Volunteer Alexandria has compiled the following Hotlist of local volunteer opportunities. Please register for opportunities using our website or contact the agency directly if you are interested in the opportunity and reference Volunteer Alexandria. We are YOUR connection to helping others!
NEW and EVENTS Volunteer Needs
RSVP Northern Virginia – Orientation Workshops
10530 Page Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030, www.volunteerfairfax.org/individuals/rsvp.php. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older and is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service (in partnership with Volunteer Alexandria, Volunteer Arlington, and Volunteer Fairfax). In Northern Virginia, the RSVP volunteers are responding to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.Register for a one-time, one-hour RSVP Orientation to learn about current volunteer opportunities, RSVP member benefits, and volunteer policies. Available dates are: Wednesday July 16, 2014 at 3 PM (Fairfax Regional Library) and August 12, 2014 1 pm (Arlington Central Library). Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__CMSContent?CMSId=a0UU0000004wV0sMAE)
Volunteer Alexandria - HandsOn Connect End-User Training
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.volunteeralexandria.org. Volunteer Alexandria will present a series of End-User Trainings on its HandsOn Connect Volunteer Management platform in late July. Learn how to log in and get started, create and manage volunteer opportunities, manage volunteers and verify their service hours, and learn about new features that are being added. The HandsOn Connect Volunteer Management platform allows your organization to expand your capability to manage, track and report on people, programs, trainings and volunteer opportunities in real time. Training dates: July 22 and July 23, 2014, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Volunteer Alexandria office. Sign up HERE. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000QGlgs)
War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission - The British are Coming!!! - Alexandria War of 1812
Alexandria, VA 22314. The British are coming! The British are coming - AGAIN! The Alexandria War of 1812 Commission in partnership with the Lee-Fendall House Museum is seeking volunteers to assist with its Alexandria War of 1812 Commemoration on SUNDAY, August 31, 2014. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: Event Set-Up: setting up tables, chairs, tents, etc.; Information Tent: answering visitor questions, providing directions, distributing maps and brochures; Education Activities - assisting with family and children's activities; Stage: assisting with setting up stage equipment for programs throughout the day; Volunteer Support: checking in volunteers and providing volunteer hospitality; Security: assist with crowd control and visitor safety; Clean Team: policing park for trash during event; Event Clean Up: packing up tables, chairs, tents, etc. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are invited to a volunteer reception immediately following the event! Sign up HERE. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000Q7rsr)
On-going Needs in the Community
Alexandria Black History Museum — Reception Volunteer
902 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, www.alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory. 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 Department of Community and Human Services - Volunteer Victim Advocate
Alexandria, VA 22314, alexandriava.gov. The City of Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center is recruiting volunteer advocates for their September 2014 class. Volunteers are an integral part of the Sexual Assault Center. After a comprehensive training course, volunteers may become client advocates. 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. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PxwtW)
Alexandria Domestic Violence Program — Shelter and Children’s Support Group Volunteers
421 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, www.Alexandriava.gov. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandria Library, Beatley Branch - Knitters
5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304, www.alexandria.lib.va.us. Volunteers are needed for the knitting program for children to help the young knitters learn to knit. Thursday nights from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Contact: Christian Reynolds, 703.746.1702 or email@example.com.
Alexandria Sheriff's Office —Teachers, Mentors, and Facilitators
2003 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314, www.alexandriava.gov/sheriff. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexandria Visitors Center at Ramsay House — Alexandria Tourism Volunteers
221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, VisitAlexandriaVA.com. 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, email@example.com.
American Cancer Society – Volunteer Drivers Needed for Cancer Patients
www.cancer.org . 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. By donating a little of your time, you can help save a life while fulfilling your own. Contact: Brenda Silvia-Torma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Horticultural Society – Garden Volunteers
7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria, VA 22308, ahs.org. Volunteers are needed to assist with garden maintenance and data entry. Register HERE for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU0000002GgO7MAK
Asian American Lead (AALEAD) – DC Elementary Summer Program Aide
2100 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009, www.aalead.org. AALEAD’s Elementary Summer Program primarily serves low-income Asian-American students in elementary school between the ages of 5-13. The Program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, June 30, 2014 to August 1, 2014. This summer, students will be focusing on literacy skills as well as identity, health & nutrition, leadership, and the arts/culture. Click here to register for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PnlzH
City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities - Park Monitor
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.alexandriava.gov/recreation. A Park Monitor will make observations of the park(s) and convey them back to park staff for appropriate action. The Park Monitor will need to be familiar with the park rules and be able to recognize maintenance needs. The Park Monitor will report any unsafe conditions or maintenance needs to park staff. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PxBqM)
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run - Deadfall Days Volunteers Needed
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, www.1771.org. Volunteers needed from 10am - 3pm, first Saturday of the month, May through December. Fallen trees and branches are both an asset and a potential problem. Firewood, kindling, fence rails, safety and sustainable forestry all come into play and we need your help. Youth and families can help remove deadfall from path, road and field perimeters, helping to supply the 18th Century Colonial Farm with kindling and firewood while removing potential forest fire fuel and keeping the roads & paths safe for access. To receive more information, sign up HERE. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000MIXnr
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run - Volunteers Needed for Colonial Company
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, www.1771.org. Volunteers are needed from April 2nd through December 14th who have an interest in history, acting, re-enacting and/or education, to dress in period clothing and portray citizens of the Virginia Colony in 1771 at our 18th Century Market Fairs. Sign up HERE.
Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run – Junior Interpreter Program Volunteers Needed
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101, www.1771.org. Through this program, children between the ages of 10 and 17 who would like to volunteer in costume and have a special interest in history, can find out what life on a Colonial Farm is really like. To receive more information, sign up HERE.
Community Lodgings – Tutors Needed
Alexandria, VA, www.communitylodgings.org. 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 http://communitylodgings.org/volunteer.
Computer CORE — Career Development Coaches
3846 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, computercore.org. 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 email@example.com.
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging - Computer Savvy?
Fairfax, VA 22035, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm. On-Call IT Specialists needed for a new computer assistance program. Volunteers are needed to help older adults and adults with disabilities with basic computer issues. Schedule is flexible. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000Q9Nmi)
Fairfax Area Agency on Aging - Do You Like Shopping? Grocery Shoppers Needed in Falls Church/Annandale!
Fairfax, VA 22035, http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/volunteer-solutions.htm. There are isolated older adults and adults with disabilities, who would be grateful for volunteers to drive to get groceries and/or prescriptions, and run other errands for them. Schedules vary and are flexible, with a minimum of 4 hrs/month. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000Q7s1n)
Gadsby's Tavern Museum — Tour Guide Volunteers
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, alexandriava.gov/Volunteer. 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 — Friendly Visitor and Certified Tai Chi Instructors
Alexandria, VA 22311,www.goodwinhouse.org.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. To receive more information, find this opportunity at volunteeralexandria.org. 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. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000MJnvhMAD
Goodwin House Alexandria – Garden Box Helper
Alexandria, VA 22311, www.goodwinhouse.org. The Garden Box Helper will work one-on-one with residents by pulling weeds, pouring mulch, planting flowers and so much more. If you enjoy gardening and don't mind helping others, this is the opportunity for you. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PT24Y)
King Street Cats - Adoption Counselors, Cleaner and Feeders
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.kingstreetcats.org. 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 for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU0000002GgoGMAS
Kingstowne Senior Center – Instructors Needed
6488 Landsowne Center Alexandria, VA 22315, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices. The Kingstowne Senior Center in Alexandria needs instructors for classes in art, beginning Spanish, and Tai Chi or QiGong/Khi Cong. Register HERE for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000KMW5lMAH
Lee-Fendall House Museum — Immediate and Ongoing Volunteers
614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, leefendallhouse.org. Volunteers are needed to guide historic tours, lead school programs, gardening, staff the museum shop, and provide administrative assistance. Volunteers have six-hour per month flexible schedules; training is provided. Contact: John Christiansen, 703-548-1789, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia — ESOL Tutors
Website: lcnv.org. Volunteers are needed to tutor English-speaking adults seeking to improve their reading and writing skills. Each tutor is trained, matched with a student, and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half to help the student improve their reading and writing skills. Tutors have the flexibility of setting their own schedules with their student to meet at any mutually convenient public location in their neighborhood. Register HERE for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU0000008hC2JMAU
Meals on Wheels through Senior Services of Alexandria - Delivery Volunteers and Teams
700 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • Website: seniorservicesalex.org. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled persons. Register HERE for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PgbRPMAZ
National Organization for Victim Assistance — Advocate Certification Volunteers
510 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, trynova.org. Volunteers are needed to help decorate/embellish certificates with ribbons & seals; affix certification cards to award letters; and assemble certification packages for mailing. Volunteers will be needed throughout the year. Contact: Liz Hariton, 703-535-6682, LizHariton@trynova.org.
Senior Services of Alexandria — Friendly Visitor Volunteers
700 Princess Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, seniorservicesalex.org. 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. Register HERE for this opportunity. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PhLB3MAN
Space of Her Own, Inc. - Serve SOHO as an Americorps VISTA
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.spaceofherown.org. Do you believe that all children should have access to passionate and caring adults to help them reach their full potential? Dynamic Americorps VISTA needed for creative mentoring program! SOHO-Space of Her Own and SOHO-Space of His Own pair mentors one-to-one with preteen youth from low-income, fragile, and fragmented homes. During weekly meetings, mentors and youth engage in visual arts and carpentry classes, connect over healthy dinners, benefit from life skills activities, and participate in meaningful service projects. Over the course of the year, SOHO seeks to foster long-term mentoring relationships by allowing youth to express themselves through creative projects that can be used in a culminating room renovation. With the guidance of a mentor, each child develops a true space of his/her own and in the process, begins to carve out his/her own space in the future. Click HERE for more information. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000PpGkF)
Space of His Own – Seeking Mentors
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.spaceofherown.org. Space of His Own seeks mentors for fifth-grade boys in Alexandria, VA. Space of His Own provides young men with the opportunity to thrive in the community through consistent mentorship, life-skills lessons, and carpentry enrichment. Throughout the school year, mentors meet each week with their mentees to enjoy dinner and complete an art or carpentry projects. Following the first year, mentors have the option of continuing to mentor by meeting with their mentee in the community. Register here for this opportunity.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) — Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Parenting Classes Volunteers
1705 Fern Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, scanva.org. 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. http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU0000002GgJDMA0
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition – Advocate/Policy Volunteer Needed
Alexandria, VA 22314, www.preventitalexandria.org. Research laws and regulations in Virginia and Alexandria that could be strengthened to support reducing alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco use by youth in Alexandria. Present research at SAPCA Policy Workgroup meetings. Register HERE for this opportunity. (http://handsonconnect.volunteeralexandria.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000OlG1B)
The Lyceum — Visitor Services and Museum Shop Volunteers
201 S Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, alexandriava.gov/historic/lyceum. 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.