Fairfax County volunteer opportunities
The Assistance League of Northern Virginia needs volunteers for Operation School Bell Weekend Food for Kids program. Volunteers will pack supplemental food packages for distribution to children in three Title 1 schools in Northern Virginia, 10 a.m. Nov. 17, Sully Police Station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Linda, 703-591-2312, www.northernvirginia.assistanceleague.org.
Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels program needs a volunteer group coordinator for the Fairfax area. Duties include accepting referrals by phone, client orientation over the phone and communication with meal providers. Volunteer Solutions, 703-324-5406, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/.
Our Daily Bread needs volunteers to sponsor needy Fairfax County area residents for Thanksgiving meals, December holiday meals and gifts for children in December. Donations to purchase gift cards for families are also welcome. Register to be a sponsor at www.odbfairfax.org. 703-273-8829, email@example.com.
The Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services needs volunteers to work with individuals affected by violence and abuse. Bilingual (English/Spanish) victim advocates and group facilitators are needed for a violence intervention program. Orientation sessions will take place in November and December. 703-324-9495.
Herndon’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee needs volunteers to fill vacancies on the panel. The committee advises the Town Council on safety and transportation issues related to walking and bicycling in Herndon. It works to promote the health and recreational benefits of walking and cycling. It generally meets four times a year. “Talent Bank” applications are available at the clerk’s office. 703-435-6804, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.herndon-va.gov.
The Falls Church City Alliance for Youth, in partnership with Northern Virginia Family Service, needs volunteers for the 1-2-1 mentoring program. Volunteers serve as role models, providing support, encouragement and friendship to youths in grades five to seven. The program runs year-round, 4:20-6 p.m. Thursdays. Volunteers must be 21 or older; a minimum one-year commitment is required. Training is provided. 703-219-2106.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers lifesavers to help patrol the Potomac River. Boat crew training classes are provided over the winter. Rich Miller, 703-780-3765, email@example.com.
Rebuild Warehouse needs volunteers to help in the warehouse and office and with picking up donated materials. The nonprofit organization sells reclaimed building materials, trains hard-to-place workers in “green-collar jobs” and educates the community in affordable ways to live more sustainably. The warehouse is in Springfield. Training is available, and hours are flexible. 703-280-1719.
The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum needs volunteer docents to work Sunday afternoons greeting museum visitors and telling them about the exhibits, the museum and Civil War history. Training is provided. Other volunteers opportunities include gardening, publicity and exhibit planning. Michael, 703-506 0753.
Inova Fairfax Hospital needs volunteers for clerical activities in various departments. www.inova.org.
Volunteers for Change, a program designed for busy adults, features a flexible monthly calendar of more than 50 projects throughout Northern Virginia. Attend an hour-long orientation meeting, then choose from the program’s monthly community service projects, including planting trees, bagging food for homeless families, tutoring adult ESL students, playing bingo with people with disabilities and helping with community-wide events. An orientation meeting will be 6-7 p.m. Nov. 22. Jen Kivlin, 703-246-3895, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Councils for International Education needs volunteers to evaluate the scholarship applications of students from the former Soviet Union and southeastern Europe. Funding for the programs is provided by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Students will spend one year living with a U.S. family and attending a U.S. high school. Evaluation of applications will be at the American Councils office in the District from November through March. Training is provided. 202-833-7522.
AARP Tax-Aide, a free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service, needs volunteers to electronically complete and file federal and state income tax forms. All ages and backgrounds are welcome; must be able to use a computer. Evening and Saturday shifts are available. Tax counselors receive free tax training and become IRS certified by passing the IRS examination. www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Fairfax County needs volunteers to help people with disabilities learn to swim and be safe in and around water. Under the guidance of a water safety instructor, volunteers assist participants, ages 5 to 21, with skill-building games and exercises at county RECenters. 703-324-5715.
Capital Caring, formerly Capital Hospice, needs volunteers to work in its new Falls Church thrift store. 703-531-6232, email@example.com.
Northern Virginia Family Service needs volunteers on an on-call basis to translate for clients in its Multicultural Human Services program in Falls Church. Volunteers must be 20 or older, have flexible weekday availability and be fluent in French, Arabic, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali or Farsi. Navara Jordan, 703-219-2193, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Virginia Family Service’s Clock Tower Thrift Shops, in Centreville and Falls Church, need volunteers to sort and organize donations, set up and maintain merchandise displays and assist customers with questions and purchases. Volunteers must be 16 or older. The shops are open daily; flexible hours are available. Navara Jordan, 703-219-2193, email@example.com.
— Compiled by Jean Mack
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