be provided for both full-time and short-term programs. For more information, call 703-533-9727 or visit

Homeless pets at Fancy Cats Rescue Team in Herndon, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and the Humane Society of Fairfax County Inc. can find homes with the help of Potential adopters should visit the Web site, enter their zip code and find a list of pets that are available for adoption in their area.

Three Wishes Program makes power wheelchairs available to senior citizens (65 years and up) and the permanently disabled with no cost to the recipient if they qualify. The power wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair in their home, and who meet the additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is required. Call 800-451-0971 for more information.

Volunteers play a key role in the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program's provision of advocacy services to recipients of long-term care in the region. The volunteer is assigned to a specific nursing home or assisted living facility, and makes weekly visits. 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 successfully complete a training session and must be available to volunteer four hours per week, primarily during business hours. Call 703-324-5435 for further information and an application. Visit