Call to Action: Local Volunteer Opportunities

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Provided by Volunteer Prince William

Volunteer Prince William maintains a list of volunteer opportunities in the greater Prince William area. Here is this week’s list:

Special Needs Children

f you enjoy working with special needs children, here’s a fantastic opportunity! Evan’s Voice Community Center is holding their iCanSwim program June 19-23 at Prince William County Schools Aquatic Center, and they need volunteers age 15+ to help conduct the sessions. Volunteers will work with swimmers for 45 to 60 minutes. No experience with the disabled necessary, but volunteers must be comfortable being in the water. It’s a terrific way to teach swimming and water safety to a population who otherwise might not receive this critical training! Visit icanshine.org/ican-swim-manassas-va/ for more information. Please call Yukiko at 571.409.1158 or email icanswimpwc@gmail.com to learn more.

Nominate a “Shining Star” Volunteer

Do you have a “Shining Star” volunteer at your organization?  Please consider nominating them for the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism & Community Service Awards!  Nominations are open until 5:00 p.m., June 19, 2023.  Ten categories are available for individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding service!  Please visit bit.ly/3qa8ri5 for more information and to submit your nomination.  For more information, please email VirginiaServiceInfo@dss.virginia.gov.

ACTS Hunger Prevention Center

If you’re passionate about fighting hunger, the staff at Action in Community Through Service (ACTS) wants to meet you!  They have a need for volunteers to help in their Hunger Prevention Center with food donations, assembling food packages and helping with client intakes.  You’ll feel great knowing you are helping food-insecure neighbors get the help they need to feed their families!  Please email scouteau@actspwc.org for more information.

Adult Conversation Classes

BEACON is recruiting virtual volunteers age 18+ to teach Adult Conversation Classes for a three-week session which runs July 10 to 27.  No second language or teaching experience is required; Zoom experience is a plus. Training is provided.  Volunteers teach once or twice a week and must plan their own lesson, using materials provided by BEACON.  Classes meet Monday/Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. or Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Volunteers must attend a volunteer information session, submit an application, and pass a background check.  You’ll feel fantastic as you help empower adults through literacy!  Please visit bit.ly/3qwLANY for details, email Jmorazuniga@osbva.org to learn more.

Puppy Sitters

·Dog Lovers! Guiding Eyes for the Blind needs volunteer Puppy Sitters (different from Puppy Raisers) to help provide short-term relief for Puppy Raisers once every month or two for two to ten days, depending on the need.  Volunteer sitters will welcome future guide dog pups-in-training into their homes and provide a safe environment when their raisers need a break or need to be away from home.  The pup will come with the necessary supplies needed from the raiser.  You’ll feel great as you provide care, love, and training support for puppies being raised as future guide dogs!  Please visit bit.ly/3C8jcUO for more information, email agoodwin@guidingeyes.org to learn more.

Historic Manassas Inc. Needs Volunteers

The staff at Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI) have a couple of exciting volunteer opportunities!  They’re looking for a “people person” Front Desk Volunteer age 21+ who can help at their Visitor Center on Thursday mornings.  You’ll have loads of fun interacting with visitors as you answer questions about Old Town Manassas and all the fun activities that take place!  HMI is also in need of SNAP Volunteers age 18+ who can help with SNAP during the Thursday and Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Duties include helping people sign in, handing out tokens to spend at the market, counting tokens and explaining how the tokens work to recipients.  Training is provided.  You’ll feel wonderful knowing you’re helping vulnerable families be able to afford healthy food!  Please email kim@historicmanassasinc.org for more information about both opportunities.

Translators Needed

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area needs volunteers age 18+ to assist as Translators for spoken/written languages of refugees and Asylum seekers. Volunteers must be fluent in one of the following languages:  Ukrainian, Spanish, Pashto, Dari, Swahili and other languages as needed.  This need can be done virtually or in-person depending on client needs.  You’ll feel wonderful as you help a refugee get resources and become active members of their new community!  Please email hughesk@lssnca.org for more information.

Manassas Bee Festival Volunteers

“Busy Bee” volunteers needed!  The Manassas Bee Festival will be held June 24 at Liberia House, 8601 Portner Avenue, Manassas, and volunteers of all ages are needed to make this a “honey” of an event!  The day begins at 7:30 a.m. and wraps up by 3:30 p.m. Duties include help set up the evening before (June 23), help the day of the event (June 24) with assisting vendors, water for farm animals, assist and guide experts/music acts, direct parking, greet people, safely assist the beekeepers with supplies and help with any last-minute setup and other jobs as needed.  Volunteers of all ages welcome, although volunteers age 15 and under should volunteer with an adult.  Please visit manassasbeefestival.com and click on Contact to sign up.  Questions?  Please email ManassasBeeFestival@gmail.com.

Summer Camp Counselors

You can help shelter children to have a fun summer!  NVFS SERVE Shelter Summer Camp is looking for volunteer Summer Camp Counselors who love to have fun with arts & crafts, STEM Projects, water games and field trips.  Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this summer.  Volunteers 18+ needed, volunteers aged 16-17 must volunteer with a parent.  Think of the wonderful experience you’ll have helping vulnerable children have their best summer!  Please email jrmartinez@nvfs.org to learn more.

Trail Monitor Volunteers

Take a hike and help the parks!  PWC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism needs Trail Monitor Volunteers to walk a trial, or section of trail, on a weekly basis. During their walk volunteers will pick up litter and look for maintenance issues, such as damaged trees and hanging branches, standing water, trail washouts, etc. Trail Monitors will take pictures of identified issues and report their findings to the Maintenance and Operations Division.  Your family can enjoy quality time together outdoors while helping keep the trails clean and safe for others!  Please visit bit.ly/43wpE3X for more details; email ELoew@pwcgov.org for more information.

Food Pantry Volunteers

St. Thomas UMC Food Pantry needs volunteers age 18+ to help with weekly pickups of donated food from area grocery stores.  Donations are typically picked up between 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday to Saturday and delivered to the food pantry at St. Thomas UMC, 8899 Sudley Road, Manassas.  A larger vehicle/minivan is recommended due to the amounts of donated food.  Volunteers should be prepared to lift boxes weighing approximately 40 pounds.  You’ll feel great as you help deliver food which will be given to food insecure families in our community!  Please email rebecca.runkles@stthomasumc.org to learn how you can fight hunger.

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

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