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December 23, 2014 Published in Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity Hotlist

Volunteer Alexandria has compiled the following Hotlist of local volunteer opportunities. Register for opportunities using their website or contact the agency directly if interested in the opportunity and reference Volunteer Alexandria. We are YOUR connection to helping others!

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Senior Center @ Charles Houston – Artist
Alexandria, VA 22314, The center currently has a need for persons who have experience in arts and crafts to include drawing, painting, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and possibly ceramics/pottery. The ideal candidates should have either talent and/or certification in the above and be willing to undergo a criminal background check. The senior center will cover the cost for a background check.  Time frames are from 10-12 p.m. (1 hour sessions) or 12:30-1:30 p.m. for one day a week.  Sign up HERE. 

Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Senior Center @ Charles Houston – Music Teacher
Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteer needed to teach seniors music therapy activities. The activities are to include conducting sing-a-longs and forming a choir. The ability to play an instrument is also desired. A criminal background check is required. The senior center will cover the cost for the background check. The schedule is for a one hour session one day a week. The time frames are from 10:00am -12:00pm or 12:30pm - 1:30pm.  Sign up HERE. 

City of Alexandria Dep’t of Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Activities – Volunteer Program Professional
Alexandria, VA 22314, This position is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer programs associated with the Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, the Office of Historic Alexandria, and the City of Alexandria Library. Organizes and conducts meetings, and provides technical guidance to agencies in volunteer development. The incumbent reports to the Director of RPCA. Express interest HERE.

The Holiday Project of the National Capital Area – Volunteers Needed The Holiday Project is a national nonprofit organization comprised of thousands of volunteers who visit with people spending Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah and other holidays confined to hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities.  Each year 1.5 million Americans spend their holidays confined to nursing homes; over two-thirds have no living relatives. More information on scheduled visits can be found at Express interest HERE.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia – Become a Volunteer English Tutor, Teacher, or Classroom Aid! Orientation
Falls Church, VA 22042, The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia will host an open orientation event 1/10/15 and 2/4/15 at the James Lee Community Center at 2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church to inform prospective volunteers and supporters about available opportunities. LCNV recruits and trains volunteer tutors, classroom teachers, class aides, and student assessment specialists to work with adult learners who need help with reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. LCNV also seeks committed office volunteers to assist with logistics, outreach, and data entry. LCNV has classrooms in Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, Herndon, Lorton, and Springfield. Express interest HERE.

Volunteer Alexandria – MLK Canvassing Project
Alexandria, VA 22314, In the Honor of the national Martin Luther King Kr. Day of Service on January 19, 2015, Senior and Youth volunteers, organized by Volunteer Alexandria, will be canvassing a local neighborhood in the City of Alexandria to raise awaresness about emergency preparedness and distribute materials. Sign up HERE.

Volunteer Alexandria – Snow Buddies Program
Alexandria, VA, With the snow season quickly approaching, Volunteer Alexandria is looking for volunteers to help with snow removal for city residents who are eligible for assistance. The Snow Buddies program matches volunteers with city residents who are low-income homeowners, the elderly, and the disabled, who have been screened and registered with Alexandria's Office of Citizen’s Assistance. In the event of a Winter Weather Emergency, the Snow Buddy Program may be activated by the City of Alexandria and volunteers are deployed to assigned locations to assist program participants by providing snow removal from steps, walkways, and driveways. Program volunteers are required to sign a liability waiver. Express interest HERE.

Volunteer Alexandria – Volunteer Power: Icebreakers
Alexandria, VA 22314, The purpose of the Volunteer Power: Icebreakers is to inform, learn and participate. This activity will give volunteers: 1) The opportunity to register as a disaster volunteer; 2) The overview of the Emergency Preparedness Program; 3) A summary of volunteers needs; 4) The overview of the role of the volunteer in emergency preparedness and the community. Volunteer Power: Icebreakers will help you get acquainted with the organization, help you gain a general picture of who the organization is, what the organization does and how volunteers play a key role. Drinks and snacks will be provided! Sign up HERE. 

On-going Needs in the Community 

Alexandria Dept. of Community and Human Services – Volunteer Advocate
Alexandria, VA 22301,  The City of Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center is recruiting volunteer advocates for their January class. Volunteers respond to the 24-hour hotline on evenings and weekends. They provide emotional support and information to assist victims in regaining control of their lives. Volunteers also accompany victims of sexual assault to the police department and/or hospital. Our next volunteer training will start January 10th. The training is 40 hours of classroom training on weekends and evenings during the month of January/Feb. Express interest HERE.

ALIVE! – Food Program Food Drive Coordinator
Alexandria, VA 22302,  ALIVE! is looking for a volunteer to act as the Food Program Food Drive Coordinator. Major duties will include: Take information from groups who contact ALIVE! And want to conduct a food drive; Evaluate whether ALIVE! can accept the donated food by checking with the Food Co-Chairs to ensure there is adequate space in the warehouse and whether there could be another competing drive at the same time; Respond to organizations that hold food drives and determine what support from ALIVE! Is required. This could include such things as onsite labor, boxes and labels, volunteers, or delivery truck support; Coordinate with the Warehouse Manager to arrange for unload and possible sorting by volunteers.  Express interest and more information HERE.

ALIVE! – Food Program Shopper
Alexandria, VA 22302, Duties will include working with the ALIVE! Family Emergency Program to understand weekly needs and prepare a shopping request for the Capital Area Food Bank.  The Food Program Shopper will schedule and attend a weekly appointment with the Capital Area Food Bank in order to shop for food supplies requested.  Currently this appointment is on Tuesday but can be changed.  Volunteer will then coordinate with the Family Emergency Program to drop of food at their site or unload at the ALIVE! warehouse.  The Food Program Shopper will also work with volunteers who provide assistance in loading and unloading food supplies in the van.  The position will require approximately 4-5 hours of support each week.  Express interest HERE.

 ALIVE! – Food Program Warehouse Assistant
Alexandria, VA 22302, ALIVE! is looking for a volunteer to act as the Food Program Warehouse Assistant. Major Duties include assisting the Food Program Warehouse Manager with the following tasks: Collect banana boxes; Move donated food from First Christian Church/ALIVE! office to the warehouse as needed; Unload donated food to the warehouse; Sort, box and shelve  food according to inventory management system; Accompany the Tuesday Capital Area Food Bank shopper each week to Capital Area Food Bank to help load and unload food items as needed. Express interest and more information on responsibilities HERE.

ALIVE! – Food Program Warehouse Manager
Alexandria, VA 22302, ALIVE! is looking for a Food Program Warehouse Manager to perform the duties listed below.  The position could require 30-40 hours per week.  Maintain the ALIVE! Food Warehouse. Duties include: Supervise the Warehouse Assistant; Coordinate with the Food drive Manager and assist with food drives; Coordinate with the two Food Co-chairs to disburse food for programs; Arrange for coverage at the warehouse at delivery and pickup times. Express interest and more information on responsibilities HERE.

Alexandria Black History Museum Reception Volunteer 902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314,  Volunteers are needed who have an interest in history, and in particular, Alexandria's African-American history and culture, to staff the reception desk, greet visitors, handle phone calls, and help with special projects. Volunteers are asked to commit to a three-hour shift every other week. Contact: 703.746.4356. 

Alexandria Domestic Violence Program — Shelter and Children’s Support Group Volunteers
421 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteers will answer the crisis hotline and support the women and children residing at the safe house. Volunteers are needed weekends, holidays and during weekdays. Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Children’s Support Group on Tuesday evenings and children’s activities at the Women’s Shelter. Volunteers must complete 40 hours of training.  Contact: Jen Clayton, 703-746-4911 or email

Alexandria Sheriff's Office — Teachers, Mentors, and Facilitators
2003 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteers needed to teach classes, mentor adults, lead a reading or discussion group, or teach important life skills to the Detention Center's inmates. Volunteers are welcomed who can lead an ongoing program activity (such as an art or reading class, self-esteem group, or as a librarian), or conduct one-time talks, discussions or classes.  Professional skills are not needed. Contact:  Cherye Echane, Volunteer Coordinator, 703.746.5079 or e-mail

Alexandria Tutoring Consortium – Reading Tutors
Multiple Locations, Alexandria, VA,  Alexandria Tutoring Consortium needs dependable volunteers to tutor kindergartners and first graders one-on-one in literacy skills in Alexandria public schools.  Must work once or twice a week from October through May. Training, lesson plans and materials provided.  Substitutes available when needed.  To learn more and to register to volunteer, sign up HERE. 

Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House — Alexandria Tourism Volunteers
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314,  Volunteers needed to welcome and assist visitors to Alexandria. Volunteers should have knowledge of Alexandria and its history, computer and excellent customer service skills. Contact:  Renee Cardone, 703.746.3313,

American Cancer Society – Volunteer Drivers Needed for Cancer Patients . One of the toughest challenges cancer patients face is getting to and from their much-needed chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. They may be too ill to drive, may not own a car, or may not have anyone to take them to the appointments. The American Cancer Society offers a program called “Road to Recovery,” where cancer patients receive free rides to and from treatment centers. This is where you can help. The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers who can use their own personal vehicle to drive patients to and from treatment centers. This program is very flexible; the volunteer drivers choose the hours and days they want to drive. Contact: Brenda Silvia-Torma at

American Horticultural Society – Garden Volunteers
7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308, Volunteers are needed to assist with garden maintenance and data entry.  Register HERE for this opportunity.

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless - Phone-In Spanish Translator
Arlington, VA 22201, We are seeking bilingual (Spanish and English) volunteers to serve as on-call, phone-in translators assisting us with communicating with clients who speak very little English in our Sullivan House shelter.  We will rotate calling people on our roster so that we do not rely too heavily on any one person.  Gracias and thank you!  Express interest HERE.

Bailey’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department – Grant Writer
Falls Church, VA 22041, Help us protect the lives and property of residents and visitors of the communities we serve. We are currently seeking volunteers for the position of Grant Writer. As a Grant Writer, you will be coordinating the application process for grants, including searching for grants, writing grant applications, assisting with grant management and performing other related duties. More information and express interest HERE.

Carlyle House Historic Park – Museum Teacher
Alexandria, VA 22314, Enjoy History? Looking for an exciting volunteer opportunity? Carlyle House Historic Park, a colonial house museum in Old Town Alexandria, seeks Museum Teachers for the upcoming school year. Carlyle House Museum Teacher volunteers teach elementary and middle school students about life in colonial America and the Carlyle family in particular. Museum teachers will teach school age children through an interactive age-appropriate tours on topics such as archaeology, the Revolutionary War, and slavery.  Sign up HERE.

The Child and Family Network Centers – Development and Communications Intern
Alexandria, VA 22304, The Development and Communications Intern will help build The Child & Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) capacity: to secure financial resources, to communicate consistently and effectively with supporters, to tell the stories of the children and families we serve, and to express gratitude to our supporters. In this position, you will work closely with the Development team in a variety of ways. This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn about non-profit management from the inside while assisting with expansion and development of the one of the nation’s leading early childhood organizations.  Express interest HERE.

The Child and Family Network Centers – Spring Gala Committee Member Volunteer
Alexandria, VA 22304, Join The Child & Family Network Centers 2015 Spring Gala Committee! CFNC needs volunteers to help coordinate guest lists, event logistics, invitations, prepare silent auction items and other party prep in advance of our Spring Fundraiser. CFNC also needs volunteers to assist on the day of the event. Date TBD. The committee will meet monthly October through May. Please join us in giving back to your community!  Express interest HERE. 

The Child and Family Network Centers - Make Difference in a Child’s Life
Alexandria, VA 22304,  Do you like working with children? Volunteer with The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) and help us provide caring, high-quality, free early education and related services to at-risk children and their families in their own neighborhoods in order to prepare them for success in school and life. Volunteers work alongside our teachers in one of ten classrooms across Alexandria. Read and engage in conversation with our kids. Support our teachers in everyday activities. CFNC brings volunteers from all careers into our classrooms, where they make a real difference in a child’s education. Volunteer five days a week or one hour a month and change lives for a lifetime. Sign up HERE.

Community Lodgings – Tutors Needed
Alexandria, VA,  The ideal candidate will assist and collaborate with the program directors to work directly with students, tutoring students individually and in small groups, tracking student progress, and reporting weekly to program coordinators. 2 or more hours per week between 2:30-7:30pm; Monday thru Thursday. All potential volunteers must submit a completed application, which can be found at

Computer CORE — Career Development Coaches
3846 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, Volunteers are needed as coaches to teach job search strategy topics to adult students. Contact: Holly Siebold, Volunteer Manager, 703.931.7346 ext. 104, email 

Empowered Women International – Graphic & Web Design Volunteer
Alexandria, VA 22314,  Empowered Women International seeks a graphic and web design volunteer to give 20-24 hours/week working on print promotional material and website updated. Projects include designing campaign and event branding, designing programmatic flyers, postcards and marketing and promotional collateral, and updating website content and features.  Express interest HERE 

Empowered Women International – Grant Writer Volunteer
Alexandria, VA 22314, Empowered Women International seeks an experienced grant writer who will work closely with the Executive Director to effectively secure funding for our entrepreneurship training and micro-enterprise development programs. This is a hands-on opportunity for someone who is a mature self-starter, able to commit and get things done. The volunteer position is for a six-month commitment with a minimum of 16-20 hours / week, beginning immediately. Responsibilities include: 1) Grant writing and submission to private, family foundations, corporations and local government grants; 2) Grants and data research and 3) Prospecting to identify funding sources for specific projects and programs.  Express interest HERE.  

Empowered Women International – Photography and Videographer VolunteerAlexandria, VA 22314, Empowered Women International seeks an experienced photographer and videographer who will work closely with the Director of Programs & Operations to capture the journey of women's empowerment and entrepreneurship in a visually creative and engaging way. This is a hands-on opportunity for someone who is a mature self-starter, able to commit, and get things done. This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Express interest HERE.

Empowered Women International – Tech Support Volunteer
Alexandria, VA 22314, Empowered Women International (EWI) seeks a Tech Support Volunteer a few hours a month and on a case-by-case basis, beginning immediately, to optimize the functionality of its office computers and printers. As a small but growing organization, our work relies heavily on the daily function of our technological resources that is pertinent for growing our capacity and providing services to our clients.  Express interest HERE. 

Fairfax Area Agency on Aging - Do you speak Korean? You Are Needed on a Korean Meals on Wheels Route!
Fairfax, VA 22035, Korean-Speaking Volunteer Drivers for Meals on Wheels are needed to assist older residents living between Centreville and Reston, who cannot prepare meals for themselves.  You will be helping provide a nutritious meal and a friendly "hello" to some grateful residents. Meals are delivered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, mid-day.  Express interest HERE.

Gadsby's Tavern Museum Tour Guide Volunteers
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteers are needed as Tour Guides for the museum. Volunteers are required to contribute one morning or afternoon per month. Contact: 703-746-4242.

Goodwin House Alexandria — Elder Companion and Certified Tai Chi Instructors
Alexandria, VA 22311, The role of the Friendly Visitor is to reduce the individual’s sense of isolation by helping to keep the senior connected with the community and outside the world.  Volunteers assist individuals in maintaining feelings of independence and self-worth and, through weekly visits, increase their social contacts. Volunteers must be willing to interact with our residents.  6 month commitment needed.  Certified Tai Chi Instructors are needed to assist students from Beginner to Advanced Levels. All levels of Tai Chi are encouraged to apply. This is a great opportunity to give back in your community by passing on your love of Tai Chi to our Seniors.  Click HERE to register for this opportunity.

Heart of Gold Sickle Cell Foundation of Northern Virginia – Administrative Assistant
Alexandria, VA 22304, Nov 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.  Duties Include: Check Heart of Gold voice mail every Monday and Thursday; Check Heart of Gold email every Monday and Thursday.  Document messages and respond to requests for information; Provide for CEO and Treasurer a monthly report of calls/email requests received by the 25th of each month; Assist CEO and/or other staff with mailings and responses for information; Assist Treasurer to compile end of year documentation.  Express interest HERE. 

King Street Cats - Adoption Counselors, Cleaner and Feeders
Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteers are needed for weekly Sat. and Sun. adoptions. The adoption counselors will welcome visitors to the facility and talk to adopters to help them find their purrfect cats. Volunteers are also needed to help with morning and evening feeding of the cats and cleaning the facility. The volunteer would feed the cats, scoop the litter boxes, clean cages and floor. Occasionally the volunteer would also need to give medications to cats. It generally takes about 60-90 minutes to finish all the tasks. Sign up HERE.

Meals on Wheels through Senior Services of Alexandria - Delivery Volunteers and Teams
700 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Website: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. Register HERE for this opportunity.

NVA CASH VITA Tax Program – Volunteer Tax Preparer
Annandale, VA 22003 (17 sites across Northern VA.),  Volunteers are needed in the Northern Virginia region to staff FREE tax preparation sites that will serve low-income families and help them receive needed refunds and tax credits. No experience necessary. All training provided. Volunteers are needed from late January 2015 through April 2015. Training will begin December 2014 and go through January 2015. Sites are generally open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am until 1 or 3 pm depending on location. Varieties of flexible schedules are available to volunteers and will meet their professional and personal lifestyles. Volunteers may serve as many hours as they wish.  Express interest HERE.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria – Mod Squad Team
Alexandria, VA 22314,  The Mod Squad team tackles small misc. repair projects throughout the year.  Some of these projects include but are not limited to the following handyman skills: painting, caulking, yard work, installing handrails/grab bars, carpentry work, plumbing, and/or operating heavy duty power tools such as chop saws and circular saws.  Express interest HERE.

Seabury Resources for Aging - Photographer/Videographer Volunteer
Washington, DC 20016, Photographer:  Help us produce images that showcase the good work that Seabury does in the community.  Seeking individual to take photos of volunteers, residents, activities and events for use in our publications, on our website, in slide shows and other materials. Videographer - Video our activities, interviews with clients, staff and volunteers to share how Seabury works in the community.  In addition we are looking for a volunteer to help us with a tribute to our retiring CEO. Express interest HERE.

Senior Services of Alexandria — Friendly Visitor Volunteers
700 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, You can make a difference in a senior’s life by volunteering to visit with seniors once a week for about an hour. Training is provided. Sign up HERE. 

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Parenting Classes Volunteers
1705 Fern Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, Volunteers are needed to advocate for children in the Alexandria/Arlington juvenile court system. Volunteers advocate for children in abuse and neglect cases, custody cases, and cases where a child is in need of services. The time commitment is roughly 20 hours a month, volunteers will make a one-year commitment to the program.  Register HERE for this opportunity.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria - Parent Leadership Chat Group Facilitator

Alexandria, VA 22314,  Lead a chat group through a facilitated discussion using a script provided by SAPCA. You will receive training.  SAPCA members help parents/guardians launch the group and facilitate the first session using the facilitator guide, "Connecting for Alcohol Free Youth: A Parent Discussion". We help parents engage in open dialogue with other parents about how to prevent underage drinking and drug abuse among their kids.Express interest HERE. 

Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria - Parent Leadership Chat Group Host
Alexandria, VA 22314,  Recruit five to ten parents or other interested adults to attend a Chat Group. Arrange a location or host one at your own home for 1.5 to 2 hours. SAPCA members help parents/guardians launch the group and facilitate the first session using the facilitator guide, "Connecting for Alcohol Free Youth: A Parent Discussion". We help parents engage in open dialogue with other parents about how to prevent underage drinking and drug abuse among their kids. Express interest HERE.   

Travelers Aid – Volunteers Needed
Travelers Aid, a 150 year old organization with a mission to help travelers,  is seeking volunteers for Reagan National Airport.  Volunteers staff information desks and work as mobile guides helping travelers with a wide range of needs. Great opportunity for travelers and those who want to help people. Critical need for those who can work evenings or weekends.   Basic computer skills helpful.  Parking provided.  6 month commitment is required.  Express interest HERE. 

The Lyceum — Visitor Services and Museum Shop Volunteers
201 S Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Volunteer needed to staff the front desk and provide excellent customer service to museum visitors. Volunteer also needed to assist visitors in the museum shop. Contact: Pam Budde, 703-746-4994.

Threshold Choir
We offer the gift of song at the bedsides of those who are at the threshold of living and dying, coming by invitation in groups of 2-4 singers. Our gentle songs bring ease and comfort to clients, family and caretakers. Rehearsals are held twice a month form 7 9 pm in Northwest DC. Some screening is required for those singing with Hospice affiliates.  Express interest HERE.  

The Village Resource Foundation – The Reading Workshop
Alexandria, VA 22302, The Reading Workshop  promotes childhood literacy and early learning through age-appropriate, innovative teaching methods. Combining education with fun, we help children make the most of their learning experiences, and prepare them for the future. Volunteers undergo small-group training; TRW utilizes proven research and creative teaching strategies to serve Alexandria Youth aged 4-14; Weekly reading sessions take place after school, and in the evening, or on the weekend; The reader encourages children to engage with the text and offer observations; High School Students and Adults are encouraged to serve as Volunteer Readers. Express interest HERE.

The Village Resource Foundation – Tutor/Mentor

Alexandria, VA 22302, The Village Resource Foundation sponsors the “GO” Program.  “GO” encourages youth & adults to pursue higher education.  The program serves to assists youth and adults in making more informed decisions about post-secondary education and to equip students with the tools necessary to be successful in their educational endeavors.  The program provides academic, financial and personal support during the college exploration and selection process.  Express interest HERE.

Volunteer Alexandria – Receptionist
Alexandria, VA 22314,  Friendly and outgoing volunteer needed to serve as receptionist Monday-Friday, mornings or afternoons.  Volunteers will provide customer service, answer phones, let visitors into the building, answer questions for the Red Cross visitors, schedule appointments, assist with light administrative work, and much more.  Sign up HERE 

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission – Gardening Volunteer at the Lee-Fendall Housefor Alexandria.  Sign up HERE.
Alexandria, VA 22314.  Gardening Volunteers have the opportunity to work outdoors and care for plants in a beautiful public garden. Green thumbs are integral to our mission of preserving, rehabilitating, and maintaining the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden as a community resource  

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission – Historic Site Docent at the Lee-Fendall House
Alexandria, VA 22314.  Docent volunteers at the Lee-Fendall House have the opportunity to learn about and engage with local history in an historic setting by guiding tours of the site. Docents play an integral role in our mission of preserving, maintaining, and interpreting the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden as a historic, cultural, and educational resource for the community in the city of Alexandria. Sign up HERE.  

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission – Education Programs Volunteer at the Lee-Fendall House
Alexandria, VA 22314.  The Educational Programs Volunteer will help develop and implement educational programs at the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden in support of its mission of preserving, maintaining, and interpreting the museum and its collection to serve as a historic, cultural, and educational resource for the community in the city of Alexandria. Sign up HERE.

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