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Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Happy New Year!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 20 when the Annual Joe 15 Blood Drive will be held, 9:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m., at Manassas Church of the Brethren.  Not only does this provide life-giving blood for the community, this event also honors the memory of Joseph “Joe” Page, who would have turned 30 this year.  Please contact Debbie at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.  You can also visit redcrossblood.org/make-donation and enter The Joe 15 Team in the Sponsor Code box.

Prince William Health District is holding their Community Health Worker (CHW) information and recruitment session on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 10:30 a. m.– 1:00 p. m. at 8470 Kao Circle, Manassas. The CHW volunteer program aims at improving health in the community by facilitating access to resources and providing health education. This session will be an opportunity to learn more about the program and go through an onboarding process for anyone interested in joining.  Please RSVP to [email protected] to learn more.

The team at Astar Education Institute is searching for families interested in hosting a Chinese high school student Jan. 22 thru Feb. 1.  This is a great way to introduce yourself or your family to a different culture and get a taste of hosting without making a long term commitment.  All host families will get the opportunity to send their son, daughter or other family member to China for free as part of a culture exchange this summer as a thank you for hosting!  Please call (703) 368-6838 for more information on how you can support this opportunity.

People Incorporated is looking for volunteer tax preparers willing to be certified as an IRS VITA Income Tax Preparer for the 2018 tax season.  This special tax preparer assists low-income individuals and families with tax preparation at Saint James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper Street, Warrenton.  Training is required, but you will be helping this vulnerable population navigate through their tax forms and IRS regulations.  Volunteer Greeters are also needed to welcome those who visit the site, distribute forms, and create a pleasant atmosphere for the clients. For more information, please call Jeanne at (571) 445-3020 or email [email protected].

The busy team at the SERVE Shelter are looking for volunteers age 18 and up to help with the annual Point in Time Count on Jan. 25, 6:30 a. m.-12:00 Noon.  This survey provides an annual count of the nation’s unsheltered homeless population, and will focus on Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  The survey will be held, rain, snow or shine.  Training prior to the survey will be provided.  Please contact Julie at [email protected] for more information on how to get involved with this important project.

Serve Our Willing Warriors will be hosting “A Night in Monte Carlo” Feb. 3, 6:30-10:30 p. m. at the Piedmont Club.  Volunteers are needed to spread the word about the event, collect auction items, help with sponsorships and assist with various tasks the day of the event.  Kimberly at [email protected] is happy to provide more information on this great fundraiser.  The agency also has numerous other volunteer opportunities available.  It’s a great way to say Thank You to our veterans for their sacrifices, and also help this wonderful organization spread the word on how they support veterans.  Please email [email protected] or visit willingwarriors.org for more information.

The good folks at ACTS are in need of volunteer groups (large and small) who can help with various facilities projects such as grounds work, painting and helping their shelter create more space.  Volunteers must be at least 16, and this is family friendly!  Please contact Tamika at [email protected] to learn how you can support this agency’s programs.

The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is in urgent need of volunteers age 55+ to teach fourth-grade children the life skills to keep them safe alone and safe at home.  Volunteers must be available during school hours.  This fun curriculum is very interactive and of course the kids are very fun.  Training is provided; please call Jan to learn more at (571) 292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team.

SERVE Shelter is in need of small volunteer groups (6-8) who can prepare and serve a meal to their shelter residents in February.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Meals needed are Feb. 3 Dinner, Febr. 4 Brunch, Feb. 11 Dinner and Feb. 19 (President’s Day) Brunch and Dinner.  Groups have the option to prepare food offsite and deliver, or bring ingredients and prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen.  Please contact Julie at [email protected] for more information on how to provide the homeless with a delicious, home-cooked meal.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please call Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 0, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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