Opportunities to volunteer in Md., Va. and D.C., by city and county

December 11, 2013

ALEXANDRIA

Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services Holiday Sharing Program seeks sponsors for senior or disabled residents and 109 families with children for the holidays and to sort and deliver gifts from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 703-746-5663. alexandriava.gov.

Carpenter’s Shelter volunteers are needed to cook for residents on the first and third Fridays of each month; volunteers may also donate food. Call Megan McCullough, 703-778-4937.

Community Partners for Children is holding its 25th annual toy drive. Donations of new unwrapped toys, infant and toddler items, gifts for children 10-12 and grocery store gift cards may be dropped off. For locations and volunteer opportunities, check www.cpc.wildapricot.org.

National Capital Area Holiday Project seeks volunteers to visit people confined to hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout this month and on special days throughout the year. 703-370-0370. www.holidayproject.info.

Salvation Army needs volunteers to sort gifts for children participating in the Angel Tree program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Tuesday. Gift distribution is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 20. 703-836-2427. www.salvationarmyusa.org.

YMCA Alexandria needs grocery store gift cards for low-income families to purchase their holiday meals. Puzzles, books and games for children ages infant to 17 are also needed. 703-838-8085. ymcadc.org.

ARLINGTON

Arlington County Department of Human Services seeks gift cards from grocery stores, drug stores, Target or shopping malls not to exceed $25, for children in foster care, people with disabilities and low-income seniors and families. Mail by Tuesday to Secret Santa Program c/o Kurt Larrick, Department of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., 4th Fl., Arlington, Va. 22204. 703-228-1775. http://volunteer.truist.com.

Arlington Food Assistance Center needs holiday food drive hosts this month. 703-845-8486. www.afac.org.

Arlington South Lions Club seeks Christmas tree fundraiser assistants to benefit Better Sports Club, Arlington Free Clinic, Eyeglass Recycle Center and other local charities. 703-209-8825. www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/arlingtons/.

Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless seeks volunteers for the Adopt-A-Family program for clients of the Sullivan House. 703-525-7177, Ext. 23. www.aachhomeless.org.

Arms Outstretched Ministry seeks volunteers to wrap gifts at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall through Dec. 24; three-hour shifts available. To sign up online, go to www.signupgenius.com. 703-517-0200. www.armsoutstretchedministry.com.

OAR Project Christmas Angel seeks volunteers to wrap gifts during its wrapping party, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. 703-228-7031. http://oaronline.org/projectchristmasangel.

ReachFar Foundation, a youth advocacy organization, needs volunteers for its holiday party, 3-6 p.m. Saturday. 703-991-0094. reachfar.org/blog.

The Reading Connection seeks volunteers to wrap gifts at local book stores in return for donations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 4-9 p.m. Monday. To sign up, go to www.signupschedule.com or call 703-528-8317, Ext. 10. thereadingconnection.org.

Salvation Army, Arlington Corps seeks volunteers to distribute gifts for children participating in the Angel Tree program Wednesday. 703-979-3380. http://salvationarmynca.org/centers/arlington.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Bread for the City holds its annual Holiday Helpings campaign to provide 8,000 area families the ingredients to cook a holiday meal; a $29 donation provides one meal. www.breadforthecity.org.

Capital Area Food Bank volunteers are needed for the annual Stuff-A-Truck program Friday to greet donors and collect food at four District Giant supermarket locations, along with locations in Virginia and Maryland. 202-644-9800. www.capitalareafoodbank.org.

Food and Friends volunteers are needed to deliver meals to people in the community living with HIV and AIDS on Christmas and New Year’s Day, or help prepare meals during three hour shifts in the kitchen from Dec. 24-Jan. 2. 219 Riggs Rd. NE. 202-269-2277. www.foodandfriends.org.

House of Help Shelter and drug treatment program seeks donations of gift cards, unwrapped toys, new winter clothing, personal hygiene items and more. Items may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the House of Help transitional housing facility, 2322 16th St. SE, lower level. 202-249-8511. www.hollowayministries.org.

House of Ruth donations are welcome year-round to provide day care, counseling, job training and other domestic abuse support services to women and children. 202-667-7001. www.houseofruth.org.

Iona Senior Services support center for the elderly needs volunteers for packing and delivering meals, transporting donated produce and sorting and delivering groceries. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9448. www.iona.org .

Martha’s Table needs people to donate funds, purchase a “Bundle of Joy” for a child or family enrolled in the organization’s educational program, or donate winter clothing and food. 2114 14th St. NW. 202-328-6609. www.marthastable.com.

Toys for Tots is collecting new, unwrapped toys at locations throughout the Washington area; volunteers are needed to help sort them. 202-433-3152. For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit anacostia-dc.toysfortots.org.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s needs help planning the Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter’s annual event, including marketing, advocacy, team recruitment, sponsorship and event logistics. Call Julie Booth, 703-766-9007. www.alz.org/nca.

Washington Humane Society’s Holiday Toy and Treat drive needs businesses to host donation boxes to collect items for its adoption centers, including trash bags, storage boxes and pet supplies. Foster care volunteers are welcome year-round. 7319 Georgia Ave NW. 202-234-8626. www.washhumane.org.

FAIRFAX

Alternative House, an organization serving abused and homeless children and their families, requests gift cards, personal hygiene items, clothing for children and teens, cleaning supplies and linens. Donations accepted daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at 2100 Gallows Rd., Vienna. 703-506-9191. www.thealternativehouse.org .

Alzheimer’s Family Day Center center seeks new or used iPods, bingo prizes, iTunes gift cards, art supplies, postage stamps, plain copy paper and gift certificates to local grocery and office supply stores. 703-204-4664. www.alzheimersfdc.org.

Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) needs volunteers to bag and prepare meals, assist with canned food drives, act as literacy mentors and more. 571-323-9555; Alacia Earley, Volunteer and Drives Manager, 571-323-9568. www.cornerstonesva.org.

Food for Others has opportunities including sponsoring a food drive, helping in the warehouse, distributing food on weekday evenings and picking up food from retailers on weekdays. 703-207-9173. www.foodforothers.org.

Homestretch, which works to address the root causes of homelessness, needs gift cards and household goods. 703-237-2035, Ext. 110. www.homestretch-inc.org.

Lorton Community Action Center needs money, nonperishable food, baby wipes, soy baby formula, cleaning supplies and other items. 703-339-5161. www.lortonaction.org.

New Hope Housing needs donations of new gifts for people in homeless shelters; Wal-Mart, Target, CVS and grocery store gift certificates are also needed. Bring donations to New Hope Housing’s administrative office, 8407-E Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. 703-799-2293. www.newhopehousing.org.

Northern Virginia Family Service needs items including diapers and wipes, formula (preferably Good Start), detergent, Metro SmarTrip cards, gas and grocery store gift cards. 571-748-2500. www.nvfs.org.

Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources of Fairfax County needs donations for families of incarcerated people including gift cards from chain stores, clothing, tote bags and cellphones. Donations accepted 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, at the OAR office, 10640 Page Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax. 703-246-3033. www.oarfairfax.org.

Our Daily Bread, needs volunteers to sponsor a family for holiday meals and gifts or donated gift cards. 703-273-8829. www.odbfairfax.org.

Shelter House needs gift cards, baby supplies, linens, personal hygiene items and more. 703-955-7876. www.shelterhouse.org.

LOUDOUN

Holiday Coalition needs items including new infant, toddler and children’s clothing and toys; preteen and teen gifts and clothing; gifts and clothing for seniors and adults with disabilities; cash and/or $10 gift cards. Store location is 23520 Overland Dr., Suite 110, Sterling. www.loudoun.gov/holidaycoalition.

Link Needs include nonperishable food and toys, games and gift cards for children of all ages. 703-437-1776. www.linkagainsthunger.org.

Loudoun Interfaith Relief needs volunteers to help fill stockings and work in the Holiday Store. For needs, e-mail holidaydonations@loudoun.gov or call 703-737-8367. www.interfaithrelief.org.

Toys for Tots is accepting new, unwrapped toys, collecting by Leesburg and Loudoun County fire and rescue teams. Donations accepted through Monday at fire stations throughout the county. For information, call Rob Boyer at 571-258-3723. www.loudoun-va.toysfortots.org.

Loudoun County Animal Care and Control Program needs unopened packages of food, treats and toys for dogs, cats and small animals for its Pet Pantry. 703-777-0406. www.loudoun.gov/holidaycoalition.

Salvation Army requests grocery store gift cards for Christmas meals for the needy and volunteers to ring bells countywide during its annual Kettle Drive. Organizations and individuals are also needed for the Angel Tree program. Call Judy Brittle at 703-771-3371. virginiasalvationarmy.org/loudouncountyva .

MONTGOMERY

American Red Cross need blood donors year-round; call or visit the Web site to make an appointment. 800-733-2767. redcrossblood.org.

Holiday Giving Project of Montgomery County collects and distributes donations to low-income residents in a coordinated effort by nonprofits, local governments, and faith groups. Contact Susan Klavon. 240-687-9629. www.awidercircle.org.

Hospice Caring, a nonmedical, nonprofit hospice, needs volunteers to help wrap gifts at three Barnes & Noble locations this month. To sign up for your choice of dates and shifts, go to the Hospice Caring Web site. 301-869-4673. www.hospicecaring.org .

Montgomery Avenue Women’s Center the daytime shelter for homeless women needs volunteers to help serve meals, answer phones, complete forms, introduce arts and crafts projects and write donation thank-you letters. Contact Audra Cannon, 301-984-7765.

Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless seeks volunteers to prepare and/or serve meals on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. Student service learning hours can be earned. Contact Naira Hirz at naira@mcch.net or call 301-917-6658.

Retired STEM professionals are needed to assist K-12 Montgomery County public schools science teachers as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s collaboration with local schools. Contact Robert Thomas. 301-570-2811.

The Senior Connection needs volunteers to help people age 62 and older live as independently as possible by providing escorted transportation to scheduled medical appointments, helping with grocery shopping and more. Training provided. 301-962-0820.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver hot lunches and cold suppers in the Gaithersburg area; training provided. Contact Mary Casamento. Asbury Methodist Village, Kindley Center, 333 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-216-4200 or 301-253-4626.

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind needs volunteers to help raise and train a 12- to 18-month-old puppy to become a guide dog for the blind or a service dog for a veteran. 866-282-8046. www.guidedog.org .

Jewish Social Services Agency Hospice and Transitions Programs A 20-hour specialized training class for prospective volunteers will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 12-14. Volunteers provide care and support to seriously and terminally ill individuals and their families. Contact Amy Kaufman Goott. 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-816-2650, www.jssa.org .

PRINCE GEORGE’S

House of Help City of Hope Shelters is in need of grocery gift cards for holiday dinners, unwrapped toys, store gift cards, winter clothing, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and more. Donations may be dropped off Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2420 Brooks Dr., Suitland or 11100 Billingsley Rd., Waldorf, or 2322 16th St. SE. Contact 301-735-2391 or visit www.hollowayministries.org.

A Legacy Left Behind seeks personal care items, such as toothpaste, soap, lip balm, lotion and deodorant for young women living in foster care. Drop off items Monday-Saturday at Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd. or Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. 301-938-5752. www.alegacyleftbehind.org.

Shepherd’s Cove Shelter in Capitol Heights is in need of gently worn shoes of all types and sizes to be donated to homeless families. Drop off shoes through Jan. 1 at North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Rd. 301-350-8660.

Marlow Heights Community Center is hosting a suit and tie drive. Donate dry-cleaned, used suits for local youth ages 12-24 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. through Dec. 31, at 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights. 301-423-0505.

PRINCE WILLIAM

Action in Community Through Service of Prince William seeks nonperishable food, grocery store or gas station gift cards, bus tokens, winter clothing and more. Monetary donations may be made online or mailed to P.O. Box 74, Dumfries, Va. 22026. 703-441-8606. www.actspwc.org.

Un-Trim-A-Tree Holiday Gift Program seeks children’s gifts valued at no more than $50. Movie passes and gift cards are also needed for teenagers. The program also gives gift baskets to homebound senior citizens. To donate, call 703-369-5292 or visit www.volunteerprincewilliam.org.

Hilda M. Barg Homeless Prevention Center needs cleaning supplies, including laundry detergent, gifts for children, hats and gloves for children and adults and over-the-counter medicine; monetary donations also accepted. To donate, call 703-680-5403.

SERVE (Securing Emergency Resources Through Volunteer Efforts) needs volunteer groups of six to 10 to prepare meals for 60 shelter residents Dec. 26 and 31 and Jan. 1 and 2. Volunteers will need to provide all the ingredients. To volunteer, call Jan Hawkins. 571-748-2621. www.nvfs.org.

Streetlight Ministries needs nonperishable food, toiletries, first-aid items, paper towels, sleeping bags and bus tokens. 703-491-2288, Ext. 231. www.thestreetlight.org,

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

St. Mary’s County Meals on Wheels needs drivers and substitutes to deliver meals to homebound seniors Monday through Friday. Call Bridget Maddox, 301-475-4200, Ext. 1060.

Calvert Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to the homebound. 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Project Echo, a shelter for homeless people in Prince Frederick, needs volunteers to staff a shift or help serve a meal. Volunteers must commit to four hours a month. Call Lori Hony at 410-257-0003 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or leave a message noting the best time to be contacted.

Charles County Cooperative Ministry on Aging needs volunteers to help with its Meals on Wheels and telephone reassurance programs. Volunteers are also needed to serve on the board. Mildred Barnes at 301-392-6325.

Top Banana Home Delivered Groceries, a nonprofit group that delivers goods to those unable to get to a store, needs volunteer drivers on Wednesdays to deliver to seniors and people with disabilities in Waldorf, La Plata, Indian Head and Hughesville. Call 301-372-3663.

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