Check out these new and ongoing local opportunities, compiled by Volunteer Alexandria—YOUR connection to helping others. Register online:

New & Upcoming

ALIVE!-Friday Family Food Volunteer-through December 2018 
The ALIVE! Friday Food Volunteer sorts donated food items, discards foods which are unsafe to consume, organizes the food shelf, and bags food for up to 32 preschool families.  This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in a career in nonprofit/social services careers, need community services hours, or want to learn more about ALIVE!  Volunteer two to three times a week, Tuesday through Thursday in the afternoon. Register online.

 Alexandria Families for Safe Streets-Oct. 27, 2018
We need help at local Farmer’s Market to hand out educational materials about pedestrian and cyclist safety, and collecting data on Near-Miss traffic incidents in Alexandria. Register online. 

Art on the Avenue-Oct. 6, 20 
Join UpCycle at Art on the Avenue for two hours to help kids decorate and launch their very own stomp rocket!  Along with UpCycle board and staff, volunteers will assist kids with putting together their rockets and seeing them soar into the air.  Register online.

DCHS Holiday Sharing Program to Register Families in October 2018 
The Department of Community and Human Service is seeking volunteers to assist with registering families to receive gifts from the Annual Holiday Sharing Program. Volunteers will enter information from the parent of an eligible family in the wish list database. Spanish speakers are particularly encouraged to assist. Older high school students are welcome. Register online.

Meade Memorial Episcopal Church-Saturday Hot Meal-Ongoing through Spring 2019 
Be a part of Meade Memorial Episcopal Church mission to serve those in need. Partner by becoming a volunteer and serve hot meals to Alexandria’s vulnerable residents. Meals are provided by DC Central Kitchen and volunteers ONLY need to re-heat and serve meals on Saturday between 12:30 p .m.-1:30 p. m. Register online. 

New Hope Housing Community Job and Resource Fair-Oct. 2, 2018 
Volunteers are needed to help job seekers prepare their resumes, brush up on interview skills, help check in participating businesses, and more. The 2018 Community Job and Resource Fair will be held at the South County Government Center, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to any job seekers in the community. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria-Emergency Preparedness Outreach-Multiple Opportunities Available in September 
Help share Emergency Preparedness information with friends and neighbors in the community.

West End Farmers Market-Sept. 30, 2018 Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria-George Washington Parade-Feb. 18, 2019 
Join Volunteer Alexandria as we march in the George Washington Parade. Volunteers will walk in the parade promoting Volunteer Alexandria and emergency preparedness, by handing out flyers and carrying a banner and signs. Register online. 

Volunteer Alexandria-Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria Recognition Event-Oct. 10, 2018 
Want to recognize those who volunteer? There are multiple opportunities available for volunteers to assist with registration, set up, food tables, silent auction, bartending, photography, and breakdown at the close of the event. All volunteers are invited to attend the event, and will work in shifts to allow them time to enjoy the event as well.  Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria-Multicultural Community Health Fair-Oct. 12 & 13, 2018 
Want to improve the health of your neighbors? During the health fair, low-income families and individuals will have the chance to learn more about services they can receive, participate in on-site health screenings and tests, and receive vaccinations. Volunteers needed to help with set up, serve as runners, greeters (must be bi-lingual English & Spanish), help with registration, and children’s activities. Volunteers will be provided breakfast and lunch, and will have breaks. Register online.

 A Wider Circle-Truck Team or In-House Lifter-Ongoing 
Seeking volunteers to join our Truck Team and help to pick up donations of furniture and household items throughout the region for the families served. Additionally, seeking volunteers to help to collect and distribute furniture and other basic need items for the families we serve. Volunteers will help to unload donors’ vehicles and to restock our showroom as families select items. Register online.

 Arts & Culture

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra–Multiple Opportunities Available 
The ASO is looking for volunteers to provide assistance in creating a smooth event experience for concert goers, musicians, and staff. Seeking volunteers to serve at the box office, as parking assistants, greeters, and ushers. Register online.

 Creative Artists Network 4 Social Causes-through Dec. 31, 2018 
Invitation to area photographers, illustrators and all artists. Join the network and donate your talent and artistry to worthy nonprofits. Help them tell their story through art. Your art can be featured at an upcoming exhibition. Register online.

Tinker Time-UpCycle Creative Reuse Center-Ongoing 
Tinker Time allows children of all ages to explore and create in a studio space with a unique collection of materials. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, monitoring activities, and clean up during Tinker Time on Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning.  Register online.

 Civic & Community

Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically (ALIVE!)-Multiple Opportunities Available-Ongoing 
Volunteers needed to help many programs.  Help low income families settle into their new homes by picking up and delivering furniture. Support the Family Emergency Program in 1 of 3 ways: desk volunteer, food packer or driver. Prepare and sort donated housewares for distribution to those in need. Warehouse helper needed to aid loading and delivery of food. Register online.

American Red Cross-Multiple Opportunities Available through October 2018 
The American Red Cross is looking for your help in being an Advanced Master Instructor, Administrative Support Volunteer, Volunteer Engagement Lead or Recovery Policy Volunteer. Register online.

Coach with Girls on the Run-Fall Season-Multiple Opportunities Available through October 2018 
Volunteers needed to coach with Girls on the Run in Alexandria. You’ll lead your team of girls in valuable lessons and teamwork building, while working up to running a 5K at the end of the season. Register online.

Reading Tutor at Local Elementary School-October 2018-May 2019 
Volunteers needed during the school day, once or twice a week to tutor a kindergarten or first grade student in reading. Each session will be 30 to 45 minutes long. Training, materials, and support will be provided. Register online.

Space of Her Own-Ongoing 
At Space of Her Own, preteen girls experiment with art and uncover unique talents with the encouragement of caring mentors. Girls are paired with professional adult female volunteers and engage in visual arts and life skill lessons to open their words to new possibilities. Pairs meet in a group setting one night a week for the initial program year, which culminates in a team effort to give each girls' bedroom a makeover. Register online.

VeloCity Bicycle Cooperative-Learn Bike Mechanics to Help the Community-Ongoing 
Train to become a volunteer bicycle mechanic! New volunteers board members wanted. Board meets every six weeks and members typically contribute 5-10 hours/month. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria-Carpenter-through Dec. 31, 2018 
We are seeking a carpenter to build a structure to organize garden tools, supplies, and equipment. Register online.

Volunteer Alexandria-Emergency Preparedness Outreach–Multiple Opportunities Available-Ongoing 
Interested in raising awareness and educating others how to prepare for emergencies? We need 2-4 volunteers to help us distribute emergency preparedness materials at locations throughout Alexandria. Register online.

Children & Youth Education

RESET-Hands-on STEM Educator through July 2019 
Scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians needed to lead students in hands-on STEM activities.  STEM background required, except for Pre-K programs and RESET's High School & Volunteer Scouts programs. Register online.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC-Volunteer opportunities through April 2019 
Volunteers are to help with many programs. Register online.

The Campagna Center-Multiple Opportunities Available through January 2019 
The Wright to Read program provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children who are reading one year below grade level. Support the Building Better Futures program and assist with carrying out BBF program activities related to tutoring and enrichment, as well as assist program staff with other components of the BBF program (e.g. parent education, recruitment and retention). Register online.

Family Services

ALIVE! Warehouse Manager, Program Chair, Truck Drivers-Multiple Opportunities Available 
ALIVE! is a community based non-profit dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for low-income residents in Alexandria, VA through a variety of services. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round and include assisting with: food distributions on the last Saturday of the month, furniture and household goods deliveries, and family emergency food deliveries. Register online.

Sexual Assault Center-Hotline Companion through Sept. 30, 2018 
Meet with survivors at the hospital to offer support and information immediately following a sexual assault. Volunteers also needed to provide ongoing advocacy, information, and emotional support for sexual assault survivors as well as staffing our 24/7 hotline. Register online.

Health & Wellness

Prevention of Blindness Society Look Again Resale Shop Volunteers needed through Dec. 31, 2018 
Volunteers needed to sort donations, price items for sale and provide customer service. Register online.

Inova Health System-Hospital Elder Life Program through April 2019 
Volunteers needed to provide therapeutic activities, assist with patient mobilization, assist patients with meals and feeding by providing encouragement, help unit staff, and other tasks as needed. Register online.  

Inova Alexandria Hospital-Spiritual Support Volunteers-Ongoing 
Chaplin volunteers needed to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and families. Register online.

Senior Services

Senior Services of Alexandria-Multiple Opportunities Available through Dec. 31, 2018 
Volunteers needed to shop for and deliver groceries to seniors who have a difficult time getting to the store to get food, help with the Meals on Wheels Program or visit seniors through the Friendly Visitor Program. Register online.