Call to Action: Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

BEACON for Adult Literacy

BEACON for Adult Literacy is in Urgent need of volunteers age 18+ to teach English to adults in their spring session on Monday mornings, Tuesday evenings and Thursday evenings!  Teaching experience is not required, you’ll receive training, curriculum and support!  Please sign up for an online info session being held April 2 and 3 to learn more.  Please visit bit.ly/43zEFTv to register – become a “Beacon” of hope in the community!

Brain Injury Services

Brain Injury Services (BIS) needs volunteers to be PALS (Providing a Link for Survivors) for survivors of brain injury.  This is a one-to-one friendship program for brain injury survivors; the program connects BIS clients with volunteers who can help them socialize in the community and rebuild social skills through friendship.  Once a month outings for coffee, walks, lunch, etc. can help a client get their life back on track following such a traumatic occurrence!  Please visit braininjurysvcs.org/volunteer/ for more information; email mthyen@braininjurysvcs.org to learn how you can help.

Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park

lease join the staff at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park for Park Day 2024 on April 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.v  Park Day is a nationwide event that encourages Civil War enthusiasts to help maintain, restore and preserve Civil War sites through volunteerism.  Volunteers are needed for projects such as litter pick up, cleaning cemeteries, and trail maintenance throughout the 140-acre park.  Please wear sturdy work shoes, bring gloves, and remember sunscreen.  Tools and snacks will be provided.  Please meet in the parking lot off Iron Brigade Avenue.  You’ll feel great getting outdoors with friends and family as you clean up and beautify this piece of Civil War history!  No signups necessary, just show up.  Please contact kpawlak@pwcgov.org or call 703.366.3049 for more information.

 CRi (Choice. Respect. independence)

CRi (Choice. Respect. independence) is a community-based nonprofit organization with a focus on providing personalized resources to people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.  They are currently in need of an American Sign Language (ASL) volunteer age 18+ to service the public at CRi events.  This volunteer will communicate with individuals who are hearing impaired and in need of socialization with those who speak ASL.  Strong skills in ASL are necessary and you’ll feel great as you share your specialized talent to help someone communicate with the public!  Please email volunteer@mycri.org to learn more.

Dumfries Spring Clean-up

If you need service hours for school, church, etc., the Town of Dumfries is holding their Dumfries Spring Clean-Up on April 6, beginning at 9 a.m.  Everyone’s welcome!  Volunteers will meet at 17757 Main Street in Dumfries for check-in.  Fresh air, volunteering with friends and family, cleaning up the community – what a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning!  Please visit bit.ly/48E96Ka to register; call 703.221.3400, ext. 119 or email rnickerson@dumfriesva.gov to learn more.

Friends of the Occoquan

Come out April 6 and be a River Hero!  Friends of the Occoquan is holding their Spring River Cleanup at five different sites in Prince William County, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Preregistration is recommended by emailing foto@friendsoftheoccoquan.org.  Bottled drinks and snacks will be available. Enjoy your Saturday morning with friends by doing your part to keep the source of our drinking water safe and pristine!  Please visit friendsoftheoccoquan.org and scroll down the Home page for more information.

Girls on the Run of NOVA

he year is speeding by, and Girls on the Run of NOVA is already preparing for their 5K Celebration being held May 18 (Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax) and May 19 (Pentagon City, Arlington)!  Over 100 volunteers age 13+ are needed for all sorts of jobs like Greeters, Water Stations, Cheerleaders and more.  It sounds like it will be a fantastic event and you’ll feel great as you support and encourage these youth who have been working hard to build up their fitness and confidence!  Please visit bit.ly/3TCr3lN to sign up or visit gotrnova.org.  Hurry, volunteer slots will fill up quickly!

Leopold’s Preserve

You can celebrate Earth Day with Leopold’s Preserve!  They need volunteers to help plant 200 donated trees on their facility at 16290 Thoroughfare Road in Broad Run on Saturday, April 20.  Two shifts are available, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.  This sounds like a wonderful activity for the whole family!  Please visit leopoldspreserve.com/calendar to sign up.  Please email info@whfarmfoundation.org or call 571.358.2098 to learn more.

 Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s English Empowerment Center (EEC)

Use your skills and knowledge of English to make a difference in the lives of immigrants and refugees in our community!  Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s English Empowerment Center (EEC) needs volunteers age 18+ to teach English to beginning-level learners at various locations in Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Falls Church, Herndon, Lorton, Reston, and also online.  They have a particular need for volunteers for classes in Lorton, Alexandria, and Annandale.  Prior teaching experience is preferred but is not required – training, curriculum, and support will be provided.  EEC also seeks committed office volunteers to assist with administrative tasks, special events, and data entry.  Please come to an information session/volunteer orientation on Thursday, April 4, 7 to 8 p.m. over Zoom.  For more information or to RSVP for the orientation, email atristan@EnglishEmpowermentCenter.org.

Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

If you love working with special needs youth and horses and you’re at least 14 years old, Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center, 16198 Silver Lake Road in Haymarket, wants to meet you!  They’re in need of volunteers age 14+ to spend a couple of hours a week supporting students with physical, cognitive, and mental health disabilities through therapeutic riding.  No horse experience necessary, training provided, and you’ll feel great as you help this organization achieve their mission of “Changing Lives One Hoofbeat at a Time!”  Please visit rainbowriding.org to fill out an online volunteer application; email volunteercoordinator@rainbowriding.org or call 703.794.5308 for more information.

SERVE Family Shelter

If your office, group or club is looking for a meaningful volunteer experience, the SERVE Family Shelter in Manassas needs groups of five to seven people to provide, prepare and deliver nutritious meals for about 60 guests on weekends/holidays. Volunteers have the option to prepare the meal offsite and do a drive-by drop-off delivery of the meal to the shelter or to prepare and serve onsite in the shelter kitchen. You’ll feel great knowing you’re providing a home-cooked nutritious meal for those coping with homelessness! Dates are available Memorial Day weekend through the end of June. Please email lhurst@nvfs.org for more information and a list of other open dates in 2024.

If you are looking for other opportunities, please call Volunteer Prince William at 703.369.5292 or visit volunteerprincewilliam.org.  Thanks so much for all you do in our community.

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