Call to Action: Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

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!  Please attend their Volunteer Open House being held April 27, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to learn how you can help.  Volunteers are needed 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.

Brain Injury Services (BIS)

Do you love going fishing?  Brain Injury Services (BIS) is searching for a volunteer to be a PALS (Providing a Link for Survivors) for a brain injury client living in Prince William who would like to go on occasional fishing trips.  PALS 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.  You’ll feel great as you enjoy a day at your favorite fishing hole while helping 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.

CASA Children’s Intervention Services Virtual Information Session

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 24, 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.

 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.

First Home Alliance Community Appreciation Day

If you’re a teen in need of service hours, we’ve got a fun event for you!  The wonderful staff at First Home Alliance is hosting a Community Appreciation Day on April 27 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge 22191.  Volunteers age 16+ are needed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help with jobs such as set up/break down, registration table, monitoring the bounce house and yard games for kids, face painting and serving food during lunch.  It sounds like it will be a great day while you help this nonprofit thank the community for their support!  Please email fseymour@firsthomealliance.org to sign up and 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!

Keep Prince William Beautiful Community Cleanup

Are you looking for service hours?  Keep Prince William Beautiful has another Community Cleanup scheduled for April 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to clean up litter from the Blackburn Community and surrounding streets in Manassas.  Volunteers should meet at 11169 Wheeler Ridge Drive, Manassas.  Please be sure to bring a water bottle, snacks and drinks will be available.  It’s family-friendly, and groups are welcome!  Please visit forms.office.com/r/Fxyedbny34 to register; email abrown@kpwb.org to learn more.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS)

Attention graduate students!  Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) has opened up the 2024-25 school year applications for graduate social work student interns and counseling student interns.  NVFS is committed to training and supporting the education, growth and development of future mental health, social services and nonprofit management professionals through high-quality, structured, hands-on opportunities with regular supervision from qualified staff.  If you’re a student pursuing a MSW or MSS, learn more about their clinical internship opportunities or email sweinstein@nvfs.org today!

St. Thomas United Methodist Church Food Pantry

St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas needs a volunteer Team Leader for their Food Pantry on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Jobs include instructing volunteers on how to sort/store donated food from local grocery stores, organize items for Saturday distributions, train new volunteers and help keep the pantry organized and clean.  Training provided; no experience necessary!  You’ll feel great as you help this busy food pantry get prepared for their food distributions, which serve up to 800 food insecure individuals each week!  Please email gary.gilham@stthomasumc.org or call 703.368.5161, ext. 122 for more information.

Walk MS: Manassas

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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