The Norwalk Symphony Orchestra is seeking volunteers of all ages interested in working in the following areas: office support; concert ushers; preparing food and drinks for the musicians during rehearsal breaks; and stage management during rehearsals and concerts. Volunteers receive free admission to all NSO concerts and work closely with the musical arts community. For more information contact Kate Altman, office manager, at 203-956-6771, or email info@norwalksymphony.org

Keep Norwalk Beautiful needs volunteers for its annual city wide clean-up. Gloves, bags and litter grabbers will be provided. All litter bags will be picked up by City of Norwalk. For more information, contact David at dshockley@norwalkct.org or 203-854-7810, ext. 46782.

The American Red Cross Mid-Fairfield County Chapter needs volunteers (high school students and adults) to work at community and corporate blood drives in Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston. Volunteers assist donor aides, serve refreshments and observe donors for reactions after they donate blood. Information sessions (dates are listed at www.mfcarc.org) are held in both the Norwalk office at 596 Westport Ave. and at the Bridgeport office at 158 Brooklawn Ave. Registration is required. Call 203-683-4264 for more information.

Near & Far Aid Assoc., Inc. is a volunteer organization working to end poverty in Fairfield County. There are many opportunities to get involved and make a difference for the nearly 100 nonprofits receiving their grants while making great friends. Contact: Natalie Burtson 203-913-1874; naburtson@aol.com or visit www.nearandfaraid.org.

Birthright of Greater Norwalk needs friendship mentors to provide love, support and understanding to women with unplanned pregnancies and/or help with office duties, publicity and community outreach efforts. For more information, contact Margaret Vallerie Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 203-853-4872.

Elderhouse, a nonprofit organization serving the elderly in the greater Norwalk area, needs volunteers to work with seniors in their scheduled activities including card games, knitting and exercise programs. Musicians, singers, dancers, school children, pets, artists, chefs, craft makers and community groups are welcome to perform and share their talents. Volunteers are needed to help design, plan and assist in fundraising events. Call 203-847-1998 or visit http://elderhouseadc.com for more information.

For more information on the Voluntary Action Center of Coastal Fairfield County, a partnership of Human Services Council and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, please visit us at www.givetimenow.org or contact Sara at 203-339-6310 or sgerman@unitedwaycfc.org. If your organization would like your volunteer opportunities listed, email vac@hscct.org with your organization's name, location, contact person and details about your volunteer needs.

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