AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICES: Seeking volunteers to assist from 3-6 hours at area blood drives in the registration or canteen. Transportation necessary. Call Georgia, 978-794-5625, ext. 14.

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF THE POLLARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY: 18-hour training for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Tutors free for anyone interested in volunteering to work with non-native English speakers seeking to improve their English. Program offers free, confidential, flexibly-scheduled tutoring on a one-to-one or small group basis to adults in the Greater Lowell area. No prior teaching experience or knowledge of another language necessary, just an open mind and the ability to meet with your student eight hours each month. Initial program orientation and tutor training provided. Attendance at orientation and all training sessions mandatory: New Tutor Orientation, Wed., April 17, 6 p.m.; ESOL Tutor Training, Thurs. & Mon., May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15 and 19, 6-9 p.m. (cancellation date Thurs., May 22). Register by calling Julie Iatron, Program Director, at 978-674-1541.

THERAPISTS: VNA of Middlesex-East is seeking individuals skilled in massage therapy or Reiki to volunteer 1-2 hours a week for its hospice program to promote comfort, manage pain and decrease stress. Services will be provided in patient homes in Methuen, Dracut, Andover, North Andover, Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Reading or North Reading. Contact Jackie Hall at 781-224-3399, ext. 2375.


TRI-CITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, INC.: Seeking volunteer Advisory Board members for its program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in Lowell. The PACT is a state-funded innovative new program providing services for adults with serious and persistent mental illness. Call Kathy Brown, 781-338-8124.

TUTORS NEEDED: Seeking volunteer tutors in Math, English, Arts/Comprehension for high school seniors to prepare for MCAS tests. Those eligible are: current/retired teachers, teachers' assistants, education students, experienced tutors. Call Lauri Murphy, 781-932-5520.

UPPER MERRIMACK VALLEY MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS: Medical and non-medical volunteers who would like to join the local MRC unit are invited to call Nancy Burns, Coordinator, at 978-399-2549 or Sandy Collins, Director, at 978-399-2908; or e-mail to sign up. See for details about the unit and upcoming activities.

VISTA CARE: Seeking volunteers to provide friendly visits, emotional support or errands for hospice patients and families in the Lowell and surrounding communities. Flexible hours, local area training and ongoing support available. Call Mary, 781-407-9900.

VNA CARE HOSPICE: VNA Care Hospice, an affiliate of VNA Care Network, is seeking volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families in the Merrimack Valley. Training provided. For information call 888-663-3688, ext. 1402 or