Call to Action: Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

CASA Children’s Intervention Services

You can make a difference in the life of a child! CASA Children’s Intervention Services needs volunteers age 21+ who care about children growing up in a safe, permanent and loving home. The staff will hold their next Virtual Information Session on April 10, 6 to 7 p.m.  Learn how you can help protect abused and neglected children in your community by becoming a volunteer advocate. Please email jpolen@casacis.org or call 703.330.8145 to receive the link to the meeting or to inquire about alternate dates.

Brain Injury Services (BIS)

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.

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.

Girls on the Run of NOVA

The 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!

Earth Day with 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 13 to 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

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. For more information, 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 (must be at least 18 to serve meals onsite). 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.

Walk MS: Manassas 2024

Mark your calendar!  Walk MS: Manassas 2024 will be held May 4 at Harris Pavilion in Manassas, and LOTS of volunteers age 15+ are needed to make this successful!  Jobs include Event Set-Up, Volunteer Check-in, Route Marshals, Hydration Stations, and much more!  You’ll feel great as you get involved with this community walk whose goal is to end Multiple Sclerosis (MS) forever!  Please visit bit.ly/4cHgvut and to sign up; email cassie.reeder@nmss.org for more information.

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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