A Call to Action: Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Prince William

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

Happy National Volunteer Week to anyone who volunteers! What a difference you make in the lives of others!

Volunteer Prince William is having our Annual Volunteer Recognition event on Sunday, May 19 at the Historic Ben Lomond House in Manassas. We invite all agencies to invite their volunteers to join in this celebration. We also need a volunteer to play music for a couple of hours that day.  Do you have a trio, quartet, DJ to help us out?  Please email Mary for more info.

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed at the Merrimac Farm on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a. m.-12:00 noon.  Come join the fun of weeding, pruning and watering plants in anticipation of the Annual Bluebell Festival on Sunday, April 14h.  Please wear long pants, long socks and sturdy shoes and bring a smile and a bottle of water.  A few volunteers are also needed to staff the welcome table at the Bluebell Festival April 14.  Please RSVP to [email protected] or (703) 490-5200.

Experienced kayakers, canoeists and Jon boaters needed on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a. m.-2:00 p. m. for the 10th Annual Upper Occoquan River Clean-up. There are many entry points for your boats.  Please pre-register here. There are on-land sites as well.

Leesylvania State Park needs volunteers for their monthly shoreline cleanups to pick up trash and drift wood.  The work days are April 13 and May 18.  Please register by calling the visitor center at (703) 583-6904 so they have your name to waive the park entry fee.

The Quantico Creek Clean-up, in partnership with the Town of Dumfries, is rescheduled for Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a. m.-12:00 Noon.  This is a great way to solve the plastic pollution in the creek.  Cleanup supplies will be provided; please wear boots and dress for the weather. Please contact [email protected] to learn more.

Maintenance and Fix-Up Work

ACTS needs a handy person to help with painting, drywall repairs and landscaping during traditional business hours.  They also have an urgent need for volunteers age 16 + to help sort donations at the thrift store. Please call Shirley for more info on these positions at (703) 441-8606 or via email [email protected]

The wonderful folks at Serve Our Willing Warriors needs House Prep volunteers to prepare the Retreat homes for visiting veterans and their families.  With two Retreat houses available, there’s plenty of work to do, and it’s a wonderful way to thank our veterans for their sacrifices.  SOWWwill also be holding a series of Beautification Days to spruce up the property for their guests.  Please visit https://willingwarriors.org/ or email [email protected] to learn more

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4 for the Annual Comcast Cares Day.  This year Leadership Prince William will fix up the ARC Child Care Center in Dale City.  They need tons of volunteers to help with this cause. Please visit their website for all the info and to register for this event.

Events    

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) needs volunteer actors for an emergency response exercise on Sunday, April 28 at the Friendship Heights Metro Station. Volunteers age 13+ with their parent are welcome to pretend the situation of a stranded train in the tunnel. Please visit their event page for all the info.

The Autism Society of Northern Virginia needs volunteers on Sunday, April 28 for the 8th Annual Autism Acceptance Walk and Family Festival at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. Duties include registration, clean-up, T-shirt distribution and activities assistance. Please email Kristen for more info.

Walk MS Manassas needs volunteers for the walk on Saturday, May 4, 9:00 a. m.-12:00 noon with registration, set-up, photography, singing the National Anthem and cheerleading. Please call Lexi at (202) 375-5615 for more info.

Manassas City Police Department will be holding a free VIN Etching Event on April 13 from 10:00 a. m.-2:00 p. m. at Signal Hill Shopping Center, 9692 Liberia Avenue, Manassas.  No need to preregister. Vehicle owners must bring their driver’s license and current vehicle registration. Please contact Sarah Maroney (Manassas City Police) at (703) 257-8064 or Officer Jason Alicie (Prince William County Police) at (703) 792-4425 to learn more.

The Tough Mudder is coming to Silver Lake in Haymarket on June 1-2.  This team-oriented 8-10 mile obstacle course will have thousands of participants. Volunteers are needed in lots of locations and duties.  You won’t want to miss this fun event.  Please visit their website to learn more. You can also email [email protected] for more information.  This event is hosted by the PWC Office of Tourism.

Working with Children      

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is looking for volunteer advocates to work with abused and neglect children in our community. Learn how to become a child advocate by attending an Information Session. To register for a free one-hour information session, please email [email protected] or call (703) 330-8145.

Youth for Tomorrow needs volunteers to share their hobby or talent with at-risk teens on the weekends.  Do you like golf, sewing, dancing, cooking, baking, writing poetry, crocheting, writing songs or other fun things?  Then you’re the perfect person to share your talent with a kid.  Please register online.

Youth for Tomorrow also needs male mentors to coach a young man on some basic life skills and find the right path into adulthood.  It’s a great way to get out of your comfort zone and make a positive impact on a youth!  Please register online.

Meals and Food Distribution

Area Agency on Aging needs volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors throughout the community.  It just takes about two hours to pick up the meals from either senior center and deliver to your clients.  They also have a need for volunteers at the Adult Day Healthcare Center to play games with gentlemen and to assist with bingo on Friday mornings and Monday afternoon. Please visit the county website to learn more.   

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is looking for volunteers age 55+ to deliver noon meals through the Meals on Wheels Program.  Shifts are just two to three hours and available throughout the area.  RSVP members receive a mileage reimbursement and additional insurance coverage at no cost to the volunteer.  Please call Jan at (571) 292-5307 to learn more.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Prince William Area Free Clinic needs volunteers to offer free medical care to low income and uninsured individuals in the community.  Positions include administrative, scribing, translators, doctors and nurse practitioner.  Share just a little time with this wonderful organization and make a huge difference in someone’s life.  Please fill out an application online. Please call JQ with any questions at (703) 496-9561.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please call Volunteer Prince William at (703) 369-5292 or visit our website.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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