Call to Action: Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

It’s summer – but hunger doesn’t care what time of year it is!  Several local food assistance programs have seen an increase in families needing help, which is already depleting their shelves.  You and your family can help by holding a food drive to support your nearest food program!  It’s a fun way to start the summer, and you’ll feel great knowing you are helping our vulnerable neighbors get through this season to feed their families!  Please visit the following to learn how you can help:  For SERVE, visit nvfs.org, for ACTS, visit actspwc.org, for House of Mercy, visit houseofmercyva.org, for Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, visit haymarketfoodpantry.org.

Does your organization have an outstanding volunteer or volunteer group whose service deserves recognition?

Serve Virginia announces nominations for this year’s Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards are open!  It’s a wonderful way you can recognize and thank your special volunteers for their service supporting your organization!  Please visit bit.ly/3K2GLT1 for more information.  The deadline to submit is June 25 at 5 pm.

BEACON for Adult Literacy Summer Conversation Classes

BEACON for Adult Literacy needs volunteers age 18+ to host their Summer Conversation Classes.  Sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m..  It’s all done online, so you can relax in air-conditioned comfort and help students improve their English skills at the same time!  Online volunteer information sessions are being held, please visit bit.ly/43zEFTv to sign up.  Please email smazzaro@osbva.org or call 571.531.5838 to learn more.

Looking for a summer volunteer opportunity?

Consider helping the staff at Boxes of Basics!  They’re hosting Summer Drop-In Volunteering for volunteers age 18+ on Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting June 17 and running every Monday through Aug. 12.  Stop in to lend a hand as you help sort and organize their warehouse (9239 Mike Garcia Drive, Manassas) in preparation for the next school year.  You’ll feel fantastic as you help this organization plan to meet the needs of children facing clothing insecurity!  Please email info@boxesofbasics.org for more information.

Dog Lovers!

You can volunteer to raise a puppy and be a part of something truly life changing!  The staff at Canine Companions needs Prince William area volunteers to be Puppy Raisers which supports this agency’s mission of providing service dogs to people with disabilities.  It’s a family-friendly opportunity, and you’ll feel great as you help train and prepare a puppy for a future career as a service dog for their clients to live with greater independence!  Please visit bit.ly/3yNvAuT for more information.  Upcoming virtual volunteer information sessions will be held June 25 and July 11 so you can learn more.  Please email agoodwin@canine.org for more information.

Educate America, Inc.

Educate America, Inc, a nonprofit startup, is seeking volunteers ages 18+ to assist with providing after-school tutoring and mentoring services within five (5) to ten (10) Prince William County Public Schools during the Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 school year.  Volunteer with Educate America and make a difference in the lives of underserved youth!  Your time and expertise can positively impact the academic success and personal development of our youth—contributing to brighter futures for the next generation.  Volunteers will need to have background and CPS checks completed by July 15, 2024.  Please join them as a volunteer, tutor, mentor, or community partner by completing and submitting the online application form(s) at educateusainc.org/now-recruiting.  Questions?  Please email educateusaceo@gmail.com.

It’s early June, but plans are already in the works for July 4 celebrations!

Historic Manassas, Inc. needs volunteers to support Celebrate America along with the Stars & Stripes Rooftop Picnic in Old Town Manassas.  Three shifts are available:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m.  You’ll have fun supporting both events which will include kid-friendly and family-friendly activities, and of course, you get a magnificent view of the fireworks as we celebrate our nation’s independence!  Please visit bit.ly/3Sp91TJ to sign up, email lisa@historicmanassasinc.org to learn more.

Here’s a “Honey” of a volunteer opportunity!

The Manassas Bee Festival is coming June 22 at Liberia House, 8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, and volunteer “Worker Bees” of all ages are needed to support this fun event.  Volunteers under 18 are welcome to volunteer with a responsible adult or group leader.  Volunteers are needed June 21 help set up the festival at Liberia House.  Then, volunteers will help with the 2K Honey Hike 8:45 a.m. on June 22 at Manassas Museum lawn and on shifts during the festival on June 22.  Jobs include assisting with set up, helping vendors unload, helping at the welcome tent to show the map or answer basic questions.  Volunteers who sign up will get a free green t-shirt but should complete the online form at manassasbeefestival.com/contact-donations-questions/.  Please be sure to indicate you are a Volunteer on the form.  Please email manassasbeefestival@gmail.com for more information.

Support those who serve our country!

Marine Corps Base Quantico is home to two USO Centers and they need volunteers age 18+ to help support their mission to serve the people who serve.  Volunteers are the bloodline of the USO operations and through the dedication of your valuable time to support their center operations, events, and programs, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our active-duty service members and military families, and the community aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.  Please visit bit.ly/3zbrUDi for more information, email quanticomainncd@uso.org to learn more.

Love Plants?

f you love plants and connecting to local gardeners with similar interests, here’s a wonderful opportunity for you!  Virginia Cooperative Extension Prince William Unit is recruiting Master Gardener volunteers!  Information sessions will be held over the summer; training begins in September.  It sounds like a terrific way to expand your gardening skills and share your love of gardening with others as well!  Please visit bit.ly/3V3NwsK for more information; email master_gardener@pwcgov.org or call 703.792.7747 to learn more.

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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