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Volunteers, the backbone of most social-service organizations, are needed now more than ever to help mend the damages from heavy rains and the a.dthridge earthquake.

People can help by donating money, building materials and household items and, most valuable of all, by giving their time and labor.

Help Rebuild

* Los Angeles Free Clinic needs volunteer architects, contractors, painters and others to help replace quake-damaged floors, walls and ceilings. The clinic also must replace office equipment. And there is an ongoing need for volunteers in the health professions and for clerical staff. Information: Craig Fleishman, (213) 653-8622.

* San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council Inc., in cooperation with Church World Service, provides social services to communities and individuals in need. It is seeking skilled volunteer workers and building materials for repairs. It needs additional supplies of clothing, food and other staples to help disaster survivors. Volunteers also provide counseling services and medical and dental care. Information: (818) 718-6460.

* Turning Point Shelter, a project of the Ocean Park Community Center, helps homeless people get back on their feet. Formerly located in the basement of a Santa Monica church destroyed in the earthquake, Turning Point will relocate in portable buildings until a permanent facility is ready. An SOS is out for electricians, carpenters and plumbers. Other needs are 12 adult-size bunk beds, 24 single mattresses, a large TV, Macintosh computer and printer, 35 sets of institutional sheets (singles), 35 gym lockers, VCR, towels and washcloths. Information: (310) 394-3947.

* Rancho San Antonio, a residential center in Chatsworth, provides care and treatment for up to 100 adolescent boys. The center needs major structural repair and seeks donations of building materials and volunteer contractors and builders. The center also must replace microwave and toaster ovens, TVs, VCRs, computers and games. Boys' clothing is always welcome. Information: Sharon Covington, (818) 882-6400.

* Women's Care Cottage Shelter, a drop-in center and child-care center under the auspices of San Fernando Valley Friends of Homeless Women and Children, needs skilled masonry workers to repair chimneys and other damage. Information: Cynthia Caughey, executive director, (818) 753-1127.

* Volunteers of America has shelters and housing throughout Los Angeles for individuals, families and seniors. A number of damaged shelters need extensive plastering and painting; some require the work of plumbers and electricians. Among locations: Maud Booth Family Center, 11243 Kittridge Ave., North Hollywood; North Hollywood Apartments, 6724 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood; Jan Clayton Center, 4969 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Hollywood Shelter, 1057 N. Vine St., Hollywood, and Work Furlough-Los Angeles, 1765 S. La Cienega Blvd. Information: Darryl Dunn, (213) 389-1500.

* Crittenton Center in Highland Park, a children's shelter, is structurally safe but needs the services of plasterers and painters. Donations of computers and other office equipment, TVs, VCRs, microwaves and other appliances are sought. Information: Lynda Griffith, (213) 225-4211.

New Site Needed

Wellness Community's Ben and Joyce Eisenberg National Training Center had to relocate after its Santa Monica building was declared uninhabitable. The center has relocated to temporary quarters, available only for a year, causing the charity to incur an $80,000 moving cost. The support group for cancer patients is seeking funds to purchase permanent quarters in Santa Monica or elsewhere on the Westside. Information: Jan Young or Diane Thomas, (310) 314-2555.

Provide Skilled Help

* Habitat for Humanity-Los Angeles rehabilitates housing in Los Angeles, San Fernando/Santa Clarita and Ventura throughout the year. Now with quake damage, it has a special need for more hands to answer phones, solicit donations of building materials, estimate damage to structures and repair and rebuild homes for low-income families. Information: (800) 266-7047.

* Tierra del Sol Foundation, 9919 Sunland Blvd., Sunland, provides training and employment programs for adults with developmental and multiple disabilities. Skilled help is needed for vehicle maintenance, general repairs, light carpentry, electrical and plumbing work and heating repairs. Assistance with clerical work, computer data entry and fund raising is also needed. Also welcome are Spanish, Armenian and Vietnamese translators. Information: Vicki Nadsady, (818) 352-1419.

* Florence Crittenton Center in Lincoln Heights needs help with weed removal, plastering and painting inside and out, resurfacing of a play area, repair of bikes and other equipment, installation of a sandbox and more. The center houses an average of 50 to 60 teen-age girls and their infants. Information: Lynda W. Griffith, Development, (213) 225-4211.

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